Vietnamese-American girl makes song cover in 6 languages

(VOV) - Vietnamese-American girl Mina has done a cover for a Vietnamese children song "Thằng Cuội" in six foreign languages, English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese, attracting a large number of viewers on the Internet. "The song is included in the OST of a really popular movie that is showing right now "I see yellow flowers upon green grass" and it's based on a popular novel by writer Nguyen Nhat Anh," Mina shared on YouTube. She earlier left a good impression on YouTube by doing covers for famous Vietnamese songs such as "Con bướm xuân", "Người ấy", "Chắc ai đó" in many languages. Mina, or Ngan Huong in Vietnamese, has lived in the US since she was seven. Apart from English, she has fluent Vietnamese and can speak many other foreign languages. Mina … [Read more...]

Google announces most-searched queries

Kieu Giang Late actor Robin Williams, whose name is on top of Google’s global trending searches in 2014 - PHOTO: REUTERS The report showcases the people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year, from overall global trends to hundreds of the top 10 lists of trending topics across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more from over 70 countries. This is Google’s 14th annual yearly look at the trillions of searches performed globally throughout the year. Robin Williams is on top of the global trending searches’ chart, followed by "World Cup," "Ebola," "MH370," "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," "Flappy Bird" (a game developed by a local developer), "Conchita Wurst", an Austrian stage drag queen who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark, "ISIS," "Frozen," and "Sochi Olympics." According to Google, people have had more active searches. For example, in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, … [Read more...]

Dance, electro music in vogue in Vietnam market

In recent years, remixing pop, love, and even patriotic music into dance/electro rhythms has become increasingly popular in Vietnam. Tuoi Tre" /> The most recent dance/electro hit is "Con Buom Xuan" (Spring Butterfly), the translated version of a Chinese song from the 1960s, "China Cha Cha Cha." The song, remixed by young singer Ho Quang Hieu into dance music, instantly created quite a stir in the local music market and can now be heard everywhere, particularly during Tet (Vietnam's Lunar New Year). It has attracted millions of views so far on YouTube. Although several other singers also perform the song, Hieu has profited the most from it, as he has received many show offers and earned some VND40-50 million (up to US$2,358) a month in royalties from cell phone services and online views and downloads. The upbeat, cheerful song has inspired some hundred dance clips based on it both within and outside the country. An overseas Vietnamese student … [Read more...]

Vietnam to issue international driving licences for use in 85 countries

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam will issue international driving licenses with information in English, French, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese, specifying the type of vehicle that the holder is allowed to use. Mr. Nguyen Van Huyen, Director General of the Road Administration, said the agency has submitted a Circular guiding the issuance of international driving licenses to the Ministry of Transport for approval. The circular is expected to take effect in the first quarter 2015. This type of driving license will be issued in accordance with international standards in the form of a passport, and will be valid in 85 countries that participated in the 1968 International Convention on Road Traffic and the Convention on the Road Signs (Vienna Convention). The information in the international driving licenses will be in English, French, Russian, Spanish, English and Vietnamese. It can be used in most European countries and five countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Myanmar, … [Read more...]

Two US cities elect Vietnamese American mayors

(VOV) - The two cities that make up the heart of Little Saigon will now be led by Vietnamese Americans for the first time - after a razor-close municipal election in Garden Grove, California. Bao Nguyen, 34, a Garden Grove school trustee, has beaten veteran politician Bruce Broadwater by just 15 votes to become mayor of the city with a population of more than 100,000 and the youngest mayor in the US. In neighbouring Westminster, Mayor Tri Ta has been re-elected in a more decisive election. Bao Nguyen Together, they will be two of the most powerful voices in the nation's largest Vietnamese American community. Nguyen, born in 1980 in a refugee camp in Thailand, has lived in the US since he was three months old. He has worked as a teacher since graduating from a California University in Irvine. Nguyen, trilingual in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, says he plans to use those skills to help bridge divides among the city's diverse population. "I am excited to begin the work of … [Read more...]

