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Love Patrol II launched here

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THE second series of Love Patrol produced by Vanuatu's Wan Smolbag was launched in Honiara yesterday.

This was jointly conducted by Wan Smolbag and Pasifiki Services Limited, which is Wan Smolbag based local agent in the country.

The Love Patrol is an educational awareness film that deals with social issues in schools, urban and rural communities.

Part two series, which is set to be aired soon in the local television and the ABC Channel, focused on HIV/AIDS and STI issues and other related problems.

The part two series involved two episodes.

Bob Pollard of the Pasifiki Service said the launching of the series is very important for a Melanesian country like Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu.

He said issues raised in the series are similar in all the Melanesian countries which are affecting daily lives and youths.

Mr Pollard said as a local agent for Wan Smolbag the Pasifiki Services has been able to conduct workshops about the Wan Smolbag and issues being addressed in the series.

He said the first Love Patrol series has generated a lot of interest in the region because the actors are Melanesians and the issues raised affect all Melanesian countries.
Lawrence Lulu from the Wan Smolbag, who was present here yesterday, said part two series of Love Patrol comes after about one year of hard work to get the funding, writing the stories and doing the shooting at the various locations in Vanuatu.

He said the actual shooting took about 18 weeks and sleepless nights.

Mr Lulu said the second series would drive some important messages to the wider population of Solomon Islands.

Funding assistance came from AusAid, NZAID, Global Fund and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

He said the first series was famous in the region and was amongst the popular new programs in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

It was also bought by Maori TV and on ABC International.

However, it was free for Pacific TV stations.

"This is because we want Pacific audience to have a TV drama with Pacific Actors telling their stories about their lives," he said.

Oranisations wishing to order a copy can contact Pasifiki Services Limited in Honiara.

Yesterday representatives from the government, NGOs, and the media watched the first two episodes of the series during the launch.


By MOFFAT MAMU