Vietnamese singer makes first round for 2014 Grammy Awards

A song by emerging local singer Ha Okio has been chosen for the first round list of the 2014 Grammy Awards. Ha's song "Your heart" has been chosen for the first round list in the Category "Best Pop Solo Performance." Though the song stands little chance of entering the Grammy's Top 5, Ha considers it a notable achievement and source of encouragement to his and other local singers' bid to enter the global market. To be eligible for the list, a song must meet two requirements: it was previously released in the US, and nominated by one member of the Grammy jury. The "Your Heart" single, released last year, is in the style of urban R&B. Its lyrics revolve around relationships in our modern society, packed with plans and worries as well as dreams and aspirations. Ha's latest single is titled "Everybody has a choice." Like his previous songs which focus on social issues, it conveys a positive message for his audience: "Make sure your choice in everything is worthy." The song was … [Read more...]

Online film fest kicks off in major cities

YxineFF, an online short film festival, kicked off its new season simultaneously in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang on April 23. The event is also scheduled to begin at the L'Auditorium Paris on May 14. During its opening in HCMC, audiences were given the chance to watch two of the short films which took part in last year's fest, namely "Duc Nguoi" (Molding Humans), a 15-minute cartoon which was adapted from a local fairy tale and made by Ngo Buu Nguyen and Ta Thanh Huy, and "Truc Nhat Voi Thu Ky" (On Duty with Thu Ky), an 18-minute film by young director Do Quoc Trung. Themed "Everybody has a Choice," this year's fest sends a reminder of the copyright ownership of all songs used in the contending films. YxineFF 2013 begins taking films from April 10 to July 10, with the international prizes being the most important category. Those interested can take a look at www.yxineff.com for detailed information. … [Read more...]

2013 YxineFF jury announced

(VOV) -Director Charlie Nguyen, actresses Tang Thanh Ha and Ngoc Hiep and camera Ly Thai Dung will join the jury of the fourth annual online international short-film festival, 2013 YxineFF. Yxine Film Festival screens local independent film-makers' flicks The event, themed Everybody Has a Choice, aims to encourage young film makers to express their love for cinema and pursue their career despite facing numerous difficulties. They can post their works, each in less than 60 minutes, to compete in four different categories, for international, regional, panoramic and close-up awards, from April 10-July 10. The opening ceremony will be held on September 9 and the awards ceremony in December this year. The number of online film viewers jumped rapidly from 1 million in 2010 to over 2.5 million in 2012. … [Read more...]

Vietnam singer chosen as ‘Asian Artist of the Year’

A pop star has become the third Vietnamese singer to claim the best Asian artist title of the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). Ho Quynh Huong brought home the "Asian Artist of the Year" title at the 2014 MAMA, which is one of K-pop's biggest music events. The title is conferred on singers in each of the selected Asian countries for their outstanding contributions to the local and Asian music scenes. Though Huong was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, she sent a video message saying the award came as a surprise and is a huge honor. The singer also promised to give her best to the Vietnamese and Asian music industry. Local pop stars My Tam and Thu Minh won the title in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Huong is popular for her sensual and unique voice, which helped her win the Favorite Singer of Lan Song Xanh (Blue Wave) – a music award launched annually by the Ho Chi Minh City radio station – four years in a row, along with several … [Read more...]

VN beauty named Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman 2014

VietNamNet Bridge – Model and beauty queen Truong Thi May has been honored with the Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman title under the campaign "Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days" launched by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia Pacific. Truong Thi May. May was first runner-up in the Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2007 and Miss Photogenic Vietnam 2006 pageants. She represented Vietnam at the Miss Universe competition in 2013. She is also an actress and model. May won the Golden Kite Award for the best leading actress, one of the most prestigious movie awards in Vietnam. May is the second Vietnamese celebrity winning this title. The first was pop star Ho QuynhHuong who received the title last year. "I’m very happy to receive this award. I have been a vegetarian since childhood and all members in my family are also vegetarians. Vegetarian foods are natural and pure, easy to digest, and bring a sense of peace and relaxation to diner. I would like to thank … [Read more...]