Spain celebrates rich national history

Crowning moment: The year 2014 will be also remembered in the history of Spain as the year King Felipe VI took over the Spanish throne after the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. - Photo courtesy of Spanish Embassy Cristobal Colon had no idea he had discovered America. He was searching for a faster route to Asia when he landed in the Caribbean. The event would shape the future of our nation and the world. Spain's rich 2000 years of history before the discovery of America was a crossroad of religions, civilisations and cultures, with influences from Iberians, Celts, Phoenicians, Visigoths, Romans, Arabs and Jews. Spain expanded to the New World, reproducing there the ethnic and cultural melting pot of the Iberian Peninsula. There was no challenge too hard or destination too far for the Spanish explorers, who also touched the coasts of the Kingdom of Annam. Spanish missionaries, together with Portuguese and French, helped devise the Quoc Ngu, now the official writing system of Viet … [Read more...]

Outstanding British novelist to visit Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - Evie Wyld, one of the 20 outstanding novelists of England in 2013 will go to Vietnam to see Vietnamese readers.This is the first time writer Evie Wyld will visit Vietnam, to participate in the program "European Literature Days 2013" in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Wyld will have a talk about British contemporary literature and her works with students of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities at 9.30am on May 20 and with Hanoi students at 9.30am on May 16. She will also meet and talk with Vietnamese readers together with Vietnamese writer Di Li at 6pm on May 17 at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi. The British writer will also participate in a talks entitled "Writing fiction books today" with Danish, Spanish and Vietnamese writers at 5pm on May 18 at the Goethe Institute.From the debut novel "After the Fire, A Still Small Voice," Evie Wyld has been known quickly and was awarded many literary prizes. This book was warmly welcomed by the critics, as … [Read more...]

Pots ‘n Pans serves up a tasty treat

Pots 'n Pans Restaurant and Bar and KOTO are excited to announce their first International Guest Chef Programme for 2013. Accordingly, from April 18-25 Spanish chef Gregorio Montalban Sanchez will inspire local chefs and diners with a fusion of modern Spanish and Vietnamese cuisine. The International Guest Chef Programme is a combined initiative of Pots 'n Pans and KOTO (which helps disadvantaged children). The programme will bring highly acclaimed international talents to Hanoi at regular intervals throughout the year, encouraging creative collaboration between local chefs and the world's best through master-classes, cultural exchange and inspirational dining experiences. Pots 'n Pans Restaurant and Bar and KOTO are delighted to welcome Gregorio who will work closely with the teams during his week long journey to craft epicurean delights. Highlights will include degustation menus for gourmet dinners at Pots 'n Pans and a fundraising dinner to support KOTO's training programmes. … [Read more...]

Multicultural concert at L’Espace

French, Spanish, and Vietnamese musicians will perform at "The Windy Days" concert at the French cultural center L'Espace in Hanoi January 15. Among the performers are saxophonist and director Pierre Diaz, singer Huong Thanh, violinist and alto Marion Diaques, violinist and singer Delphine Chomel, cellist Claire Menguy, percussionist Alex Tran, and dan nhi (two-chord fiddle) players Nguyen Thu Thuy and Nguyen The Dan. Tickets costing VND50,000 for students and L'Espace members, and VND100,000 for others, are available at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi. The concert begins at 8 p.m. January 15. Tel: (04) 3 936 2164. Saxophonist Pierre Diaz is one of artists who will perform at L'Espace in Hanoi January 15 … [Read more...]

