Beach Road comes alive

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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PHOTO FOR THE BOOKS: Miss Tonga, Laura Lauti with the people who decorated her float from Siumu.

PHOTO FOR THE BOOKS: Miss Tonga, Laura Lauti with the people who decorated her float from Siumu.

The Miss Pacific Islands contestants and their floats painted Beach Road with all the colours of the rainbow on Friday, hours before the grand finale of the competition.

To highlight the theme of this year’s pageant, “Celebrating our history and embracing our future,” floats decorated to the theme heralded the final day of the week-long pageant activities. 

Hundreds of people from all around Samoa gathered to celebrate with the lovely contestants and support them during their last public appearances. A small service was held in front of the government building led by Reverend Afamasaga Mautofu. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi spoke about the significance of the pageant.

Some members of the Women’s Committee from Lauli’i who decorated Miss Samoa’s float.
Some members of the Women’s Committee from Lauli’i who decorated Miss Samoa’s float.
Miss Cook Island's Float
Miss Cook Island's Float
Miss Fiji’s Float.
Miss Fiji’s Float.
Miss Solomon’s Islands float.
Miss Solomon’s Islands float.
Miss Tonga's Float.
Miss Tonga's Float.

 “The pageant over the years has increased its popularity as ‘a pageant with a difference’ that is instrumental in promoting the sustainability of our cultures, our environments and oceans and also the significance of having a well-educated nation,” he said. 

Speaking about the contestants tackling the issues, Tuilaepa said presentations were very impressive. “We had some of them speaking about cyber space technology, environment, and education and of course, climate change - topics that that we must all become familiar with and appreciate, to ensure meaningful contributions that would advocate positive outcomes, as these beautiful, intelligent and empowered lady contestants have shared throughout this week.” 

The Pageant was won by Miss Fiji, Anne Dunn.

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