Vietnamese model named sexiest vegetarian in Asia

Supermodel Truong Thi May is being honoured for her healthy eating habits in the annual contest held by the Asia Pacific branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She beat out fellow celebrities Maggie Q and Reigning Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa and attributes her youthful appearance to wholesome eating habits. "Vegetarian foods are natural and pure, easy to digest, and bring a sense of peace and relaxation to the meal," says May. "Being a vegetarian helps me to avoid all the cholesterol, my hair and skin are a lot healthier, and I feel younger. It also teaches me compassion toward animals by not killing them for food." May, the former runner-up in the Miss Vietnam Photogenic 2006 pageant, has twice been appointed to represent Vietnam at the Miss Earth pageants. Unfortunately both in 2009 and 2011 her busy schedule prevented her from competing. This year, Chinese actor Wu Xiubo won the title of Asia’s sexiest male … [Read more...]

Animal rights organization selects Vietnam beauty as Asia’s sexiest vegetarian

An ethnic minority beauty from Vietnam has been named Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman 2014 by the U.S.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Truong Thi May, 26, beat several other Asian celebrities including Maggie Q, an American actress of half-Asian descent; Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa; and fellow celebrities such as local actress/ director Viet Trinh and singer Vo Ha Tram, to earn the title. May represented Vietnam at Miss Universe 2013 in Russia. The title is given annually by PETA on PETAAsiaPacific.com to promote the immense health and cosmetic benefits of going vegetarian. Born to Khmer ethnic minority parents in Cambodia, May said she has followed a regular vegetarian diet since she was young, along with the rest of her family. The beauty is also a devout Buddhist who says she practices routine prayers every morning. "I really hope many more people will go vegetarian by using more vegetables for robust health and a … [Read more...]

Truong Thi May named sexiest vegetarian in Asia

(VOV) -Supermodel Truong Thi May is being honoured for her healthy eating habits in the annual contest held by the Asia Pacific branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA). She beat out fellow celebrities Maggie Q and Reigning Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa and attributes her youthful appearance to wholesome eating habits. "Vegetarian foods are natural and pure, easy to digest, and bring a sense of peace and relaxation to the meal," says May. "Being a vegetarian helps me to avoid all the cholesterol, my hair and skin are a lot healthier, and I feel younger. It also teaches me compassion toward animals by not killing them for food." May, the former runner-up in the Miss Vietnam Photogenic 2006 pageant, has twice been appointed to represent Vietnam at the Miss Earth pageants. Unfortunately both in 2009 and 2011 her busy schedule prevented her from competing. This year, Chinese actor Wu Xiubo won the title of Asia’s sexiest male … [Read more...]

Vietnamese beauty named Asia’s sexiest vegetarian

Truong Thi May competing at the Miss Universe 2013. Photo credit: Globaubeauties Vietnamese model Truong Thi May has been named Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity under the campaign Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days launched by the NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) Asia Pacific. May was first runner-up in the Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2007 and Miss Photogenic Vietnam 2006 contests. She also represented Vietnam at the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2013. According to May, a Buddhist, vegetarian foods are natural and pure, easy to digest, and bring a sense of peace and relaxation to diner. "Being a vegetarian helps me to avoid cholesterol; my hair and skin are a lot healthier, and I feel younger. It also teaches me compassion toward animals by not killing them for food," she said. Meanwhile, Wu Xiubo, one of the highest-paid actors in China, received the title in the men's category. Wu is most widely known for his role in the movie Finding Mr. Right and in the TV series … [Read more...]

Singer Ha Okio appears in PETA’s ad

Singer Ha Okio will be representing the new campaign for the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific. Singer Ha Okio The singer appears in a cage quoting, "Put yourself in the animal's shoes. Become a vegetarian" in an advertisement by PETA. The campaign promotes vegetarianism as a way to help animals, derail pollution, and climate change. Ha Okio, Ho Quynh Huong, first runner-up of Miss Vietnam Ethnic 2010 Truong Thi May, and actor Dai Nghia and international stars such as Maggie Q, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz and Bill Clinton has been named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific. Ha's song "Your heart" has been chosen for the first round list in the Category "Best Pop Solo Performance" at the 2014 Grammy Awards. He is the first Vietnamese artist to take part in the world's prestigious music award. … [Read more...]

