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Queen contestants ‘ready for an...

Queen contestants ‘ready for any criticism’

Vodafone Hibiscus Festival Queen contestants have been trained and expect to receive criticism and comments made against them by the public. Queen contestants’ co-ordinator Jane Kanas made this statement in response to social media posts about the contestants. “The girls have expected all sorts of comments, especially on social media,” she said. “As part of […]

Two in the bag: Teen wins humanitaria...

Two in the bag: Teen wins humanitarian award

MARIAIOSEFO Lesinaivalu added a second award to her name after she won the humanitarian award at the 2016 Vodafone Hibiscus Teen category at the FMF Gymnasium yesterday. The 16-year-old, who is sponsored by APCO, won her first award on Saturday for the best talent. The Lauan lass with maternal links to Rotuma said winning the […]

Tupou’s outfit wins Sarong Wear...

Tupou’s outfit wins Sarong Wear category

THE second award in the Queen contestants’ category was won by Mafi Tupou at the FMF Gymnasium last night. Sponsored by 2Day FM, Miss Tupou stood out from the rest of the 2016 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival Queen contestants as she won the Sarong Wear category in the first public judging. The first category, which was […]

Festival Much Better: Taxi Driver

Festival Much Better: Taxi Driver

This year’s Hibiscus is much better than what we expected, says taxi driver Allen Narayan. He was enjoying some family time at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival at the Vodafone Arena. He said last year the ground condition was really bad and he was expecting the same this year. “It was shocking to see better ground […]

Rokowati Has Faith In Rural Women

Rokowati Has Faith In Rural Women

Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestant, Maria Rokowati, says rural women are agents of economic change. The Ra native is sponsored by Suva Central Pharmacy. Ms Rokowati is one of the 12 contestants vying for the queen’s title at this year’s weeklong Vodafone Hibiscus festival. “Empowering rural women is not only about boosting their well-being but their […]

‘Success Rooted In Early Childhood Ed...

‘Success Rooted In Early Childhood Education’

Early childhood upbringing is the foundation to future success helps a child to thrive throughout school and adulthood, says Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestant Milika Ryland. Ms Ryland, from Saqani in Cakaudrove, says she will be highlighting this issue during the weeklong Suva festival. 25-year-old Ms Ryland is sponsored by Musashi, a sports supplement product at […]

$1k for Kaila! winner

$1k for Kaila! winner

THE winner of the 2016 Kaila! Star Search competition will walk away with $1000 in prizemoney. This was confirmed by Kaila! mentor Viliame Navoka at a press conference yesterday. The Nadroga native said the second-placed contestant would receive $750 while the third place winner would be awarded $500. He said all the participants who had […]

Mum’s Wishes Motivate Maharaj

Mum’s Wishes Motivate Maharaj

Sidharth Maharaj believes education is a process that you undergo everyday which must be stressed to the youths of today. The Verata man, 20, aims to share this message with patrons at the Hibiscus Festival next week. Krish Amusement sponsored Mr Maharaj said education was not just pen and paper but everything that people experienced […]

Rejieli To Promote Youth Empowerment

Rejieli To Promote Youth Empowerment

Fiji National University Miss Hibiscus contestant Reijieli Loma Senisagale Vueti believes youth should take responsibility and play big roles in the nation’s development. Growing up in the small town of Ba and witnessing first-hand the increase in school dropouts and unemployed youths has motivated the 20-year-old to stand up and encourage the youths of today […]

‘Never give up’

‘Never give up’

AS the 10 Kaila! Star Search semi-finalists gear up to strut their stuff this Saturday, a local music legend is encouraging them to work hard and make it big in the music industry. Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro says budding music artistes must have the willingness to listen, learn and respect and the Kaila! Star Search […]