Saku Pathsy, who is known for his snake performances around the country, is part of the Buingim cultural group from Morobe province that will perform the anthem at BSP Stadium by traditional conch shell blowing.
“I am more than happy that my village is recognized and that the world will be able to see my culture and be entertained by our conch shell sounds,” said Pathsy, who will be leaving his reptiles at home for the evening as he believes the Pacific Games is “bigger”.
Morobe province is sending the biggest cultural group to the opening ceremony, with a total of 94 people from the region set to take part in the spectacular curtain-raiser.
Morobe singsing conductor Moses Jerry said: “I am happy to be able to take part in this event to share my culture and I am happy to do my part because I was recognized and asked to take part.”
The Buingim group, most of whom had never been to Port Moresby before, gave a preview of their ceremony performance when they welcomed Morobe governor Kelly Naru during his visit to check on the group at the PNG Education Institute.
“Morobe is truly representative of what PNG has to offer because of their cultural diversity,” said Governor Naru.
The Morobe singsing group said they have also come to the capital to support some of their athletes taking part in the Games.