The Clotilde C. Gould and Pacific Daily News Scholarship was awarded to student Gino Datuin at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Professional Development Room at the UOG campus on Friday, September 29, 2017. Sandy Yow, Clotilde Gould's daughter, and Jason Sakazaki, Market Development Director for PDN, were present to congratulate the recipient at the scholarship award ceremony.
"She always opened her home to many people," said Yow. "I'm an only child, but we always had students living with us. The house was never just me or them."
The late Clotilde C. Gould who passed away in 2002 was the former head of Chamorro Studies at the Guam Department of Education, and as a Master Storyteller, she helped preserve the traditional Kantan Chamorrita music art form. With the Pacific Daily News, she helped create Fino' Chamorro, a daily language lesson, and the beloved Chamorro language comic series, Juan Malimanga.
"It's a beautiful partnership with PDN and Sandy Yow in fulfilling her mom's legacy and carrying on her work,” said Janiece Sablan, Executive Director for UOG Endowment Foundation.
Today, the Juana Malimanga comic series is produced by students at UOG who provide both the textual content and art work. The payment for the series is now funneled into the Clotilde C. Gould and Pacific Daily News Scholarship opportunity which supports students of Art and Chamorro Studies at UOG.
"I want to thank Pacific Daily News, Ms. Sandy Yow, and the UOG Endowment Foundation,” said Gino. "I want to also thank my parents and family who have always supported me in what I did and all the choices I made. I wouldn't be here without them." Gino is also one of the UOG student artists who have illustrated the Juan Malimanga comic series.
“My mother would have liked the work being done by the different generations in creating these comics," Yow stated.