CONTESTANTS vying for this year's Adi Senikau Pageant title at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival are ready to showcase their talents.
That's the confirmation from the Hibiscus Events Group as 12 contestants have registered for the event.
According to the Pageant co-ordinator Sulique Waqa, the pageant which will be held next Friday has been themed Birds of the Pacific.
Mr Waqa said birds in the Pacific had a lot of role and this was a way to pay tribute to the birds.
"We are trying to promote and get people to engage in bird species. Birds can be wherever they want and they have the freedom to do so.
"For us, it's about celebrating transgender as woman and bringing that to life."
Mr Waqa said this year's event would be an interesting one because of the talented stars who would be competing against each other
"This year we have a fierce competitor who travels all the way from the Kingdom of Tonga and she is currently Miss Galaxy Tonga."
He said the event was an important one for the transgender community because this was the time of the year where they tried to get their message across to the public and the different points they hoped to highlight.
"This is where we advocate on transgender rights, more tolerance society, and a safe community for all transgender women to live their life free from violence, abuse and discrimination."
Mr Waqa said despite his busy schedule he always made sure that he set aside time for the participants and prepared them for the upcoming event.
"Everyone is busy, so the contestants are really prepared for this year. We are getting there, we are just making sure that they are well prepared with what they are going to be delivering this year."
The Adi Senikau Pageant will be held next Friday at Albert Park.