Visitors admire PNG success and culture

While fellow Pacific Islanders were busy with the tight schedules of the SP Games, three enthusiastic Tuvalu lads have found time to go looking for something to take home as souvenirs from Papua New Guinea.

Alex Resture, Seluka Resture  and Isopo Sokomani said they chose  to buy a Highlands string bag known as a bilum in Papua New Guinea pidgin among others to take home to show to their relatives.

Resture said the string bag cost them K80 to buy from a crafts trader from Enga.

The three athletes who are members of their country's tennis ball team in the  SP Games also described Port Moresby as "a giant city in the Pacific" besides Australia and New Zealand with world standard sports facilities that are capable of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

"Yes, the facilities are superb. Why shouldn’t PNG bid to host the Commonwealth Games here," Resture said.

Photo: PNG crafts trader Cathy Kaen from Enga who sold the Highlands string bag tries to show the Tuvalu lads how to use it to carry personal effects.

Philip Kepson