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October 19, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

Ep. 223 “UOG Students Reflect on Urban Poverty and U.S. Militarism in the Philippines”

Ep. 223 “UOG Students Reflect on Urban Poverty and U.S. Militarism in the Philippines” (hosted by Trish Billen with production assistance by Arthur ‘AJ’ Taimanglo Jr. , Dance Aoki and Alan Grossman) was recorded 4/11/15 and airs 10/16/15.  

This episode features a group interview with five University of Guam undergraduate social work students (Francisco Figueroa, Jennifer Lee, Zorka Perez, Antonio Diaz, and Arthur ‘AJ’ Taimanglo, Jr.) who visited the Philippines March 19-26, 2015 as part of a University of Guam course “Social Work in the Philippines”, taught by Dr. LisaLinda Natividad. They engaged with students and faculty at the School of Social Work and Community Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus and the Post-Colonial Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University.  They participated in outreach activities to the urban poor in Manila with the Missionaries for the Poor and to women in the sex trade in Olongapo City with the Buklod Center.  They also met with with Ms. Corazon Fabros, a human rights attorney and peace activist, who provided a tour of the former U.S. Naval Base in Subic Bay (now the Subic Bay Freeport Zone) and the former Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City and her perspective on decolonization and demilitarization in this context. 

Olongapo is next to the former U.S Naval Base Subic Bay, once one of the biggest US naval facilities in the world. This base was closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate terminated a bases agreement with Washington at the end of the cold war. Manila converted the facility, which was never home to the Philippine military, into an economic zone. U.S. warships have called regularly at Subic Bay since 2000 but reportedly only to dock during exercises with the Philippine military or to use its commercial facilities for repairs and resupply.  One month after this April 2015 interview was recorded, the Philippines announced plans to station new fighter jets and two frigates as it reopens the former US naval base in Subic Bay to military use in response to China expansion in the disputed South China Sea. This marks the first time the massive installation will function as a military base in 23 years, reigniting concerns about the social-cultural-enivornmental impacts in surrounding communities.    

Guest host Trish Billen is a May 2015 graduate of the University of Guam Bachelor of Social Work program who has returned to her home, Pohnpei State-Federated States of Micronesia.  

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October 11, 2015 @ 5:28 am

Ep. 222 “A Chamorro for All Seasons: Tribute to Jose M. Torres”

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 89 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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