Tears as Miss Vanuatu Tourism 2005 Crowned
By Meagan Patroni
It was a night full of glamour with a line up of stars such as Vanessa Quai and the Vanuatu Idols. Audience members were glued to their seats until midnight, to see 22-year-old Glenda Laban crowned Miss Vanuatu Tourism 2005.
Runner up, Moana Korikalo, 20, was crowned Miss Vanuatu Independence.
The competition turned up a notch since Monday's display.
Finalists marched confidently down the catwalk in their custom costumes, island dresses, swimwear and evening gowns.
As it got down to the final six contestants each were asked questions about tourism in Vanuatu. Told to answer in English some of the contestants struggled. Two stood out speaking with passion, they were the inevitable winners.
But according to the General Manager of the Vanuatu Tourism Office, Linda Kalpoi, everyone was a winner . She went on to announce that all of the entrants had won 46,000 vatu from an anonymous Australian donor.
Contestants also received vouchers for a full body massage from judge Christine Hamilton. However the audience was most anxious to see the titles handed-out.
For showing kindliness to others throughout the competition Priscella Thieul, 18, won the title of "Miss Friendship".
Blue-eyed beauty Karen Kalsakau, 22, won "Best in Swimwear".
Title of "Best Island Dress" went to Patricia Kabukai, 26.
Alima Garae, 22, was titled "Best Talent".
The award for "Best Kustom Dress" went to Juanita Tarilama, 21.
Club Vanuatu Manager and organiser of the event Beverley Teklic thanked everyone for their support and opened the event explaining that a women's beauty is inspirational, referring to Leonardo Di Vinci's creation of the Mona Lisa.
Herself hoping to inspire, Miss Teklic said the event was a "celebration of beauty, pageantry and Melanesian pride." Swamped with congratulations on a job well done, several audience members asked for the pageant to be held again next year.
With 100, 000 vatu donated to the children's ward of Vila Central Hospital and the winner taking home a return ticket to the Gold Coast with $1000 AU spending money, there is sure to be more women lining up for the opportunity in 2006.