Honorable Ernest T. Chargualaf
He is the proud son of Former Commissioner/Mayor of Malesso f Francisco Candaso Chargualaf & fMaria Torres Chargualaf. His siblings and their spouses are: Elaine & fFranklin Babauta; fJudy & fTomas Mantanona; fFrankie & Susan Chargualaf; Mary & fJose Tyquiengco; fJoseph Chargualaf; Eloise & Victor Reyes; fRudy, Bennie, Gordon and fLaura Chargualaf. Mayor Ernest’s common-law wife is Verra Meno, her parents are fMariano Tajalle & fJovita Tainatongo Meno. Verra’s siblings and their spouses are: fJerry Meno; Mariano Meno & Linda Meno; Selma & William Tareyama; Glen Meno & Jennifer Cruz and Tilda Meno & Johnny Reyes.
Mayor Ernest attended Merizo Elementary, Inarajan Junior and George Washington High Schools. He also attended both GCC and UOG. His employment includes Department of Parks & Recreation as a Youth Center Supervisor in 1977, subsequently transferring to the Public Defender’s Office where he started as a Clerk until he retired in 1999 as a Legal Services Supervisor. Mayor Ernest was elected in 2008, re-elected in 2012 and was recently re-elected in November 2016 for his third term.
As a youth and young adult, Mayor Ernest has always brought honor and pride to the village of Malesso and his people as a sport ambassador. He was a star volleyball and basketball player in his Junior and Senior High School days. He was a first team all-island all-star in his senior year. In the late 70’s to early 80’s he led the Merizo Whales to several championships and helped lead the Merizo Rebels to several champion runners-up and eventually to a championship. He was a national two sport athlete in volleyball and basketball in the 1979 SPG, earning a gold medal in basketball. In his first two terms, Mayor Ernest was very supportive of the village athletes and sports teams.
His accomplishments include re-opening the Youth Center; basketball court renovation; construction of 216 new crypts at the cemetery; bell tower restoration; non-skid paving at Pigua; repair of the boat ramp and pier; take-over of the Merizo Pier Park from DPR; naming & dedication of the pier park to the Malesso Veteran Sons & Daughters Pier Park; renewal of the perimeter fence, repair of the dug-outs and toilets at the baseball field; successful completion of the exchanged lots in the Land for the Landless Program; acquisition of equipment, machineries and logistics, such as tables, chairs & canopies used for town meetings, funerals and other village events; initiated the annual candy run for the children; ice cream treats for the Merizo Elementary School students and the CCD children at the church; initiated the Gupot Chamorro/Crab Festival; and lobbied for the four government lots to be placed under the jurisdiction of the Merizo Mayor’s Office for future buildings and facilities. While these are just some of his accomplishments, he will continue to lobby for a gymnasium and the renovation of the former Senior Citizens Center across the pier park to be used as a Police Koban and/or a Fire Rescue Satellite Office.
The Mayor will continue to strive in his efforts to promote the quality of life in the village. He would like to thank the people of Malesso for the honor and privilege to serve as Mayor for the past eight years and he looks forward to serving them to the best of his abilities in the next four years.
Traditional Village Name: Malesso’ • Population: 1,850
• Village Flower: Hibiscus, Gumamela