The Roman night, initiated by Dr. Howard C. Graves, Jr., clearly reinforced qualities most prized within the boundary of Chiang Mai: dignitas, virtus, gravitas, and pietas. The togas were worn as distinctively as they were worn by the Romans, with great style, but probably also with a lot more fun and smiles. The evening ended with a thank you to Dr. Howard for all the historic and culinary efforts he put in to make the evening the success it was.

Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiangmai, chairwoman of Chiang Mai Cultural Council, recently presided over the “Chuen Chor Puang Kram Sarn Tam Narn Wattanatam Lanna” festival. The historical play, Mamia, was performed by 900 Sathit Rajaphat students at Kad Theatre, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

The management and staff of the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel welcomed HRH Princess Maria Gabriella de Savoic, Princess of Italy, who was on an unofficial visit to the Kingdom of Thailand. Whilst in the Kingdom, she had dinner with Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand at the Royal Palace in Chiang Mai.

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated all over Chiang Mai, and over 100 people started early with a huge Irish lunch buffet at the Amari Rincome Hotel, which even presented live Irish music by the beautiful Irish Band ‘Sabai’. Photo shows Irish Chef Adrian (left) with some of the truly Irish guests, the ‘Sabai’ Duo Fiona and Miranda, and Resident Manager Chanin.

CM Computer Plaza’s way of saying thank you to their customers was a ‘golden one’. Many people received gold necklaces (weight: 1 quarter-baht) from a lucky draw at CM Computers. Here, the general manager of CM Plaza, Vimonrat Jitnavasarhien presents the gold necklace to lucky Apichart Wongtui.

Terry Braverman, professional speaker/seminar trainer, and author of the best seller, “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Lighten Up!” was recently seen enjoying a wine tasting at the Writer’s Pub. Terry, known as a Type A traveler, is on an Asia tour, heading from Chiang Mai to Myanmar, to the south and back to L.A. He enjoyed the magic of the city and happily passed around his “Inspiration in a Bottle”, with a short message for everybody. To know more about his new book, check out his web site

Ole! What do Thailand and Spain have in common except lots of sunshine and heat? Yes, they both have great dancers. Seen here are from left: Miss Suprida from the Chiangmai Ballet Academy, Miss Pepa Valdivia from ‘Taller Flamenco’ and M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, honorary consul of the Republic of Peru and owner of Chiangmai Ballet Academy.

Ruangdeht Wonglar PhD, headmaster of Rajaphat Institute Chiang Mai, was the chairperson at Sathit Rajaphat School’s 2003 semester certificate presentation ceremony held at the Auang Sam Poy Luang meeting room, Rajaphat Institute Chiang Mai.