Thursday, May 23, 2013

Miss Vanuatu 2013 not just a beauty pageant

VTO media release 24 May 2012:  This June, Miss Vanuatu Committee is hosting the national event at Saralana Stage, Port-Vila. The pageant will be held on the 8 June and one talented Ni-Vanuatu woman will be crowned Miss Vanuatu 2013. 
The event brings together young women from all parts of the country for the purpose of profiling beauty and intelligence within Vanuatu. Miss Vanuatu 2013 will become an ambassador for the women of Vanuatu and will be the face of Vanuatu locally, regionally and globally. This year, Miss Vanuatu 2013 will also attend Miss Asia Pacific World pageant in Korea in August as well as Miss South Pacific in Solomon Islands in December.
The last contest was held in 2005 where the gifted Ms Glenda Laban won the title of Miss Vanuatu Tourism, since then this ‘brain and beauty’ pageant has evolved into an influential platform providing advice and assistance to young Ni-Vanuatu women. 
The 10 selected finalists are: 
01 - Valérie Martinez - 23 - Tanna
02 - Talia Ayong - 22 - Ifira
03 - Joséphine Mahit - 22 - Paama
04 - Jenifer Watson - 20 - Malekula
05 - Oliniva Litoung - 19 - Malekula
06 - Emily Bani - 20 - Tongoa/ Ambae
07 - Julina Bangga - 21 - Ambae/ Tanna
08 - Lavinia Taleo - 19 - Efate
09 - Jeanine Taravaki - 19 - Efate/ Tanna
10 - Anne-Lise Thyna - 21 - Malekula
The public presentation, including the Best Talent competition, will be a free event held on 3 June at the Saralana Stage and then the beauty pageant will be held on Saturday 8 June at the Saralana Stage. 
Tickets for the beauty pageant are currently on sale at the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Port-Vila. Pre ticket sales for over 12 years are 1,500VT; and 1,000VT for under 12 years. Be quick as ticket sales at the gate will be 2,000VT for everyone. A table of 10 is 30,000VT, including seating under the marquee and nibbles.
 “It is good to have this event back on the scene as it helps in developing an equal opportunity for the Ni-Vanuatu young women to use their God given talents in taking the lead to promote their pride of Vanuatu.  This will form part of the destination marketing awareness for the world to further discover what matters” said Mr Sebastien Bador, VTO Events Manager. “Miss Vanuatu pageant recognises and promotes the attributed, intelligence and talents of Ni-Vanuatu women for their contribution in the development of our archipelago.”
The event has been organised through partnerships with FM107, GRD, Midas Consultancy, Spice Indian Restaurant, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Vanuatu Travel Inbound. The Committee would like to thank the events confirmed sponsors: Air Vanuatu, BRED bank, Port-Vila Municipal Council, Sun Productions Printers, Vanuatu Treasures. Sponsorship options are still open to any interested individuals/ businesses.

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