Mai Phuong to compete at Miss World 2023 in UAE

Huynh Nguyen Mai Phuong, the Vietnamese representative at Miss World 2023, is set to attend the finals of the global pageant due to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in May. The UAE will host the 71st Miss World pageant, the Miss World Organization wrote on its webpage on Monday, noting as many as 83 countries have confirmed to send contestants to the pageant this year.

Mai Phuong (Vietnam) will spend three months preparing for the event.

Phuong, 23, beat 36 other contestants on the final night of the Miss World Vietnam 2022 pageant held on August 12, 2022, in Quy Nhon city, claiming top prize.

The girl stands at 1.70 metres tall and measures 82-63-92 cm. She currently works as an emcee, appearing in many television programmes.

Previously, the Miss World Organization revealed that Poland, Japan, Singapore, and the UAE had expressed their wishes to host the 2023 contest, and the organisers selected the UAE after fact-finding trips.

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Ba Trieu Temple Festival recognized as National Intangible Cultural Heritage

A ceremony will be held on Saturday in Thanh Hoa province to receive the title “National Intangible Cultural Heritage” for Ba Trieu (Lady Trieu) Temple Festival, which coincides with the 1775th death anniversary of national heroine Trieu Thi Trinh.

The 3-day cultural event will honor the merits of the heroine and, at the same time, promote the unique architectural values of Ba Trieu Temple historic relic site and local tourism potential.

The Ba Trieu Temple Festival is held from the 22nd to 24th of the second lunar month every year in commemoration of Trieu Thi Trinh, who led an insurrection against the domination of the Wu Dynasty in 248.

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Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival to promote local specialty to the world

The 8th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee festival aims to promote their local coffee brand and gradually turn Buon Ma Thuot into one of the world’s leading coffee destinations, contributing to raising the value and position of Vietnamese coffee in the world market, an official of Dak lak province said at Friday’s press conference in Hanoi.

The 5-day festival themed “Buon Ma Thuot – The destination of the world coffee” will open on March 10 in Buon Ma Thuot city.

Nguyen Tuan Ha, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said, “This year’s coffee festival will honor and thank coffee growers and producers. We want to promote Buon Ma Thuot coffee brand not only for its commercial values and profits, but also for cultural values, and the culture of Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province, the Central Highlands region, and Vietnam as a whole. We hope Vietnamese coffee will reach out to the world.”

Miss Universe Vietnam 2017, H’Hen Nie, will be the Communication Ambassador for this year’s Festival.

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Vietnamese traditional cakes listed among world’s 100 best rated cakes

Vietnamese banana cake and steamed tapioca layer cake have been listed among 100 best rated cakes in the world by renowned food ranking website, Taste Atlas.

“Bananas are the star ingredient in this classic Vietnamese dessert which can be steamed (h?p) or baked (nu?ng). It usually consists of sliced bananas and a creamy combination of condensed milk, sugar, coconut milk, and optionally bread, eggs, or shredded coconut.

Steamed tapioca layer cake has chewy layers that are typically made with puréed mung beans, tapioca starch, rice flour, and coconut milk or water, stated Taste Atlas.

Taste Atlas recently ranked 24 Asian countries with the best cuisines, in which Vietnam was placed 6th, followed by Philippines, Iran, Georgia, Thailand, Syria, and Malaysia. The top 5 are Japan, India, China, Indonesia, and South Korea.

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Vietnamese photographer wins Sony World Photography Awards 2023

Photographer Nguyen Ngoc Thien, 35, has been named as the winner of the National Awards category at the Sony World Photography Awards 2023. According to Thien, the wining photo named “Turtle Dream”, was captured in early September 2022, during a scuba diving trip to the Perhentian Sea in Malaysia.

For this particular award, photographers are judged against others from their country of origin, regardless of which of the 10 categories the photo was submitted to. This therefore creates competition across various “open” categories, including portraits, architecture, nature, still life, and travel. Ultimately, the panel of judges must choose the best photo from each country, regardless of its subject matter.

This year, the Sony World Photography Awards 2023 received over 200,000 entries from 200 countries worldwide.

Most notably, 61 National Award winners were chosen from the Open category.

The winners will be presented with a Sony digital imaging kit, as well as gaining visibility through the World Photography Organisation channels.

The winners will also have their photos featured in the Sony World Photography Awards book and an exhibition scheduled to take place at Somerset House in London, from April 14 to May 1.

The Sony World Photography Awards competition has been running for several years and has so far garnered millions of submissions.

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Con Son-Kiep Bac Spring Festival opens

The Con Son-Kiep Bac Spring Festival opened at Con Son-Kiep Bac special national relic site in Chi Linh city, Hai Duong city yesterday, along with a ceremony to commemorate the 689th death anniversary of Huyen Quang, the 3rd progenitor of the Truc Lam Zen Buddhism sect. Nguyen Van Cuong, deputy head of the Con Son-Kiep Bac Management Board, said: “The highlights of the festival are the ceremony to commemorate the 689th death anniversary of Huyen Quang, the 3rd progenitor of the Truc Lam Zen Buddhism sect and the worship of Heaven and Earth on the Ngu Nhac Mountain. The organizing board will welcome delegations from South Korea and Japan. A culture and tourism fair will be held to market specialties of Hai Duong province.”

The Con Son – Kiep Bac was recognised as a national heritage site in 1962 and a special national heritage site in 2012. In 2013, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism named the Spring Festival in Con Son Pagoda and the Autumn Festival in Kiep Bac Temple as national intangible cultural heritages.

Currently, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Bac Giang provinces are working together to promote the value of the Con Son-Kiep Bac special national relic site, and finalising dossiers for the Yen Tu-Vinh Nghiem-Con Son-Kiep Bac landscape and relic complex to seek for UNESCO recognition as a world heritage site.

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Photos of President Ho Chi Minh’s bodyguards on display

Images of President Ho Chi Minh’s bodyguards are made public at the exhibition entitled “People’s Public Security Guards – 70 seasons of triumphal flowers” organized by the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi. Opening until Saturday, the exhibition is showcasing more than 200 images and artifacts divided into four topics: President Ho Chi Minh with the guard soldiers, Seasons of flowers and feats, Continue to build the People’s Public Security Guards cleaner, stronger, more regular, elite, and modern, and Honor and pride of the Vietnamese people’s public security guard force.

The exhibition is also introducing and awarding posters, artworks, musical and literary compositions about the people’s public security guard soldiers.

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