Wichai Wittaya School hosts Thai - Turkish Friendship dinner
Metin Askan addresses the audience, reminding them of the importance of
acceptance and friendship at the Thai – Turkish Friendship Dinner on June
27, 2016 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai.
(standing) joins Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Chief of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Sambunyanon, former Lampang Governor
Tanin Subhasaen, former Senator Adisorn Kamnerdsiri and other government
officials for the Friendship Dinner.
Duen na Chiang Mai and her son Pakinai (2nd left and far left) join the
Governor’s wife and President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross
Mongsuda Chamniprasart and her friend at the dinner.
international community was well-represented, here Irish Representative
Annette Kunigagon joins the dinner with friends.
By Shana Kongmun
Wichai Wittaya School, a part of the Marmara Schools network, hosted a
Ramadan Dinner celebrating friendship between Thailand and Turkey, the home
base of the schools. Metin Askan, Head of the School here in Chiang Mai
welcomed dignitaries and guests and reminded everyone that religion is not
about killing but about love and peace, no matter which religion you follow.
He ended on a poem that began with “Open your heart as big as the sky”. His
inspirational speech was a reminder to all that the meal was about
Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School was
established with a bilingual Thai and English curriculum in a bid to turn
Chiang Mai kids into global citizens. The school offers education in all
levels; Kindergarten, Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary and has
more than 600 children attending the school. Wichai Wittaya School is an
integral part of education in Chiang Mai, providing students with
opportunities due to the bilingual education. Marmara Schools also has three
schools in Bangkok with courses in English as the administrators understand
the importance of another language.
Skål Chiang Mai visits Mae Mha School for donation of supplies
joined together with Skål Chiang Mai members and presented them with
drawings done by the students. Supplies brought by the club are in the
By Shana Kongmun
Skål Chiang Mai paid their now semi-annual visit to Mae Mha School and
Orphanage last week and while many students were out ill with malaria the
happy smiling faces made the group feel welcome. The schoolmaster thanked
Skål for their support and appreciated the well-coordinated efforts of the
club in ensuring the students had their needs fulfilled. In addition, many
students have been learning how to use the industrial sewing machines that
were purchased and donated for their use along with the many meters of
fabric donated by Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King.
performed dances for the club and then asked the visitors to join in.
The students welcomed the group with a
performance before turning to lunch provided for them by the club. Students
presented members of the Club and guests with drawings made for the visit
and the visitors toured the now finished new boys dormitory and were glad to
see that much of the area was in good shape. The cooler weather was
certainly pleasant for everyone and several first time visitors including
Bernard and his wife took advantage of the day to learn more about the
school and the area.
girl found the dancing a bit more difficult!
Although no rice was delivered on this
trip it was determined that more rice would be needed to get the school
through the next six months so a further purchase was made and delivered to
the headmaster when he brought students down to the city to train on sewing
machines with experienced seamstresses later in the week.
Overall the club used 184,880 baht for
food and supplies this trip. The next trip won’t be until after the
Christmas fundraiser in December when new funds are raised and it will be
determined what needs the students have. Skål Chiang Mai is keen to help the
students learn skills so that when they finish school they can get good
paying jobs. The purchase of industrial sewing machines and barbering
supplies was one push towards that and the club is always interested in
other learning and training opportunities for these children, many of whom
have no parents or have been left at the school by parents who are not in a
position to take care of them.
Mai President Tim McGuire and Vice President Annette Kunigagon inspect the
sewing machines donated to the school for the students to learn how to sew.
listen to President Tim as they wait for lunch provided for by Skål Chiang
School headmaster and head teacher join Tim and Annette from Skål Chiang Mai
for the tour of the school.
118th Independence Day of the Republic Of The Philippines
Filipino Community in Chiang Mai (FILCOM) also elect officers
Filipino community gathered to celebrate the 118th anniversary of the
country’s independence from Spain.
To celebrate the 118th Independence
Day, Filipino Community in Chiang Mai (FILCOM, Chiangmai) organized the
Fiesta sa Chiangmai and election of a new set of officers at Ruanpae 2
Restaurant (Chiangmai Floating Restaurant 2).
Fiesta sa Chiangmai saw the local Filipino community join together for
celebrations and elections.
The Philippine Declaration of Independence (Filipino: Pagpapahayag ng
Kasarinlan ng Pilipinas) was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II el
Viejo (present-day Kawit, Cavite), Philippines. With the public reading
of the Act of the Declaration of independence (Spanish: Acta de la
proclamación de independencia del pueblo Filipino; Filipino: Paggawa ng
Proklamasyon ng Kasarinlan ng sambayanang Pilipino), Filipino
revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the
sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial
rule of Spain.
of the Filipino Community of Chiangmai or FILCOM bring some fun to the
The events which were observed by Philippine Honorary Consul Agkarajit
Phanomvan na Ayudhya who urged Filipinos to quickly adapt to the
economic growth of the province and participate in major community
events. The FILCOM, Chiangmai will be under the leadership of Pastor
Bengie Lastimado as President and Mr. Jeulogio V. Constantino as Vice
are played and songs are sung during the celebrations held at Ruanpae 2
Filipino musicians are famed throughout the world, this group kept the
Shangri-La Hotel hosts Signature Wedding Fair 2016
The Shangri-La Hotel Wedding Fair featured a
fashion show of fabulous bridal gowns.
