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Suntory PepsiCo’s golf tournament raises VND1.8 billion for children with cancer



Golfers participating in the Suntory PepsiCo Friendship Golf Tournament 2020 pose for a group photo – PHOTO: SUNTORY PEPSICO VIETNAM BEVERAGE

HCMC – Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage raised some VND1.8 billion for children with cancer during its 18th charity golf tournament, which was held at the Golf & Country Club in HCMC on November 27 aimed at connecting businesses and lending a helping hand to the community.

The Suntory PepsiCo Friendship Golf Tournament 2020 saw the participation of 146 golfers. All the proceeds from the event, which were contributed by Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage and its business partners such as Mercedes-Benz Vietnam, Novaland, Saigontourist, VH Golf and Crown Saigon, will be given to children suffering from cancer through the HCMC Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients.

Jahanzeb Khan, general director of Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage, said over the past 26 years, the company has always been committed to supporting local communities.

Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage launched the golf tournament in 2001 to honor its business partners for their contributions to the success of the company. Since 2007, the tournament has tuned into a fundraising event for needy people.

Money raised from the tournament has been used to fund heart surgeries, donate scholarships, present thousands of gifts to orphans and the elderly, build homes for the underprivileged and provide water purifying systems to schools and medical centers.

This year, besides raising funds for child cancer patients, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage also donated 14,000 boxes of products worth over VND1 billion to people affected by the recent typhoons and floods in the central region, gave VND7 billion to frontline doctors and nurses to support them in the fight against Covid-19 and provided more than 500,000 meals to some 33,000 poor people.



Ho Chi Minh City museum to create online exhibition showcasing historic treasures



The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History is introducing a collection of never-before-seen antiques to the world through an online exhibition.

The museum first began developing the exhibition in early February, when administrators realized an online display would allow them to showcase invaluable collections to the public while fulfilling a demand for museum going amongst those too worried to venture into public during the ongoing pandemic.

The online exhibit can be found at, where dozens of antiques are on display alongside their full details of origin, initial owners, and value.

Hoang Anh Tuan, the museum’s director, said the online exhibition is an experiment in the application of technology to archive management and data extraction.  

“We have many collections that have yet to be exhibited. This online archive will help us gather information we can use to plan future events,” he said.  

Ivory seals from the Victor Thomas Holbé collection

Ivory seals from the Victor Thomas Holbé collection

Currently on display in the online exhibition is a collection of works once owned by Victor Thomas Holbé (1857 – 1927), a French naval pharmacist who served as deputy Cochinchina governor and was known for his stunning art collection.

After his death, the Society of Indochina Studies raised 45,000 Indochinese piastre to buy his collection of 2,160 pieces rooted in Asian cultures of Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. 

The collection, along with the society’s other pieces, was the foundation for the establishment of the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum (now the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History) in 1929.

On its opening day, January 1, 1929, Holbé’s collection was exhibited in the museum’s main hall. Some pieces were also presented in France at the Eiffel Tower.

The online archive is divided into four categories based on the material and origin of each piece, including ivory from Vietnam, China, and Japan; 18th- and 19th-century gem stones from China; ceramics from Vietnam and China; and worship statues.

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History was formed on the legacy of the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum – Saigon’s earliest museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Vietnam.

Having grown its collection from the 5,000 pieces originally on display at the National Museum of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History now manages over 43,000 documents and artifacts, including 13 collections and 12 national treasures reflecting Vietnam’s culture and history.

Below are some of the artifacts on display in the online archive. All photo are courtesy of the museum.

18th and 19th century gem stone wine goblets from China.

18th- and 19th-century gem stone wine goblets from China

18th and 19th century disc-shaped ornaments made from gem stones from China.

18th- and 19th-century disc-shaped ornaments made from gem stones from China

A 19th century Buddha statue from Tibet

A 19th-century Buddha statue from Tibet

19th century Japanese- guardian god statues

19th-century Japanese guardian god statues

Tubes from King Minh Mang’s reign (1820 – 1840).

Tubes from King Minh Mang’s reign (1820 – 1840)

Ceramic ornaments made in the 12th, 13th, and 17th centuries

Ceramic ornaments made in the 12th, 13th, and 17th centuries

19th and early 20th century jars.

