By JOSH KAIS
It’s a common sight during Independence and over the festive period in the National Capital District, Port Moresby.
Not so in laidback Manus where the act of turning on Christmas lights along the popular NBC Beach front in the heart of Lorengau captivated the local township.
|Lorengau lights up.-Pictures by JOSH KAIS|
|Crowd continues to flock in.|
The festive season in the small maritime province was lifted to another level by the mere flick of a switch, an initiative of the Governor for NCD Powes Parkop.
|Parkop meets the crowd.|
The idyllic township's inhabitants flocked in the hundreds to witness the blessing, and then turning on of Christmas lights along NBC Parade.
|Crowd builds up|
People clapped, cheered and danced as veteran musicians led by Philip Waiwai and Kenny Lucas rocked provincial favourites to usher in the NCDC entourage.
|Children among the crowd.|
This was followed shortly by Port Moresby talent idols, who combined perfectly with the local band to continue wooing the faithful in attendance with classic country, reggae and pop hits.
|Waiwai and Port Moresby talent idols wow the crowd|
The crowd was ecstatic as Lorengau Town mayor Ruth Mandrakamu and Parkop counted down, culminating in the splashes of colour across the beach front.
His message was simple: “Let this signify the turn of a new beginning for the people of Manus.”
Just as the lights in Port Moresby have been a catalyst for its citizens to foster change in attitude, and greater responsibility for the better, he hoped the same would be reciprocated to enhance the spirit of goodwill, peace and responsible attitudes amongst the people of Manus.
Mandrakamu thanked Parkop and urged to people of Manus to exercise responsibility and look after this gift from the people of NCDC.
The lights were a commitment by the NCDC Governor following a visit from the Prime Minister to Manus in 2012.