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A Chamorro Man for All Seasons

jose torres book launchMatai si Sinot Jose Mata Torres gi ma’pos na mes.

Desde 2013 hu ayuyuda si Sinot Torres gi i lepblo-na. Dumångkolo gui’ antes di gera ya gumai’idat gui’ gi duranten i gera, ya gof malago’ gui’ muna’fitme i hinasso-na siha gi un lepblo, ko’lo’lo’na i estoria put anai i Chamorro siha gi sengsong-na manachu ya ma puno’ i Chapones giya Malesso’. Gi ayu na ha’ani ma “liberate” maisa siha.

Gi Febreru gi este na sakkan mana’huyong i lepblo-na, i titilu-na “Massacre at Atate.” Achokka’ mas umatungo’ ham put este na cho’cho’, guaha otro maolek yan gaibali na che’cho’-na gi kumunidat. Anai hu hungok na matai gui’ mandiside yu’ na bei fama’tinas “tribute” para guiya. Macho’cho’ gui’ gi KPRG gi rediu komo host para 20 na sakkan. Pues para i sho “Beyond the Fence” mama’tinas episode put i maolek na bidå-ña para i taotao-ta yan i kumunidat Guahan.

Estague i infotmasion put i episode. Anggen malago’ hao dumownload i episode komo podcast, ono este na link.


Ep. 222 “A Chamorro for All Seasons: Tribute to Jose M. Torres” (hosted by Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua with production assistance by Dance Aoki and Alan Grossman) airs 10/9/15. 
On July 21st, 1944 American forces were hitting the sands of Guam with the intent of retaking the island from the Japanese. At the same time the people of the southern village of Malesso’ (Merizo) were reeling from two massacres of their people that left 46 dead. Worried about the lives of their friends and families, a group of men led by Jose “Tonko” Reyes rose up to kill the Japanese holding them prisoner in the concentration camp at Atate. A young man named Jose Mata Torres was among those mighty men of Malesso’ who liberated themselves.

Mr. Torres died on September 28, 2015 at the age of 88 leaving behind a diverse list of accomplishments. He was a war survivor, a liberator, a medical researcher, a connoisseur of classical music, a longtime radio host at KPRG, an author, and a proud advocate of saving the Chamorro language.  He spent the last years of his life working towards the publication of a memoir of his war experiences, Massacre at Atate. He hoped that by writing this book, the suffering and heroism of the people of Malesso’ in a time of war might never be forgotten.  This book was published by the University of Guam Micronesian Area Research Center (UOG MARC) in February 2015.

This episode offers a tribute to Jose Mata Torres, a Chamorro man for all seasons. It features clips throughout from the launch event for Massacre at Atate, where Torres read passages of his book and answered questions from the community.
In the first half, we hear from UOG students Anthony Tornito and Elyssa Santos who assisted Mr. Torres in research for his memoir, followed by recollections from Gerhard Schwab, UOG professor of social work and Chamorro Studies student.
In the second half, Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, managing editor, UOG Press, discusses the significance of Mr. Torres’ book and legacy.  This is followed by comments from five  .UOG students after listening to excerpts of Mr. Torres book:  Andrea Quiambao, Jordan Tingson, Lewis Tenorio, Kriana Le Velle, and Aundrya Manglona. This is followed by recollections by professor of history, Anne Perez Hattori, and UOG president, Robert Underwood.

This episode includes two of Mr. Torres’ beloved classical pieces:  “ A Song Without Words OP. 109 (solo by Jacqueline du Pre)” by Felix Mendelsohn and “Marche Slave, B-flat minor, OP. 31” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


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