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Fiji Rejoins Miss Asia Pacific After 29 Years

Fiji Rejoins Miss Asia Pacific After 29 Years
Miss Asia Pacific International Fiji contestants, (from left) Ruci Chandra, Makereta Lalabalavu, Elizabeth Tanya Sidal and Zoe Gaunavinaka at Suva Point on July 22, 2017 while helping the Pacific Islands Development Forum Clean-Up campaign. Photo: Ronald Kumar
July 24
11:00 2017

 

After a lapse of 29 years Fiji will once again be part of the Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant.

Pageant Local Marketing committee member, Solomone Rabuli said the platform was similar to the Miss World pageant but focusing mostly on the Asia Pacific countries.

He confirmed that eight contestants were picked from 15 young Fijian women who participated in the auditions last month in Suva.

Mr Rabuli was a 2013 Hibiscus King contestant.

He said as part of the selection criteria the contestants agreed to  wear a bikini and have to meet expected criteria.

The contestants’ first exposure was on Saturday.

They were part of the clean-up campaign organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum.

“The cleanup campaign is the start, and is aimed at getting the young women to go out and do community work,” Mr Rabuli said.

“The contestants have also been attending workshops learning more about climate change,” he said.

He said in the upcoming weeks there will be community visits where the contestants will be learning first hand issues affecting climate change in Fiji.

Sponsors for the event include Image Fiji Limited, Tanoa Plaza Hotel, Navneet Studio and Aspire Network.

The committee welcomes sponsors willing to support the event.

The crowning finale will be held on September 9th. The queen represents Fiji in the Philippines in November.

The last contestant who represented Fiji in 1988 was former Miss Hibiscus, Lenora Qereqeretabua, under the then name Miss Asia Pacific Quest.

Fiji  joins Samoa, Cook Islands, and Guam from the Pacific Islands in this year’s pageant.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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