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City hosts ASEAN Golden Voice Festival 2011

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

The 2nd ASEAN Golden Voice Festival will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater on January 5, 7 and 8.

         Singers Thu Minh (L) and Kasim Hoang Vu

The contest has attracted nearly 20 singers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Special invitees from Japan will also join them.

Every country is allowed to send four participants. Representing Viet Nam will be singers Thu Minh, Kasim Hoang Vu, H’Zina Bya and Do Tung Lam.

They will go up against well-known singers including FIQ and Moon (Brunei); Plengpraphun Kingthong and Wongloung Sirilux (Thailand); Khim Su Su Naing and Mr.Kyaw Zin Min (Myanmar); Iqwal Hafiz and Katherine Chan (Malaysia); Netta Kusumah Dewi and Hershon (Indonesia); Uela Basco (Philippines); and finally, Samsann Annda and Vannika (Cambodia).

The competition consists of two categories — traditional and contemporary folk music, and pop. In the pop category, singers will have to perform in English, but folk songs can be in their mother tongues.

The jury will comprise famous Vietnamese musicians such as Tran Long An, Nguyen Ngoc Thien and Duong Thu; Japanese leading music producer Keitaro Kamo; Indonesian music teacher and choreographer Indira Sotyawati.

There will be two categories, each offering four gold medals, four silver medals, four bronze medals, and a prize nominated by audiences. 

The contest is jointly organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television and Cat Tien Sa Advertising Company. The contest will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel and other regional channels.

Vietnam hosted the ASEAN Golden Voice Festival for the first time in 2008.


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On golden pond

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:27 am

On golden pond

QĐND – Saturday, December 18, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

A group of my friends from the US recently travelled to the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, home to Tra Vinh’s legendary Ba Om Pond. While there, they visited Ang Pagoda which people claim is the best vantage point from which to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the pond.

Located on the outskirts of Tra Vinh Town, the pagoda complex is a fortress that offers travellers an escape from the heat and dust of Road 52.

One of the group, Duong Quang Chan, an overseas Vietnamese businessman, who has lived in the US for years, was returning on this occasion to seek out business opportunities and said he was considering a tourism project in Tra Vinh, which also happened to be his grandmother’s birthplace.

“As we arrived at the complex, we were amazed by the century-old trees. From a distance, their strange stumps looked like giant snakes heading for the sky,” said Chan.

The soft whispering of the trees combined with the low murmur of Buddhist monks reciting the scriptures from a distant pagoda to create a blissful atmosphere for those wanting to meditate, he said.

A local photographer Huynh Van Hung said that a great flood may have swept through the area long time ago, shaping it and marking the old trees.

Sitting on a hammock strung between two old stumps, Hung said visitors often come here to enjoy the view of peaceful Ba Om Pond, famed for its pure water.

Hung said although visitors have their own camera they still ask him to photograph the view.

Ba Om Pond is called a square pond, but is actually 300m wide and 500m long. The pond is carpeted with water lilies and lotus flowers which bloom white and purple every summer.

The legendary pond was formed as a result of a bet between young ethnic Khmer men and women. The exact date is unknown but according to the elderly monks known by the Tra Vinh Khmer as Luc Masters, the pond was formed about 500 to 600 years ago.

Nguyen Thu Anh, a guide at the Tra Vinh Khmer Museum, said that long ago Khmer society was matriarchal. Young women had to find partners and present betrothal gifts to the bridegroom’s family. This habit made the young men selfish and they asked for gifts of ever increasing value.

Tiring of this, leader of a women’s group, a lady called Om, sought approval from officials in the region for men to do what women had been doing for centuries. The clever official asked the two groups to dig one pond each. They were to be a kilometre apart. Whoever finished first would be the winner and could ask the other group to do their bidding.

This decision would benefit the entire region, as two big ponds contained a great deal of water, which was much needed in the dry season.

In a story that mirrors the fable of the turtle and the rabbit, the group led by Om pretended that they was not up to the task and tried to shelter from the sunshine. Om responded by asking some of these lazy women to lure the men by holding a party to last all day and night.

While half of her group were busy with the men, the others lit torches and dig all night. Their pond was finished by the next morning and took her name. The unfinished men’s pond can still be seen at the site of Pras Tropeang Pagoda.

There is another legend which states that the two are natural ponds and that both were there before the Khmer settled in Tra Vinh. Indeed, many Khmer people still use the name Srar Cu (twin ponds) when talking about the ponds. The name Ba Om (Lady Om) is also one way of pronouncing the name of the vegetable which grows naturally around the pond. The cows in the region love this vegetable, and their flesh is very tasty as a result. Visitors can try this special beef in food stores in the region.

The Ba Om Pond complex was recognised as a national historical-cultural relic in 1996. It is popular site for Khmer festivals, especially the Ok Om Bok, which takes place in the middle of the tenth lunar month. At that time, the Khmer of the entire Mekong Delta gather there to host traditional customs and games.

Dang Phuoc Tho, director of the Provincial Cultural Centre, said the festival was held for people to express thanks to the moon for good weather and a good harvest.

Last lunar month nearly 30,000 local and foreign visitors watched a boat race on the Ba Om Pond as part of this festival. The event attracted 500 boatmen from the province and eight boats competed over 700m and 1,500m.

The boats, called ghe ngo, are pirogues crafted from tree trunks. They have a curved head and tail and are managed by skilful boatmen.

On the night of the festival, family members gather before the communal pagoda or in their houses, preparing a feast with farm produce like green rice flakes which are the speciality of the Khmer people, ripe bananas, fresh coconuts and mangoes. These are all offered to the moon.

As the moon rises, the ceremony begins. Family members sit on the ground, hands clasped. An elderly man expresses the village’s gratitude and recites prayers for continued good crops and good health.

After the ceremony, everyone joins hands and looks at the moon. They receive green rice flakes from the elderly man and make a wish. People then release paper lanterns into the sky and banana-tree rafts decorated with colourful lights and loaded with offerings are set adrift on the river.

Tran Hoang Be, director of the Tra Vinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the province plans to invest billions of dong to expand the Ba Om Pond culture-tourism complex to 84ha. It will include a Khmer museum, a sports centre, a service-trade and a tourism centre.

The aim is to attract more visitors to the area by preserving and improving the site’s original landscape, said Be.

The site welcomes millions of visitors every year.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News



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Nearly 70 artists and works nominated for Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

The election round of the Golden Apricot Blossom Award for Television programs, serial, stage, cinema and music will start on December 10 and finish on January 20, 2011.

     Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In the board of music category, singers will compete for titles including “Best Pop Male/Female Singer”, “Best Male/Female Singer in revolutionary traditional song”, and “Best Male/Female Singer in folk song”.

The B board of the stage will include “Best dramatic actors/actresses”, “Best cai luong actors/actresses”, “Best comedian” and “Best drama/cai luong play” awards.

There will be also titles including “Best film” and “Best actor/actress” in the movies and TV serial of the C board.

Ta Minh Tam,  Do Thuy, Quyen Linh, Quynh Huong and Phan Anh will vie for Best MC “Master of ceremonies” award.

The award ceremony of the event will take place at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2011. A music performance honoring the top ten favorite singers will be held on January 24.

The nomination round in which Nguoi Lao Dong’s readers named best artists was kicked off in last October and finished in the begining of this month. Artists, who won most votes, were listed in the election round with evaluation from experts and journalists.

Started in 1995, the Golden Apricot Blossom Award of the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper has been popular and become an anual prestigous event.

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2010 Golden Racket tournament closes in Vung Tau

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

2010 Golden Racket tournament closes in Vung Tau

QĐND – Sunday, July 18, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

The 24th ‘Golden Racquet’ International Table Tennis Tournament finished on July 17 in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Vietnamese players Tran Tuan Quynh and Nguyen Nam Hai won the championship in the men’s double event while the title for women’s doubles went to Thai players Nanthana and Anirasa.

In the mixed doubles, PetroVietnam’s and Vietsopetro’s Ce and Yang Xiao Xing successfully grabbed gold medals while Nguyen Hai Nam and Mai Hoang My Trang came in third.

The Vietnam Table Tennis Federation decision to allow foreign athletes to play for Vietnamese clubs is considered an opportunity for Vietnamese players to compete with outstanding rivals and improve their skill.

Source: VOV

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‘Dung dot’ wins Golden Kite award

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:04 am

The film “Dung dot” (Don’t burn), directed by people’s Artist Dang Nhat Minh, won the prestigious “Best Feature” award at Vietnam’s 2010 Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) Film Festival in Hanoi on March 14.

Deputy President Nguyen Thi Doan (R) hands the award for Best Feature film to director Dang Nhat Minh for the movie “Dung dot” (Don’t burn) at Vietnam’s 2010 Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) Film Festival in Hanoi on March 14. (Photo:SGGP)

The awards were held by the Vietnam Cinema Association, with participation of Deputy President Nguyen Thi Doan, Deputy National Assembly Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, and many other esteemed artists.

“Dung dot” took top honors in several other categories. Mr. Minh won for Best Director while the film’s Minh Huong won for Best Lead Actress. The movie also won the prize for audience favorite.

“Dung dot” is the inspiring true story of a Vietnamese female doctor named Dang Thuy Tram who worked during the Vietnam War. The idealistic physician was just 27 when she was shot dead by US forces in southern Quang Ngai Province in 1970.

Tram’s diary was recovered and kept for over 35 years by a US soldier before it was returned to Vietnam in 2005. The diary offers a human face to a war that is rarely talked about by those who lived through it. It became especially popular amongst a younger generation who had learned little more than the bare facts of the war in school.

“Dung dot” was released in Vietnam on April 30, 2009.

Other winners at the 2010 Canh Dieu Vang festival included: 
– Best Scriptwriter: Nguyen Trong Khoa for “14 ngay phep” (14 days)
– Best Sound Editing: People’s Artist Banh Bac Hai for “Dung dot” (Don’t burn)
– Best New Actress: Bao Thu for “Cong chua teen va ngu ho tuong” (Teenage girl and five bodyguards)
– Best Actor: Trinh Hoi for “14 ngay phep” (14 days)
– Best Actress: Minh Huong for “Dung dot” (Don’t burn)

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Labor of love adorns Vietnam with golden dragons

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:28 am

Record setting craftsman Ngoc Minh’s latest feat is a unique gift to the nation – the “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons – Map of Vietnam) filled with a thousand golden dragons

Ngoc Minh posing with his giant Vietnam map, entiled “Thien long Viet do” (Photo: Lao Dong Newspaper)
Ngoc Minh aka Tran Van Anh likes setting records.

He already has two entries to his name in the Vietnam Record Book, one for the “Bach tam do” (a map shaped by 100 “heart” words) and “Bach nhan do” (a map shaped by 100 “patience” words).

These feature respectively the collection of a hundred designs of the Vietnamese words “tam” (heart) and “nhan” (patience).

In his “final” and most ambitious undertaking, Ngoc Minh decided on a map of Vietnam covered with a 1000 dragons made of gold.

The “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons : Map of Vietnam) is a map of Vietnam, which is six meters in height and 3 meters in width and inspired by shape of a giant dragon, which is in turn is filled with smaller dragons symbolizing different localities including islands. The highlight of the map is Thang Long (now known as Hanoi), also represented by a gold dragon weighing 1.8 kilos.

The artwork by craftsman Ngoc Minh, who lives in Nam Phuoc Village of the south central costal province of Quang Nam, is his gift to the capital city on the occasion of its 1000th anniversary.

This work took him at least three years to complete with the help of 14 other craftsmen – five painters, five carpenters and four jewelers.  “This work is the best proof of our patience during a long period. This is not simply a feedback to the campaign to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long by the organizers, but it is, truly, our big love and also our dream to find something precious enough to contribute respectfully towards the ceremony.”

Finding the dragons

Dragons have played an important part in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people since the early days of the country. They appear in a variety of forms in our lives, as a royal symbol in the court or a religious symbol in the pagoda. They are carved on daily-use tools as well as decorations, and are featured in poetry, architecture, construction, literature and also history.

But this pervasive influence and presence of the dragon did not make it easy for Ngoc Minh to find 1,000 different kinds of dragons. He spent many months traveling round the country to find some “new dragons”, and also searched on the Internet for them. He copied patterns from pagoda roofs, at royal courts and also from old-fashioned bowls and cups. His friends in the south and north of the country helped in the search.

