“In my eyes and in the eyes of your country, you are still a winner in our book.”
That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told the Miss Pacific Islands first runner up and reigning Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo when she paid him a courtesy visit this week.
The Prime Minister reassured the young Miss Samoa that the Pageant’s Board could expect a formal letter from government as the owner of the Miss Pacific Island Pageant to revisit the judging criterias.
But with the same token, he is pleased with the overall performance by Miss Samoa and thanked her for her courage and patriotism.
Papali’i in response thanked the Prime Minister for his moral support and prayers during her campaign earlier this month, Nadi Fiji.
She apologized if she had not met her Prime Minister and the country’s expectations and reiterated that she will continue to serve her country with pride during her one year reign.
Papali’i will start her official duties as Miss Samoa on January 3rd when government returns after the end of the year holidays.