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Facebook "important" to connect with family, says Pata

  • Leading pese for Pata, Toomaga Iakopo, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
    Leading pese for Pata, Toomaga Iakopo, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
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(PATA, Falelatai, Samoa) – Facebook's importance in keeping Samoans connected with family members – is one of the issues addressed in pese that Pata village will present in celebration of Independence Day June 1, 2018.

Government officials have begun their inspections of pese and siva for Independence Day celebrations and visited Pata Wednesday, May 9. They were received at the guesthouse of Rev. Sisa Samuelu, leader of the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa at Pata.

In their pese, Pata addresses a number of issues including Facebook, asking Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi not to ban the social media site.

Villagers say it is "very important" in order to stay connected with family members, but brings "bad things" when used "incorrectly."

It is a reference to the PM's proposed ban of social media sites including Facebook, issued in late March. The ban has been proposed due to "ghost writers" who have been operating social media accounts under pseudonyms, waging written attacks on the current administration, Church ministers and members of the public in Samoa.

Pata, its 200 plus performers, led by Toomaga Iakopo, will represent the Aana District with pese.

Village/district participants of June 1 siva and pese festivities include Pata, Falelatai; Falealili; Aleipata; Faleula and Sapapalii, Savai'i, government officials told tautalatala.

Government officials will follow up with a second visit to Pata on May 25.

Samatau, Siufaga, Matautu, and Pata comprise Falelatai. His Highness the Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, hails from Matautu.