The women’s fellowship from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) of Iva, Savaii won the float competition yesterday.
Held in Savaii, nine women’s fellowship from the C.C.C.S., Saleaula, Sasina, Sapapalii, Samalaeulu, Lalomalava, Iva, Lefagaoalii, Methodist Salelologa, and Tafua tai participated in the float parade.
They each presented a float for their host contestant and coming in second place was Lalomalava.
“You are all aware that in the history of the pageant, Savaii has never hosted it. But with this year, it is historic for the big island to be the hosts,” Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti said in keynote address.
“We applaud the preparations, time and efforts that went into creating a beautiful venue for this year’s pageant.
“Additionally, the Government will look into bringing the Teuila Festival to Savaii as well.”
Leader of the women’s fellowship from C.C.C.S. Iva, Vaiuila Laulu said their preparations are just perfect.
“The mothers in Savaii are overwhelmed with happiness, especially our C.C.C.S from Iva. This is the first time something so significant has happened in our island.
“And even if there were difficulties and challenges faced, but so long as we all work together we can overcome any obstacle. There is not one person on this island that is not filled with joy
“As you can see with all our preparations showcased throughout the island, that is the real proof of how much our people convey their support and appreciation to being the host island for the pageant,” Vaiuila stated.
“Whatever may be of benefit to Upolu, it is also good for our big island Savaii. We organised the float vehicle for our contestant that we have hosted along with her creative wear.”
Miss Salimu and Fagaloa - Dolores Cassandra Satiu Cufi said she was overwhelmed with the love that she received from the ladies of Iva.
“They went beyond my expectations; an example would be food, after all food is very important. The first time I arrived in my host village, there was food everywhere ready for me to eat.
“They all came at once and I could not hold back my tears so I cried tears of amazement at the treatment I was getting. I honestly felt like a princess because I felt so much love and warmth from the people.
“Overall I want to make my represented villages especially my new village Iva super proud,” Dolores said.