Miss Pacific Islands pageant opens in PNG — Pacific We Are: One Step, One Aspiration
Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA — Miss Pacific Islands host Papua New Guinea welcomed their island brothers and sisters from across the Pacific this week as the weeklong pageant got underway with Miss American Samoa Epifania Petelo drawing the Contestant #3 position.
Coming together in PNG – the land of ‘A Million Different Journeys’ —12 outstanding Pacific Island pageant queens descended on the capital city Port Moresby for the annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.
The week-long journey of the Pacific island queens – saw the contestants arriving Sunday November 24 with departure on Sunday, December 1, as they share their aspirations promoting the many cultures and shared values of our Pacific Islands Region.
The pageant program includes excursions to the surrounding attractions in Port Moresby, including Loloata Island. There will be a Float Parade in the Down Town CBD area, then finally a Crowning Ball where contestants bring their best to the stage to determine who will be crowned the new 2019 Miss Pacific Islands.
Papua New Guinea’s reigning Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Kariha is ready to hand over her crown, as contestants compete in sarong wear, traditional and contemporary inspired talent and onstage interview to be crowned the new Queen of the Pacific.
Miss American Samoa Epifania Petelo drew the Contestant #3 position. With election year coming up in 2020 for American Samoa and the U.S. Epifania has picked politics as her topic for the all-important interview event. She has told media in PNG that one of most significant issues she believes women are facing in American Samoa and Pacific wide is the lack of women representation in all aspects of community life, including government and civic organizations. “Women are less likely than men to be in leadership positions,” she said.
AND THE CONTESTANTS ARE:
· Miss Samoa – Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland-Seumanu
· Miss Marshall Islands – Billma Peter
· Miss Nauru – Millenia Finch
· Miss Papua New Guinea – Lucy Maino
· Miss Heiva Tahiti – Herevai Hoata
· Miss Fiji – Jessica Fong
· Miss Tonga – Yehenara Soukop
· Miss Tuvalu – Tapua Pasuna
· Miss Wallis & Futuna – Violene Blondel
· Miss Solomon Islands – Gladys Habu
· Miss Cook Islands – Terito-o-Ngakura Story
· Miss American Samoa – Epifania Petelo
Sunday 24th November — Church Service and Welcome Dinner
Monday 25th November — Port Moresby Excursion and Loloata Island Resort
Tuesday 26th November — Welcome Dinner by Paga Hill Estate
Wednesday 27th November — Visit National Museum & Art Gallery and Parliament Haus
Thursday 28th November — Visit Port Moresby Nature Park
Friday 29th November — Float Parade, Port Moresby
Saturday 30th November — Miss Pacific Islands Crowning Ball, Port Moresby