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Chiang Mai welcomes new Philippine Honorary Consul

Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia of the Republic of the Philippines, Governor of Chiang Mai Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Philippine Honorary Consul Phanomvan na Ayudhya are joined by the Governor of Lamphun, Deputy Governor of Lampang, Consuls General and Honorary Consuls at the luncheon to introduce the new Honorary Consul.

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai welcomed the newest member of the diplomatic corps on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Chiang Mai. H.E. Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia of the Republic of the Philippines flew to Bangkok with her son to join the meeting that also saw Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and many consuls and honorary consuls join the luncheon. Governor Suriya welcomed the newest Honorary Consul and the Ambassador spoke about the Philippine Honorary Consul A. Phanomvan na Ayudhya welcomed the Ambassador and assembled honored guests to the lunch and talked about their visits to the nine provinces of the North that the Consulate will represent. The Ambassador and Honorary Consul visited the Governors and government officials in each of the provinces over the past month, learning more about the Filipino communities in the North.
The honorary consulate will provide all consular services except for passport applications and NBI clearance application certification; the consulate will also be able to provide visa services for those wishing to travel to the Philippines.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presents flowers to welcome Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, Honorary Consul Phanomvan na Ayudhya and his wife. The Governor is joined by U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and his wife Michelle.

Joining the event was Lamphun Governor Narong Onsaard and Deputy Governor of Lampang Ritthipong Techapun as well as Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii and other members of the consular corps. Members of the local Filipino community and the Association of Filipinos in Thailand’s Northern Region Chapter also attended the event, many in colorful national costume.

Deputy Governor of Lampang Ritthipong Techapun sends regards from Lampang Governor Tanin Subhasaen to Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, Honorary Consul Phanomvan na Ayudhya and his wife. He is joined by French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude.

Japanese Consul General Akhiko Fujii welcomed the newest Honorary Consul to Chiang Mai’s diplomatic corps.

Members of the local Filipino community dressed in traditional costume for the event.

Yappy Hour raises funds for our furry friends

Care for Dogs supporters show up in force

Founder Karin Hawelka (center) is joined by supporters and dog lovers Michelle Heath and Linda Coons Santitharangkul.

By Shana Kongmun
Our furry friends got a major boost on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at River Market when the Care for Dogs fundraiser Yappy Hour raised over 187,000 baht for the facility. Care for Dogs sterilizes and treats stray dogs as well as those belonging to low income members of the community and has a facility with over 170 dogs in care. Many of these dogs have been abandoned by their owners either at the facility, on the streets or in the temples. Care for Dogs works to provide these dogs health care and hopefully find them a home.

Care for Dogs supporter Linda Coons Santitharangkul joins River Market’s Dave Anichowski with her event appropriate handbag!

The evening featured a silent auction with great prizes like stays at JW Marriott in Khao Lak, helicopter rides from Advance Aviation, along with many other great prizes and the raffle of a fully loaded Honda motorbike donated by Nat Honda won by Bob who purchased the lucky winning ticket.
The event was a great success with many animal lovers enjoying the vegetarian feast put on by River Market and Ragu. Some adopted dogs even made an appearance as their owners came by to support the organization. More information on Care for Dogs can be found online or check out our Dog of the Week up for adoption on the kids page!

Linda and Dave thought they might make a run for it on the bike donated by Nat Honda!

Dinner by the River for Skål members

Skål Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire joins host Stella Jacobs, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai for Skål’s November dinner.

By Shana Kongmun
Members of the local tourism and travel industry met at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on November 20, 2014 where Skål President of Thailand Dale Lawrence joined the group to report on the recent Skål World Congress in Mexico and what it means for local members. Also on hand was Jana Kenton who is working with Qooco, an online language learning app in Chinese and English for the hospitality industry. With offices in Singapore and based in China, the company will be opening their first Thailand based office in Chiang Mai soon.

Skål Thailand President Dale Lawrence and Skål President Chiang Mai Tim McGuire toast each other before dinner.

Also announced was the upcoming highly popular NAP Fair to be held from December 5 – 10 at Nimmanhaemin soi 1. Member Lamorna Cheesman added that there would be free workshops at the top of the soi during the day. A reminder was also given to everyone that there were still tickets available for the annual Christmas Fundraiser dinner to be held at the lovely 137 Pillars House on December 11, 2014. Tickets are available at 137 Pillars House and Tiger Trail Thailand on Chareon Prathet Road.
Also announced were upcoming meetings with the January meeting to be held at the newly opened Vivo Bene in Doi Saket and the Annual General Meeting to be held in February. Skål Chiang Mai encourages everyone on the hospitality and tourism industry in Chiang Mai to suggest speakers and attend meetings to create closer relationships in the travel community.

Vice President Annette Kunigagon (right) and Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna (left) welcome Armelle “Coco”Pennors-Chungcharoensuk who plans on joining Skål Chiang Mai.

Lamoran Cheesman (far right) chats with Alex, Alan and Aon about the upcoming NAP Fair starting on December 5, 2014.

Jana Kenton talked about Qooco, a new app offering language instruction for those in the hospitality industry.

Citylife Garden Party at JJ Market raises funds for charity

The hostess with the mostest Pim Kemasingki with Sally Golding of the FDSC and Wisut Buachoom of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai office.

By Shana Kongmun
One of the most popular events of the year, the Citylife Garden Party at JJ Market was held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 and saw around 150 booths and an estimated 3,000 visitors take part.
The Fair featured informational booths on organizations and raffles, charitable organizations selling goods and restaurants offering delicious food, as well as the very popular foot massage set up by ITM Massage and the lovely owners Kate and Liz. There were live music performances from the Rasta Bar Band, North Gate Jazz Group and the fabulous Lanna Commins.
The event featured live and silent auctions offering everything from spa treatments, restaurants, hotels and many others raising over 200,000 baht for the Foundation for Developing and Supporting Children (FDSC) and Northern Thailand and Skills for Life.

Bee invites people to join the International We Love the King Parade and Concert on December 3 at the booth at the fair.

The Tombola Table was a popular destination for fair goers, with teddy bears as consolation prizes along with vouchers, coupons and other fun prizes.

Lanna Commins entertains the crowd.

Jenny Croyston shows off mango wood bracelets and earrings for sale at the Skill Center booth.

Dominque Leutwiler of the Skills for Life with staff and products that the foundation makes to sell.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai welcomes new Philippine Honorary Consul

Yappy Hour raises funds for our furry friends

Dinner by the River for Skål members

Citylife Garden Party at JJ Market raises funds for charity