The variety of dragons was a constant inspiration for Minh and his team. Minh explained that if they were carving just one dragon everyday, it would have become monotonous, especially considering that the project would take as long as three years to complete.

“Everyday, we started with a fresh idea about a new dragon design. To get a new one right was always difficult, but it kept our interest keen and the passion strong.”

The frame for the map, made of the luxurious mengarit and the Hopea pierrei wood, was carved with dragon patterns by experienced carpenters from the carpenter villages of Kim Bong, Hoi An, and Duy Xuyen.

On completing the map, Minh and his team, were able to remember all the provinces and cities of Vietnam, from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau at the bottom to the northeastern province of Ha Giang at the very top. They also learned by heart the 200 big and small islands belonging to the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Talking about early days, Minh somewhat sadly said that his project did not receive any sponsorship from local enterprises. “Some of them did not trust my project and they called it crazy and infeasible. All I have today, the victory and the compliments from everyone, mostly are thanks to the encouragement and support from my relatives and artist friends.

“This, maybe, is the final record in my life since I cannot complete a new collection of a pattern in the tens of thousands or more of different designs.”

“Thien long Viet do” has since occupied pride of place, being selected as a special offering from the central province of Quang Nam to the ceremony commemorating the 1000th ceremony of Thang Long – Ha Noi. Minh said he would hire guards and even purchase insurance for his artwork.

Judging the artwork by Minh, historian Duong Trung Quoc had only this to say: “Highly admirable, excellent!”. Dinh Hai, Director of the Quang Nam Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said proudly: “This is the most beautiful national map ever in the world. I believe that this is the most precious gift for the 1000th ceremony in the north. The work is not only a proof of the love of a craftsman towards his country, it also honors the diligence, the beauty of art and talent of the craftsmen in the central region. It is an inspiration for the country and our future generations.”

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Outstanding women entrepreneurs honoured with Golden Rose Cup

In Politics-Society on March 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

Outstanding women entrepreneurs honoured with Golden Rose Cup

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 10:31 (GMT+7)

A ceremony to present the Golden Rose Cup Award to 100 outstanding Vietnamese women entrepreneurs in 2009 was held in Hanoi on March 7 in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

In his speech, Mr Triet praised the positive contributions to national development by women entrepreneurs in 2009, which saw a lot of challenges on the back of the global economic downturn. In every field, Vietnamese women rise to the task, not just a work, but a home in their role as wives and mothers, said Mr Triet.

The Golden Rose Cup Award initiated by the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs’ Council under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is held annually on March 8 to encourage and honour women entrepreneurs who have made great business achievements as a contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

The Golden Rose Cup is a prestigious award which is recognized and appreciated by Vietnamese and international organisations as well as the business community.

Source: VOV

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‘Avatar’ wins top honors at Golden Globes

In World on January 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Science-fiction blockbuster “Avatar” took top honors at the 67th Golden Globes here Sunday, winning best picture and director to cement its status as an Oscars front-runner.

The cast of Avatar which won the Best Motion Picture, Drama award at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17.

The ground-breaking epic from “Titanic” director James Cameron — on course to become the highest-grossing film in history — was the big winner on a night when honors were largely spread across several films.

The movie has been hailed as a cinematic milestone for its use of state of the art 3-D cameras and motion capture technology which Cameron was instrumental in helping to develop.

“This is the best job in the world,” Cameron told a star-studded audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after accepting the best motion picture drama award. “What we do is we make entertainment for a global audience, and that’s what the Golden Globes mean.”

Since its release in December, “Avatar” has earned an astonishing 1.6 billion dollars worldwide and is rapidly closing in on the 1.8 billion dollar record of Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winner “Titanic.”

Accepting the best director award earlier, a delighted Cameron said he had been expecting to lose out to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, who had been nominated for her powerful Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker.”

“I’m unprepared. Frankly I thought Kathryn was going to get this,” Cameron said. “But make no mistake I’m very grateful.”

Part of Cameron’s speech was also made in Na’vi — the language spoken by the blue-skinned peace-loving alien heroes of “Avatar.”

The Golden Globes are seen as a key staging post in the sprint towards the ultimate prize of the Oscars, which take place on March 7 this year, and often help shape the field of likely best picture contenders.

