The special fund raising concerned organised by USPECSA which took place on Saturday 2nd August in Port Vila was a success.
Despite unfortunate sound system problem, one hour delay in the starting of the concert, long set up by the Malapoa Music team and the poor lighting system, the Magazine Committee organised concert at the Korman Stadium was a big success. True to their promises, island nations of the USP region displayed hidden talents kept covered for a long time. The most entertaining performances were certainly by the “mama boys” of Vanuatu who danced the night away to the string ban tunes of Island Dress. The bedazzling performances of Tom Sipsip and Justin Ngwele in their long island dress stole the show and Biu’s wild dance with Myint certainly taking the icing of the cake. However the two Polynesian dancing queens, Simon and Saia were certainly a dare to see, with their overflowing dresses swinging their masculine hips away.
Moreover Cook Islands beauties displayed what real ‘hula’ is all about and adopted some brothers from the Solomon’s in their traditional Maori sort of war dance. Samoa transported the crowd to their world of Polynesian magic and Tonga’s sole performance by Ane was certainly enchanting particularly with the heaps of money sticking to her body. The solo dance by Filinga from Tuvalu was also a performance not to be missed. The Solo item kept the crowd to their toes with laughter, while the Fijians most certainly left the crowd hypnotized with a combination of war dance by the boys and meke by the girls. The Micronesian States and Marshall Islands transported us back to their war years and showed us an item sacred and traditional to them. Kiribati kept the crowds excited with the dancing skills of Karotu. The Indian girls displayed their Bollywood magic with items never before witnessed in Vanuatu. However the night was stolen by the captivating voice of the talented Vanessa Quai whose very name caused cheers from the 800-1000 or so crowd.
It was most certainly a successful night, just with the rich display of cultural secrets and dances. The Magazine Committee raised well above the targeted figure of 200,000vatu. The experiences and unity in diversity of the nations of USP clearly reflected that night was something that will linger in the minds of all that came and especially partook in the unique dances.
The Organising team looked stressed but at the end of the day, the smiles on their faces clearly told their story that they have achieved the objective of what they set out to do. Being part of the organising team, and after watching a spectacular performance all that can said is that “it was worth the sacrifice” despite all the setbacks. My appreciation to Aca Rawaya, Gene Bai, Tabisa, Laisa, Laisani, Seini, Taina, Talei, Te, Semi, Mavis Joseph, Sivoki, Robin and others who supported us.
A big congratulations for a job well done.
We are also truly grateful and in debt to each cultural presidents and members for giving us all a night to remember and we hope to deliver our promises of giving you a magazine that you will treasure. Many thanks also to our sponsors especially the Law School, PLU, School Administration, Yoli Tom’atavala, Professor Don Paterson, and Leon Terrill for their cash donations and National Bank for their gift in kind.
Everyone give yourself a pat on the back for your input in making this one big night of success.