photos by DAWN AT NICOLI PRODUCTIONS

Mariana Merriment

The 6th Annual Chamorro Cultural Festival in San Diego celebrated the 4,000-year-old culture of the Mariana Islands through traditional arts and crafts, performances, and cuisine. Visitors got to browse the handcrafted jewelry for sale and try their own hands at weaving baskets. The flying proa, a Chamorro boat, was a great photo opportunity. Brittany Bell, Miss Universe Guam, joined the celebration, as did Ferlisa Qitugua, 2014 Liberation Queen of the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club. The Mariana Islands are split between the U.S. territory of Guam and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The festival was hosted at Cal State San Marcos by CHE’LU, Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity, a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the Chamorro community. Learn more at www.chelusd.org.