A large outdoor Christmas creche (Belen, in Chamorro and Spanish) was put up by some novices and friars at the novitiate in California, spearheaded by former novice Bryan Quinata and present novice Ryan Charfauros. Bryan had done a similar project in 2010 when he was a postulant in Berkeley, California.
To build the creche, spare, discarded materials were recycled and used, yet one would never know from the beautiful and artistic result!
THOUSANDS CAME, BUT WE HAVE TO SAY GOOD BYE FOR NOW....
They had three hours last night to see the Christmas Village before it closed this season. People took family photos, kids couldn't take their eyes off the display, people ate heartily.
Rave reviews from a visitor from New York. Better than Rockerfeller Center, he says!
Even the Christmas Village has strong religious themes, but visitors start off the tour in our chapel. Most of them marvel at the belen, or nativity scene, and kiss the infant Jesus.
We have lots of fun at the Christmas Village!
This group of adults show that they can still move with the best of them!
Senators from the Guam Legislature came to present a Resolution to the families who created the Christmas Village and the friars who hosted. Seated : Mrs. Mae Quinata. From left to right : Pale' Eric, Mrs. Julia Villagomez, Mr. Roman Quinata, Sen. Mana Silva Taijeron, Sen. Sam Mabini, Sen. Tina Muna-Barnes.
Police volunteers helped direct traffic and parking.