Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guam's Two Lovers Point

This article was published in Venture Magazine, 3rd Issue on January 2011. Picture is the courtesy of Karina Santos

‘Til death do us part is normally vowed on the wedding day by brides and grooms, looking deeply into each other’s sparkling eyes. Sorrowfully, in this case, it turned into a tragedy as a result of a forbidden love.

Two lovers point or Puntan Dos Amanten is located above Tumon Bay, Guam. It is a well-known tourism object in Guam where one can experience the island’s beauty through a remarkable view of the island, its white sandy beaches and amazing cliff lines overlooking the great ocean view of the Philippine Sea.

I stepped into a gazebo that is well constructed on the top of 378-foot cliff. As I entered, I was welcomed by a sequence of large marble slabs with beautifully engraved drawings of two native lovers. These drawings tried to tell me something about the story but I still could not quite relate the series of drawings in front of me.

Luckily, I found a marble statue with the legend of Two Lovers Point. I started reading.

Legend tells of several hundred years ago when Spain colonized Guam. There was a proud family living in Hagatna, the capital city of Guam. The father was a rich Spaniard and the mother was from a very respected local Chamorro family. They had a very beautiful, trustworthy and intelligent daughter. With all those outstanding qualities, she always made her family proud and brought dignity unto her family.

One day, an arrogant Spanish Captain came to ask the daughter’s father for her hand in marriage. Without her knowledge, the father agreed to give his blessing to this marriage. When the daughter discovered this, she was so distraught that she made a run from her house all the way to the north end of the island where she found a quiet place to wander along the shore to make peace with her unfortunate situation.

When she was wandering, she met a young and handsome Chamorro warrior from a good family. Their eyes met and on that particular minute, they fell in love. She found the love of her life because he was gentle and his eyes told her that he truly loved her dearly.

The proud Spanish father was furious when he found out about his daughter’s love affair. He insisted that she marry the Spanish Captain. One evening, she took off from the house and made her way to meet her Chamorro lover once again, at the highest point along the cliff line above the shore where they first watched the stars together.

When the father discovered that his daughter was gone, he told the Spanish Captain that his daughter was kidnapped by the Chamorro boy. Then the father and the captain, along with soldiers searched for the couple up to the high cliff of Tumon Bay. When they were approaching, they saw that the two lovers already stood together at the edge of the cliff.

As if nobody was watching, the two lovers took the long strands of their hair and tied them together in a knot. They looked deeply into each other’s eyes and kissed for the very last time. They both knew that they will be inseparable in eternal life. They gazed down to their destiny, and as the soldiers approached they leaped from the high cliff into the roaring waves below.

To this day, there are those who claim to have heard the whispers of the two lovers upon the waves proclaiming their undying love.

A chill ran down my spine after I finished reading the legend. “What a tragic love story” was the feeling in my mind. But, even though this is a tragic tale, today the same site where the two lovers stood brings a joyous feeling to today’s lovers who visit this place.

One unique activity that lovers now often do in this place involves the purchase and locking of a “Two Lovers Point Padlock” and throwing away the key. Lovers write their names on these locks and the lock them on the fence of the gazebo to declare their undying love with the hope that it will last forever. It made me smile when I saw them do this because it was obvious that love is in the air!

Next to the gazebo, there is a small yet beautiful wedding chapel where it is common to see tourists who have come to Guam especially to be joined in marriage in a beautiful tropic setting. I believe it must be wonderful for two people to become united and celebrate the miracle of love, with their cherished family and friends as witnesses, in a truly unique and beautiful location as Two Lovers Point

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