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Valley of the Latte Online Cultural Workshops with Tony Mantanona

Online Cultural Workshops

Unlock Your Creative Potential: Immerse Yourself in Online Cultural Workshops!

The Valley of the Latte in partnership with I Kutturata, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Guam's culture present the Online Cultural Workshop series with Tony Mantanona

Experience the rich heritage of the CHamoru culture from the comfort of your own home with our online cultural workshops! Our workshops offer an interactive and immersive experience where participants can learn about CHamoru traditions, customs, and practices from wherever they are, around the world. Led by our expert cultural practitioner, Tony Mantanona, with extensive knowledge of cultural practices and histories, our workshops provide a unique opportunity to broaden your perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of the CHamoru culture.

Our online format allows participants to connect and engage with others from across the globe, creating a vibrant learning community. Each workshop is tailored to provide an authentic cultural experience, including traditional ingredients, tools, recipes, language, and more. You’ll leave our workshops with a new appreciation of the CHamoru culture and greater insight into the unique ways the ancient CHamoru people created wonderful foods, tools, and decorative items. Join us for an unforgettable cultural journey!

A message from and a little bit about our Cultural Expert, Tony Mantanona

Online CHamoru Cultural Workshops with Tony Mantanona

Hafa Adai Everyone,

As the Engaging Youth Program Director (EYP) at Gef pago and with Americorps, I facilitated cultural sessions after school and weekends for students. Thus leading into being the Summer Camp Director.  Students learned how to make Pottery, Weave, make  Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Rope making, weaving Nipa thatches, environmental impact and language.  

Because I learned from my mother how to bake, Auntie Judy Flores took me under her wing with a grant from CAHA , we built a “Hotno” and “Village Museum” and the “Hotnu Bakery” came about. (Hotnu is spelled with an o but trademark Hotnu)

After meeting with David Tydingco, Managing Director at the Valley of the Latte, I was offered a position at Valley of the Latte as a weaver.  I gave him Cultural Ideas and believed in it and it flourished.  

Our workshops on Saturdays include Coconut Oil making, Coconut Candy, Bread making from the Mexican oven Dome, Basket, Fan, and Latte Stone weaving with coconut leaves, Mwarmwar and Lei making.

The “Valley Weavers” have been on the front page of the PDN, Guam Post and  also aired on KUAM. Because of our unique and intricate designs, we became a vendor for the local Payless Floral Shop.  We also accommodate to presentations at Hotels, Schools, and Village Fiestas.  Our quality of work radiates from having a great foundation of a family oriented work environment that stems from non other than our managing director at the Valley of the Latte, Dave Tydingco!!  

Date: June 4th, 2023 |  Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM CHST

Registration is $50 per person.

Date: June 11th, 2023 |  Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM CHST

Registration is $50 per person.

All you will need to know for your Online Cultural Workshop:

Our Online Cultural Workshop Series will be hosted live from the Valley of the Latte in the heart of Guam. As with all Live classes, there will be an opportunity for everyone to interact, learn, and engage at scheduled intervals to allow all guests to enjoy the workshop. As each workshop will cover a different topic, our Cultural Practitioners will discuss the overall flow of your current class prior to starting. So feel free to hop online early, prepare all ingredients and tools as listed, and smoothly settle in for a great cultural workshop from the comfort of your home.

We suggest having all of your ingredients and materials prepared at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your workshop time. This will allow enough time for you to get settled, log onto the Online Workshop, and say “HI!” to us.

Hafa Adai and welcome to the start of your How to Make Titiyas Månha online cultural workshop with Tony Mantanona.

Titiyas Månha are a type of traditional flatbread that originates from the beautiful island of Guam. These delicious rounds are made with a unique blend of ingredients that give them a distinct flavor and texture. Titiyas Månha are perfect for any mealtime, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, and can be enjoyed both hot or cold. They are a versatile addition to any meal, and can be paired with savory meats, vegetables, or even used to create a delicious , if often sweeter, addition to your plate. With their often times soft texture and mouth-watering flavor, Titiyas Månha are a must-have for anyone who loves to explore new culinary delights.

So why not try to learn how to make them today and experience a delicious taste of Guam’s traditional foods? You can bring a platter of these freshly made Titiyas to your next event and showcase a flavor of the CHamoru culture.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups shredded young coconut
  • 1 stick of butter/margarine
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • “Baker’s Secret” | 1 tablespoon of coconut extract and 3/4 cups sugar

Materials/Tools:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Skillet/Saucepan (non-stick preferably)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cutting Board
  • Cup of Flour (to prevent dough from sticking to cutting board)

 

This recipe base will make 6-8 pieces of Titiyas.

Bonuelos Månha is a delicious and traditional CHamoru doughnut that is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. These doughnuts are made with a special blend of flour, sugar, and in this rendition, young coconut ( Månha ) to create a wonderful texture with a crispy exterior. Once fried to perfection, the bonuelos can be coated in a sweet syrup that adds an extra layer of sweetness and flavor. Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea, these sweet treats are perfect for sharing with friends and family or indulging in on your own. Whether as a dessert for a special occasion or a sweet snack at any time of day, Bonuelos Månha will satisfy your cravings for something sweet and delicious. Get all your ingredients and tools ready and experience the amazing taste of these traditional doughnuts for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of shredded young coconut
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • “Baker’s Secret” | 1 tablespoon of coconut extract. This batter does not need to be too sweet as it will over power the taste of the Månha.
  • A teaspoon of Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk (or the liquid of a shredded young coconut)

Materials/Tools:

  • Frying Pan/Wok
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Slotted Spoon
    Vegetable Oil (6 cups enough to let doughnut surface upon frying)
  • Stove/Portable stove
  • Paper Towel (to let doughnuts drip)
  • Tray (lined with paper towel for serving)
  • Food Service Gloves (latex preferably)

 

This recipe base will make 2 1/3 dozen Boneulos.

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