1933 version of Two lovers point

pict of 2 lovers cliff

The two lovers leap cliff rises to about 280 feet above the shoreline fringed by a raging reef. It is a peaceful windy home to rare birds. This is the site photo prior to the renovation completed in 1999. Compiled by Rudolph Villaverde.
statue at center of pavillion

The first 20th Century version of Puntan dos Amantes (Two Lover's Point) was published in the "Guam Recorder, February 1933" by Mrs. Albert R. Buehler. This was the Era of Naval Administration of Guahan as a U.S. territory after the 1898 Spanish American War. The Legend was set during the Spanish Period of Guahan prior to 1898.

In Agana, Guahan once lived a maiden beautiful of mind and body. So alluring was her beauty that no man could behold her without feeling his heart sway like a palm frond touched by a high wind. It was no wonder that her Spanish father and native mother had brilliant plans for her future. When a mighty and rich but old and cruel sea captain became stricken with her charms and asked for her hand in marriage, their dreams for their lovely daughter's future was realized and they readily consented to the suitor's request. Guam two lovers point bulges out. Not possible to fall into ocean.

But the girl was bewildered and distraught. No Love had she in her heart for any but her lover, a poor, humble, native boy whose adoration for her was ever true. She told her parents of her love for the boy and pleaded with them to be allowed to marry the love of her heart. When they refused to heed her wish, she went to the boy at their sweet meeting place.

The lovers wept for the dismal years of separation to come and finally, in desperation, ran away together. While the wedding party waited, they made their way to a point of land that reaches out into Tumon Bay.

The furious rejected suitor sent out soldiers in pursuit. When the boy and girl heard their approaching footsteps, they tied their hair together, clenched each other in their arms, and, with a promise of eternal devotion upon their lips, threw themselves over the sheer cliff into the cruel deep waters below. Editor note: The photo to the right shows the cliff bulging out and it is not possible for the lovers to hit the water. The leaping off the cliff could be a metaphor for something else (for future discussion).

No trace of them has ever been found. Rumors hint that their spirits live together in the caves beneath the cliff. Many people who have stood quietly upon the beach that fringes Tumon Bay say that they heard a distant murmur float from the caves that was like the laughter of young and happy voices; other people who have heard the same far away sound believe it only the noise of the surf lapping against the sides of the cliff.

This is the story of Puntan Dos Amantes.

1970 picture of Two Lovers Leap Historical Commentary: Historians recounted that Chamorro Legends on the Island of Guam are one of the few records of Chamorro oral tradition, and therefore an invaluable source for cultural memory as well as the study of how Chamorro identity changed throughout colonializing experiences. The tales emerged from centuries of cultural submergence, and clearly bear the marks of cultural domination.

A visiting Spanish historian Dr. Carlos Madrid Alvarez-Piner, indicated [by personal interview] that the modern version of Two Lover's Legend was transformed from a Chamoru local legend into a Spanish Era legend during the early American Administration of Guahan. The following paragraphs were written by Paricia Shook, Triton's Call pg 4 Nov 21, 2002. Dr. Alvarez-Piner states that it is a "black legend" of Spanish colonialism [i.e. the Spanish during the 1600's have been traditionally portrayed worldwide as "exterminators of native populations"].

Madrid puts Father Diego Luis de San Vitores' mission on Guam - 340 years ago June 15, 1668, in perspective. While the motivation to maintain colonies in the Americas and the Philippines were closely tied to economic gain, Madrid said Guam was not considered an essential re-supplying station for the galleons. The Spanish monarchy was not interested in acquiring territory in the Marianas. Rather, the San Vitores family, who had close ties to Queen Mariana of Austria, had requested support for the mission as a personal favor to the young priest. Madrid said the San Vitores family in Madrid continues to be a wealthy and influential family today.

Madrid said the Spanish government had little knowledge of what was happening in the Marianas in the two centuries that followed, as communication between Spain and its Pacific colonies was limited to sporadic galleon runs between Mexico and the Philippines. As the Spanish officials on Guam were an assortment of businessmen and military officers, rather than representatives of the Spanish government, each ruled the colony as he saw fit - frequently motivated by personal profit - and often in conflict with Spain's domestic policies.

In the book "The Chamorros of the Mariana Islands, 2003, Glynn Barratt", Francis X. Hezel, SJ. wrote in pp 254-255:

"Manuel Arquelles returned to the Marianas in 1725 as governor to 700 remaining natives (decimated by war and european pathogens) and proposed that the Spanish withdraw their colonial administration leaving a custodial force of only 25 troops and an officer to maintain the peace. The Arguelles plan was rejected by the Council of the Indies in Madrid. If the garrison were to be removed from the marianas, the entire archipelago would be prey to Spain's enemies and the galleon route itself endangered. The galleon trade was the lifeline of the Phillipines, and any threat to the shipping route could cripple Spain's empire in the east. The fundamental policy was one of military denial. It was clear from the Council's decision that protection of her military and commercial interests in the Pacific is what kept her there."

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