Friday, August 2, 2013

Two Lovers Point

 

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Two Lovers Point is a cliff overlooking Tumon Bay. This particular cliff comes with a Romeo and Juliet type story.

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The Legend

When Spain ruled Guam, a proud family a proud family lived in Agaña , the capital city. The father was a wealthy Spanish aristocrat and the mother was a Chamorro whose father was a great chief. They owned land and were held in high esteem by all, Chamorro and Spanish alike. However, the best reason for their great pride and dignity was their beautiful daughter. She was honest, modest; her charm so natural that her beauty impressed everyone around her.

One day, a powerful, arrogant Spanish captain came to ask the father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The proud father decided that the captain would be his daughter's husband. When the girl discovered this, she was so disillusioned that she ran from the house and wandered along the shore where the sea soothed her with its silence and peace.

While walking along the shore, she met a young, gentle, strongly-built and handsome Chamorro man from a very modest Chamorro family. He was lost in his own solitary thoughts, his gentle eyes seemed to be studying the lonely stars and seeking some meaning to his life. They fell in love, sharing their thoughts and desired. When the father of the girl learned about the two lovers, he became angry and demanded that she marry the powerful Spanish captain. No one could keep the father from announcing the date of the marriage to the Spanish captain. That day at sundown, she stole out of the house to meet the Chamorro goy who loved her She joined him near the high point where thy had first met and watched the stars appear.

When the father discovered that his daughter was gone, he told the captain that his daughter had been kidnapped by the Chamorro boy. The father, the captain and all the Spanish soldiers pursued the lovers up to the high cliff above Tumon Bay. The horsemen slowed down their pace as they neared the high peak because they saw that the lovers were trapped. The lovers knew there was one think left for them to do. The boy shouted a warning for the men to stay back, and the father signaled the men to halt and to watch. The couple stood at the very edge of the cliff. The boy and girl took the long strands of their hair and tied them together into a rope-like knot. The two acted as if they were absolutely alone. They looked deeply into each other’s eyes and kissed one last time. In that instant, the young couple leaped down the long, deep cliff into the roaring waves below.

When the father looked down over the edge, all he could see was the floating hair of the lovers. Too late, the father understood the meaning of their hair tied together. Since that day, the Chamorros look to the jutting peaks by Tumon Bay with a kind of reverence. They are paying respect to the young couple who showed them that real love comes from the entwining of two souls, true to one another in life and death. And, forever after; the high point on the cliff has been known as “Two Lovers Point.”

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People come from around the world to visit this site and many people marry here or have their wedding pictures taken at the site. Don’t be surprised if you see a bride and groom here! There are tablets engraved with the names and dates of couples who wed here.

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Another popular thing to do here is leave a lock or  luggage tag with your name and the name of your significant other. You can bring your own or buy heart shaped luggage tags for $4 and foam hearts to write your name or message for $2.

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For $5 we got to try “coconut sushi.” We drank the water from the coconut, and it is later prepared, one side filled with soy sauce for dipping. It was really good and tasted like sushi!

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Also near two lovers point is this 9/11 Peace Memorial from the Rotary Club of Northern Guam.

Two Lovers Point

Hours: 0800-1900

Admission: $3 per person ($2 for residents) children 6 and under are free

Stroller accessible: The general park is stroller accessible but there are stairs going to the peak if you buy an admission ticket.

Changing Table: I believe so, will have to update again at a later date.

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