Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio issue the following statements on the passing of master ifit carver Robert Philip Taitano: 

“We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of master carver Robert Philip Taitano, who used his natural gift for wood carving to give priceless gifts to the people of Guam and beyond for nearly 40 years,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “Whether it was wooden tables, cabinets, clocks or cutting boards, he not only created timeless showpieces — he nurtured a self-taught, God-given ability to bring a sense of artistry to our endemic ifit tree. Wherever his works may go, we know they will carry his heart and soul, and thus the heart and soul of Guam. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones, who continue his special legacy.”

“In homes across our island and especially in the CHamoru diaspora, our people always will have a beloved piece of his to cherish and pass down for generations,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio. “At his shop in Yigo and at the Chamorro Village, he and his family and apprentices embodied the Håfa Adai spirit and offered so much more through their art than could ever be manufactured. This caliber of talent and commitment should serve as an inspiration to all cultural artists, as well as those who will step up to perpetuate the art of ifit carving for the future.”


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