Papua New Guinea scored a first in the region last year when Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands. Tonight, Kellyanne Limbiye, 23-year-old from Papua New Guinea, will set out to seek a repeat of the feat at Tuanaimato during the grand finale of the Pageant.
Ms. Limbiye said she has been preparing for the Pageant for some time now and she is ready. She says she is honored and happy to be in Samoa and admits that Samoa is far more than what she expected.
“Samoa has exceeded my expectations,” she said. “This place is beautiful and the pageant here is going up to another level. I think it is the right place to host our 30th Anniversary of the pageant. It’s a big celebration and it was nothing I expected.”
The Miss Papua New Guinea believes this year’s theme is very fitting to describe what this pageant has done over the years.
“It does say a lot about what this pageant has done over the years. The Pacific Pageant brings all the Pacific island country together and share and showcase our different cultures and uniqueness
“It also showcases the strong relationship we have built over the years. So whatever history we have and our strong ties we have so far is more the reason for us to celebrate through this pageant.
“It is a celebration of our culture and to think back to our journey from where we started to where we are now is something amazing and I am very honored to be part of it.
“As an ambassador of my country, this is an opportunity for me to showcase my culture and celebrate it with the rest of my Pacific Island sisters. It’s just something special and I am happy to be here.
Ms. Havora has been a great source of inspiration for Ms. Limbiye.
“Abigail has always been an inspiration not only for me but also for the girls in Papua New Guinea and also the girls in the Pacific,” she said.
“She has set higher standards and level as Miss Pacific Islands and that has motivated me a lot preparing for this pageant. She is the first Miss Papua New Guinea to win the title and that’s a big achievement for us.
“So there is no pressure on me whatsoever. She’s been telling that I have no shoes to fill but my own. So I’ll just have to be myself and do my very best to represent my country and culture.”
Why should we vote for her as our new Pacific Islands?
“P.N.G is a diverse nation. When you talk about diversity I am from a country with a lot of diversity. We have eight hundred different languages and one thousand different tribes. So if you choose me, I will make sure that the diversity culture we have in the Pacific will be showcased to the world.
Kellyanne Limbiye is a final year student at the University of Papua New Guinea. Her main goal in life is to become a diplomat for her country.