The National, Monday 30th July 2012
By LESLIE OMARO
CENTRAL people finally have a day to celebrate after staging of the first Central Provincial Day last Saturday.
It was all thanks to the University of Papua New Guinea Central Province Students Association, which organised the day at the Port Moresby Nature Park.
The day was filled with cultural performances from the five districts in the province – Rigo, Abau, Goilala, Hiri and Kairuku.
Coordinator Solomon Taune said it was time Central had a day to celebrate its cultural heritage and unite the people from different backgrounds from those districts.
Taune said the celebrations began on Friday with a Central pageant quest involving young female and male contestants in traditional attire.
The final judging on Saturday saw the inaugural Mr and Miss Central crowned.
Judah Memafu from Abau was crowned Mr Central and Michelle Naime the Miss Central.
“The day was a success .
“We had our very own performances from the performing arts students plus some strong local bands and everything went well,” Taune said.
“We are planning to make this an annual event and are calling on the Central provincial government, Central leaders in parliament plus prominent Central people to step in and support the annual Central Day.”
Taune said money raised from the day would be used to support various awareness campaigns in Central province.
He said awareness campaigns would mainly be educational and involve high school and secondary school students in the province.