Name: Priscilla Olano
Occupation: Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP) Technical Assistant, SPREP
Talofa lava, afio mai ma tala mai aao!
As my country Samoa hosts the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2016, I am proud to warmly welcome my Pacific Island sisters to my beautiful Island Paradise, Samoa, the heart and cradle of Polynesia.
I am Priscilla Olano, twenty six years old and I am the eldest of four brothers and two sisters. Family is very important to me and I live at home in our close knit family unit with my parents and siblings, in the picturesque village of Lauli’i, a twenty minute drive from Apia town to the east coast of Upolu Island, past peaceful villages set beside the natural lush green fauna and turquoise sea. My village of Lauli’i is a happy and safe community and I am very active in my extended family, my church, my youth groups and my community at large.
I took part in the Cisco Academy Program at the National University of Samoa and I am currently working at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) as the Technical Assistant for the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP). The PCCP (www.pacificclimatechange.net) is the hub for the Pacific climate change information and it’s a regional search interface that allows you to search for climate change information resources in the Pacific region across a range of sources.
Dancing is my passion and is the tool that I use to minister to young people as my heart is for the children and youth. I have been heavily involved with outreach programs for the Samoa Youth For Christ Ministries. I have been leading a dance crew and have competed in the Samoa Youth Alive Gospel dance competition. My Ultimate goal is to set up a Dance Centre in Samoa to provide an outlet for young generation and a platform for them to use their talents to glorify God and minister to others.
I have many hobbies but my favourites include capoeira, listening to music, playing guitar and spending quality time with my loved ones. May I take this opportunity to wish all the Miss Pacific Islands Contestants a very memorable and enjoyable stay in our Island Paradise of Samoa. I look forward to meeting and forging close relationships with you all in the coming weeks, and wish you all the best for a rewarding and successful Pageant.
Ia soifua ma ia manuia.