Pacific Islands Pageant PNG announces 1st contestant

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) today officially announced its first contestant to participate in this year’s pageant.

She is Samantha Vulum who is sponsored by Bank South Pacific (BSP) with a sponsorship of K15 000 towards the pageant.

Vulum is a staff member of BSP employed as a corporate administration officer and has offered her time and effort to participate in the pageant.

The 23 year old from West New Britain and Central Province parentage decided to join the pageant to support the MPIP PNG to raise funds for scholarships for girls.

“I want to help to assist girls to complete or continue their education in tertiary institutions throughout the country,” she said.

BSP group general manager, retail banking, Paul Thornton said the organisation was proud to be associated with a pageant that develops and showcases young women’s intellectual strengths and cultural values.

BSP has been supporting the pageant for five years with sponsorship of close to K100,000 since then.

In the last four years, MPIP PNG has raised more than K400,000 for its scholarship fund and assisted 110 young girls from around PNG to complete their education.

So far five girls with sponsors have confirmed their entry in the pageant while the organising committee is in the process of confirming the sixth contestant.

The contestants will be involved in a week boot camp leading up to the crowning on 14 November in Port Moresby.

Quintina Naime