19th- and early 20th-century jars

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Hùng Kings Festival 2021 to exclude festivities



Visitors to the Hùng Temple Relic are asked to wear masks and keep their distance from others. — VNA/ Photo Trung Kiên

HÀ NỘI — The Hùng Kings Festival, which pays tribute to the founders and first kings of the nation, will be held similarly to last year, with ceremonial activities but no festivities.

The plans for the national major festival were decided at a meeting of the People’s Committee of the northern province of Phú Thọ where it is held annually.

The ceremonies will be conducted with the death anniversary of the great father of the nation Lạc Long Quân and the incense offering to commemorate great mother of the nation Âu Cơ on April 17 and incense offering ceremony to commemorate the Hùng Kings and the flower offering ceremony on April 21.

Speaking at the meeting, vice chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Hồ Đại Dũng said the event would take place in a respectful atmosphere, while strictly abiding by measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

This is the second year the Hùng Kings Festival will include only ceremonial activities and no festivities. 

According to Lê Trường Giang, director of the Hùng Kings Temple Relic Management Board, the temple received more than 20,000 visitors on the occasion of Tết (Lunar New Year).

“The measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have been taken seriously at the historical site. At the same time, the visitors’ awareness has been much improved this year,” he said.

The Hùng Kings Temple Relic Complex covers more than 1,000ha, more than half of which is forest. The complex is scattered with dozens of temples dedicated to the legendary kings.

There are some 300 temples dedicated to the Hùng Kings and other figures from the Hồng Bàng dynasty (2879 to 258 BC) in Phú Thọ, and nearly 1,500 sites dedicated to the kings throughout the country.

UNESCO placed the “Worship of Hùng kings in Phú Thọ” on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 6, 2012,

The Hùng Kings Festival is held annually from the 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, which falls on April 19 to April 22 this year, as a tribute to the Hùng Kings who are credited with establishing the nation.

The main festival day, which is also a public holiday in Việt Nam, is on the 10th day or April 21. — 


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Vietnam concerned about use of force in international relations



Vietnam is concerned about cases of using or threatening to use force in international relations, which go against the UN Charter and harm international peace and security, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN said.

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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN 

Quy was addressing an UN Security Council (UNSC)’s videoconference Arria-formula meeting on February 24 themed “Upholding the collective security system of the UN Charter: the use of force in international law, non-state actors and legitimate self-defense” with the participants of nearly 30 member countries of the UN Security Council and the UN.

He stressed that all countries are obliged to build friendship relations and form a culture of upholding the UN Charter and international law as well as abiding by principles in sovereignty and territorial integrity, not interfering into internal affairs of other states, not using or threatening to use force, and dealing with disputes peacefully.

The diplomat said that the UNSC should work to enhance the observance of international law and promote the role of international law and UN Charter as a vital tool in maintaining international peace and security, while increasing its coordination with regional organisations and international legal agencies in coping with disputes, maintaining peace and preventing conflicts.

He underlined the need to avoid the abuse and re-explanation of the UN Charter, suggesting the UNSC continue to creating favourable conditions for countries to get access to affairs and documents of the council to promote open and transparent discussions in the field.

Noting that this topic has been mostly discussed among scholars, Naz Modirzadeh, Director of the Harvard Law School Programme on International Law and Armed Conflict, said that all countries are authorised and responsible in building international law, including the responsibility in protecting the principle of not using force.

She proposed that all countries should actively engage in open discussions on the theory of the rights to self-defence and improve the capacity to get access to announcements and discussions at the UNSC in the field.

Participants at the event underlined the principle of not using or threatening to use force, which is a foundation for the collective security system in line with the UN Charter and the UNSC’s function in maintaining international peace and security.

They affirmed that the only exception is the case that is allowed by the UNSC or to implement the right to self-defence. They called for the upholding of the UN Charter in maintaining international peace and stability, while exchanging ideas on the explanation and application of Article 51 of the UN Charter on the legal basis for the use of force as a means of self-defence, as well as on the situation in specific countries and regions./. VNA


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