In memory of our beloved past PIBBA Presidents, Officers and members, we especially dedicate this web site to you. We commend you for your service to our Pacific entities of Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, Rota), Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Hawaii, and American Samoa. You were instrumental in bringing together our island entities to promote culture, language, and quality education. We are comforted knowing that you are in a grander place, up in heaven.

You will always remain in our hearts...

Reverend Gideon G. Neth
Dr. Rita Hocog Inos
Enion Kalles
Hanover Ehsa
Manuel "Manny" Villagomez
Lydia Cruz
Dr. Sweeter Sachuo
Maria Teresita Cruz George
Francisco Olopai
Dolores (Ling) Aldan Ichihara Mariano
Jesus Ayuyu Songsong
William Macaranas
Linda Aguon Teodosio Edward
Countless unnamed PIBBA Heroes

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Linda Aguon Teodosio Edward

The PIBBA family extends it deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of former PIBBA International President, Linda Aguon Teodosio Edward.  She left this Earth on November 2, 2016 at the age of 59.

Mass and rosary is being said nightly at 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yigo.  The funeral is on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in To’to beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The funeral mass is at 1:00 p.m and the burial is at the Guam Memorial Park in Barrigada. May her soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dr. Bernadita "Benit" Dungca

“Iokwe, raan annim, kaselehlia, alii, aloha                                               
Olomwaay, hafa dei, tuwoh, mogethin, Talofa”
                 .. Chorus of the “Song of PIBBA” written by Peter R. Onedera, Music by Joey Franquez.

On behalf of the Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association – Guam Chapter                          and the International Association
I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt Condolences to the families of

+ Dr. Bernadita “Benit” Camacho-Dungca +

The islands are saddened by the untimely passing of Dr. Dungca.  An advocate and proponent of language and culture ..  the Chamoru Language and Culture.  The vast accolades attributed to her lifetime passion to promote, to perpetuate and to preserve are evident:  co-authored, along with Donald M. Topping and Pedro Ogo, the Chamorro-English Dictionary, Chamorro Reference Grammar and Spoken Chamorro; wrote the “Inifresi”; Professor at the University Of Guam’s School of Education; Consultant to the Chamorro Language Commission, initiated the Chamorro Teaching Degree Institute, to name a few.  Of the many organizations she is affiliated with, Dr. Dungca was a great supporter of PIBBA throughout her leadership as member and officer.
Dr. Dungca leaves behind a profound legacy that we all are grateful for.  As a mentor, constituent, colleague, teacher, daughter, mother, grandmother, friend, she is Saina to the many lives she’s touched in one way or another.  Her wisdom, wit, laughter, guidance, smile we certainly will miss.  Thank You, Lord, for allowing her to touch our hearts in ways she did.
May Eternal Rest Grant On To Her, O Lord, And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her And All The Souls Of The Faithfully Departed .. Rest In Peace.  Amen.

Theresa “EWY” Taitano – President, PIBBA Guam Chapter – 2016-2018
President, PIBBA International – 2015-2016

Friday, April 10, 2015

Carmen Weaver

Carmen "Auntie Mami" Weaver
The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the Weaver family, as long-time PIBBA Guam/International member and former PIBBA Pioneer of the Year and Indigenous Teacher of the Year, Carmen Weaver, fondly known as "Auntie Mami" was called to eternal rest on August 19, 2014.  May God embrace her soul and comfort her family.  May the dearly departed rest in peace.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Reverend Gideon G. Neth

The PIBBA family extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Reverend Gideon G. Neth, our PIBBA friend and father of PIBBA Immediate Past President, Senator Shelten G. Neth. Most Reverend Gideon G. Neth left this earth on May 23, 2013 at 4:05 a.m. He was 96 years and 5 months old. He will always be remembered. God Bless him and his family. May he rest in peace.



In Memory of Gideon G. Neth

The Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ (U.S.A.),  a missions partner of the United Church of Christ Pohnpei, offers thanksgiving and praise to God for the long, rich and blessed life of Mr. Gideon G. Neth, dedicated servant of God, unswerving disciple of Christ, and faithful member of the church. 

The Hawaii Conference UCC also expresses its deepest condolences to, and offers prayers of comfort for, Mr. Neth’s family, including his dear wife, Patsihpa (Merlusi) Neth; their surviving daughters and sons (Nancy, Midion, Shelten, Dion, Sihna, Depohra, Derpihna, Mermy and Aminis); and all of the  grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Although Mr. Neth is now in God’s eternal care, we pray that his outstanding example and witness will continue to teach and inspire all citizens of Pohnpei and the United States.


Dr. Rita Hocog Inos

Former PIBBA International President- 1993
Dr. Rita Hocog Inos, former PIBBA International President, died of cancer at the age of 55 on August 10, 2009. She began her career in education as a bilingual teacher at schools on Saipan and Rota in 1972. She later served as the principal of Rota Elementary School.

She served as PIBBA International President in 1993. During her reign as President, the 12th Annual PIBBA Conference was held June 20-23, 1993 in Rota. The theme of the conference was Indigenous Languages and Acculturation in the Pacific.

She became the Director of Programs and Services at the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) from 1990 to 1994. She was promoted to the Deputy Director of the PREL Western Pacific Center from 1994 until 1998. She later became the chairperson of the PREL's board of directors from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Inos served as the Education Commissioner of the Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands Public School System from June 1998 until December 2005. She wrote several scholarly and educational publications related to education in the Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia and the Pacific. Her publications include Chamorro Elementary Grades Reading Books, Chamorro Grammar Workbook for Grades 4-8 and the PSS Bilingual Program.

Governor Benigno Fitial appointed Dr. Inos to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents in February 2006. She served as the board's chairperson from June 2006 to July 2008.
Dr. Inos was also elected as a delegate from Rota in the Second Constitutional Convention of the Northern Mariana Islands in 1985. She was the chairwoman of the Constitutional Convention's committee on finance.

PIBBA International President, Rosa Salas Palomo, has fond memories of Dr. Inos. “We have lost a dear friend, and for me a dear sister. God bless you, i CHe'lu-hu, Rita,” Palomo said.

Source: PIBBA archive and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Inos

Enion Kalles

Former PIBBA International President - 1998

Enion Kalles served as PIBBA International President in 1998. During his reign as President, the 17th Annual PIBBA Conference was held June 20-24, 1998 in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. The theme of the conference was Pacific Educators: Partnership in Teaching Cultures and Languages - Ri Jelalokjen in Aelon Kein: Jooj Di Jo'm Katakat ilo Katakin manit im Kajin.