The Lion City marked its 51st year of independence on Tuesday, 9th August 2016.In celebration of this great country’s birthday,Singapore Business Group (SBG) was honoured to organise the 51st Singapore National Day Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Photos: The joyful atmosphere covered the ballroom
The event was staged atSaigon Prince Hotelwith almost 300 attendees including representatives of Consulate-General Office of the Republic of Singapore in Ho Chi Minh City and chairpersons of other business chambers and associations. “We take pride in Singapore’s achievements of the past 51 years. Look forward with confidence, generosity and boldness in the future. Congratulations and have a wonderful National Day Celebration!” shared by Ms Lisa Tan – Consulate-General officer attaché.
Photos: Participants sharing happy moments during the event
This was an occasion for the Singaporean community and friends from all other nationalities in Vietnam to unite mingle and enjoy the live streaming of the annual National Day Parade (NDP), which returned to Kallang for the first time in ten years.
This year’s NDP theme, “Building our Singapore of Tomorrow”, seeks to galvanise and unite Singaporeans in the next chapter of nation-building. All Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans gathered at the event not only to commemorate this special day but also to wish that the dreams of a new tomorrow will come true.
Photo: Guests together watching the NDP while having dinner
The celebration was filled with patriotic spirit when the Singapore community in Vietnam simultaneously stood up and sang the Singapore anthem together with their compatriots in Singapore. After the anthem, The Singapore National Pledge, which is an oath of allegiance to Singapore, was recited by Singaporeans in unison at the event.
Photos: Singaporean participants singing the Singapore anthem together
The celebration also included many entertainment activities such as table games, lucky draw rounds, and the special sand art performance that made the audience completely curious and excited.
Photos: Sand animation performed by the artist Le Phong Giao
Photo: The grand lucky draw prize winners expressing happiness and pleasure.
Along with the joyful activities, SBG called for generous contributions to the SBG Education Fund for the year 2016 during this occasion.The Education Fund (also known as Edfund)was initiated by pioneering members of SBG in the early 90’s to giveback to the local community. During the National Day Dinner, SBG raised more than VND 18 million that would be used to provide scholarshipsas a form of financial assistance to needy and well-deserving local students in pursuing their academic studies.
We take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the following sponsors for their generous contribution towards the success of this event:
1. ANA MANDARA VILLAS DALAT RESORT & SPA
2. BAY HOTEL HCM
3. CLUB ROYALE
4. INTERNATIONAL TOURIST CLUB
5. JOLEN CONSULTING
6. MASECO (ARIRANG BRAND)
7. NEW WORLD SAIGON HOTEL
8. NOVOTEL SAIGON CENTRE
10. REMY COINTREAU
11. SHERATON HOTEL SAIGON
12. SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD
13. THE GRAND HO TRAM STRIP VIETNAM
14. THE KAFE GROUP
15. TMF GROUP VIETNAM
16. VIETJET AIR