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Art prodigy fights COVID-19 with art

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Xèo Chu poses next to his paintings that were auctioned on Sunday and Tuesday. — Photo courtesy of Xèo Chu Arts 

HCM CITY — The 14-year-old art prodigy Xèo Chu has joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating all of the proceeds from two online auctions of his paintings to the city’s healthcare workers. 

The VNĐ2.85 billion (US$123,500) he received from selling eight paintings during the auctions, will be used to provide medical supplies and equipment. The proceeds will be given to the University Medical Center of HCM City.

Chu, who set sales records with his ‘Jackson Pollock’ like paintings selling for over $217,000 in an exhibition in New York in 2019 when he was only 12, says the money will be used to buy six ventilators, 1,000 protective suits, and 10,000 N95 masks.

The young artist will also give VNĐ355 million ($15,400) to healthcare staff at the city’s Tâm Anh General Hospital to buy vegetables that are in short supply in HCM City. 

Xèo Chu seen to work in his studio in HCM City. 

The first auction on Sunday raised an amount of VNĐ700 million (US$30,000) for four paintings. The artworks include two from the collection Home Flower 2020 which he created last April during the “first wave” of the pandemic in Việt Nam.

Before the online auctions, in November, he sold 20 paintings from the same collection to raise funds for needy children in seven remote schools in the central province of Quảng Bình.

Two other paintings, Moonight 2 (120cm x 120cm) and Sunset 1 (100cm x 120cm), are both from the collection Hồ Tràm Beach that he created in 2021.  

Chu created Moonlight at Hồ Tràm Beach. It depicts the peace and calm Chu experience. Sunset 1, on the other hand, is among a series of the same theme that the artist created during two months by the beach. The young painter said that the sunset on the beach is very stunning.

“It’s luminous, it’s glorious, and it’s mysterious. So every day, I went to the beach to enjoy the sunset and I never got bored painting the view,” he said.

The second auction on Tuesday features a painting from Series of Garden 2021 depicting the fruit tree garden of Xèo Chu’s grandmother in a village where he often spends summer holidays and has many memories.

The Tomato Garden (120cm x 120cm) from the collection Home Flower 2020, and two other Sunset paintings from the collection Hồ Tràm Beach 2021, are among the ones that have been auctioned.

Xèo Chu and Georges Bergès, owner of the Georges Bergès Gallery. Chu held his New York debut exhibition ‘Big World, Little Eyes’ in 2019.

Xèo Chu, whose real name is Phó Vạn An, has been making art since he was just four years old.

In 2019, the prestigious Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York hosted the Big World, Little Eyes – a solo exhibition of Xèo Chu.

On International Children’s Day, June 1, the talented young painter was granted the children’s award Dế Mèn (The Cricket) by the Thể Thao & Văn Hóa (Sport & Culture) newspaper for his painting series about nature and life. —

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Vietnamese model wins runner-up prize at Mister Grand International 2022

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Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, just won the 4th runner-up title.

The final night of the Mister Grand International 2022 contest took place in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday morning (Vietnam time).

Twenty-four contestants from countries and territories around the world competed in donning national costume, swimwear, sportswear, and vest.

This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.

At the awarding session, Nguyen Vu Linh was announced the 4th runner-up of the contest, in addition to winning the prizes for ‘Best in National Costume’ and ‘Top Model.’

The Mister Grand International winner is a Swiss, and the first, second, and third runners-up are three contestants from the Philippines, Singapore and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, rescpectively.

“I feel luckly to receive cheers from the audience at home and friends around the world,” Linh said after receiving his prizes. 

This supplied photo shows winners of the Mister Grand International 2022.
This supplied photo shows the winners of the Mister Grand International 2022.

“I feel the courage be more responsible to the community and partcipate in more social activities in the future after winning the runner-up title.”

Linh, 28, was born in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.

He weighs 75kg, and his body measures are 99-78-98cm.

Linh won the runner-up prize at the Vietnam Fashion Model Contest 2018. 

This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Vu Linh, a Vietnamese contestant at the Mister Grand International 2022, who just won the 4th runner-up title.

Before that, he had participated in different male pageants. 

Currently, he is a flight attendant and a freelance model.

Many Vietnamese men competed at the Mister Grand International before Linh, including Nguyen Tien Dat and Ly Cao Thien Son, who won the runner-up title in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and Nguyen Van Tuan, who claimed the Mister International crown in 2019.

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Flying saucer-shaped clouds float above another mountain in southern Vietnam

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Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province was the second mountain in Vietnam’s southern region spotted with spaceship-like clouds after Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province this week.

The formation, which is identified as lenticular clouds, floated over Chua Chan Mountain on Friday morning.

The clouds appeared at around 6:00 am, were most obvious at 7:00 am, and lasted until 8:00 am, according to Nguyen Duc Tan, a local living at the foot of the mountain.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau

Tan said he somtimes had seen clouds gathering atop of the mountain, but those formations were not as prominent as Friday morning’s.

Many other locals gave similar accounts.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Hau

Chua Chan Mountain is located about 110 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and is 837 meters high above sea level. 

It is the highest mountain in Dong Nai and the second highest in the southern region, after Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, over which lenticular clouds also appeared on Thursday and Friday morning.

This photo acquired by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows lenticular clouds atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022.
This photo acquired by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows lenticular clouds atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022.

Lenticular clouds are dense stationary clouds caused by sudden air movements and often found near hills or mountains, according to Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the forecasting department at the Southern Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

As moist and stable air flows over a larger eddy, like those caused by mountains, and temperatures drop below the dew point, lenticular clouds can form. 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Van Hai
Lenticular clouds are seen atop Chua Chan Mountain in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Van Hai

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UFO-shaped clouds form over southern Vietnam mountain

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A spectacular moment when disc-shaped clouds resembling an alien spaceship formed above a mountain in southern Vietnam went viral on social media in the country on Thursday.

Images of the rare natural phenomenon were captured at Ba Den Mountain in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh, which borders Ho Chi Minh City, by local resident Do Vinh Quan.

Quan said he took the pictures of the clouds at around 6:00 am on his way to work before sharing them on his social media account.

Some online users humorously described the image of clouds as a giant mushroom or an unidentified flying object (UFO). 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Video: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

The natural phenomenon is known as lenticular clouds, according to Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the forecasting department at the Southern Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

They are dense, stationary clouds which are caused by sudden air movements and are often found near hills or mountains. 

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Do Vinh Quan

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Do Vinh Quan

As moist and stable air flows over a larger eddy, like those caused by mountains, and temperatures drop below the dew point, lenticular clouds can form.

The occurrence of lenticular clouds is not rare, according to Quyet, but the shape of a flying saucer is infrequent.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Quyet added that lenticular clouds are expected to form over Ba Den Mountain for the remainder of the month.

The flying saucer-shaped clouds recurred early on Friday morning, according to a photo provided to Tuoi Tre News by Ta Ngoc Anh, another local.

Clouds cover the top of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Clouds cover the top of Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 24, 2022. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain

Standing at 986 meters above sea level, Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province has been dubbed the roof of Vietnam’s southern region. 

Viewed from a distance, the mountain stands out against the blue sky and is sometimes hidden behind clouds and fog.

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Ta Ngoc Anh

Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam, November 25, 2022. Photo: Ta Ngoc Anh

From the base to the top of the mountain, visitors can stop by and explore temples, pagodas, caves, and towers, with local architecture – a mix of Buddhist and folklore culture – that attracts millions of visitors each year.

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