The official opening church service for the 2018 McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant took place at the Congregational Christian Church (C.C.C.) in Apia yesterday.
The nine beauties vying for the 2018 crown attended the church service together with the C.C.C. of Apia congregation.
Reverend Elder Utufua Naseri of the C.C.C. in Apia led the service along with welcoming the contestants.
“We are fortunate to be in the presence of so many beautiful young women. This beauty pageant, I compare it to the story of Esther in the Bible.
“It is a story about a brave and beautiful queen who stood by her faith even at the cost her of her own life.
“I encourage you all to walk with God as your guidance in life so that you may overcome any obstacles ahead.
“It is true that it is a competition but always remembers that God created everyone to be uniquely beautiful in their own way.
To whoever will win this year, we pray that she will be a guiding force in setting good examples but also making a great difference in our country during her time of reign,” Rev. Naseri said.
After the church service, refreshments were served by the Women’s Fellowship from C.C.C. Apia in honor of the contestants’ visit.
The contestants will depart Upolu today for the big Island of Savai’i where they will be met by nine village hosts, who will look after them for the duration of the week. The program includes a parade through Salelologa alongside a number of activities that have been arranged. The pageant is to take place at the hall of Don Bosco at Salelologa this Saturday at 10:00 am.