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31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant — first night of competition

Miss American Samoa - Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai [courtesy photo]
Source: Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

The 31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant officially began last night in the friendly Islands of Fiji, with the nine beautiful contestants taking to the stage for their first night of public judging.

The first appearance for the contestants was their introduction, where they came out firing with a well-versed overview of themselves and their respective countries in front of a well-appointed panel of judges. This was followed by their sarong with each showcasing not only their nicely printed swim wear, but their poise and charisma in carrying themselves with a twist from their own countries in linking with the Pageant theme of ‘climate change action to sustain our Islands’.

The judged categories of the Pageant contest this year is spread out into three nights of competition, with the winner to be crowned on the fourth and final night on Saturday 9th December at Prince Charles Park in Nadi town.

Fiji President, His Excellency Jioji Konrote delivered the keynote address of the night and acknowledged with appreciation the importance and direction of the Pacific Pageant as well as the dialogue on issues Pacific people are facing.

“Through our support of regional events such as the Pacific Pageant, our young women can share their experiences, hopes and aspirations, for a peaceful and safer pacific tomorrow,” said His Excellency.

“This is a platform for our young women to speak on the issues they are passionate about, issues that affect our society, our health, our well-being, our children, our families, our education, our developments, our environment, our people and our livelihood.”

The President also acknowledged the importance of the Pageant Theme.

“It’s a humbling feeling that this is the most time and apt theme as Fiji has just assumed presidency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23.

“I wish to acknowledge the collective support of leaders, the governments, the private sectors and civil society organisations throughout the pacific, who are promoting the timely, proactive and decisive actions to protect our Islands from the detrimental effects of climate change.” He added.

He also acknowledged all the organisers of the Pageant and the commitment in making this a reality.

“This is the way of the Pacific, and that is our way, the Pacific way.”

The Chairman of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Inc. and Samoa’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Salā Fata Pinati could not attend the Pageant and extended his warm greetings to one and all through his message that was read out.

Earlier-on in the opening day of the Pageant, a parade was held through the streets of Nadi town where the public had the chance to meet their favourite contestants.

The contestants have picked their respective topics for interview presentations namely, Gender Equality, Education, Tourism, Politics, Culture, Climate Change Action to sustain our Islands, Technology, Environment and Health.

The presentation of topics will be judged this morning, followed by the Talent category in the evening. Friday night is the traditionally inspired attire category and  the  stage interview, and  Saturday night  is  the  crowning of  the  winner. The Internet Voting via Facebook continues and will close on Friday midnight.

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