Actress Ngo Thanh Van among top most beautiful women

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese model, actress and singer Ngo Thanh Van has been selected as one of the top 50 beautiful women in the world by website World Actuality.Information about Ngo Thanh Van in World Actuality.Ngo Thanh Van.Ngo Thanh Van was honored at the 10th position. She overcame many world-famous names to enter the top 10 together with Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Eva Mendes ...Ngo Thanh Van is the sole representative of Vietnam named in the rankings. The website described Veronica Ngo Thanh Van, aka NTV virus, as a stunning Vietnamese model/actress/singer, successful in everything she does with outstanding natural beauty.The top ten includes model Idda Van Munster (Aid Dapo) from Bosnia, followed by super model Irina Shayk - the girlfriend of world's famous footballer Christiano Ronaldo, model and actress Madaline Ghenea from Romania, Priyanka Chopra - the king of beauty from India, Jin Mei Xi - Chinese hot girl, US actress Megan Fox, Ada Aimee De La Cruz - Miss … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s vegetarian beauty queen to compete at Miss Universe

Truong Thi May, 25, who will represent Vietnam at the 2013 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Photo courtesy of Truong Thi May Truong Thi May, a 25-year-old strict vegetarian and devout Buddhist, will represent Vietnam at the 61st Miss Universe competition in Russia from October 20-November 9. May made a name for herself as a runner up at the 2006 Miss Vietnam Photogenic and 2007 Miss Ethnic Vietnam contests. She's known for her unwavering commitment to anti-cruelty. Unicorp, the license holder which selects Vietnamese contestants for Miss Universe, said in a Monday press release that May got  approval from the Department of Performing Arts under Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism last Friday. The contest is one of the top two beauty contests for young women in the world, along with Miss World. Luu Thi Diem Huong, winner of the 2010 Miss Vietnam World, who represented Vietnam in last year's Miss Universe, said: "May has a beautiful and strong face, and a special brown skin, which … [Read more...]

Vietnamese singer named Asia’s sexiest female vegetarian

The Hanoitimes - Singer Ho Quynh Huong has been crowned 2013's Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman after a fierce, month-long voting contest that recently ended at PETAAsiaPacific.com. Huong narrowly beat out fellow singer Vo Ha Tram, beauty queen Truong Thi May, and actress Viet Trinh from Vietnam, as well as US actress Maggie Q.International stars who fared well in the competition included former US President Bill Clinton, musicians Jason Mraz, Faye Wong, Khalil Fong and Paul McCartney, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, and actors Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jared Leto, and Anne Hathaway.Ho Quynh Huong is famous for her strikingly sensual voice, winning her Lan Song Xanh's Most Popular Singer Award four years in a row. She also received a Singer of the Year nomination for the Commitment Award in 2012.Winners were selected according to criteria that included vote count. The complete list of vegetarian celebrities who were in the running for this year's awards is available at … [Read more...]

Vietnam singer named Asia’s sexiest female vegetarian

  Vietnamese singer Ho Quynh Huong was named "Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman 2013" by the Asia Pacific branch of the well-known animal protection nongovernmental organization PETA. Huong narrowly beat out fellow singer Vo Ha Tram, beauty queen Truong Thi May, and actors Viet Trinh and Maggie Q. Huong is famous for her sensual and unique voice, which helped her win Lan Song Xanh's Most Favorite Singer award four years in a row. She also received a Singer of the Year nomination for the Commitment Award in 2012. "I used to force myself to abide by a strict diet to keep my weight stable when I ate meat, but that is no longer a concern now. Ever since I adopted a vegetarian diet, my weight has been kept under control without any extra fat," she said. "Besides, my skin is also better. My professional makeup artist says that my skin brightens up easily with just a soft layer of makeup." PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker said that Huong understands that going vegetarian is … [Read more...]

