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Jazz adds a cool note to art exhibition

A festival of giant krathongs and beautiful girls

13th Zonta International District 17 conference

Fund raising concert held to benefit disabled community

Jazz adds a cool note to art exhibition

Saksit Meesubkwang and Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Jazz 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 Saksit Meesubkwang

Thai and foreign visitors crowded Chiang Mai for the Yee Peng festival, enjoying the parade of giant krathongs and the Miss Yee Peng competition.

Miss 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 runner-up (left).

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 spectators.

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

Zonta 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 Linda Galloway.

Hope Watcharaprecha

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.

The impressive award.

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 lives.

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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Autistic children from Baan Saman Jai Foundation participate in a Russian Ballet (Thailand) performance.

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.