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Double winner ... Miss American Samoa Lorisa Matautia after being named Miss Personality and Miss Photogenic at the South Pacific Pageant in Suva, Fij

American Samoa contestant in the Miss South Pacific Pageant, Lorisa Matautia, delivered a powerful depiction of the tsunami tragedy that hit her country on September 29 at last nightís pageant talent quest in Suva.

Matautia performed a dramatic tale titled Echoes of Footsteps where she dramatised the devastation of the tsunami that hit American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa.

In an emotional enactment where she recited a poem of the tragic moments that defined the moment of her life, Matautia recalled how suddenly the two waves crashed and left pieces of what she called home. She went on to add that the waves of September 29 may have destroyed her home but the people of American Samoa stood strong in their faith to rebuild their lives.

ďI dedicate my performance to my family and friends who perished in the tsunami of September 29, not only in American Samoa but also to my neighbours, Tonga and Samoa,Ē she said at the end of her performance.

In other talent displays by the 12 queens, Miss Cook Islands Engara Gosselin acted, sang and danced to the tale of the Colours of The Wind.

Miss Niue, Carthy Lavini performed a Niuen expression translated In Praise of the Splendour. She wore a beautiful costume of white and blue that symbolised her peopleís link to the Pacific Ocean in blue and the white symbolising the journey of her ancestors. She also sneaked in a Michael Jackson tribute of his infamous song, Thriller.

Miss Fiji, Mere Nailatikau performed a modern Fijian traditional dance, a meke which she called Preserving the Environment the Pacific Way. Her message was for the Pacific to work together and preserve the environment.

French Polynesia queen Aruhoia Biret performed a dance titled, Dancing Through the Archipelagos.

Miss Tuvalu, Akelita Pasega performed a traditional dance combined with a skit using modern technology. In her skit, she portrayed the importance of the ocean and the threats that challenged its existence. Towards the end of her talent, she called on the entire human race to assist in the care of the beauty and function of the ocean.

Miss Papua New Guinea Antonnia Singut did a voice presentation integrated with a traditional dance while Miss Kiribati Taumuri Tetuai performed a traditional dance with her theme climate change and the preservation of the environment.

Miss Tonga Paea Williams danced a love song of Palua Ė the tale of an island chief of the highest rank who fell in love with a commoner.

Miss Aetaroa Paretaunu Randall performed a contemporary Maori dance portraying the story of four children of human...





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