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Two fashion weeks targeting Vietnamese brands to open in HCM City




Child models will wear Vietnamese designs made of high-quality materials at reasonable prices during the 2020 Vietnam Junior Fashion Week in HCM City. Photo courtesy of organisers

HCM CITY More than 200 fashion models and kid models will strut the catwalk in two fashion events in HCM City this month. 

The 2020 Vietnam Junior Fashion Week and Vietnam Runway Fashion Week will open on October 29. 

More than 24 Vietnamese fashion designers and brands will be featured. 

Talented designers such as Kelly Bùi, Hà Linh Thư, Hoàng Hải, Lê Camelia  and Trương Thanh Long will join the events.    

The 2020 Vietnam Junior Fashion will feature 50 latest collections for boys and girls, mostly ready-to-wear designs. The designs use high-quality materials and will be offered at reasonable prices.   

Child models aged from four to 13 from the Pinkids Fashion Club of HCM City will be highlighted. 

The 2nd Vietnam Runway Fashion Week will feature more than 150 designs for women and men. 

Clothes in quality materials of cotton, lace, silk and taffeta, accompanied by accessories such as belts, sunglasses, gloves and fishnet socks, will be offered. 

Miss Việt Nam Universe 2019 Nguyễn Trần Khánh Vân and top fashion models such as Thanh Hằng and Lan Khuê will perform on the catwalk along with new faces from the Xuân Lan’s Model Academy, a private institute of modelling and acting. 

Miss Việt Nam Universe 2019 Nguyễn Trần Khánh Vân will catwalk at the 2nd Vietnam Runway Fashion Week in HCM City. The event will feature more than 150 designs for women and men. More than 90 models will perform on the catwalk along with new faces from the Xuân Lan’s Model Academy, a private institute of modelling and acting. Photo courtesy of organisers

 “We decided to organise the 2020 Vietnam Junior Fashion Week and Vietnam Runway Fashion together because we wanted to help fashion brands and designers, most of which offer designs for both adults and children, save their time and money amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Xuân Lan, a model and head of 2nd Vietnam Runway Fashion’s organising board.

“Both fashion weeks will be organised in the same place, White Palace, and will help to connect Vietnamese fashion designers and models and customers.” 

“We hope our events will offer participants the opportunity to promote their brand names and sales,” said Lan, owner of Xuân Lan’s Model Academy which offers training courses in fashion modelling, catwalking and photography.    

Lan is also a founder of the annual Vietnam Junior Fashion Week (VJFW), which first opened in 2016. It encourages Vietnamese fashion houses, companies and designers to develop children’s clothes. Last year, the event attracted 200 boys and girls from Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng, Cam Ranh and HCM City. 

The two fashion weeks will close on October 31 at White Palace on 194 Hoàng Văn Thụ Street in Phú Nhuận District. —



Author of The Song of Hope passes away at 92



Songwriter Vũ Văn Ký has passed away, aged 92. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Vũ Văn Ký, the author of the famous song Bài Ca Hy Vọng (the Song of Hope), passed away in Hà Nội today, aged 92.

The veteran songwriter was born in Vụ Bản District in the northern province of Nam Định. He joined the revolution at the age of 15. In 1945, he joined the fight of locals in Nông Cống District in the central province of Thanh Hóa to seize power from the contemporary administration and was admitted to the Vietnamese Communist Party one year later. Also at this time, he wrote his first song, Trăng Xưa (Old Moon).

After attending music classes at Interregional zone 4 in the central province of Nghệ An, Ký returned to Bình Trị Thiên, a former administrative grouping of three provinces in Việt Nam – Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên Huế, working in the field of arts. It was also when he wrote the famous song Bình Trị Thiên Quật Khởi (Rebellious Bình Trị Thiên).

The musician was head of Art Troupe of the Interregional zone 4 from 1950 – 1954 and joined the Vietnam Arts Association from 1955 -1957.

In 1957, he was a founding member and part of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Musicians Association, and a standing member of the Association since 1963.

The songwriter has composed about 400 works including songs, musicals, dance music and symphonies on the themes of revolution and love. Some of his notable works include Bài Ca Hy Vọng (the Song of Hope) and Trời Hà Nội Xanh (The Blue Sky of Hà Nội).

Particularly, The Song of Hope, which he composed in 1958, has been successfully performed by generations of artists like singer Khánh Vân, Mỹ Bình and Trung Kiên and become loved by many Vietnamese listeners.

The songwriter has been honoured with many prestigious prizes like State Prize in Literature and Art in 2001 and the Third Class Independence Medal in 1961. — 


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Ca Mau’s 150-hectare mangrove forest to be replanted



HSBC Vietnam and WWF-Vietnam are collaborating to regenerate 150 hectares of mangrove forest in Ca Mau Province – PHOTO: COURTESY OF WWF

HCMC – HSBC Vietnam is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Vietnam to execute a five-year VND10 billion mangrove forest restoration project at the Mui Ca Mau National Park in mainland Vietnam’s southernmost province of Ca Mau that will regenerate 150 hectares of mangrove forest.

