Parents of new Miss Samoa overjoyed
Lupematasila Laititimalu Reti Fanueli and his wife Lagaasa from Vaivase were skeptical when their daughter Susana wanted to contest the Miss Samoa title.
They had experienced that same feeling of uncertainty before.
Their eldest daughter Salaevalu, now a teacher with Samoa College had competed in the 2003 Pageant as Miss National University of Samoa.
Back then, Mrs Fanueli reminisced that, “It was expensive, especially without a sponsor not to mention the emotional stress.”
But their daughter Susana, an Auditor with the Office of the Controller and Chief Auditor had reassured her parents that everything would be taken care of by her sponsors, Apia Insurance Company.
And when their 22-year old daughter was crowned Miss Samoa 2013 last Friday night, the parents of ten children and eight grandchildren were overjoyed.
“Who would have thought? This is God’s will and we pray that he will continue to guide Susana during her reign,” beamed an excited Mrs. Fanueli.
“We pray that she will make a difference for our country and for all the young women of Samoa during her reign.”
Added proud father;
“Our children’s achievements are reward enough for us parents.
“We can only pray that Susana will live up to the expectations of our country.”
Lupematasila is a teacher by profession and one of the lecturers at Don Bosco, Alafua.
And his children are following in his footsteps.
Susana is a 2012 graduate from the Wellington Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting.