Tracing Back to Gurabessi Jayapura, a Princess of the Sultanate of Ternate: Papuans are Very Friendly – Princess Monalisa Sjah from the Sultanate of Ternate, North Maluku, visited the Gurabesi Village Office, North Jayapura District, Jayapura City, Papua Tuesday (8/6/2021).

In front of the Lurah Gurabessi Maria Jochu, the princess  of the Sultan of Ternate Baabullah, called this half-week visit as a trace of love connecting the two neighboring ethnic groups in the east of the archipelago.

During her first visit to Papua, Princess Monalisa Sjah was pleasure. As a descendant of Sultan Baabulah, he expressed his first impression of the indigenous people of Papua, who he considered very friendly.

“It turns out that the Papuan people are friendly and smiley,” said Putri Monalisa.

Gurabessi is an old economic center on the north coast of Jayapura City. Jayapura people call this area the Old Market. Long before the independence of Indonesia and the determination of the people’s opinion (Pepera) of West Irian in 1969, people from Ternate and Tidore had interacted with Papuans.

Gurabessi is one of the points of interaction of this economic, social, and cultural acculturation. Interviewed exclusively, he admitted that he came to Bumi Cenderawasih to further strengthen kinship relations with the Papuan people and the Ternate tribe.

“I come here of course carrying a mission of peace and kinship, in order to re-knit historical relationships that have been established,” said Putri.

Asked about her agenda while in Jayapura City, Putri admitted that she would make a visit to Tobati Village, South Jayapura District.

Asked about the historical ties to the past, Putri revealed that the Land of Papua had a special affinity with the Sultanates of Ternate and Tidore in their heyday.

On the other hand, Mrs. Maria Jochu SE as the Head of the Gurabesi Village expressed her appreciation for the visit of Putri Monalisa Sjah in her village.

“The arrival of Putri Monalisa Sjah is an honor for us in Gurabesi Village,” said Maria, who is the first female village head in Gurabesi Village.

The visit and the bonds of love ended with the gift of a souvenir in the form of a Papuan necklace by the village head of Gurabesi, Maria Jochu SE, to Putri Monalisa Sjah.

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