The National Capital District Commission through its Amazing Port Moresby campaign yesterday gave a whopping K50 000 in support of PNG Fashion Week. The national event, which is aimed at creating an appetite for fashion employs 120 people every year. This has culminated in the opening of the Miss PNG shop at Vision City which supports local designers by providing an avenue to sell their products, products inspired by the country’s diverse cultures.
In handing over the check, NCDC Governor Powers Parkop described it as a wonderful initiative.
“Through our global brand Amazing city and our Active City Development Program, I am happy to announce a sponsorship of K 50 000 to support this powerful platform by which our young people build their self-esteem and improve their social values. Many of them will go on to become champions in whatever field or career and this platform is part of their growth. This is what Port Moresby should be about: not just an active city but importantly an amazing city. The bonus is that it is a national event.”
Governor Parkop also praised PNG Fashion Week Director, Philma Kelegai for her perseverance in helping models and designers make a livelihood out of their passion, especially as fashion is a new industry in this country.
“Fashion is not something we are used to in our country. But if there can be Fashion Shows everywhere around the world; Italy, Paris, New York, Sydney. Why not Port Moresby? So I want to thank Philly for being passionate and hanging in there despite a lot of challenges and odds.”
The Regional Manager of the Coral Sea Hotels, Mr Matthew Cooper echoed similar sentiments. He described Ms Kelegai as an inspiration for setting high goals and working towards them.
“None of these happens without the efforts of this incredibly determined lady who has driven this PNG Fashion Week brand. She has overcome many challenges and in that regard, Philly is somewhat of a mentor to so many young ladies such as the young models and designers.”
Hence, the Coral Sea Hotels, which has been supporting the PNG Fashion week over the years, will continue to do so in the coming years.
Ms Kelegai thanked Governor Parkop and Mr Cooper for seeing the potential in the fashion industry.
“PNG fashion week is a national platform that promotes economic empowerment, young people, local entrepreneurs as well as our great country and its diversity. It is something that can encapsulate and showcase our country in such a unique way by embracing our past and pushing forward into a new and dynamic future.”
“We started Fashion week with a bang last week, from the 11th – 13th of April, we had the Port Moresby Fashion week at Vision City. We will be having Rabaul Fashion Week in July, Enga Fashion week in August and Lae Fashion week in September. And it will culminate in PNG Fashion week in October in Port Moresby. It’s truly an honour to have Port Moresby support this because we want to work with our provincial governments to change this city and country. We invite everyone to participate: designers, models, young people. We employ 120 every time we put on a show so it is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved, “said Ms Kelegai.