13 August, 2010
Ausiva Samoana World Expo, Shanghai China Trip
The Ausiva Samoana Trip to China was a great success. The Ausiva had the pleasure and honor of dancing for thousands of people at the Pacific Pavilion as well as for millions of television viewers worldwide over a period of 10 days.
The World Expo 2010 spectators were able to watch the Ausiva Samoana perform daily at 11am, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The shows consisted of powerful and fast faataupati and mauluulu by the alii o le ausiva, balanced by the slow graceful siva by the tamaitai and also combined items such as the siva ofe, sasa, siva ipu popo and ava ceremony. The Final show of each evening was ended with the Taualuga completed by the Miss Samoa, during which the aiuli would invite the Chinese audience to join in with the siva. It was an utmost joy to perform for the Chinese viewers.
The Samoa National Day was also a tremendous occasion where the Ausiva was fortunate to perform for the Hon. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoli’ai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his good lady as well as other Samoan and Chinese dignitaries.
The Ausiva Samoana had a wonderful time in China, seeing the World Expo 2010 and experiencing its magnitude was amazing. The ausiva would like to thank Mr Ricky Wong for his kind donation of $2000 RMB towards the celebratory dinner and also all the Chinese people. To the Samoan delegation in China, a big Faamalo, you are doing a great job. I am sure Samoa is very proud of the work that you have done to portray Samoa to the world. Last but not the least, a big Faafetai tele to the Government and People of Samoa for the support given to Ausiva Samoana. To God be the Glory. (Miss Samoa, Tavalea Nilon)