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Alisi is Pacific queen

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FIJI's Alisi Rabukawaqa is the new Miss South Pacific.

Ms Rabukawaqa outclassed representatives from other Pacific Island countries to walk away with the title on Saturday night.

Speaking to The Fiji Times yesterday, Ms Rabukawaqa said her experience at the regional pageant had been nothing short of amazing.

The 24-year-old said she had walked into the pageant without any expectations.

"I just kept an open mind and didn't assume anything and the whole experience was amazing, from the staff of the hotel to those who were working with the pageant, they were very helpful and did everything to accommodate us," said Ms Rabukawaqa.

The young woman from Namulumulu, Bua said it had been an honour to represent Fiji on the international stage and thanked her family and those who helped with the preparations for their support.

"My mother called and wanted to know everything about the pageant after I had won and we were crying and laughing and talking."

"They told me that all the family back home had been watching the crowning online and that made me so happy to know all the support I had," Ms Rabukawaqa said.

After a hectic three months, the new Miss South Pacific said she hadn't made any concrete plans for the future.

She did say however that she would continue to advocate for issues closer to her heart.

"At the pageant I tried to advocate against the exploitation of sharks by commercial fisheries in the sarong section of the pageant and I hope it has a positive effect and hopefully the people watching realise it's an issue to be addressed."

She said nothing would have been possible without the Almighty, her family, friends and all those who had been part of her pageant preparations.

Rabukawaqa walked away with the "Best Traditional Costume" and the "Best Interview Awards" along with Miss South Pacific crown. First runner-up was Miss Hawaii who also won the Best Sarong award and 2nd runner-up was Miss Tonga.

Ms Rabukawaqa took home $US5000 and will be reporting to the Miss South Pacific Pageant Secretariat and will be travelling the Pacific and other destinations as and when arranged by the Secretariat.

She is the second Fijian to win the crown following Mere Nailatikau in 2009.





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