Enjoying Guam

Posted by watchmen
August 30, 2017
Posted in OPINION

We are back from a three-night stay in Guam, U.S.A. and thanks to the Guam Visitors Bureau and Cebu Pacific Air, the experience was most memorable. Contrary to the controversial news about those flying objects set to target the American territory, fear and anxiety do not pervade the Guam air.
Everything was normal in the daily activities of Guam residents and we moved around the place like we were just in our own country. In every corner and at every turn, we hear the Pilipino language spoken among the folks. We were told that 40 percent of Guam residents are Filipinos, so Tagalog is a widely spoken language.
The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) took us to different destinations and it was amusing to note that the streets were almost empty of people. This is because the population of Guam is around 150,000 and almost half of them are Filipinos.
We flew with Cebu Pacific Air’s Director for Corporate Communications Charo Logarta-Lagamon and JG Summit Holdings’ Jeffrey Reyes, who took care of us during our vacation. Carmel Carpio, the Philippine representative of the Guam Visitors Bureau, flew with us on board the Airbus of Cebu Pacific. It was a 4-hour comfy travel and when we landed at Guam airport, we were impressed by the hospitality of its Immigration and Customs.
Shopping in Guam is another worthwhile experience since the goods are duty-free in almost all shopping destinations. Next time you are planning to visit America, get a taste of Guam first. We were told that the salary scale of Guam workers is just the same as that in mainland America. The people there have a simple lifestyle and most residents have their own car. No wonder we did not see people walking along the sidewalks and, of course, there is no such thing as “sidewalk vendors” or “tambays”.
Thank you to the American Embassy for giving me a 10-year multiple entry visa. Now, my dream of visiting my Ateneo classmates and Bacolod friends in the US can come true.
Oh, but I heard Cebu Pacific is opening a flight to Sandakan, Malaysia from Zamboanga City. That makes travel to ASEAN countries, where a lot of Filipinos also migrated, easier.
Traveling is, indeed, the perfect education as one can learn and experience different culture and lifestyle. It brings happiness and a sense of well-being.
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This column greets Carmel Carpio, Charo Lagamon, Jeff Reyes, Manny Parroco, Boy Montalbo, Tuting Lim, Nep Grandea, May Castro, Joey Trayco, Danny Dangcalan and Devi Novero./WDJ

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