Corona Fiji hosts cultural show meet

From left: Isale Vulagi Lolohea, Moana Liebregts and Sione Finau entertain guests during the Corona Fiji meeting at the New Zealand High Commissioner's residence yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI.

IN a bid to share their rich multicultural backgrounds, Corona Fiji yesterday hosted a meeting with a Tongan theme to display to its members the cultural values and traditions of Tonga.

President of Corona Fiji Jo Dearsley said they had focused on Pacific themes for their meetings to introduce their members to the Pacific culture.

“We just think it’s fantastic for all of our members because a lot of them are locals and expatriates,” she said.

“So we’re such a multiracial community here in Fiji and it’s really good to experience other cultures as well.”

Fololeni Curr, the wife of the New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr, is Tongan and she rallied the Tongan community in Suva for yesterday’s event.

Mrs Curr said they were asked by Corona to dedicate their meet to a Tongan theme.

“So I called on the Tongan diasporas in Fiji if they could help out so we figured that the best way to display our Tongan culture is to actually do a fashion show,” she said.

She said their Tongan Suva youths displayed an array of wonderful outfits, which they wore for different traditional functions during yesterday’s event.

“Our Tongan youths here are displaying different parts of our lives and what we wear to funerals, weddings, birthdays and also our everyday wear.”

“We also touched on what we wear for Tongan traditional dances.”

Meanwhile, Corona members raised more than $4000 during yesterday’s fundraiser.

These funds will be given to three orphanages in Fiji.

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