GIS celebrates new campus in District 2

My Tran A little girl plays with a ball in front of one of the three buildings at the new campus of the German International School in District 2 - Photo: My Tran The new campus comprises of three buildings with natural-environment-blending design and with different buildings for different functions. The school currently operates classes from toddler to grade 8, and plans to offer further grades up to high school from the school year 2013-2014. Inspired by its motto "Give the children roots and wings" to prepare its students for tomorrow's world and offer them a world-class education, the curriculum is based on the internationally recognized Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and IB Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB) system. Established in 2009, the school has been successfully operating its bi-lingual German-English program for students, from a variety of nationalities, for 2-14 year olds. The school also offers Spanish and Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on Spain in Hanoi

A photo exhibition on the land and people of Spain, to mark the 35th anniversary of Vietnam-Spain relations, is currently being held in Hanoi. Nguyen Hoai Duong, President of Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association, stressed that the exhibition is a chance for Vietnamese people to understand more about the land and people of Spain, and of the close friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The event presents to viewers 120 pictures taken by Spanish and Vietnamese photographers. The display is being jointly organised by the Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association (VSFA) and the Spanish Embassy. The event is on at 45 Trang Tien Street until May 29. … [Read more...]


National football book published The Ho Chi Minh City Football Federation on May 10 brought out a book that highlights major events in the history of the establishment and development of national football. The book's cover page. (Source: Internet) The book, "Historic landmarks during 100 years of Vietnamese football", is written by writer Nguyen Quang Sang in coordination with football expert Tran Duy Long and other journalists including Ho Nguyen (Saigon Giai Phong), Sy Huyen (Tuoi Tre), Nguyen Nguyen (Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh) and poet Thanh Thao. Published by Youth Publishing House, the 448-page book is a meticulous and strenuous work, as few teams still keep full documents on their history. To collect information for the book, the authors have spared no efforts to compile articles about football in various regions, and meet with older players. Information and photos presented in the book will give readers a vivid picture of Vietnamese football during the past century. … [Read more...]

Guitarists to perform in friendship celebration

HA NOI — Spanish and Vietnamese guitarists will share the stage for a concert at the Ha Noi Opera House next Wednesday. The concert will include many energetic and fun Spanish pieces played by Lopez Vicente and Alfredo Lagos. Lagos has a contemporary perspective based on classic Jerez-style flamenco, and has collaborated with guitar greats throughout the world. Vicente's technique combines thumb and base for a unique, harmonious sound, and he has won prizes from the Hospitalet, Calasparra (Murcia), and the Federacion de Penas Flamencas de Sevilla. They will play solo and alongside Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Thanh Hang to charm the audience this week. The concert will be held in celebration of the 35-year relationship between Viet Nam and Spain. For ticket information please contact the Spanish Embassy.-VNS … [Read more...]

Hanoi hotel transformed by artists 

A team of Vietnamese and Spanish artists have transformed the Sen Thang Long Hotel in Hanoi into the Thang Long Espana Hotel, a Spanish style building that now provides a different artistic theme for each room, reported The thao Van hoa Friday. The hotel opened on May 7 as a special gift of culture and art for Spanish and Vietnamese artist, according to Spanish ambassador Fernando Curcio. The transformation began in October 2010 when Valencia-based design firm El fabricante de espheras and seven Spanish and Vietnamese artists began putting their artistic and cultural stamp on the old building. The outside of the building, as well as the halls, lobby and all guestrooms throughout the four-story hotel have each been designed by a different artist under a different theme. Accordingly, the floors have been decorated with local Hanoi flower tiles in both old and new designs. Room 401 by architect Diego Cortizas is named Lac loi trong long Hanoi (Lost in Hanoi) and features hundreds … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Spain hold political consultation

Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Juan Antonio Yañez Barnuevo conducted a political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level in Hanoi on Nov. 17. Spanish and Vietnamese flag Photo: At the event, the two sides discussed major orientations and practical measures to boost future cooperation. Vietnam expressed belief that Spain will overcome its public debt crisis and continue its development. The two sides expressed delight at the fine development of recent friendly cooperation under the spirit of the future-oriented strategic partnership that was approved during President Nguyen Minh Triet's visit to Spain in December, 2009. They agreed to enhance the exchange of delegations at all levels and branches. Spain affirmed its support to Vietnam's enhancement of multifaceted cooperation with the European … [Read more...]

