Methodist's Punaoa Center celebrates CD launch

The students of the Laumua o Punaoa Technical and Creative Centre gathered in celebration on Wednesday to launch a new albumL Finau I Mea Sili Volume 3.

Held at Wesley College's Hall in Faleula, the launch was another opportunity for the students of Punaona to showcase their talents, the school's principal, Reverend Selau Asiata, told the Samoa Observer.

"The main reason behind this whole process is for the students to showcase their talents especially in singing, we didn't [want] those young talents to go to waste so we wanted to use their voices for the Lord and for themselves which is what we're doing today (Wednesday)," he said.

"Ever since the school was founded, we always emphasised this part of the school which is music and, as the theme of the day goes, 'Today is to prepare for tomorrow'.

"We're trying to prepare these kids for tomorrow and what it has to offer them."

This week's launch came after the release of their latest CD had to be postponed due to duties relating to hosting the Pacific Games this month. 

The students have been practising since June. 

One student, 20-year-old Avagalu Toia, was a soloist on the album. 

She said she was thankful for the opportunity to come out of her comfort zone.

"This is my first time singing in front of people and being able to do it have expanded me to a whole another level and I'm just so grateful for this great opportunity," she said.

"My talent was hidden for a long time now and I hope I can be able to inspire other young talents out there to get out of their comfort zones and be proud of their talents."

The launch was accompanied by the students' talent and culture show in a celebration ahead of the Methodist Church's annual conference next week. 

About 250 students attend the Punaoa Technical and Creative Centre. They are taught by 25 staff members.

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