Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, acknowledges contributions made by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant and contestants in promoting Pacific cultures.
The Prime Minister thanked the 12 contestants representing Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, American Samoa, Tuvalu, Nauru, Fiji, Taihiti, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Wallis and Futuna and Papua New Guinea, for taking time out to participate in the contest, promoting not only Papua New Guinea as the host of the 2019 Pageant, but also the richness of life in the Pacific.
“We all live in a big blue space, that is the Pacific Ocean,” Prime Minister Marape said.
“We are placed in this place (the Pacific) to radiate beauty, charm and excitement to the world and you young women are doing that.
The Prime Minister urged the contestants to continue to shine a light on whatever talents they have, to continue to radiate peace and happiness to the world around us that needs it.
He said peace will radiate from each individual that take part in these program and other programs like the pageant.
Prime Minister Marape wished the contestants all the best and hopes they can take back good memories when they leave the shores of Papua New Guinea.
The Prime Minister has meet the contestants at a welcome reception hosted by the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority on November 24 at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby.
The contestants are Miss Papua New Guinea Lucy Maino, Miss Solomon Islands Gladys Habu, Miss Fiji Jessica Fong, Miss Cook Islands Terito-o-Ngakura Story, Miss Wallis and Futuna Violéne Blondel, Miss Marshall Islands Bilma Peter, Miss Tonga Yehernara Soukop, Miss Taihiti Hereva Haota, Miss Nauru Millenia Finch, Miss Tuvalu Tapa Pasua, Miss American Samoa Epifania Petolo and Miss Samoa Fanoifato Nancy Seumanu.