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A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember
July 06
13:14 2017

Emily Beatrice Tavo is 16 years of age and is originally from Rotuma.
“I have seven siblings including me, three brothers and four sisters,” Emily said.
“I grew up in the capital city of Suva. I’m currently attending Jai Narayan College, studying commerce with an aim to become a business accountant.”
She is yet to have a confirmed sponsor for this year’s festival.

1. What was your first reaction when you were told that you were one of the Teen contestants at this year’s Hibiscus festival?
I felt excited and happy at the same time, because I was really looking forward to the long week event.
I am glad that I am part of this Vodafone Hibiscus Festival as a Teen contestant.

2. What motivated you to enter this year’s Hibiscus?
What motivated me was my mom, because she wanted me to overcome my fears when being on stage and have confidence in me.

3. Just briefly talk about your theme for the festival?
My theme for this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival is “Ways of Sustaining the Environment to Combat Climate Change”.
I chose this theme because I want to advocate on sustaining the environment in order to combat climate change and when advocating this theme to the public, they will have the knowledge of how to conserve the environment to help combat climate change.

4. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?
As for this year’s festival, I am looking forward to all the activities that will be held during the week of the festival for e.g. Public Judging, Talent Night, and the opportunity of attending workshops.

5. Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be a part of the festival?
Yes it has, watching television and seeing this beautiful Queens, Teens and Kings on stage.
All the effort they put to be on that stage is a lot of hard work and commitment which kept me wondering how will I ever be part of that festival, but at the same time it made me want to take part and be one of them.

6. What do you like doing in your free time?
I love to play sports like basketball and listening to music.
7. Who are your greatest inspiration by far?
My mother because she’s been there for me since day one.

9. What would you like to take away from this year’s Hibiscus?
This year’s Hibiscus, I would like to take the memories that I’ve had with my fellow Teen Contestants and also as a strong, confident person and the knowledge of overcoming fear when on stage.

 

Originally from the province of Zhongshan, China, Grace Chow has maternal links to the island of Kadavu.

She is the eldest of three siblings. “I grew up in Nausori town however I moved to Suva when I was 12-years-old,” Grace said.
“I am a Year 12 student of Yat Sen Secondary School and I study pure Arts which includes a combination of history, geography and economics.”

1. What was your first reaction when you were told that you were one of the Teens at this year’s Hibiscus festival?
I was happy, excited and was definitely looking forward to what was ahead of me.

2. What motivated you to enter this year’s Hibiscus?
To be honest, the death of my classmate motivated me to enter this year’s Hibiscus.

3. Just briefly talk about your theme for the festival?
My advocacy message is the “Importance of Water Safety in our society”.
I strongly believe that it is important to know how to swim, not just for leisure, relaxation and recreation purposes only, but also to make it a skill that could other lives.

4. What are you most looking forward to for this years Festival?
I’m mostly looking forward to learning new things, broadening my knowledge, adopting new skills and boosting my level of confidence with regards to public speaking.

5. Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be a part of the festival?
Yes, it has but it was more like a fantasy.

6. What can you say about your sponsors, briefly explain the organisation that most people know nothing about?
I’m sponsored by SATISH Motor Mart Limited as Miss SATISH Motor Mart Limited. SATISH Motor Mart Limited is no stranger when it comes to cars and accessories in Fiji.
With more than 15 years of service, they are the exclusive dealers of brand new ZX Auto, grand tiger 4X4 twin cabs and seven seater SUV Landmark.
The advantage is, when you buy a car you don’t have to look for alternative places for spare parts and repairs, they do mechanic work, accidents repairs and painting. Customers can be assured everything is all under one roof.

7. What do you like doing in your free time?
Since I love art, I spend my spare time recycling old wine bottles and creating art.
I also spend my spare time with my Chinese Youth Group members and peers.

8. Who are your greatest inspiration by far?
My parents are my greatest inspiration by far.

9. What would you like to take away from this years Hibiscus?
Experience and skills.
I would like to adopt new skills and experience and take it with me for future use and purposes.

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