Jazz adds a cool note to art exhibition
Saksit Meesubkwang and Preeyanoot
The Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University has
organized an art exhibition with jazz music which can be viewed, and heard,
at the Northern Village Zone in Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai.
band performs at the Jazz Music & Art Lovers exhibition.
Dean of the faculty, Assoc Prof M L Surasawat Sooksawat and Orachorn
Chanwiwattana, general manager of Central Airport Plaza, jointly presided
over the opening ceremony of the Jazz Music & Art Lovers exhibition on
November 12. The exhibition is being staged to showcase the work of
students, while the jazz band is there to add atmosphere and provide an
extra attraction for visitors. The exhibition is open until November 30.
A festival of giant krathongs and beautiful girls
Crowds of visitors line the streets and river for parade
Nopniwat Krailerg and
Thai and foreign visitors crowded Chiang Mai for the Yee
Peng festival, enjoying the parade of giant krathongs and the Miss Yee Peng
Yee Peng contest winner was Yaowaluck Pangjai or Puinoon, 19 (center),
Kulanit Treewanitkul, 18, was the first runner-up (2nd left), Nuananong
Wongpaya, 18, was the second runner-up (2nd right), Patcharida Tuangburong,
22, the third runner-up (right) and Thamonwan Wongwiwat, 24, fourth
Chiang Mai University and Yuparaj Wittayalai School won
awards for the best giant krathong while Maejo University received the best
parade award. Puinoon, 19, studying in Rajamangala University of Technology
Lanna, was named Miss Yee Peng.
The giant krathong competition was divided into two
categories and attracted 34 participating organizations. The parade of
these krathongs started from Wat Pra Singh on Rachadamnern Road and wended
its way to Chiang Mai municipality. Many people waited on both sides of the
way to see the parade, and both sides of the river were also thronged with
The first group of winners of the giant krathong
competition were CMU, North Chiang Mai University and Far Eastern Chiang
Mai College, TT&T Company and First Choice Financial Company.
The second group was Yuparaj Wittayalai School, San Pa
Koi Market, Rachineekul-Wachiralai schools, Wat Makhunwan and Wat Pa Pao.
Best parades were Maejo University, CMU, Yuparaj Wittayalai School, Far
Eastern College and San Pa Koi Market.
The Miss Yee Peng contest was organized at Thapae Gate
November 16-17. Twenty contestants were selected out of the 32 in the first
round, and this number was whittled down to 10 on the second night, and
then down to five. Miss Yee Peng was Yaowaluck Pangjai, or Puinoon, age 19.
Kulanit Treewanitkul, 18 was the first runner-up, Nuananong Wongpaya, 18,
was the second runner-up and Patcharida Tuangburong, 22, and Thamonwan
Wongwiwat, 24, were the third and fourth runners-up.
Puinoon is a freshman studying business administration at Rajamangala
University of Technology Lanna. She is a daughter of Boonsom, a watch
technician and Nongyao who is a beautician living at Baan Nai, Tambon Hai
Ya in Muang, Chiang Mai.
13th Zonta International
District 17 conference
Chiang Mai wins Most Outstanding Service Project
President Hope Watcharaprecha receives the award with the accompanying
Chiang Mai members present: Past President Somboon Suprasert, Past President
Margaret Bhadungzong, Immediate Past President Jiamjit Boonsom and Zontian
Five ‘Zontians’ of Chiang Mai recently attended the
13th Zonta International District 17 conference, in Kuantan, Pahang,
Malaysia. District 17 comprises of the five countries, Malaysia, Hong Kong,
the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
This conference was an enriching event that featured
charismatic speakers, crystallizing Zonta’s goals and inspired all Zonta
members to work even more together to advance the status of women. The theme
for this Biennium and this conference was, “Sharing our Time, our Talent
for a Better World”, as it focused on women’s issues and conditions and
how to use energy and resources to bring about improvements in women’s
167 projects were entered at this conference for competition on Club
Service Projects. The ladies from Zonta International Chiang Mai won the
‘Most Outstanding Service Project’ award with their Home Cares HIV/AIDS
Project under the Grandma Cares project.
Fund raising concert held to benefit disabled community
A fund raising concert that will go to help disabled
members of the community was staged by Baan Saman Jai Foundation on November
10 at Chiang Mai University convention hall.
The concert was presided over by Lady Chao Rapeepan
Chantarasirikul, honorable consulting chairman of Baan Saman Jai Foundation.
Pradit Preechanon, president of the foundation welcomed all guests and in an
opening address said that the foundation was established to help disabled
people by offering them an occupation in weaving.
children from Baan Saman Jai Foundation participate in a Russian Ballet
Initially, the foundation was supported by the creative
activity center for disable persons, the Saori Center, an organization
sponsored by the Japanese government. However, the Saori Center was closed
and as the foundation wished to continue its work on behalf of the disabled
the Baan Saman Jai Foundation was established.
The concert was therefore held as a fund raiser. A ballet was performed
by Russian Ballet (Thailand) and there were performances by singers and
musicians such as Jennifer Kim, Ko Saxman, Ford Supchai Kraiyunsen, ECT
band, M Authapon Prakopkhong and other well known names. Everyone gave their
services free to the foundation, with all the revenues raised going towards
the foundation’s funding.