Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My First Visit To The Hachiman Jinja

This is Mr. Frank Guerrero ("Tan Ko"), the owner of the Hachiman Jinja. He has been inviting me to visit this beautiful historic place for a while, but I haven't been able to until this afternoon.
This is Mrs. Guerrero. The Guerreros recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Guerrero is showing me some pictures of the vow-renewal mass. Gorgeous!
Lunch was originally scheduled for outdoors.
It's a beautiful place that has been well-maintained by Tan Ko and his family over the years.
Tan Ko said that these artifacts were found right here on this property.


Bon said...

Hi Cinta: can you tell me more about this place and how our students can visit. I'd like to bring my own kids too.

CNMI Blogger said...

Hi, Bon:
We'll have to get a hold of Gen Cabrera's book on historical places to make sure you get all the accurate information on this place. What I can say is that it's beautiful and Tan Ko Guerrero and his family have done a superb job maintaining it for years. The Historic Preservation Office sought to purchase it for its historic value, but it remains in the Guerreros' hands for now.

I can help you get an invite next time Tan Ko visits my office. I'll be happy to arrange it or have you get in touch with him directly. Exactly how many kids would you be bringing? Now that it's rainy season, the place can be a bit muddy and slippery, so the kids will have to be careful.

Let me know.

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Bon said...

Cin: if we can get the book, then we can incorporate it into our social studies lessons and then plan a field trip. I will probably tag along and take my own children:) Thanks! Let me know how I can get a hold of a copy.

Tamara said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us! I have lived here all my life and didn't even know this place existed..Just like the 'mermaid cave' out near Calabera..I stumbled across it one day and I was in total amazement that something like that was there all this time and I never knew or heard about it...Appreciate the pictures!

CNMI Blogger said...

Okay, Bon:
I'll help secure that book for you next week. I think that's an excellent idea! I'll be in touch.

CNMI Blogger said...

Hi, Tamara:
Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you appreciated the pictures. It's amazing how many "hidden treasures" yet to be discovered by all of us who live on this island, huh? The Hachiman Jinja is one of those magical hidden treasures.

Process Observer said...

Wow, what great pictures...and they allow us to visit without our footprints (and HiC straw wrappers) leaving any marks. Thank you.

CNMI Blogger said...

To Process Observer,
Yes, it's a wonderfu place and I'm glad you liked the pictures. You're right about the Hi-C straws and wrappers! LOL!

CNMI Blogger said...

Hi, Bon:
I picked up the book for you. Do you want to stop by my office and pick it up?

I also spoke to Tan Ko Guerrero this morning about your desire to bring the kids by the Jinja for a field trip. He said to bring them by any time.