Touching Moments at the Story-telling Keepsake Contest Award Ceremony
The awarding ceremony of the Storytelling Keepsake Contest, hosted by Vietnam Times Magazine and the Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Vietnam on December 13 in Hanoi, honored the Vietnam-Laos friendship and solidarity through priceless memorabilia from people of the two countries.
Since launching on May 9 to the final submission date on Sep 15, 2022, the Organizing Committee had received 6,215 entries, including the participation of 48 groups, dozens of localities and thousands of individuals in Vietnam and Laos.
The Organizing Committee, Vietnam Times Magazine (an agency of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Vietnam, the Vietnam - Laos Friendship Association. - Laos and the Laos - Vietnam Friendship Association aimed to make the "Storytelling Memorabilia" contest a platform to revisit a shared history, recalling the heroic days the Vietnamese - Laotian brothers in wartime and peaceful time.
The stories of the priceless memorabilia sent by the contestants have brought emotional and prideful feeling. They are also think and act together towards the future development of Vietnam - Laos relations.
On December 13, the Organizing Committe awarded 02 First prizes, 04 Second prizes, 07 Third prizes, 10 Consolation prizes and 05 Impression prizes.
More than a contest, "Storytelling Keepsake" contributes to fostering and nurturing the friendship between the two peoples of Vietnam and Laos. Here are some touching, memorable moments of smiles, joy and celebrationce captured at the award ceremony.
Mr. Dang Hung Ke (first from left), the author of the work "The priceless crossbow of "my father" Keo Malain", won the Consolation prize - in military uniform taking a photo with friends at the award ceremony (Photo: Truong Hung).
Staff and students of Friendship School 80 sing and dance to "Lovingly Vietnam-Laos friendship" (Photo: Truong Hung)
Ho Thi Khanh Vi, Department of Consultation, Kon Tum Provincial Police, is winner of "The most sophisticated work" prize (Photo: Truong Hung).
Colonel Nguyen Duc Hanh (4th, from left), President of the Vietnam - Laos Friendship Association in Thai Binh province, is the winner of the Consolation Prize for the work "The sticky rice container of a Lao mother who lovef the Vietnamese army" (Photo: Truong Hung).
Singer-songwriter Bui Tuan Ngoc, the Military Music and Dance Theater is the winner of the Third Prize for the work "The trip of Youth" and the song "The Vientiane Girl" (Photo: Truong Hung).
Former Vietnamese military expert in Laos - Dao Van Tien (2nd from left) had a big smile as when he received the Second prize with the work "The dagger - The friend of a Vietnamese soldier in the resistance war" (Photo: Truong Hung)
The Storytelling Keepsake Contest also hosted a talk for the awardees and the loved ones to tell stories about the memorabilia in front of many people, to celebrate the special relationship between people of the two countries. There are many emotional moments, namely the reunion of people from Vietnam and Laos who have waited a long time to meet.
Mr. Tran Van Thang spoke at the awarding ceremony. He is the son of Awardee Tran Van Tuc, who is 91 years old, living in Dao Xa commune, Thanh Thuy district, Phu Tho). Mr. Tran Van Tuc was awarded the Second prize with the work "Sweet fruit of family love" (Photo: Truong Hung).
Two First Prize winners: Mr. Trang Lao Lu (second from right) (born iin 1938, Hmong ethnic group, residing in Phieng Khoai commune, Yen Chau district, Son La province) with the work "Memorial reminiscent of revolutionary leaders Laos"; and Mr. Khamkeo Vongphila (third from right), former Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Vientiane Capital (Laos) (Photo: Truong Hung).
Major General Ho Sy Hau (second from left), former Director of the Economic Department, Ministry of National Defense, met his Laotian comrades and friends (Photo: Truong Hung).
From left to right: Captain Ngo Minh Truong, La Lay Border Guard Station (Dakrong District, Quang Tri), his unit's adopted daughter of Ho Thi Nghin (16 years old, La Lay A Soi village, Laos) and Nghin's father. Ho Thi Nghin is the winner of the Second prize for the work "The bicycle from the border guard foster father" (Photo: Truong Hung).
The smile of Ho Thi Nghin - "The youngest contestant" award (Photo: Truong Hung).
From left to right: Colonel Tran Phong, veterans of the Volunteers of the Xieng Khoang Front, Mr. Martin (Australia), a researcher on Lao revolutionary history, Martin's wife Sengdavone Bangonesengdet (Laos), Colonel Hong Hoa, and Colonel Trieu Hong Chien, veterans of the Volunteer Army of the 31 Upper Laos Front (Photo: Truong Hung).
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