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Hon. Frederica Filipe: Our Beloved Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho

It is in heartache that I turn to writing as a form of healing; as I had done when I started the Princess Diaries series. However, this time, the heartache is more severe. Our grandmother, who ...

Hon. Frederica Filipe: Sweet Memories Of My Grandparents

The jewel of my memories of our grandparents, their late majesties King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, is the spectacularly normal display of love shared by two extraordinary people held to majesty by their ...

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 ...

Exclusive Interview: HRH Princess Angelika Tuku’aho Highlights Young Tongan Traditional Leaders

Thousands of years of tradition and culture can be lost in translation when language changes and the audience as well as the rest of the world, have assimilated. However, it would be culturally negligent for thewhatitdo.com ...

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 ...

Princess Diaries X: Preparations For Marriage

Hon. Frederica Tuita of Tonga visits with our creative producer Elizabeth Lavulo in San Francisco, CA over the weekend. She shares with us about her preparations for marriage. Please check out our Video Segment Below! ...

Princess Diaries VIII: Surviving Our Culture

Polynesian youth aren’t the only group of people in the world who struggle to meet the cultural expectations put upon them by their parents and families. Youth struggle with a topic we can all relate to ...