Sunday, August 26, 2012

KÅNTAN SANTA ROSA




Santa Rosa, bithen Yu'us, todos ham in kantåye hao;
(Saint Rose, virgin of God, all of us sing to you;)

Santa Rosa tayuyute hame ni fumalåggue hao.
(Saint Rose pray for us who run to you.)

Sumen magof i Saina-ta annai ha na' ha'åne hao,
(Our Lord was very happy when He gave life to you,)

lao maokte minagof-ña an monhan matakpånge hao.
(but firmer still was His joy after you were baptized.)

Ayo annai i grasiå-ña misen ha na' hinatme hao.
(When His grace entered you abundantly.)

Santa Rosa tayuyute hame ni fumalåggue hao.
(Saint Rose pray for us who run to you.)
 
The Peruvian Connection

Santa Rosa was a native of Lima, Peru, which was then part of the vast Spanish Empire.

Many of us think that when Spain ruled the Marianas, all the Spaniards were from Spain.  Not true.  Sometimes you could count on the fingers of one hand those in the Marianas who were born in Spain.  Even many of the priests were natives of Belgium or Italy or Austria.

One of the earliest governors of Guam, Damian de Esplaña, was a native of Peru.  So was Governor Juan Antonio Pimentel (1709-1720). 

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