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Disney’s Moana Review: WE ARE MOANA

Through one humble act, a single person embodied the Tongan ideals upon which our Pacific societies are built; love, humility, respect, and duty. That single instance inspired pride within generations of Tongans while making waves in ...

HON. FREDERICA FILIPE: PEDIGREE PRECEDES PRIVILEGE

In the case of my grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, her pedigree precedes her privilege. Hailing from an ancestral bloodline that set forth a South Pacific nation, it is essential to embrace the ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Leads Tonga’s Breast Cancer Society

The Tonga Breast Cancer Society was established in 2007, with the steadfast mission for promoting breast cancer awareness to all people in the Kingdom of Tonga. Since its inception, the TBCS has achieved the goal of ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Princess Diaries: Coronation of King Tupou VI

As I go through my daily routine, I cannot help but share in the excitement as the day of Coronation quickly approaches. Villages buzz enthusiastically and homes are beautified for visitors to the Kingdom. There is ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Princess Diaries: The Virtue Of The Tongan Tau’olunga

“She stood in the middle of eager eyes and silent wonder. Her skin glistened with the oils of her village. Her face remnant of her island’s beauty. She is at a standstill – sharing a smile ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe’s Princess Diaries: The Ceremony Of The Pae

The 22nd of October, 2014 will go down in my diary as a very special day for both me and my husband, Johnny, and our families. Both families came together to perform an exchange of traditional ...

Exclusive Interview: Celebrating Pacific Islander Heritage Month With Hon. Frederica Filipe

TWID: What kind of work do you do and what motivates in your (job, career,work)? Hon. Frederica Filipe: I work at the Tongan Prime Minister’s Office. I’ve been employed by the Government of Tonga for almost ...

Princess Diaries Season 2: A Traditional Engagement

I woke up early that morning to music blasting! I was so overcome with annoyance that I almost forgot what day it was. It was the day of my traditional engagement. A traditional Tongan engagement is ...

Princess Diaries Season 2: The First Dance

We are each other’s anchor and motivator; we had known and loved each other for five years when we got engaged. Our introduction wasn’t through the Tongan means befitting those of my blood; the means through ...