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5,000 novices join monks to pay respect to slain southern colleagues

Music of the Month at Voice Studio

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at CMU graduation ceremony

His Excellency General Prem Tinsulanonda visits the Prem Center

5,000 novices join monks to pay respect to slain southern colleagues

Sectarian violence returns to Thailand

Chin Ratitamakul

January 30 was Novices Day for the Buddhist community, when Buddhist monks and novices from Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lamphun provinces gathered for communal prayers and discussions. They came to Wat Suan Dok to offer their condolences for those Buddhist priests and novices killed in the violence in the South of Thailand.

Phra Kru Thammapong Sirindharo of the monk’s public relations committee said the terrorism in southern region caused death of the 13-year-old novice Jedsak Noosong, of Weruwan temple in Yala province.

About 5,000 from the three northern provinces took part in merit-making for one week at Wat Suan Dok temple in Chiang Mai.

Shaded and riding a gallant white pony...

The parade was a sight to behold.

Marching into the temple to make merit.

Buddhist monks and novices from Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lamphun provinces gathered for communal prayers and discussions.

Over five thousand novices attended the gathering.

Novices march in memory of their fallen brothers to the south.

About 5,000 from the three northern provinces took part in merit-making for one week at Wat Suan Dok temple in Chiang Mai.

Wattanothai Payap school band march into Wat Suan Dok temple.


Music of the Month at Voice Studio

Mozart got the nod for January

Text by Marion Vogt
Photos by Michael Vogt

Voice Studio Chiang Mai, situated in the new Wangkam Building, Nimmanhaemin Road not only teaches children and adults how to sing, play the piano, violin, and dance, but also gives their students a chance to perform.

‘Luk chin kong chan’, a Thai pop song charmingly performed by Pai and Frong.

Everyone can be nervous when it comes to performing in front of an audience but Tianchai Sooktiang, managing director and voice teacher, organizes monthly recitals which for all ages and all degrees of proficiency are pure fun for all.

Singing makes hungry, but happy!

The recent ‘Music of the month of January’ was in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a European classical music genius born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

‘My All’ not Mariah Carey but from Cat and Chelsey.

Tianchai, acted as MC and spoke throughout the recital about Mozart’s compositions, but the students were allowed to perform what they had learnt in previous lessons, with everything according to their age. Being immediately post Xmas and New Year, the children were in a holiday mood, and more interested in pop songs than Mozart, but the joy and delight in showing off music skills to parents and friends was obvious.

Managing director, voice teacher and highly gifted singer, Tianchai Sooktiang.

Very cute and sweet was the duet by Pai and Frong and everyone forgave a forgotten couple of words. It was not a matter of being perfect, but in taking part and getting experience.

Little Asia and little Pream, an unbeatable duo, danced and sang one of Bird Thongchai’s numbers, followed by another Bird and Nicole duet, but performed by Gim and View.

Pond played a Mozart minuet with much feeling.

Mozart, the man of the month, was delivered by Pond on violin, accompanied by Raimy on the piano with both playing the maestro’s composition with great feeling.

Little Asia and little Pream will become real beauties when they are grown up...

The audience was also treated to a very sophisticated performance by Tianchai Sooktiang, who’s trained operatic voice can fill a whole auditorium. It is easy to see that he loves music and can pass this passion on to students.

The evening ended with two teenagers presenting a Mariah Carey song and a buffet for everyone to relax after a most entertaining recital night.

Gift, Ning, Ying and Carot seem to know what love is all about.


HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at CMU graduation ceremony

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on behalf of His Majesty the King, came to the CMU graduation day to confer the degree graduates with their certificates, and also conferred honorary doctorate degrees on Chao Duangduen na Chiang Mai in Liberal Arts, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Therdchai Cheewaket in Science (Therapy), Prof. Dr. Rolf G. Werner in Pharmacy, Prof. Dr. M. Roy Schwarz in Public Health, and Ajarn Chulathat Kittibutre in architecture.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn receiving flowers on arrival at the convention hall. (Photo by Monchai Techasa)

Academic prizes were awarded to Prof. Chitre Jiraratsathit in Medicine, Prof. Vichitre Srisuphan in Nursing, Prof. Thawee Tanksasiri in Physics, Prof. Dr. Chote Theetranond in Parasitology and Prof. Sith Butre-in in Philosophy and Religion.

Prof Dr Rolf G. Werner received an honorary doctorate in Pharmacy. (Photo by Monchai Techasa)

The University conferred degrees to 5,465 new graduates with 23 doctorate degrees, 1,783 master degrees and 3,659 bachelor degrees.

Dr. Nipon Tuwanon (right) was present to welcome the Princess. (Photo by Monchai Techasa)

A survey of employers showed general satisfaction with the CMU students’ performances and that they could adjust to a new environment very well. The survey results said 72 percent of the graduates this year would be going into employment.

Prof Dr M. Roy Schwarz received an honorary doctorate in Public Health. (Photo by Monchai Techasa)


His Excellency General Prem Tinsulanonda visits the Prem Center

Katherine Voll

Last Saturday January 30, His Excellency General Prem Tinsulanonda, chairman of the King’s Privy Council, visited Prem Tinsulanonda International School in order to meet with students, teachers, administrators, parents and ancillary staff, as well as to tour the campus.

His Excellency General Prem and M.L. Tridhosyuth (Tri) Devakul, the school’s founder, tour the Prem library with student council representatives Naomi Hossain and Asaf Malih as well as Sean Murphy, the Head of the Junior School, and Nigel Forbes-Harper, the Head of the Senior School.

Accompanying His Excellency were M.L. Tridhosyuth (Tri) Devakul, the school’s founder, as well as nationally renowned author William Warren, the mayor of Mae Rim, the chief of the Mae Rim Police, and other local officials.

The Prem A Cappella choir sings two rousing songs for His Excellency General Prem.

After His Excellency and William Warren had each planted a tree in the grounds, the visitors headed to the Prem Center auditorium where they were entertained by three student performances - a solo jazz performance by 12th grade student Stephanie Hannah, the A Capella choir and a string ensemble.

His Excellency General Prem and M.L. Tridhosyuth (Tri) Devakul, the school’s founder, tour the Prem library with student council representatives Naomi Hossain and Asaf Malih.

His Excellency then toured the campus grounds and had morning tea with teachers, students and administrators in the cafeteria.

His Excellency General Prem planted a commemorative tree on the Prem School grounds.

H.E. General Prem seemed very impressed with the warm welcome extended to him by PTIS and said in a speech that he is looking forward to meeting with more students on his next visit. His Excellency is returning later this spring as this year’s graduation keynote speaker.

The graduation ceremony promises to be a memorable occasion, especially since this year Prem Tinsulanonda International School will graduate its first class of Grade 12 students.



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