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by Rufina Fejeran Mendiola
Joseph Flores Sablan
I Malinguna Påtgon (The Lost Child) tells the story of a young girl named Bella, who feels like she has been forgotten
by her large and very busy family. She finds friendship and love in her garden. Through
captivating illustrations, I MalingunaPåtgon depicts key CHamoru values, particularly the importance of family and working together.
Download Audio: I Malingu Na Påtgon (The Lost Child)
Rufina Fejeran Mendiola was born in Saipan and raised in Agat, Guam since 1962. She
now resides in Barrigada and is married to the late Joseph Santos Mendiola. They have
four children, Joey, Antonette, Geralyn and Audrea. Rufina's greatest passions in
life are her family and friends and her language and culture. The day she learned
how to speak CHamoru was the greatest moment of her life. She breathes it, speaks
it, reads it, writes it and will continue to perpetuate it for as long as she is alive.
Illustrator Joseph Flores Sablan is a self-described “small-time artist” born and
raised on Guam. He travelled overseas, where he studied to be an Illustrator and a
Concept Designer. He hopes to bring a new generation into the art industry with his
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