Six young women vie for MASI crown tonight
The 21st Miss American Samoa Inc. beauty pageant will feature six beautiful young women vying for the crown of Miss American Samoa 2013-14 on November 1, 2013. The annual event will be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium.
The six contestants are, Tricia Grace Vaivao sponsored by Charity and Hope Ministries with family and friends, Elsie Antonina Monicke Meredith, sponsored by E.J.Z Mart with family and friends; Jessica Mele Tuiletufuga, sponsored by Mosiula Creations with family and friends; Leataataopulematumua Ufisasa Tavete Puailoa, sponsored by Team Iris of Pago Pago; Frances Filifiliauro V Savusa-Savini, sponsored by Monty’s Creations and Eleitino Ma’aelopa Tuiasosopo sponsored by Deluxe Cafe.
The reigning Miss American Samoa is Arielle La’asaga Tuilefano Falaealili Maloata of Malaeloa Aitulagi. An Army reservist from Malaeloa, Arielle entered the pageant last year following a request from her grandfather to compete and also to be a voice for the other young girls who think they cannot run in this pageant because they are athletes. Arielle is the daughter of Faleupolu Maloata and Theresa Falealili.
MASI President Simeafou Imo told Samoa News, the festivities for the contestants kicked off last week, with a successful ‘meet and greet’ at the Lua Ohana Resort in Leone, which was a successful dinner with friends, families and sponsors. The very next day, the contestants participated in a float parade, which was also successful, said Mrs. Imo.
She further noted that a church service was held last Sunday at Malaeloa CCCAS under the leadership of Reverend Faigata Manase and his good lady Rosapaepae.
The MASI president stated on Monday the contestants visited Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga at his office and a tour of his residence followed, given by the First Lady Cynthia Moliga. Mrs. Imo said, during this visit Mrs. Moliga pledged her support for the young women of American Samoa who wish to be in the pageants, and encouraged them to be ambassadors for young women, which is a privilege.
Mrs. Imo said the contestants also visited Hope House in Fatu-o-Aiga and the Pediatric Ward at LBJ hospital — where the girls met firsthand the elderly population, as well as the young ones ill at the hospital.
This year’s theme is “Tausa’afia le tama’ita’i laleleli” or “The essence of a beautiful woman.”
Mrs. Imo said this year is special given the “full force” support shown throughout the community since the festivities kicked off last week.
“I would like to thank all the beautiful girls who took up this challenging yet fun journey to be a part of this year’s pageant. Also thanks to their parents for their support and especially the sponsors — without them, these important events would not be possible” she said.
Mrs. Imo stated that this year MASI is fortunate to have so much support and assistance from the public and the business community. She also pointed out that the contestants are also offered scholarships from Argosy University with a value of $26,000.
The winner will receive $10,000, first runner up $6,000 and $4,000 will be received by the second runner up. All consolation prizes will be $2,000.
The 21st Miss American Samoa’s major sponsor is Impex under the leadership of David Robinson, who’s been a committed supporter of MASI throughout the years. Another major perennial sponsor is Bluesky, which the contestants visit every year during the pre-activities of the pageant.
Bluesky’s Marketing Lead, Neil Pilcher, told Samoa News earlier this week that every year Bluesky supports the Miss American Samoa pageant because it celebrates the Samoan culture and the young women of Tutuila and Manu'a.
Mrs. Imo acknowledged the assistance of the American Samoa Government, including the Visitors Bureau which has been working with MASI. She is also grateful for the assistance of DOC, DPS, KVZK TV and StarKist Samoa.
Tickets for the pageant are being sold for $20, however tickets sold at the door will be $25. There are also $500 corporate tables, which hold six people per table.
For more information, please call 733-9464 or 699-5073 (Meafou) or 731-9790 (Teri).
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