Solomon Islands Hosts 2013 Miss South Pacific Pageant

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Deputy Prime Minister launched week-long event over week-end

By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 2, 2013) – The country is proud to host the 2013 South Pacific Pageant Show.

That’s according to Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Maelanga when officially launching the weeklong event last night at Mendana Hotel.

It’s the first time for Solomon Islands to host such an event.

"I stand here as a proud Solomon Islands’ leader and on-behalf of the Solomon Islands Government to welcome all of you to Honiara and to the shores of the Happy Isles.

"In the same spirit, I on-behalf of my people from the Western border to the far eastern islands guided by the restless seas are delighted to welcome you here and we are pleased to have you in our midst for this week’s Miss South Pacific Pageant which will feature 10 beauty queens from our region."

And the DPM believes the country will successfully host the event.

"A year ago my country was awarded the right to host this year’s South Pacific Pageant Show. In bidding to hosting the 2013 Pageant Show we hoped to deliver an outstanding event."

Maelanga who is also the minister of home affairs believes that the country will witness an exceptional event that will certainly rival the previous shows.

He acknowledged that the success of this pageant show will be a team effort.

"As participants you will play a significant role towards achieving that and my people as the other stakeholders have so far embraced this show and will continue to do so until the crowning of the New Miss South Pacific Pageant."

He told the contestants that this week’s colourful packed programme will take them close to the local people as you will be engaging in a number of community activities.

"It will give you an experience that is close to the actual life on the ground on how some of our people are wrestling with those challenges on a daily basis.

"Obviously our people will share their experiences, their ups and downs but be assured that regardless of these our people will always greet you with a smile."

The deputy Prime Minister further noted the event is an opportunity for the country to showcase its emerging nationhood and diversity, its geographical uniqueness, culture and traditions.

"We have over the years sharpen our skills to host events like this which I believe demonstrates the strengths and the depth of the development strides that we have made since the end of the unrest."

He added that this week the Pacific’s attention will be shifted to Honiara.

"Events like this bring together people from the Pacific to the Solomon Islands and reinforce our image as the Hapi Isles."

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