Uncertainty over the weather has prompted organizers to move the Monday inauguration ceremony for Guam’s first female governor to the University of Guam Calvo Field House in Mangilao. The ceremony originally was to be held at the Plaza de España in Hagåtña.
“We already had a Plan B,” said Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, who is co-chair of the 13th Inaugural Festivities Committee.
He said the committee consulted with the National Weather Service. Forecasters could not rule out the possibility of rain, so the committee decided it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The inauguration will be held inside the field house at 4 p.m. Jan. 7.
“We’re making the arrangements now,” Hofmann said.
Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena of the Superior Court of Guam will swear in Lt. Gov.-elect Joshua Tenorio. Chief Justice Katherine Maraman of the Supreme Court of Guam will swear in Gov.-elect Lou Leon Guerrero.
‘We’re pretty much maxed out’
The field house is expected to be full Monday.
Hofmann said nearly 3,000 invitations have been sent out. The field house seats 3,040.
“At the plaza we were planning for about 2,500, so we actually have an additional 500 seats,” he said. Hofmann also noted that not everyone has accepted their invitations. But “we’re pretty much maxed out,” he said.
All the regional leaders have been invited. Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. has confirmed that he will attend, as will CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres. Invitations also were extended to Hilda Heine, the president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the president of the Federated States of Micronesia, Peter Christian.
Federal officials also have been invited. Invitations were sent to members of the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. However, the committee has yet to receive confirmations.
“We’re not sure on the federal side who can make it because of the partial federal shutdown,” he said.
All of Guam’s former governors are expected to attend, and they will be seated on stage with Gov.-elect Leon Guerrero. That includes Gov. Eddie Calvo, his father and former governor, Paul Calvo, as well as former Govs. Felix Camacho, Carl Gutierrez and Joseph Ada.
CHamorru culture will feature prominently throughout the ceremony, Hofmann said. The C.L. Taitano Elementary school chorus will sing the Inifresi, the culture troupe Pa’a Taotao Tano’ will perform and Leonard Iriarte will provide the blessing.
“People will get to meet their leaders, past and present,” said Hofmann. “We’re looking forward to a great celebration.”
Events before and after
Before Monday’s ceremony, an inaugural Mass will be held 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.
On Jan. 8, the day after the governor-elect is officially sworn into office, an inaugural flag-raising ceremony will be held at Adelup at 7:30 a.m. Two inaugural balls are planned for Jan. 11 and Jan. 12.
The cost for the inaugural festivities is about $250,000, said Hofmann. No taxpayer money is being used. The events are being sponsored entirely by private donations.
Among those companies that have donated funds for the festivities are Bank of Guam, Lotte Duty Free Guam, T Galleria by DFS, Landscape Management Systems, Guam Regional Medical City, Core Tech, GTA TeleGuam, TakeCare, StayWell, IT&E, IP&E, Tanota Partners, Guam Radiology, Tan Holding Group, Guam Music and Guam AutoSpot.
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