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  • Honoring the Life and Service of Antonio Manibusan Palomo

    by Representative Madeleine Z. Bordallo

    Posted on 2013-02-13

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    BORDALLO of guam in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Ms. BORDALLO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and memorialize the life and achievements of Antonio Manibusan Palomo, who passed away on February 3, 2013. Antonio, best known as Tony, was an accomplished journalist and author, as well as a fervent public servant, and a dedicated community leader.

    Tony was born on June 13, 1931 to Vicente Gogo Palomo and Delores Mendiola Manibusan. As a boy, Tony attended the Padre Palomo and Agana Elementary Schools. At the young age of 10, Tony's education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Surviving the invasion and occupation of Guam by the Japanese Imperial Army, Tony continued his schooling at George Washington High School, Belmont Abbey Preparatory School in Belmont, North Carolina, and Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin, where he studied Journalism. While continuing his education at Marquette, Tony worked as an editorial aide for the Milwaukee Sentinel, sharpening his journalistic skills. Tony graduated from Marquette University in 1954.

    After graduation, Tony returned to Guam to work for the Guam Daily News, then as publisher/editor of the Pacific Profile, as editor of the Pacific Journal, and as editor/publisher of the The Pacifican. During this time, Tony gathered as much information as he could interviewing and speaking to survivors of the Second World War. In 1984, Tony's book, An Island in Agony, was published. Tony never hesitated to share his vast knowledge and love of Guam history with many people, speaking on many occasions at different venues, and teaching at the University of Guam.

    Tony's ever-expanding knowledge of Guam and its government and his public speaking skills led him into public service in the political arena. Recruited by the Republican Party of Guam, Tony was elected into the 12th, 14th, and 15th Guam Legislatures where he chaired the Committee on Rules. He chaired the 15th Guam Legislature's Committee on Federal-Territorial Relations and was also a member of the Commission on Self-Determination. Always interested in federal-territorial relations, Tony was elected as president of Guam's First Constitutional Convention, tasked with the development of a constitution for Guam, which would also strengthen the island's relations with the Federal government. With all of this experience, Tony was well qualified to serve as the U.S. Department of the Interior's Guam Field Representative until his retirement in 1994.

    I am deeply saddened by Tony's death and know that many people on Guam and throughout the Pacific are mourning the loss of this statesman, diplomat, and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Margarita Balajadia Palomo, their ten children, Antonio Rafael, Viviana Margarita (deceased), Victoria Maria, Roman Vicente, Juan Pedro, Simeon Francisco, Jose Geraldo, Verona Dolores, Eloy Benigno, and Nicholas Sylvestre; 16 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one great grandchild on the way, family, and friends. Tony will be missed by all who knew him and his legacy will live on through his family, his work, and his cultural contributions to our community.

    CONGRATULATING AZERBAIJAN ON SUCCESSFUL SATELLITE LAUNCH ______ HON. RODNEY ALEXANDER of louisiana in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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