VN-Spain friendship society holds congress

The Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association convened its second national congress for the 2011-2015 term in the capital city of Hanoi on Oct. 20. Reports delivered at the congress showed that the association has achieved a number of encouraging results, contributing to the friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the Vietnamese and Spanish people. Annually, the association has worked with the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam to organise a wide range of activities to celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as the National Day of Spain. Addressing the event, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Fernando Curcio Ruigomez said the friendship between the Spanish and Vietnamese people is a valuable asset of the two nations. The Spanish Embassy in Vietnam has always supported activities of the Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association as well as promoted cultural exchanges and sharing of information to strengthen the solidarity, friendship and … [Read more...]

“Vietnam-Spain Meet” concert in Hanoi

World-acclaimed Spanish conductor Carlos Cuesta led an orchestra of Spanish and Vietnamese musicians in a classical concert held at the Hanoi Opera House on March 2. The "Meeting Vietnam-Spain" concert was part of the Cultural Cooperation Project sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. The concert was performed by many famous artists, such as singer Francesca Calero (Soprano) who sang seven Spanish folk songs, Violin Soloist Ngo Van Thanh and Viola Soloist Do Minh Thuan. Under the baton of conductor Cuesta, 10 members of the Youth Orchestra of Madrid joined musicians of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra to present Beethoven's famous 9 th Symphony as well as some rare Spanish pieces. Cuesta, who is the current conductor of the Atelier Gombau Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most prolific conductors on the Spanish music scene. His great interest in modern music has seen him at the forefront of numerous musical releases as well as recording the … [Read more...]

Attracting investment from Spanish firms

VGP - The 2010 Việt Nam-Spain Investment and Business Cooperation Forum was held on November 23 in Hồ Chí Minh City with the participation of nearly 180 enterprises of the two countries. A meeting of Spanish and Vietnamese enterprises - Illustration photo The forum, held by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade, the Economy and Trade Department of the Spanish Embassy and the Hồ Chí Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Department, offered enterprises new investment opportunities in the fields of finance, technique and industry, technology transfer, franchising and outsourcing. From November 23-24, some 200 bilateral meetings between the firms have been held, along with some seminars. Nearly 30 Spanish firms are attending the forum, including Mondragon, Adolfo Dominguez, Befesa, Logisfashion, Lealelo, Millard Filters Iberica, Sampol… Spanish Ambassador to Việt Nam, Mr. Fernando Curcio, said many Spanish companies are deeply interested in the promising Vietnamese market. The … [Read more...]

Spanish theatre group to join Hanoi celebrations

Spanish and Vietnamese artists will be staging a theatrical extravaganza in Hanoi on October 2 to mark the millennium. A performance by Els Comediants includes a fake dragon About 19 Spanish artists from Els Comediants and 18 members of the Circus Federation of Vietnam will be putting on a free show featuring music, acrobatics, dance and fireworks. The show, entitled 'Festival of Dragon', celebrates the legendary founding of Thang Long-Hanoi, and will combine local traditions with the Mediterranean culture of Els Comediants, said Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Fernando Curcio. The one-hour performance will take place in the open space in front of My Dinh Stadium, and about 15,000 people are expected to attend. Festival of Dragon is part of the official programme of celebrations for the Millennium of Hanoi, and the principal acttivities will be held during the first half of October. Els Comediants will arrive in Vietnam on September 27 when its artistes will begin … [Read more...]

Spanish artists join in celebrations of Hanoi’s 1000th birthday

Spanish and Vietnamese artists will be staging a theatrical extravaganza on October 2 to mark the millennium of Hanoi.About 19 Spanish artists from Els Comediants and 18 members of the Circus Federation of Vietnam will be putting on a free show featuring music, acrobatics, dance and fireworks. The show, entitled Festival of the Dragon, celebrates the legendary founding of Hanoi, and will combine local traditions with the Mediterranean culture of Els Comediants, said Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Fernando Curcio. The ambassador said he was honoured the Spanish embassy and Spanish community in Vietnam had been invited to help organise the show. El Comedians was invited to take part in the capital's celebrations after the theatre group visited the country in April. Nguyen Van Tinh, head of the International Co-operation Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, applauded the effort expended by the Spanish theatre group and the Spanish community in Vietnam to put on the … [Read more...]