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Direct descendants of Chief Agruhubw celebrate his legacy

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THE direct descendants of Chief Agruhubw on Saturday celebrated his legacy on Managaha where he is buried.

Agruhubw, a Carolinian chief and master navigator, led his clan in a sea voyage from Satawal, Yap to Saipan over 200 years ago.

On Saturday, the Chief Agruhubw Foundation organized a gathering at Micro Beach and held a solemn Mass on Managaha.

Foundation spokesman Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong said there was no public event because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 “This is just a small gathering of our family members for the annual event that we hold for Chief Agruhubw,” he added.

 

In collaboration with 500 Sails Inc., traditional sailing canoes Anaguan and Neni ferried people to Manahaga for the Chief Agruhubw commemoration on Saturday.

Pedro Deleon Guerrero boards the Managaha-bound Anaguan traditional canoe on Saturday. Photos by Bryan Manabat

“It’s really about honoring and commemorating Chief Agruhubw for his contributions in settling the first Carolinians in the Marianas,” he said.

Former Speaker Pedro R. Deleon Guerrero, a clan member, told Variety that because of the pandemic, they could not hold a “big event.”

 He said when he was still a young boy, up to 10 boats filled with family members would sail to Managaha from Chalan Kanoa, Oleai/San Jose and Tanapag to commemorate Chief Agruhubw.

As part of this year’s event, two traditional canoes of 500 Sails ferried community members from Micro Beach to Managaha where a wreath-laying ceremony was held. Fr. Sid Ogumoro, for his part, celebrated Mass.

Another clan member, Ambrose T. Ogumoro, a former deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, told Variety that their family members will continue to hold the annual commemoration on Managaha with or without government support.

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