Students end Pacific Games on high
The performance by the two thousand students from schools around Upolu were again the icing on the cake when Samoa closed the 2019 XVI Pacific Games at the Apia Park on Saturday night.
Dressed in colourful attires, the students stole the evening with their creative formations and dance moves, which were met with loud applause from a packed Apia Park.
The performance by the students ended the whole Pacific Games concept “Momoli laau i Foga'a”.
“The last act is where Leatiogie returns to his father, Feepo, and taputapuai while he went to play the game using the lapalapa,” said one of the choreographers, Eterei Maiava.
“His win was from not only his dad’s blessings but mostly God, who was the main person we celebrate tonight (last night) in this ceremony for we believe God has blessed every athletes.
“But like what the Bible said, E toatele e auai ae toalaiti e filifilia. Tonight will be about not only finishing the story of Feepo and Leatiogie, but also thanking God for all the guidance that we give the glory back to Him for a very peaceful and successful Pacific Games.”
The performance also paid tribute to fallen heroes of Samoa and also preserving the deep culture and spiritual values.
“I believe Samoa is well known through its traditional dance, therefore we gifted and treasure all our Pacific Islands with our traditional Siva Samoa, our Mauluulu and the Sasa to show them that Samoa continues to carry our ancestor's history and their strong values in dance,” said Eterei.
The night closed with a performance by the Siva Afi Entertainment group, with their amazing fire dance.