The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2015-2016, Abigail Havora and the lovely eight contestants for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant this year, are now ready for a week of activities leading up to the finale on Friday.
Fittingly, their week began yesterday when they attended a church service which was held at the Catholic Church at Leauva’a.
And today, the reigning Miss Pacific Islands and the eight beauties from around the Pacific are making their way to the big island of Savaii.
This year’s pageant is guided by the theme; ‘Celebrating our History and Embracing our Future’ and the finale will be held in the evening on the 2nd of December at Gym 1, Tuana’imato.
Miss Pacific Island Pageant 2015-16 said they are ready to get the show started.
“I am really happy to be back in Samoa, this time for the pageant and to pass on the crown to the next winner,” she told the Samoa Observer yesterday after the service.
“I’ve met all the girls and they are all wonderful young ladies.
I have to say that it is always nice seeing our young girls standing up for a cause greater than themselves and to see girls who are passionate about representing their culture and families.
“I can see that they are all excited to be here and I am looking forward to getting to know them more. “For me personally, it’s such a blessing to see all young girls putting their hands up to proudly represent their culture and country. I am looking forward to doing everything with the girls. Like I said, I am more than happy to be here.
“And I am sure the girls are all excited to be in this beautiful country and are all looking forward to our adventures.”
As the reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail’s message to the girls throughout this week is very simple.
“My message has always been about purpose,” said Abigail.
“I mean I will just encourage and remind them that they are here for a reason and they are here on behalf of their people and culture and you know there is reason why God placed them here.
“So I would also encourage them to tune into God, tune into their talents, and their inner beauty and everything will unfold. There is nothing more I can really say because everyone carries something special and I know that they’re all here to showcase that and I can’t wait to see the great talents and potential in these young girls.”
Finally, Abigail had nothing but positive things to say about welcoming them in Samoa and she also commented on the beautiful and inspirational service yesterday.
“I am loving it, and I loved the service so much.
“I love the message of being alert. It is very timely as well for the girls because when the pastor was talking, I thought about God’s words saying, do not worry about the past, and don’t worry about tomorrow, but rather focus on today.
“And to me, that was really a good message, because to be alert, means that we have to be well-prepared. Also if we worry about tomorrow, we will forget about the matters in front of us or the matters of today.
“And if we keep worrying about the past, then we won’t be able to deal with the matters we have now.
“I think it’s a really great message for the girls as they prepare for the pageant night. It’s good for them to be alert and to stay focused on what’s right in front of them which is their roles as Ambassadors of their countries.”
The contestants are staying at Taumeasina Island Resort but they are on a field visit to Savaii and will be back to Upolu tomorrow afternoon.