Big crowd attends mini festival


SCORES of people in Madang packed the Rotary Park to celebrate the 2016 Kalibobo mini festival and Independence Day last Friday.
The people sang the national anthem and the song One Country as flags were raised by girl guides and boys scouts.
Festival committee vice-chairman Kelly Juhula said hundreds of voices sang in harmony with a band to bring the spirit of the occasion closer.
Madang MP Nixon Duban was the guest of honour with former Chief Justice and Madang governor Sir Arnold Amet.
Sir Amet encouraged children and youths to celebrate Independence Day in its true spirit.
He recalled the day – September 16, 1975 – which brought tears, joy and relief for hundreds of PNG people when the Australian and German flags were lowered for the final time and the PNG flag raised to symbolise the country’s Independence.
The two-day festival and celebration featured more than 20 singsing groups, enactment of drama, greasy pole-climbing and children’s games.
The highlight was the Miss Kalibobo quest. Melissha Mukni, representing Regina Avenue (Gagasi), was crowned Miss Kalibobo.
Duban said Madang town would be holding a one-week music and cultural festival in December as part of the law and justice programme for the district.

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