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North Star Library celebrates its 4th anniversary

Winner of Young Artist of Thailand Competition 08 announced

Central thanks media

New art by the sea

Chinese artists on tour

North Star Library celebrates its 4th anniversary

Rosanne Diamente
On the 29th of January, the North Star Library celebrated its 4th anniversary. The day started out with Father Larry Patin welcoming all the guests, children and members of the North Star Library to this wonderful day.

Father Larry Patin welcomes all the guests, children and members of the North Star Library to this wonderful day.
Five years ago, a wonderful woman by the name of Arlette Cykman had a dream that her mother wanted her to do something productive with the books that had been left to her.
Her mother and Mrs. North had passed away and had left many wonderful books. Her dream was to build a beautiful library for the community of Pattaya.
The Redemptorist Center was able to make that dream come true with providing the land next to the Center for the library to build on.
The library has grown over the last 4 years into a valuable structure the City of Pattaya can be proud of. With the addition of a computer lab, Thai language lessons, speakers from Asia University, child play groups and many more programs, the Library has become a dream come true. I know that it has been a valuable tool for the students at the Redemptorist Center and their staff.

Arlette Cykman had a dream that her mother wanted her to do something productive with the books that had been left to her.
Father Patin thanked Arlette Cykman for her vision of seeing a better future for the education of the Thai people and providing a library for the Thai and Expat community. He also thanked Wanjai and her staff for the hard work they have done to make the library a success.
The library is located on Sukhumvit Road between Pattaya Central and Pattaya North Road next to the Redemptorist Center for the Handicapped. Memberships are available for children, adults or families. We have books in many languages along with Thai lessons, rental of a room and computer classes. Come see us today or call the North Star Library for more information.

Roseanne welcomes everyone to the event.

Roseanne cuts the anniversary cake.

Having fun learning how to make balloon art.

Children are entertained by actors
and actresses celebrating the library’s anniversary.

This is fun!


Winner of Young Artist of Thailand Competition 08 announced

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) and Raimon Land PLC, together with CentralWorld, Zen Department Store, TK Park, the Post Publishing Public Company Limited and Dusit Thani Hotel organized a special gala reception for the finals of the ROSL Young Artist of Thailand Competition at the Zen Event Gallery Level 8 Zen Department Store.

Raimon Land CEO Nigel Cornick and Patcharaporn Arunsirichok pose in front of her winning painting titled “The Residence”.

The Young Artist of Thailand competition had attracted over 379 entries from aspiring young students across the Kingdom. Artworks of 60 semi-finalists were exhibited for the public at Eden Zone, CentralWorld, from January 12 - 19, 2009.
After thorough consideration by a judging panel consisting of international and Thai knowledgeable artists and academics, Ms. Patcharaporn Arunsirichok, a third-year student from Silpakorn University was voted the winner of the “Young Artist of Thailand 2008” competition for her oil painting “The Residence”. She was entitled to the trophy, two tickets to London and cash prize of 100,000 baht.
“This is a dream come true and a unique chance for me as a young artist. Thank you to the Royal Over-Seas League and to Raimon Land for giving all young artists in Thailand such an opportunity to showcase our work,” commented Patcharaporn upon receiving her trophy.
“As part of our strong social commitment, Raimon Land is proud to support the Young Artist of Thailand competition for the second consecutive year. We see this as a great opportunity to launch the talents of young Thais on the international stage,” said Raimon Land’s Chief Executive Officer Nigel Cornick.


Central thanks media

Pramote Channgam
Central Retail Corporation put on a “colorful party” to thank Pattaya media for its recent publicity of the opening of Central’s new mall on Beach Road.

Dr. Nuttakit Tungpoonsintana, assistant marketing director of Central Pattana Co. Ltd., welcomes everyone to the evening of fun.
On January 29 at Sud Tang Rak Restaurant in Jomtien, Central invited media people to the “colorful party: dine with the sea breeze on Jomtien Beach.”
A welcome speech was given by Dr. Nuttakit Tungpoonsintana, assistant marketing director of Central Pattana Co. Ltd., followed by other staff giving their thanks on stage.
Later, lucky draw prizes from Central Department Store were drawn to give to lucky members of the media.

Central PR staff gives a warm welcome to Pattaya media entering the party.

A good party always has dancing.

Chai yo!


New art by the sea

Vimolrat Singnikorn
The “New Ecologies” contemporary art exhibition has brought 100 artworks made by 20 artists to the Sheraton Resort Pattaya and the show can be admired there for the next three months.

Artwork of Pratya Raktabutr on the white sand.
Curated by Brian Curtin, an Irish art writer based in Thailand, in conjunction with the Opium Gallery Pattaya, the show places art along side the sand and sea of nature.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay, Niti Kongkrut, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Pattaya, Ditmar Koegerl, general manager of the Sheraton Hotel Pattaya, Linda Lyen and Manipa Jayawan were there for the stylish opening.
Art-lovers were very relaxed as they strolled, drinks in hand, to leisurely inspect the artwork, one made from soft white sand with an outstanding design by Pratya Raktabutr and some on large rocks on the beach by Simona Ambrosini.

Guests are able to get a close up look at the art.
Fine artworks by both local and foreign artists turned the hotel into a striking art gallery, showing masterpieces not often displayed.
As Pattaya is a vibrant economic, tourist and cultural center, it is a good place to experience cultural, technological and political changes coming from other countries and from within Thailand.
The new ecologies that the show refers to invite us to take more responsibility of our own action in this changing world that we monitor from this city.
The show can be enjoyed until April 25.


Chinese artists on tour

Patcharapol Panrak
A colorful group of 179 Chinese performing artists visited Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens to help celebrate Chinese New Year here.

Making memories to take back home.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China brought the musicians and other performers to visit the country on a cultural friendship tour.
On January 25, Pasalin Savetrat, assistant director of TAT Pattaya, and Saranya Boonlao, marketing executive of TAT Pattaya, showed the artists, dancers and musicians from seven parts of China around the botanical park.
Yaowalak Kimsaeng from TAT Public Relations and her team organized a warm welcome of drumming and dancing and a tour of the park.
Niti Kongkrut, director of TAT Pattaya, said that the tourism industry has suffered greatly from the world economic downturn. So TAT collaborated with Chinese authorities in this initiative for the artists to perform for Chinese New Year in Pattaya, Yaowarat, Hat Yai, Songkla and Phuket.
He said that it had been a pleasure to welcome the artists who were here for 10 days entertaining Thai audiences with their skills.
On their return to China, the visitors may pass on to others impressions of the hospitality and friendliness of Thai people and the beautiful sights of country life in the East, North and the South, he said.

Smiling for the press - something these performers are accustomed to.



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