Traveling is a way of learning for me. When I visited Guam there are discoveries worth knowing. They are the following:
Top 1 – Magellan discovered Guam like Philippines
Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam in March 6, 1521 and after 10 days it reached the Philippines in March 16, 1521. Both countries has been under Spanish Colony for more than 300 years.
Top 2 – 99% of Foreign Workers in Guam are Filipinos
Because of its proximity in my country Philippines, the island became a second home of some of my countrymen. When I reached the airport, I saw signs and directions in my country’s language “Tagalog” which signifies one thing, there are lots of Filipinos lives in the island as residents and workers.
Top 3 – Asan Beach Park
This beach is where US soldiers landed to reclaim the island from Japanese in 1944. And not far from the shoreline, one of the Philippine National Heroes named Apolinario Mabini lived in the area during his exile period.
Top 4 – The capital city (Hagåtña, formely Agana) believed as Oldest ‘European’ City in the Pacific.
It is considered one of the oldest cities and even as First European City in the Pacific.
Top 5 – Guamanians are US Citizen but they don’t vote during US Presidential election.
Guamanians get American citizenship by birth under Title 8 of the U.S. Code. But they are not given the full range of opportunities that native-born Americans are given.
Top 6 – Tumon Bay is the most-visited area in the Island
As I mentioned in previous post, Tumon Bay area is the most visited part not only in Tamuning but in the whole island because of Tourism industry and because of its beaches that surrounds the bay.
Top 7 – Guam has lots of Japanese Visitors
Guam is a US Territory but for me it was surprising that there are lots of Japanese visits the island. Hotels even has their own Japanese linguist for travel agents. Tourist companies hired Japanese speaking for their Japanese visitors. If you will do business in Guam related to Tourism Industry, make sure you have someone taking care of Japanese clients.
Top 8 – Chamorro – Guam’s Indigenous People
One of cultural facts of Chamorro is the Latte. I learned the similarities of how Chamorro live their life before. Through its houses, I can say that Guam and Philippines are tropical countries and not far from each other, their houses built through palm trees. In my country we call it as Nipa Hut the difference was Chamorro used pillars called Latte, while we don’t have latte but I can see nipa huts stand in wooden pillars as their base are hollow and empty same with Chamorro houses.
Top 9 – Guam is Largest island in Micronesia
The island nation is roughly the shape of a footprint. It is approximately 30 miles long, and its width varies between 4 and 12 miles at various points.
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