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Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands is VI’s Territorial Song!

- Male apparel of option #1 & female apparel of option #2 - New Territorial Dress
Option #1 for male and option #2 for female merged and chosen to be the National Dress of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Walwyn says with the new territorial song and dress it promotes the very rich culture, history and national identity of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Walwyn says with the new territorial song and dress it promotes the very rich culture, history and national identity of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Members of the House of Assembly (HOA) submitted their votes yesterday, July 25, 2012 at the Eight Sitting of the First Session of the Second House of Assembly, which resulted in ‘Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands’ being chosen as the Territory’s National song and the male design of option number 1 and the female design of option number 2, collaborated to form the National Dress of the Virgin Islands (VI).

Each decision secured the support of ten Government representatives, where two representatives were absent from the sitting and one abstained from voting.

In support of the Territorial Song and Dress chosen, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn, in addressing other Government officials at the House of Assembly, said with the aim of making the decision in efforts for the VI Olympic Team to showcase it, it was not done in time.

In congratulating the winners of the Territorial Song and Dress chosen, the Minister stated that those persons would forever be remembered in the history of the Virgin Islands.

The Minister further stated that although only one song was chosen in the end from the many submissions, “it is important that we all learn the other songs. These are songs that can be sung at different occasions.”

He added that with the National Dress chosen, it promotes the very rich culture, history and national identity of the Virgin Islands. “Our aim is to build national pride.”

The winner of each category would receive $1000, while second, third, fourth and fifth would receive $750, $500, $250 and $100 respectively.

Hon. Walwyn announced last year the creation of a Territorial Song and Dress competition to help foster Virgin Islands pride. Since then, an ad-hoc committee was formed and was spearheaded by former Culture Minister, Ms. Eileene L. Parsons.

The development of a Territorial song and dress was in keeping with the Government’s commitment to preserve, enhance and promote the Virgin Islands cultural identity.

“The creation of a territorial song and dress that embodies who we are as a people, will serve to infuse Virgin Islands pride and provide a greater sense of identity….This will help to develop confidence and self worth and build on national unity, identity and culture that will benefit not only present, but future generations of Virgin Islanders,” said Minister Walwyn.

Acknowledging a similar process which began in 2005, Minister Walwyn had said, “This new process will allow for entries from a wider base and give previous submissions the opportunity to redefine and submit their work.”

Following the collection of entries, the Ministry sought active public participation in deciding the winning submissions after which the top two entries in each category was then chosen by Cabinet.

