Special day for fa’afafine requested

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SPECIAL NIGHT: Miss Health Samoa Fa’afafine 2016-2017, Precillia Mulinu’u Ulberg; former Miss SFA 2015-2016, Steva Auina and Miss Sofias from American Samoa, Jayleen Chun.

SPECIAL NIGHT: Miss Health Samoa Fa’afafine 2016-2017, Precillia Mulinu’u Ulberg; former Miss SFA 2015-2016, Steva Auina and Miss Sofias from American Samoa, Jayleen Chun.

The newly-crowned Miss Health Fa’afafine Association 2016-2017 Precillia Mulinuu Ulberg believes that fa’afafine deserve a special day in Samoa in line with Mothers Day, Fathers Day and White Sunday. 

Ulberg who won the best interview, based on the opinion as to whether Samoa should declare a special day for fa’afafine, was adamant that they should.  

Jessica Hunt Auva’a, Tanu Ushel Okesene and Lateisha Kiu

Jessica Hunt Auva’a, Tanu Ushel Okesene and Lateisha Kiu

“We deserve to have a special day to acknowledge our work,” said Ulberg. 

“We fa’afafine’s have contributed a lot to the community and we have lived to serve and live to love,” Ulberg added. 

Best Evening Gown by Precillia Mulinuu Ulberg..

Best Evening Gown by Precillia Mulinuu Ulberg..

Ulberg said they have served their families, their villages and their churches and that is the kind of work that merits a special day as there is for mothers, fathers and children. 

The reigning Miss Fa’afafine added that they are high achievers and they are serving in many government ministries as A.C.E.O.s and C.E.O.s and their work should be acknowledged.

Fiti Leung Wai with the new Miss SFA and members of the Samoa Faafafine Association

Fiti Leung Wai with the new Miss SFA and members of the Samoa Faafafine Association

On being selected as the winner for 2016, Ulberg was shocked but very excited. 

“This is the third time I have competed. I entered in 2014 and 2015 and now I have finally got the crown in 2016.” 

The 2016 Miss Fa’afafine believes that experience from the previous competitions has built the self confidence needed to walk on that stage. 

“I didn’t expect this tonight because we are all winners and all the girls are beautiful.” 

Ulberg will turn 24 this week and winning has been an early birthday present from the Samoa Fa’afafine Association. 

Jessica Hunt Auva’a, Tanu Ushel Okesene and Lateisha Kiu
Jessica Hunt Auva’a, Tanu Ushel Okesene and Lateisha Kiu
Best Evening Gown by Precillia Mulinuu Ulberg..
Best Evening Gown by Precillia Mulinuu Ulberg..
Fiti Leung Wai with the new Miss SFA and members of the Samoa Faafafine Association
Fiti Leung Wai with the new Miss SFA and members of the Samoa Faafafine Association
Former Miss SFA 2015-2016 Steva Auina with her proud mother, Elisapeta N Auina
Former Miss SFA 2015-2016 Steva Auina with her proud mother, Elisapeta N Auina
Steva Auina performing on stage one last time during her reign
Steva Auina performing on stage one last time during her reign
Barbra Va’a Tiufea showing off her evening gown
Barbra Va’a Tiufea showing off her evening gown

The eldest of five siblings, Ulberg grow up under the care of grandparents at Tuaefu. 

“I thank my mum Salaevalu my grandparents Faaniusami and Tuisila Paul Ulberg especially for their support.” 

Former Miss SFA 2015-2016 Steva Auina with her proud mother, Elisapeta N Auina

Former Miss SFA 2015-2016 Steva Auina with her proud mother, Elisapeta N Auina

Ulberg also acknowledged the great support of SSAB Samoa especially to the Managing Director, Fiti Leung Wai and the supportive staff. 

Ulberg took out four prizes, best swimwear, best talent, best evening gown and best interview. 

Barbra Va’a Tiufea showing off her evening gown

Barbra Va’a Tiufea showing off her evening gown

Miss Samoa Faafafine New Zealand, Ms Jessica Hunt Auva’a was the winner of the Speech Competition. 

Miss Internet went to contestant No 9 Ms Barbra Tiufea Va’a who also won the best tutti frutti creative wear.

Miss Photogenic was contestant No 2. Celine Knowel Hunter. 

Steva Auina performing on stage one last time during her reign

Steva Auina performing on stage one last time during her reign

With the overall winners, the 4th runner up went to contestant No 3 Tara Poumare. 

Third runner up was contestant No 9 Barbra Tiufea Va’a. 

Second runner up was contestant No 7 Maxine Fa’amoe Etene and the first runner up was contestant No 4, Jessica Hunt Auva’a. 

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