Matuto performs bluegrass and blues at Think Park
City based folk and blues band Matuto entertained the crowd at Think Park on
Monday, May 30, 2016.
Wasunshine of Payap University and his band of traditional musicians opened
the event for Matuto.
member gives blowing through a leaf a try as band members look on.
One of the
highlights of the band is the use of the accordion and unusual percussion
By Shana Kongmun
The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate- General in Chiang Mai
hosted a fun and funky concert at Think Park on Monday, May 30 with
bluegrass and folk bank Matuto performing their unique sound with guitar,
bass, accordion and a variety of unusual percussion instruments.
Led by Clay Ross and Rob Curto, the New York City based band kept the
audience entertained with their lively performances of blues and bluegrass
with a heavy Latin influence. The word Matuto is Brazilian for country
bumpkin and although they may not be bumpkins their music brought a flavor
of Americana to Chiang Mai. Other members of the band include Zé Maurício,
Richie Barshay, Mike Lavalle, and Mazz Swift.
U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Anna Rogers opened the event, thanking
the organizers and the band for their dedication. She added that the band
would be working with students at Dhara School the next day. She was then
followed by a spirited Lanna performance by Ajarn Wasunshine of Payap
University and his band of performers using traditional instruments and one
man blowing through a leaf to make music. After their performance one of the
members of Matuto tried his hand, or rather mouth, at blowing through the
leaf to create music.
The band then took the stage and a large and lively crowd gathered to enjoy
the music. During the second set Por’s North Gate Trio joined them on stage
and the audience was treated to the sounds of their collaboration.
Zonta Chiang Mai bring donations to Omkoi Blessing Hill Children’s Home
Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert
and members of Zonta Chiang Mai delivered goods to the Blessing Hill
Children’s Home in Omkoi recently.
By Zonta Past President Margaret Bhadungzong
“When these Karen children have a chance of a good education they will
become reliable citizens of tomorrow. ... They will also have the ability to
lead their peer group into the right direction for the benefit of our
country,” expressed President Suvimol Limlenglert. This belief in the value
of education is the feeling among the members of Zonta Chiang Mai (ZCM)
established in 1997.
Children at the home eagerly helped to unload
the items from the van during the visit from Zonta Chiang Mai.
The ZCM committee comprised President Suvimol, Charter President Somboon
Suprasert and Past President Margaret Bhadungzong on a cloudy Sunday, took a
three hour drive southwest of Chiang Mai city through the rugged mountains
and passing the sleepy Mae Chaem river for a very pleasant get away from the
city. Our journey took us to Omkoi sitting at an altitude of 1,000 meters.
Zonta Chiang Mai President Suvimol Limlenglert
(4th right) is joined by Blessing Hill Children’s Home administrators and
Zonta Chiang Mai members at the home on May 22, 2016.
When arriving at Omkoi village center, we met to have lunch together and
also to discuss more about our mission. Dr. “Chris” Kitti
Charoenpornpanichkul, PhD introduced us to Miss Pilairuk Intipunya, PhD from
Chiang Mai University who also supports the Karen students.
Relating his previous experience observing the “Blessing Hill Children’s
Home”, ZCM member Dr. Chris invited us to join and President Suvimol gladly
cooperated on behalf of the ZCM donate useful personal care items and
mattresses to the Karen children in the Home. The supply items were bath
soap, toothpaste, toiletry necessities, sanitary napkins, cartons of milk
and stationery items for school work.
Staff at the Blessing Hill Children’s Home
welcome Zonta Chiang Mai members on their visit to the home on Sunday, May
The students enthusiastically carried all the items to the Home’s supply
room, then, we met in the Assembly Hall for greetings, blessings and thanks.
ZCM Charter President Somboon Suprasert gave an inspirational talk to the
young students reminding them as citizens of the pine tree forests, they
“are responsible for keeping the natural environment. No matter how small or
insignificant their actions may seem, they matter. The variety of plants,
animals, and other living things in our world can be positively influenced
by our personal values of truth, righteousness, peace, love and
The Blessing Hill Children’s Home Omkoi was established in 2013 by the
“Karen’s for Christ Foundation” to care for Karen children who are mostly
orphans and all the children are in need of formal education.
For generations, the Karen people lived independently as agriculturists in
the jungles and mountainous regions. They struggle in a modern world caring
for their families. About 85% of the district’s population are Karen tribal
people. Due to steep hilly terrain, agricultural fields with dependable
irrigation are scarce plus following primitive farming practices, they face
In 2016, the home presently has 130 students though in 2014 student numbered
80. Noticeably 70% of students are female. Helping these young students to
develop pride in themselves as citizens of the world is just as important as
learning to read and write.
The students from 4th grade and older have bunk beds while the younger
students sleep two together in a bed for feeling of closeness with their
It is a problem to find enough mosquito netting but with the help of the
Malaria Center at the Public Health Office, the Home could get the required
Blessing Hill Children’s Home is located at Karen’s for Christ Foundation,
997 Moo 18 Omkoi-Yang Pao Road., Omkoi Chiang Mai 50310. Mobile
WETV hosts open house party
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart (in
yellow), Region 5 Police Deputy Commander, Pol. Maj. Gen. Pracha
Rattanaphan, and President of the Provincial Administrative Organization
Boonlert Buranupakorn join WETV executives Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat
Sutabuth at the launch of their new offices.
Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat Sutabuth of WETV
are joined by Thai celebrities from GMM 25 for the open house party at their
Chiang Mai’s cable network WETV hosted a party on May 18, 2016 to launch
their new offices and celebrate their status as Number One in communication
in Chiang Mai.
The new office for World Entertainment Television Co. Ltd or WETV welcomed
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chaminprasart, Deputy Commander of Region 5 Police
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pracha Rattanaphan, and President of the Provincial
Administrative Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn along with other honored
guests and media to the event. Sarisa Sutabuth and Bawornrat Sutabuth
welcomed the guests including artists and stars from GMM 25 channel Toy
Pathompong, Ve Ve, Saranrat, Ratsameekae and Mike Sitthidej who were on hand
to entertain the partygoers.
Sarisa Sutabuth, MD of World Entertainment Television Co., Ltd. said that
this year WE TV has changed their service to respond to changes in
technology and lifestyle by adding high speed internet and CCTV. The company
has launched a new promotion offering 180 channels with high speed internet
and four CCTVs for 999 baht a month.
The campaign has seen a very positive feedback from the customers, Sarisa
said, with the first quarter operations results meeting targets and the rest
of the year is expected to outperform expectations.
WETV has also started a project in cooperation with Provincial Police Region
5 with the new “Police Eyes” project which encourages local businesses and
private residents to purchase low cost CCTV cameras and install them in
public places to help the police combat crime and increase safety for local