This in turn will help address serious socio-environmental challenges such as climate change, water security, water pollution, food security, human health and disaster risk management.

According to HSBC’s recent report “Tackling the next crisis” for Asia, climate change is defined as the crisis of the century and Vietnam is among the countries that can be the most impacted. Deforestation has become a major contributor to climate change.

According to CEO of HSBC Vietnam Tim Evans, the mangrove forest restoration project will contribute to building Vietnam’s resilience against natural disasters and climate change so that families, communities and businesses can thrive in the future.

Within the scope of the project, HSBC Vietnam will work alongside conservationist experts from WWF-Vietnam to develop an innovative program that will nurture the vulnerable ecology of the Mui Ca Mau National Park, the Mekong Delta and beyond.

The 150-hectare mangrove forest will be regenerated by applying newly developed natural mangrove regeneration technology to ensure the highest possibility of tree growth. When it reaches maturity, the forest will be able to sequestrate at least 20,000 tons of carbon per year, reducing carbon dioxide levels.

The mangrove trees will also form a buffer between the land, sea and rivers, helping maintain this patch of the Mekong Delta and shield it from natural disasters. In addition, this new forest area will provide ecosystem services to protect more than 10,000 households from flooding.

Another component of the project will feature an education program on forest protection and biodiversity conservation for some 3,000 households in the core zone of the national park, raising their awareness over conservation issues.


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Indian lecturer’s photo of Vietnam’s solidarity during COVID-19 battle wins two contests



A photo showing Vietnam’s national pride and solidarity during the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic taken by an Indian lecturer living in Hanoi has recently won top prizes at two photography contests.

The photo by Prabu Mohan capturing a building in Hanoi festooned with national flags, a sign of solidarity when Vietnam was combating the pandemic in April, claimed the A award at a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate country’s impression during the pandemic.

According to the ministry’s website, the contest was aimed at reflecting pandemic developments as well as the efforts of the people and authorities at all levels to fight against the virus.

It also looked for photos depicting Vietnamese people’s determination to overcome the pandemic.

Within two months of launching, the contest received 1,300 entries from 136 photographers who were Vietnamese living in Vietnam and abroad as well as foreigners.

Prabu Mohan is seen receiving his award at the ceremony of a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate Vietnam’s impression during COVID-19 on October 23, 2020 in Hanoi in this photo published on the ministry’s website.

Prabu Mohan is seen receiving his award at a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate Vietnam’s impression during COVID-19 battles on October 23, 2020 in Hanoi in this photo published on the ministry’s website.

Earlier, Mohan’s photo also won the first prize in the ‘World in Lockdown’ subject of the Editorial category at the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards.

“One of the ways to show your support in difficult times,” the Indian man captioned the photo now entitled ‘We Are In It Together’ on the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website.

“It is an apartment building near my home,” he added.

“The residents hang the Vietnam national flags in support of those who are fighting against the novel coronavirus in the front lines.”

A screenshot taken from the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website shows Prabu Mohan's photo titled 'We Are in It Together' winning the first prize at the 'World in Lockdown' category

A screenshot taken from the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website shows Prabu Mohan’s photo titled ‘We Are In It Together,’ which won the first prize in the ‘World in Lockdown’ subject.

Talking with Tuoi Tre News on Sunday, Mohan expressed his appreciation toward the awards he had received.

“I’m very happy to hear about both awards in the very same week,” he recalled.

“Also, I’m really glad that I was able to share the picture about Vietnam’s fight against [the novel] coronavirus to a bigger audience by participating in and winning the aerial photo contest under the ‘World in Lockdown’ category.”

In April, Mohan took the photo, cropped it a bit, and posted it on a Facebook group whose thousands of members were expats and locals living in the capital city of Vietnam.

The cropped version of Mohan's awarding photo which goes viral in Vietnam in April

This image shows the cropped version of Prabu Mohan’s photo, which went viral in Vietnam in April 2020.

His post had since been flooded with positive comments from the members before it was shared all over social networks by both expats and Vietnamese netizens.

Mohan also recalled the scene on his Instagram handle @the_prabster.

“It’s an apartment building near my place with the Vietnam flags to show that we are all in it together to win the fight against COVID-19,” he wrote in the description of the Instagram post.

He went on to explain to his followers, “It’s been always like this in Vietnam, whether the country wins a football [game] or [deals with a] difficult time like this.”

Mohan said he is a senior lecturer of mathematics at British University Vietnam, and photography is his hobby.

The COVID-19’s tally of Vietnam on Monday morning stood at 1,168, with 1,057 recoveries and 35 deaths.

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