Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joined Members of Congress and U.S. Senators in honoring the victims of the crisis in Japan during the National Conference of State Societies’ Cherry Blossom reception on Capitol Hill and gala dinner.
[Photo Caption: Congresswoman Bordallo joins Guam Cherry Blossom Princess Paige Ruff at 2011 Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill. (L-R) Angie Borja, Annie Quichocho, Anita Ruff (grandmother), Princess Paige Ruff, Congresswoman Bordallo, and GSA President Mike Blas]
During the reception, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki expressed the gratitude of the Japanese people for the generosity and support Americans have shown in this time of need. The reception and gala featured Cherry Blossom Princesses representing thirty-seven states, territories, and countries.
Congresswoman Bordallo escorted Christina Paige Ruff, who was selected by the Guam Society of America to represent Guam as a 2011 Cherry Blossom Princess. Paige is the daughter of David Ruff Jr and Karla Alford and great-granddaughter of Juan Cepeda, who was a Master Suruhanu on Guam for many decades. The Congresswoman also spun a wheel at the gala dinner to determine the 2011 Cherry Blossom queen and runner-up. Virginia Princess Jessie Catherine Kennedy was crowned queen and West Virginia Princess was selected the runner-up.
“I congratulate Paige Ruff who represented Guam as a Cherry Blossom Princess,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The Cherry Blossom festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. Americans across the country continue to send aid and support to Japan as recovery efforts continue. The Cherry Blossom events this past weekend have given us an opportunity to call attention to the needs of our friends in Japan and to assure the people of Japan that we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.”