25 Responses to “Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands is VI’s Territorial Song!”

  • zeeeeeeeeeeeee (25/07/2012, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    the NDP team song ayo see what happening here?
  • Politics to the highest (25/07/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the NDP were first elected some years ago, their supporter did the song with the intention of it becoming the national song. When the government changed, the deputy Premier said that any such song should be by competition and not the way NDP was planning to do it. Now, this song was not in the competition, so how did it make the finals. The truth is, the NDP always wanted "Beautiful Virgin Islands" to be the territorial song, and what they did? they had a set of people as poppyshows breaking their back for a competition that never existed. They all knew that they would vote for it. The voting in the house was a puppet show - everybody following what the person before voted for. Docs Smith and Picko, Myron and all of you, please remember that the BVI people don't play on election day. They put you in, you start your nonsense and they will be happy to put you out so watch it. Yes, you have the power, but fair is fair and wrong is wrong. What youall did with the song was wrong.
    • Real Talk (25/07/2012, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop your bulls..t!! The public also voted for the song. Did you attend the events regarding the dress and song? The crowd response to the song was overwhelming and so was voting. Keep your bitter stinking mouth shut. You all only upset because Myron did in a few months what Andrew and his band of ... couldn't do in 8yrs. That's all this is about!!! NDP NDP NDP, go suck a damn egg, this is the BVI!!!!! The only people complaining about this song is the VIP idiots who can't get over that they lost the election and it will be a long ass time before they are back in there! REAL! The song was the best, hands down!
      • MaduroKidd (07/09/2012, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        LOL! You put he stupid self in he place. I agree with you 100%. At least it still have good minds in the BVI.
    • Where Have You Been! (25/07/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pure nonsense you talking. Of course the song was in the Competition. How did you think it made the finals? Do you really follow anything that goes on in this Territory of jus come talk your opinion as if fact! The second District Representative was the first person to make his selection for both the song and dress! He is the second most senior person in the Virgin Islands Party. So what is you point? Hon. Christoper selected the song first and the others came after! You just don't know how to appreciate hard work and positive movement. It was an excellent transparent process and the timing was right! Virgin Islands we have a Territorial Song and Dress! First Time in our History thanks to Honourable Myron V. Walwyn our Minister for Education and Culture!
      • sorry to say (25/07/2012, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I know what I know. That song was not an entry in the competition and it was not chosen. When everything got public and the other songs were chosen in the finalist, they slipped it in as a final, but the public don't know that. This competition was the NDP way of a hoax democracy. Yes, it was there to be voted on, but it was not an entry. They did what they wanted to do anyway, and I stand by that.
        • Patchwork (25/07/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Not ony that, they magically changed the name from British to Beautiful and patched the song.
          • q (25/07/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            You are so right. Everyone can check it out for themselves at http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/territorial-song-competition/oh-british-virgin-islands
          • No Magic (26/07/2012, 08:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            There was no magic. After the cultural event, there was a concern from members of the public as to whether we should go with the "Virgin Islands" or the "British Virgin Islands" and it was agreed the Virgin Islands. The song was written as Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands anyway, but was changed to British when it was first used for the State of the Territory adress some years ago (upon request at the time). Deanna originally recorded it with British for that event and it remained until they were asked to change it back to beautiful Virgin Islands. The dresses were also sent back with comments as regards anything the public thought needed to be perfected. Stop grasping at straws. You may not like the song or the creators and thats ok, but dont confuse that issue with the process by which the song was chosen.
        • Why (26/07/2012, 08:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          That is absolutely not true. The song was entered into the competition. Perhaps, those people should start suing you all for spreading propaganda, then you will stop.
  • critic (25/07/2012, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    cronyism at its best
  • car jack (25/07/2012, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with what Andew said..this is so political…
  • my wiew (25/07/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't like this song for national song.... the government should have never voted on this song. they are no experts. this is ridiculous. from my expertise, this was not the best song that was out there. this was a favoritism deal here. the song that all our school kids and adults sing and know, should have been the song of choice. (beautiful day in paradise) thats my view. im not bashing anyones song but this beautiful virgin islands song is certainly not the song!! not well written to begin with.
    • hey (25/07/2012, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you are so right with that one there. That song sung by the man from VG was the most appropriate song. I hate that song they voted on.
  • sooooooooooo (25/07/2012, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Soooooo now that the song and dress have been chosen what happens now...espcially the Territiorial Dress. Guess the song will be a part of every program they deem appropriate especially government functions. Will kids be required to learn it in schools? Exactly by whom and on what occassions will this territorial dress be worn? Does this mean that the Heritage Dancers and other similar groups have to change their attire when they perform overseas? Do school cultural groups have to change their quelbe uniforms? Persons on business trips attending social functions, queens in overseas pagents, regular folks……while I don’t mind the idea of a national song and dress….come on now….has the whole thing been thought through? Exactly who does this decision affect? When is this really required? How long will we keep these designs….like with all fashion after a while things get boring and need to be changed or spiced up?
  • wow (25/07/2012, 11:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why you people who hating dont go and suck an egg and hope you vomit your belly out!!!
    • Mary J (26/07/2012, 00:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you go first witch..then we will follow
      • HAIA (27/07/2012, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mary J, you GOT TO be the witch. why would you follow? DUMMY. Witch MUST know WITCH. WATCH IT
  • q (25/07/2012, 14:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who did the musical composition for the territorial song?
    • Music for Territorial Song (26/07/2012, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ayana and Kareem also created the melody (tune) and it was arranged by Mr. Howard John and sang by Deanna Wattley.
  • HOME GIRL! (25/07/2012, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There was an entry by Mr. Mark "Beautiful Day In Paradise" and one by Ms. Vanterpool "O Fair Virgin Islands". Whatever happened to those? They would be much better choices than this funny sounding song, but its an NDP ting so their Rally song had to be the one chosen. This makes it a Bitter Day in Paradise. We need more justice.
  • p_star (25/07/2012, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those crap would b a waste of good material.....
  • Every thing so political (26/07/2012, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is everything so political in this small country- how do we expect to develop? Trust me the NDP will win the next election if these VIP criticisers don't get their act together and Shut it!


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