By Stephanie Jano Edward
Pohnpei and FSM Media representative
May 25, 2016
Guam—The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FestPac) officially opened on May 22, 2016 at the Paseo Stadium in Agana, Guam. Each delegation from the 27 participating countries entered the stadium one by one to perform a short traditional number and present gifts to Governor Calvo and the people of Guam in front of a packed stadium.
The FSM delegation entered by state, from east to west, with Kosrae leading the delegation, followed by Pohnpei, then Chuuk, and ending with Yap. Representatives from Pollap, Siis, and Ettal, outer islands of Chuuk were also part of the delegation. After FSM’s entrance, Chuuk and Yap gave short performances on behalf of the delegation. Senator Mihkel, 9th Pohnpei State Legislature, presented the traditional gifts to FSM President, His Excellency Peter M. Christian who then presented the gifts to Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio. Floor Leader McGarry Mihkel, 9th Pohnpei Legislature, said that the FSM delegation showed great unity and displayed the essence of “one voice, one heart of one nation” to the other Pacific islands.