Famous people from Guam
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Donovan Patton, is best known for his role as Joe, the second host of Nick Jr.'s children's television program Blue's Clues. He has appeared in episodes of the television series Nurse Jackie and Blue Bloods, and currently provides the voice of Bot on the Nick series Team Umizoomi. More recently Donovan has performed in the independent film "Lies I Told My Sister" and in a darker drama, "Awake".
Benjamin Alves, is a Filipino actor and model under the management of GMA Network. He is 26 years old, born on March 31, 1987 and a nephew of Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual. He is an upcoming leading man for a movie, Guni-Guni under Regal Films.
Ray Robson is an American chess player who holds the title of Grandmaster. In October 2009, about two weeks before turning 15, he became the youngest grandmaster-elect in history who plays for the United States. Robson's norms were gained at the Arctic Chess Challenge in Norway, at the 23rd North American FIDE Invitational in Chicago, and at the Pan-American Junior Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Q. Allan Brocka
Quenton Allan Brocka is an award-winning American television and film director based in West Hollywood, California. He has directed and written a number of feature films while creating an animated television series for the Logo cable network. He also writes a column for The Advocate. Brocka is of Filipino heritage and is openly gay.
Eddie Baza Calvo is a politician and Governor of the United States territory of Guam since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, Calvo was a five-term Senator within the Legislature of Guam. He became the Governor of Guam, having defeated Democrat Carl Gutierrez in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Calvo chose Senator Ray Tenorio as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor of Guam.
Jonathan Cruz Tuck is an American mixed martial artist. He is the first Chamorro native from Guam to be signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, competing in the lightweight division. He is also a member of Domino Lux International Fraternity.
Pia Mia Perez
Pia Mia Perez is an actress.
Ricardo Blas, Jr.
Olympic Judo Athlete
Ricardo Blas, Jr. is a judoka from Guam who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. The son of Ricardo Blas, himself a judoka and unsuccessful Olympic competitor, Blas Jr. began training at the age of five and eventually earned the nickname "The Little Mountain" due to his weight. Not being selected for the Games on merit, he entered the heavyweight event at the 2008 Games on a wild card selection as the Oceania bronze medallist, losing all his bouts in both the main and repechage stages of the competition. He participated again at the 2012 edition and was eliminated in the second round of the tournament. At 218 kg, he is the heaviest competitor at the modern Olympic Games.
Joe Duarte is a professional mixed martial artist from Guam, and is of native Chamorro descent. He currently trains at The Arena Mixed Martial Arts gym in San Diego, California.
Carlos Garcia Camacho was a Guamanian politician and member of the Republican Party. He served as the first elected Governor of Guam from 1969 to 1975.
Hanumatpresaka Swami is a Gaudiya Vaishnava guru and a spiritual leader for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is known as a Vaishnava scholar, continuously traveling, lecturing on classical Indian literature and philosophy. He is the founder and General Secretary of NIOS, the North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, and Visiting Professor with IECOO, the Institute for Oriental and Occidental Classical Studies, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru. He is also a member of the faculty at Bhaktivedanta College where he teaches on the subject of the text Bhaktirasamrita-sindhu. The Hindu Studies scholar, Radhika Ramana Dasa is a disciple of his. Hanumatpreshaka Swami was born on January 12, 1948 on the island of Guam and grew up in California. After finishing Encina High School in 1966, he entered the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1970 with a first place prize in Psychology and minor studies in Biology and Electrical Engineering. He then began Doctoral studies at Northwestern University in Chicago while also participating in the famous "Second City" improvisational theater troupe. Soon he became convinced that Western knowledge was lacking much that might be augmented by Oriental wisdom. His mentor, Donald T. Campbell, President of the American Psychology Association, agreed so he then headed East obtaining a black belt in Okinawan karate, and then receiving initiation and taking vows as a brahmacari, novice monk, from A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974. He continued in this Indian tradition taking vows as a sannyasin in 1984, and becoming an initiating guru in 1994.
Robert A. Underwood
Robert Anacletus Underwood is a former Delegate from Guam to the United States House of Representatives.
Vincente T. Blaz
Brigadier General Vicente Tomás Blaz Garrido, also known as Ben Blaz, is a retired United States Marine Corps Brigadier General from the United States territory of Guam. Blaz served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to until July 1, 1980. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. Blaz was elected the delegate to Congress from Guam in 1984 as a Republican. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 until 1993. As his mother's maiden name was Garrido, he is sometimes called Ben Garrido Blaz, in accordance with Spanish naming customs.
Ricardo Jerome Bordallo, also known as Ricardo J. Bordallo or Ricky Bordallo, was a Guamanian politician, businessman, and member of the Democratic Party. He served as Governor of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1987.
