The National -Thursday, October 20th 2011
By STEPHANIE BAWO GOVERNOR-General Sir Michael Ogio will marry his Solomon Island bride Esmie Ereoli on Saturday in a first ever state wedding. Tipo Vuatha, the official secretary of the Governor-General yesterday said about 170 guests including government officials, state dignitaries, church members and the Bougainville community would be present to witness the event on Saturday in Port Moresby. Ereoli is in Port Moresby with her elder brother and sister who are representing her family, he said. Vuatha said Sir Michael’s family members would be arriving in Port Moresby this week from Bougainville. He said the state would assist with the wedding ceremony but did not know how much had been budgeted for. The wedding ceremony will be conducted at St Mary’s cathedral in downtown Port Moresby by Catholic Archbishop John Ribat. A state reception will be held at the state function room at the Parliament. Meanwhile, the Solomon Star reports that Ereoli comes from South Malaita and was formerly employed as a housekeeping maid with the Pacific Casino Hotel in Solomon Islands. The newspaper says Ereoli and Sir Michael met only once during his trip to Honiara for the opening of University of Papua New Guinea’s open college centre. They had kept in touch on the phone for 25 months before deciding to tie the knot.