Miss Pacific Latafale Auva’a with a Samoan fan in a humid Apia afternoon
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 2015: One of the activities the Miss Pacific Latafale Auva’a has put in motion , is a call to all Pacific nations to be part and support the Miss Pacific Pageant.
She said it is one of her roles as Miss Pacific to encourage the Pacific countries to be part of the unique pageant.
Formerly known as the Miss South Pacific Pageant, other countries like Papua New Guinea and Hawai’i, who are not in the South Pacific zone have been pushing for a name change that is inclusive to the Pacific.
The name change to Miss Pacific Pageant was made official in Apia last November.
Last year also saw the return of Nauru to the pageant after a 14 years absence.
“It is a great way to share and learn about each country’s cultures,” said Ms. Auva’a.
Ms. Auva’a, as Miss Samoa is the first to wear the Miss Pacific crown and is now out on a mission to bring other Pacific nations to take part.
The activities she has in the pipeline will not only assist the national community, but the region as well.
Her aim is to help the children in school either through donations of books or just do volunteer work.
She is keen to fundraise for the development of children in Samoa and the region, and with singing dominating the lives of the young ones, she hopes to incorporate any singing activities in her list of ‘things to do’.
Humbled by the support of the people, she wishes to give back to the people through voluntary work.
She acknowledges the people that have helped her throughout her preparation for the pageant last year and for the people of Samoa for the support.
She also acknowledges her family and her grandmother to whom she dedicates the crown for the inspiration and support.
Cook Islands will host this years’ Miss Pacific pageant.