Zachary Pangelinan is a rugby international for the USA Eagles. Pangelinan made his debut for the US national rugby team on November 17, 2012 in the International Rugby Series, starting at fullback in place of the unavailable Chris Wyles. Pangelinan was the leading scorer for the USA in that match with eight points. He plays club rugby with OMBAC. Pangelinan formerly played soccer as a midfielder for Guam.
Jason Ryan Quitugua Cunliffe is a Guamanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Pachanga Diliman in the United Football League, and the current captain of the Guam national football team.
Carl T.C. Gutierrez
Carl Tommy Cruz Gutierrez is a Guamanian politician. He was the 6th Governor of Guam, serving two four-year terms with Lieutenant Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo from January 2, 1995 to January 6, 2003. Carl Gutierrez served at total of nine terms as a Senator in the Guam Legislature and ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1978, with running mate Dr. Joseph Dizon, in 1986 with Senator John P. Aguon, in 2006 with former Chief Justice Senator Benjamin J.F. Cruz and in 2010 with Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. Governor Gutierrez has remained active in public life for a period spanning four decades.
Eloise Baza was the president of the Guam Chamber of Commerce from 1984 until 2007. She was the first woman and the first Chamorro to hold the presidency of the Chamber of Commerce. She was also the longest-serving president of the organization to date.
Curtis W. Howard
Curtis W. Howard was a United States Navy officer who received the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions in combat during World War II.
Manuel Flores Leon Guerrero
Manuel Flores "Carson" Leon Guerrero was the Governor of Guam from 1963 to 1969.
Olympic Freestyle wrestler
Maria Dunn is a female freestyle wrestler from Guam. She participated in Women's freestyle 63 kg at 2008 Summer Olympics losing to Elina Vaseva. Maria Dunn twice won Oceania Championships in Women's freestyle wrestling 63 kg.
Rupert Deese was an American ceramic artist. He is known for innovative design and decoration of high fired ceramics. Deese wrote "It is my hope in making these vessels that as the perception of their beauty diminishes over time, they will sustain themselves by pleasant usefulness."
Frank Blas Aguon, Jr. is a Guamanian Democratic Party of Guam politician. He has served for six terms as a Senator in the Legislature of Guam. Aguon has also run as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Guam in the 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial elections. Aguon is formerly the running mate of former Guam Governor Carl Gutierrez in the 2010 election.
Marcus Lopez is a Guamanian international footballer.
Chief Kepuha, also spelled Kipuhá or Quipuha, was the island of Guam's first Catholic chief. The chief's name means "to uphold." He granted the lands to Spanish missionaries upon which the first Catholic church in the Marianas was built. Kepuha was a member of the Chamorri, the highest caste in Chamorro society, and lived in the village of Hagåtña. As the elder maga'lahi, or high-ranking male, he could make important decisions with the consent of the highest ranking women, maga'hagas, in his clan. Kepuha welcomed the first Spanish missionaries to Guam in 1668. He allowed the Jesuit missionary, Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores to baptize him as Juan Kepuha and granted a large plot of land for building the first church on Guam, Dulce Nombre de Maria. Due to Guam's matrilineal society, the maga'haga of his clan must have had some decision on the granting of land. Chief Kepuha died in 1669 of natural causes. Under the insistence of Padre San Vitores, he became the first Chamorro buried at the church site despite protests by Chamorro leaders who desired a traditional burial. This caused resentment among the Chamorros contributing to the outbreak of war within two years. A second Chief Kepuha, relative of the elder Juan Kepuha, would lead attacks against the Spanish and head negotiations.
Antonio Borja Won Pat
Antonio Borja Won Pat was the first Delegate from Guam to the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1985.
Pilar Shimizu is a Guamanian swimmer. She competed for Guam at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Shimizu ranked 42nd in the Women's 100m breaststroke event and did not advance to the semifinals.
Victoria Muniz is an American figure skater who currently skates internationally for Puerto Rico. Muniz is the 2009 Puerto Rican National Champion, having also won the title in 2005 and 2007. She is a two-season competitor on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. She made her senior debut at the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, and went on to compete in the 2009 World Championships in Los Angeles, her current training town. Muniz was the first skater to represent Puerto Rico at an ISU Championship, which she did at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Paul McDonald Calvo
Paul McDonald Calvo is a Guamanian politician. He was the third elected Governor of Guam from 1979 to 1983.
John Duane Hattig is a corner infielder currently playing for the Reno Silver Sox of the Golden Baseball League. He became the first player from Guam to play in Major League Baseball on August 19, 2006, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. He recorded his first major league hit on September 1 against the Boston Red Sox, and his first double and RBI on September 13 against the Seattle Mariners. A free agent after the 2007 season, Hattig signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, but was released before playing a game with them. He signed with the Reno Silver Sox of the Golden Baseball League on May 12, 2008.
Michael J. Barrett
Michael John Barrett is State Senator for the 3rd Middlesex District of Massachusetts. Barrett served in the State Senate once before, in 1987-1994, representing another district, before moving to his present home in suburban Lexington 17 years ago. Even earlier, in 1979-1985, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Reading, North Reading and a portion of Wilmington.
