Superior Court of Guam gets 1st Fil-Am Judge
THE Philippine Consulate General in Agana reported that Maria Teresa Bonifacio Cenzon was installed as the newest judge of the Superior Court of Guam in a formal ceremony or investiture held last December 20 at the Superior Court of Guam’s Atrium in Hagatna.
Judge Cenzon is the first Filipino-American/Guamanian to hold the said position.
She was nominated by Governor Eddie B. Calvo to the said position in September and her nomination easily passed the confirmation of the 31st Guam Legislature.
The event was attended by Guam Governor Eddie B. Calvo who delivered the keynote address and donning a Barong Tagalog. He said that it was such a rare occasion that he wore a barong – a formal garment of the Philippines – which he said he felt it important to wear as he said, “ As we know today, it is a historic day.”
Also present during the event was Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido, Vice Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz of the Guam 31st Legislature, other incumbent Senators and new Senators-elect, other judges of the Superior Court of Guam, Guam government officials, representatives of the Guam Consular Corps, as well as the family and friends of Judge Cenzon.
Senator Adolpho Palacios, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, presented the Certificate of Confirmation to Judge Cenzon while Chief Justice Carbullido administered her oath.
Judge Cenzon is a graduate of Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law. She has worked in the field of law in Guam since 1996. She served as the former Director of Policy, Planning and Community Relations of the United Judiciary of Guam and as the legal counsel of Governor Eddie B. Calvo before her appointment as the new judge of the Superior Court of Guam.
Judge Cenzon was born in Guam and is the daughter of Edward and Nita Cenzon, who hail from the province of Pampanga.