However Hollywood awards shows rarely honor fantasy films, and “Avatar” was expected to face stiff competition from Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”, “Precious” and “Up In the Air.”

“Up In the Air” had started the night as one of the hot favorites with six nominations but in the event had to settle for one — best screenplay.

Another big loser on the night was musical “Nine”, which started the night with five nominations but finished empty-handed. “Nine” was pipped for best musical or comedy by the raucous “The Hangover.”

The acting awards saw popular honors going to veterans Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock.

Bridges, 60, won the best drama actor prize for his portrayal of a washed up country singer in “Crazy Heart.”

Bridges, who had been nominated for a Golden Globe on three previous occasions but never won, has earned widespread acclaim for the role and received a lengthy standing ovation as he walked to the stage.

“You’re really screwing up my under-appreciated status,” he quipped before dedicating the award to his wife and family.

Bullock took best drama actress prize for her portrayal of an inspirational mentor in “The Blind Side.”

The 45-year-old veteran beat out fellow nominees Emily Blunt (“The Young Victoria), Helen Mirren (“The Last Station”), Carey Mulligan, (“An Education”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”).

Elsewhere, Hollywood icon Meryl Streep scooped a record seventh Golden Globe win for her portrayal of television chef Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.”

The 60-year-old won in the best comedy actress category, where she was also nominated for “It’s Complicated.”

The best comedy actor prize was taken by Robert Downey Jr for his performance in “Sherlock Holmes” as the legendary Victorian super-sleuth.

The supporting acting awards went to Austria’s Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” and Mo’Nique for “Precious.”

Australian screen icon Nicole Kidman had got Sunday’s awards under way with an appeal for donations to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

“I just want to say on a serious note a lot of people are wearing ribbons tonight in support of the people of Haiti, and you can go to to make your personal contribution,” Kidman said.

List of selected winners at 67th Golden Globe Awards here Sunday:

Best Motion Picture — Drama

– “Avatar”

Best Director

– James Cameron “Avatar”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

– Jeff Bridges “Crazy Heart”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

– Sandra Bullock “The Blind Side”

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

– “The Hangover”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

– Meryl Streep “Julie & Julia”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

– Robert Downey Jr “Sherlock Holmes”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

– Christoph Waltz “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

– Mo’Nique “Precious”

Best Foreign Language film

– “The White Ribbon”


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Gov’t should abandon aviation Golden Route: transport ministry

In Vietnam Society on December 2, 2009 at 5:08 am

The contentious Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City air route proposed along the 106th meridian east should be rejected by the government, said the Ministry of Transport.

In an official statement November 30 to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Transport Deputy Minister Pham Quy Tieu said the new route would not be feasible.

The plan to fly aircraft in a straight line between Hanoi and HCM City over neighboring Cambodia and Laos, known as the Golden Route, could not be carried out because of national security issues and economic inefficiency, the statement said.

For the project to go ahead, airlines would have to pay fees to the neighboring countries for use of their airspace in addition to other international flight charges.

The cost of flights would therefore increase by up to US$800 excluding passenger service charges, the statement added.

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Giao Thua wins Golden Kite Award

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

The film “Giao Thua” (New Year’s Eve), by Ho Thanh Tuan from Ho Chi Minh City Theater and Cinema University, won the Canh Dieu Vang (Golden Kite) at the Vietnam Short Film Festival 2009 November 13.


A ceremony to award the top prize was held by the Vietnam Cinema Association at Ho Chi Minh City Cinema Culture House.

A total of 62 works of fiction, 22 documentaries and six animated films were entered in the film festival.

Twelve works were nominated for the Canh Dieu Prize and shown at the Tan Son Nhat Cinema.

The documentary “Ba Ngoai Leo Dua” (Maternal grandmother climbs up the coconut tree), by Do Thanh An from Ho Chi Minh City Theater and Cinema University, and “Chu Be Danh Giay” (Shoeshine Boy), by Doan Thanh from Hanoi Theater and Cinema University, both won the Canh Dieu Bac (Silver Kite).

Consolation prizes were awarded to “Hon Cat” (Soul of Sand), “2,4,6; 3,5,7; Chu nhat” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday); and “Sadi duoi qua” (Sadi sacks crow).

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