Ian Mariano is a Guamanian soccer player.
Anthony Sablan Apuron
Anthony Sablan Apuron has been archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña since 1986.
Tanya Cook is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, in the Nebraska Legislature.
Benjamin Schulte is a Guamanian professional swimmer. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's 10 kilometre Open Water event where he placed 25th. Schulte also competed at the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, competing in the Men's 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Jesus Baza Duenas
Father Jesus Baza Dueñas was a Catholic priest and local leader on Guam during World War II.
Emelihter Kihleng is a Micronesian poet. She is the first ever Micronesian to publish a collection of poetry in the English language, and is one of few published Micronesian poets. Born in Guam, she obtained a Master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2003, and subsequently taught English as a Second Language at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei. In May 2008, she published her first collection of poems, My Urohs. Sāmoan writer Albert Wendt described her poetry as "refreshingly innovative and compelling, a new way of seeing ourselves in our islands, an important and influential addition to our literature" - meaning Pacific Islander literature. I-Kiribati poet Teresia Teaiwa described it as "ethnographic poetry", "lush with the languages and imagery of Pohnpei and Micronesia", "an exciting new contribution to Pacific literature". Sāmoan writer Sia Figiel described her poetry as "disturbing and haunting, illuminating and tender", "woven from the violent threads of postcolonialism, laced with patches of Island humour", "a powerful addition to Pacific Literature". American poet Mark Nowak also praised her work.
Scott Leon Guerrero
Scott Leon Guerrero is a Guamanian soccer player.
Earnest Ross is a basketball player.
Joseph Franklin Ada
Joseph Franklin Ada, better known as Joseph F. Ada, is a U.S. politician. He elected as the Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1983 and the fifth Governor of Guam from 1987 to 1995.
Maria Luisa Santos is a beauty queen from Guam. She won the title of Miss Earth Guam 2009 in the annual Miss Earth Guam beauty pageant, organized by the Miss Earth Guam Organization. She represented her country in the Miss Earth 2009 competition, an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness, which is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals.
Brian Drebber is an American sportscaster currently working for SPEED. Drebber was born in Guam, Marianas Islands. Since 1978, he has been a play-by-play, analyst, reporter, writer, and producer, covering eight Olympic, Pan American and Goodwill Games as well as world championships in 25 different sports including, aerobics, Drag boat racing, curling, cycling, and Nordic Events, for TNT, ESPN, ABC, CBS, and PBS. He currently broadcasts AMA Superbike, ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing, USAR Hooters Pro Cup, and Bike Week for SPEED. Brian got his start as a broadcaster/sports reporter by providing the stadium PA/Commentary at the Trexlertown Velodrome in the mid-1970s. As a rider there, his nickname was "Dribbles." It was soon discovered that he was a far better announcer than a rider and his announcing style quickly becamse very popular at Trexlertown because he knew the sport and the riders very well and had a keen sense of humour.
Mark Chargualaf is a Guamanian footballer who plays as a defender.
Rey-Phillip Vivas Santos born June 18, 1975 is a semi-retired mixed martial artist, turned actor and musician, and an IFC and ProFC featherweight title holder. He is from a military family, the son of a U.S. naval officer. He is best known for his small roles and stunt work on James Cameron's Dark Angel and the Power Rangers TV series. Before moving to the Seattle area, he lived in Chicago and Memphis. Rey got his start in acting as an extra and behind the scenes in a few feature films before becoming a stunt performer which led to acting. He also had a small role in Michael Jackson's Ghosts as a ghoul dancer.
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon is a film production designer.
Derek Mandell is a Guamanian sprinter. The runner took part in the 2008 Oceania Athletics Championships, winning bronze, and 2008 Summer Olympics, where he broke the national Men's 800m record even though Mandell was eliminated in the first round. He later competed in the 2010 Guam Athletics Championships, where he won two gold medals, the 2011 Pacific Games, where he won a silver medal, and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, where he set a personal best time of 1:57.11. He also competed in the Men's 800m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was again eliminated in the first round.
Randolph Roque Calvo
Bishop Randolph Roque Calvo is the seventh Bishop of Reno, ordained to the episcopate and installed as ordinary on February 17, 2006. At the time of his episcopal appointment by Pope Benedict XVI, on December 23, 2005, he was a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Elias Francis Merfalen is a Guamanian footballer who plays as a striker for Cars Plus. He works besides as Team manager of the Guam national under-19 football team.
Jose “Ping” Andres Ramirez Duenas was a Guamanian politician and public servant. Duenas served as a Senator in the Legislature of Guam from 1971 to 1978 and was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Guam in 1990.
Dominic Gadia is a Guamanian soccer player.
Olympic Mountain biker
Christina Morris is an actress.