Wedding season is on the way as the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai hosted their
Signature Wedding Fair 2016 on June 4, 2016 at the Grand Lanna Ballroom at
The luxuriously appointed ballroom was organized to appeal to couples and
help give ideas as to wedding themes and options at the hotel. Booths from
vendors and from the hotel were set up for visitors to check out the special
foods and events.
The Grand Lanna Ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel
was elaborately decorated for the Wedding Fair on June 4, 2016.
Shangri-La Hotel was the first in the North to receive certifications for
hotel standards and food safety including Good Manufacturing Practice and
HACCP Codex Alimentarius.
The hotel gave lucky draw vouchers and Danurit Suphamol and Preeyaporn
Jeeraweswattana received the grand prize of 200,000 towards a wedding fair.
Other prizes included two nights stay, spa packages, air tickets and other
prizes like photo sessions.
The fashion show featured beautiful gowns for
brides and bridesmaids.
Danurit Suphamol and Preeyaporn Jeeraweswattana
received the grand prize of 200,000 towards a wedding fair at the hotel’s
Signature Wedding Fair.
Farewell party for U.S. Consul General; the “Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lanna”
(From left) Ambassador Glyn Davies, Jacqueline
Davies, Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and his wife Molsuda, U.S. Consul
General Michael Heath and his wife Michelle greet guests at the party.
By Shana Kongmun
The weather cleared long enough for Chiang Mai people to gather at the
historic U.S. Consulate General to bid farewell to Michael Heath and his
lovely wife Michelle. U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies and his wife
Jacqueline were on hand to join Chiang Mai in thanking Mike for his service
to the community.
From left: Canadian Honorary Consul Jakkarin
Wangvivat and German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, U.S. Consul General
Michael Heath, Wanphen Sakdatorn and Michelle Heath at the opening of the
Members of the diplomatic corps, the American community, businesspeople and
media all joined in the party which not only honored Mike Heath but also a
warm up celebration for the U.S. Independence Day, with a theme focused on
the upcoming elections in the United States.
The Myanmar Consul General Kaung San Lwin and
his wife are welcomed to the party by the U.S. Ambassador and his wife and
the U.S. Consul General and his wife.
Ambassador Davies took the podium to offer congratulations to His Majesty
the King on his seven decades on the throne saying “We dedicate this evening
to His Majesty the King and to his continued health and we send him the best
wishes of the American people, both the tens of thousands of Americans who
live in the Kingdom and all Americans in the United States and send him best
wishes for a strong recovery.”
He said, “I have to be humble here in Chiang Mai, in the United States we
are 240 years old, while here in Chiang Mai you are celebrating the 720th
year. I am here to pick up some tips on how Chiang Mai has retained its
greatness for over 700 years.”
U.S. Ambassador Davies greets the crowd and
offers best wishes to H.M. The King on the 70th anniversary of his accession
to the throne.
He noted the theme of the evening was the upcoming elections and discussed
voting rights and the changes in the U.S. Constitution which gave voting
rights to minorities, to women and that now the U.S. is at another stage
where a woman has, for the first time, secured the nomination for a major
political party for the office of President of the United States. He added,
“We know that Thailand, as well, continues to seek progress politically and
we are heartened by that. It is important and we very much hope that
Thailand succeeds in that project. For us, a prosperous, stable and
democratic Thailand is good for everyone; good for the U.S., good for South
East Asia, good for the World.”
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and his wife
Molsuda salute Ambassador Davies and toast H.M. The King.
He concluded saying that he and his wife were thrilled to be back in Chiang
Mai and meet so many people working at the Consulate and people in Chiang
Mai. He added that it was very sad to see employees at the Consulate leaving
and for Consul General Heath’s departure.
“We are going to miss Mike Heath and his wife Michelle, they have been the
best representatives of the United States in Thailand, Ambassador to the
Lanna Kingdom is the way I think of Mike Heath,” he said, “We will miss
Members of the diplomatic corps including the
Myanmar Consul General, Japanese Consul General and Indian Consul join the
Ambassador, the Governor and the Consul General in one last photo together.
Consul General Heath then took the podium to offer his thanks to everyone
and talk a bit about his time in Chiang Mai and the wonderful people he has
worked with and met in the North. Governor Pawin Chamniprasart also took the
podium to thank Consul General Heath for his service in Thailand and the
great relationship the province has had with the U.S. Consulate General. A
toast was then given for both the Thai Royal Anthem and the U.S. National
The evening ended on a slight rainy note but that did not dampen the spirits
of the crowd who wished Mike and Michelle the best of luck on their next