Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017

Allen Lockington,Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka | Thursday, December 14, 2017
I WISH to register my disappointment and embarrassment at the manner in which Fiji hosted the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.
Miss Fiji Hally Qaqa gestures towards the crowd during the Miss Pacific Islands pageant at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND
Miss Fiji Hally Qaqa gestures towards the crowd during the Miss Pacific Islands pageant at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

I believe it was a shame looking at the stage that was put up by the organisers for an international event of such stature.

The previous hosts Tahiti, Cook Islands and Samoa had put extravagant international standard stages and decorations to live up to the expectations of the event and its mood. I echo the sentiments shared by local pageant organiser Andhy Blake, who shared pictures on his Facebook comparatively showing previous hosts and what Fiji offered.

I believe the coverage on TV wasn't either in any way sensational to live up to its brand name.

Fiji has in the past shown its vibrancy and artistic capability to host international events, however, I believe the Pacific Pageant was below expectation.

Furthermore, there was no media buzz, festivity or any form of excitement for the event leading up to the actual dates of the event.

This was an event not just for Fiji viewers, but for all Pacific Islands and I believe we failed to live up to the expectations of it very badly. As a Fijian, I'm sure we have capable people, we have the talents and we can pull resources to demonstrate to the world we can do a million times better.

Sadly, I believe this event was an embarrassment to the profuse display of our inability to live up to the expectations of hundreds of thousands of spectators across the region.

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