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Tamuning holds first annual Latte Peace Festival

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AFTER a difficult campaign, Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Mayor Louise Rivera marked her first week in office with the first annual Latte Peace Festival, which celebrated the strength that represents the latte stone, the iconic emblem of Chamorro culture.

The celebration also represented a step toward promoting peace on the island, Rivera said.

“In Tamuning, we have such a diverse group of people, culture, denominations ... and so having everybody to be peaceful, to end racism, and to promote, and educate peace will help unite everyone,” Rivera said.

The mayor’s office purchased 20 new cement latte stones, which will be decorated during a contest.

The festival coincided with the induction of the villages’ Municipal Planning Council appointees.

Rivera, formerly vice mayor, ran against Mayor Francisco Blas in the 2012 primary election. “I just want everyone to be at peace and work together,” Rivera said.

To help celebrate the mayor’s new term, the Sokka Gokkai-USA Organization offered a peace exhibit. From its beginnings on Guam in January 1974, SGI spread throughout the United States. The organization’s general director, Daniel Nagashima, based in California, attended the festival.

January also marks the 38th anniversary of SGI, which promotes peace through culture and education.

The African-American Heritage Association Andersen AFB was also in attendance at the festival to highlight the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., a historical figure of peaceful change.

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