Twenty-five year old Priscilla Paleagaese Olano from Fiji and Lauli’i is entering the pageant with the aim of leading people, especially the youth, to the Lord.
Born in Suva, Fiji and raised in Lauli’i, Miss Olano gets her exotic good looks from her Samoan, Indian, Rotuman and Native American heritage.
In her interview with the Samoa Observer, she said competing in the pageant is a great responsibility to make people aware of issues that needs to be addressed.
“My main aim is to remind people that they need to be firm in God’s work and I feel that the youth needs to floss their morals because they have lost them. That is why they get into fights and cause trouble and that has all happened because they lost that fa’asamoa values,” she said.
“The fa’asamoa values are all about respect, love and forgiveness and those are Biblical values. I feel that by being here, I want to remind the youth and our people that they need to go back to those values.”
As to whether she had a driving passion to enter the Bluesky Miss Samoa pageant, Priscilla said no.
“Not really but I guess I feel like I’m getting old so I figured that this is my one opportunity and I might as well make the most of it,” she laughed.
Her focus if she was to win she said, would be building up lives spiritually.
“I will be pushing for our country to build up spiritually because I believe that when we are founded on God and His word, then everything else in life will fall into place,” she said.
“I want people to focus more on the inside because when you make that change on the inside it will show on the outside and it will make better changes in the community.”
Her advice to youth who are going through tough times, she said, the only way is through God.
“I want them to know that God loves them and they need to come back to Him because He is waiting for them regardless of what they are doing. He is a loving God and He is always waiting for them,” she said.
Priscilla Olano is the eldest daughter of Paratiso and Maria Olano’s seven children.
She works at SPREP’s climate change division as the technical assistant for the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP).
Her hobbies include playing guitar, capoeira and reading.
Dancing is her passion, and her goal is to set up a dance centre that will be a platform for children to use their talents to minister to others and glorify God.
In helping our young generation build a strong foundation in Christ and His Word, she believes that everything else will fall into place.
She is contestant number 8 and is sponsored by Love Lani.