Despite not being able to bring the crown home Ms Habu won Solomon Island's highest placement ever at the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant having placed as 1st runner up at this year's Pageant MPIP and that is a huge achievement for the Solomon Islands, it was highlighted.
Being the 1st runner up in this year’s show was the highest placement for Solomon Islands contestants contesting in the MPIP and it shows that Solomon Islands have been improving a lot at the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant; they've placed 4 times this decade, 3rd runner up in 2013, 4th runner up in 2015 and 2nd runner Up in 2016.
Miss Solomon also scooped the best float and best talent award in this year’s MPIP show.
Miss SI Pageant Director Joyce Konofilia congratulated Miss Habu and thanked her brilliant and outstanding performance in this year’s MPIP show.
“To our beautiful Gladys our queen of hearts back home and here, I am so proud of you, your performance is just way beyond par and consistent all throughout.
“You are naturally beautiful and talented, not just a pretty face but an all-rounder through and through. You are truly a fitting ambassador for our country, we love you I am thankful to you and your parents and siblings for allowing us being part of your life in this platform,’’ she said in her facebook page post yesterday.
Ms Konofilia also thanked all the sponsors, families and supporters for the consistent support rendered towards the team Solomon Islands during the Miss Pacific Islands show.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank our main sponsors Coral Seas Resort and SI Ports Authority for all the support rendered to team SI without your support we would not have made it.
“I also acknowledge the Habu family especially Lucy and Dennis and your beautiful Sabrina for all the efforts in doing the final touches to our contemporary wear, doing the beautiful crown, sash and being there to help with the float.
“Thank you Dennis for being a father to the team, your leadership was a driving force to ensuring the float was done accordingly with no faults.
“Thank you Sabrina for being our assistant chaperon you rock! Thank you Jacqueline Habu for being with our queen and providing the motherly care she needed.
“Thank you Masi Pioh as Miss SI head chaperon and Marylyn Bae for being the wonder woman designer and dressmaker for all the hard work i appreciate all your effort. You proved your worth as reflected in the beautiful dresses Miss SI showcased during the pageant.
“Thank you to one and only Dan Dãñzõ Kakadi for capturing and promoting Miss SI extensively throughout both MSIP and MPIP pages. You make it happen for our team in keeping our people back home in the loop,’’ she said.
She also thanked the Solomon Islands community in PNG for their great support and hospitality rendered towards the team Solomon during the show in PNG.
“To the Solomon Islands community in POM thank you so much to the SI High Commissioner HE Barnabas Anga and good wife, Counsellor Atkin and good wife Salome Atkin and family for your great sense of hospitality, for accommodating our Havulei youth and allowing us to use your facilities.
“To the Havulei youth, Aunty Hazel and Rhian, Jacinter and Isabel community back home, thank you all so much for being the main reason we won the float category your hard work is appreciated and respected.
“To my loving people back home, here and abroad I want to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart, thanks for taking time to follow our journey, for voting, for positive and uplifting comments for our queen. You all are appreciated,’’ said Ms. Konofilia.
She also acknowledged the Solomon Host team for organizing the Miss Solomon Islands Pageant every year.
By BRYAN LUVENA