The San Dimas Fiesta will be celebrated from noon to 6 p.m. April 29 at Long Branch Park in Killeen.

The party will celebrate Guam’s history of cultural and religious beliefs of San Dimas, the “Good Thief” who was crucified with Jesus, according to legend.

The San Dimas Catholic Church was one of Guam’s first Catholic churches built. It was established in the village of Malesso, now called Merizo, during the Spanish Colonial Era.

A new building, which replaced the old church, was dedicated to the patron in September 2002.

During the Killeen celebration, there will be a large variety of food, music, dancing and activities for families.

Though the festival highlights the strong traditions of Guam, everyone is invited to enjoy the cultural experience.

Frank Tyquiengco, Central Texas resident, mentioned there are approximately 500 families with ties to Guam, living in this area.

If you would like more information about the history of San Dimas, Guam or the upcoming celebration, contact Frank at 254-220-6733 or email to

You can also join the Chamorro Association of Central Texas page on Facebook for the latest news and events.

Long Branch Park is located at 1101 Branch Drive in Killeen.

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