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ABG mourns passing of great Bougainville artist

The Autonomous Bougainville Government today celebrated the colorful life of the late Hon. Albert Toro, who sadly passed away on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Late Albert Toro was born on 23 October 1952, and had recently turned 67 years old before he passed away. He was sworn into ABG Parliament on 02 November 2019 after winning the ABG by-election and served as Member for Taonita Teop till his untimely passing.

Apart from being an ABG constituency member, he was also famously known as PNG’s greatest filmmaker and actor, best remembered by many for his lead role in the locally produced film titled TUKANA.

ABG President Grand Chief Dr John Momis, in his remarks today during the late Toro’s state funeral, described the late Albert Toro as a man who had a huge reputation as an artist. 

He said that late Toro’s leading role in the film Tukana, played a significant role in telling the story of Bougainville society as it was at that time, and that he was a man of vision who believed in Christian principles and believed in creating a society where the people of Bougainville are liberated.

President Momis said the late Toro was called to make a contribution to society in his post as Member for Taonita Teop and he did this as well as he could.

Late Toro’s eulogy was presented by Deputy Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives and fellow actor in the TUKANA film, Francesca Semoso, where she described his life achievements as an artist, filmmaker and scriptwriter and spoke of how the late Toro had a significant impact in preparing her to be the person she is today.  

Late Albert Toro is survived by his wife and five children.

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