Quynh Huong named Asia’s sexiest female vegetarian

She was picked by overwhelming votes from tens of thousands of voters to help PETA pick the winner.Ho Quynh Huong (center) performs with Korean girl band Davichi in a cultural exchange program in Hanoi last year (Photo: Tuoi Tre)Vietnamese pop singer Ho Quynh Huong has been crowned Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman 2013 after a fierce month-long competition that recently ended at PETAAsiaPacific.com.She was picked by overwhelming votes from tens of thousands of voters logging onto PETAAsiaPacific.com to help PETA pick the winner.Ho Quynh Huong narrowly beat out other fellow Vietnamese celebrities including singer Vo Ha Tram, and beauty queen Truong Thi May.Huong is famous for her sensual and unique voice, which helped her win Lan Song Xanh's Most Favorite Singer award four years in a row. She also received a Singer of the Year nomination for the Commitment Award in 2012."I used to force myself into a strict diet to keep my weight stable when I was on a meat-based diet, but this … [Read more...]

Local singer named Asia’s sexiest female vegetarian

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese singer Ho Quynh Huong has been crowned 2013's Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Woman after a fierce, month-long voting contest that recently ended at PETAAsiaPacific.com. Vietnamese artists nominated for "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity"Singer Ho Quynh Huong. Huong narrowly beat out fellow singer Vo Ha Tram, beauty queen Truong Thi May, and actress Viet Trinh from Vietnam, as well as US actress Maggie Q. International stars who fared well in the competition included former US President Bill Clinton, musicians Jason Mraz, Faye Wong, Khalil Fong and Paul McCartney, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, and actors Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jared Leto, and Anne Hathaway.Ho Quynh Huong is famous for her strikingly sensual voice, winning her Lan Song Xanh's Most Popular Singer Award four years in a row. She also received a Singer of the Year nomination for the Commitment Award in 2012."I used to force myself to follow a strict diet when I was eating meat, but … [Read more...]

Vietnamese beauty nominated for sexiest vegetarian celebrity title

Truong Thi May, 25, a model, actress, strict vegetarian and devout Buddhist, poses in an ao dai. She is one of 300 nominees for the "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" title awarded by international animal rights organization "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA) this year.   Vietnamese model and actress Truong Thi May is in the running for the "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity" world title this year. The contest has been held every year since 2001 by international animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Born in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, 25-year-old May has been a strict vegetarian since she was 13. She is also a devout Buddhist who has taken part in several charity activities. She was the first runner-up in two national beauty pageants - the 2006 Miss Vietnam Photogenic and 2007 Miss Ethnic Vietnam.   She has told local media that she finds vegetarian meals "simple and convenient" and that being a vegetarian helps her soul be … [Read more...]

Vietnamese artists nominated for “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity”

VietNamNet Bridge - Six Vietnamese artists have been named in the list of 300 sexiest vegetarian celebrities in the world by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).The Vietnamese representatives in the list include model Truong Thi May, the first runner-up of the 2010 Miss Vietnam Ethnic pageant, songwriter-singer Ha Okio, actor Dai Nghia, singer Ho Quynh Huong, MC Thanh Bach and singer Vo Ha Tram.With this nomination, the Vietnamese artists are alongside the world's top stars such as Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood and Anne Hathaway. Singer Ha Tram. Singer Ho Quynh Huong.Actor Dai Nghia.Songwriter-singer Ha Okio.Model Truong Thi May.MC Thanh Bach.T. Van … [Read more...]

7 local artists in race for Sexiest Vegetarian title

Seven Vietnamese artists are in the running against world contestants at the annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on PETAAsiaPacific.com. They are singers Ho Quynh Huong, Vo Ha Tram, and Ha Okio, beauty queen Truong Thi May, actors Dại Nghia and Thuy Tien, and VJ Thanh Bach. The artists have to compete with 289 global vegetarian celebrities like former US President Bill Clinton; singers Jason Mraz, Carrie Underwood, and Leona Lewis; actors Natalie Portman, Kristen Bell, Tobey Maguire, Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway; and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. The contest, running from now through 18 June, will have two winners, one male and one female. PETA will ultimately decide the winners one day later, based on several factors, including the number of votes received. "When you look at the gorgeous celebrities in this year's contest, it's clear that eating vegetarian meals makes you beautiful inside and out", said … [Read more...]

Grammy Awards: Sam Smith wins four prizes

British soul singer Sam Smith has won four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year and best new artist. Smith was rewarded for being the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014. Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny, won three awards each. Beck won two, including best album. Other British winners included Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne and Aphex Twin. Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney were among those performing at the Los Angeles ceremony. But the night belonged to Sam Smith, who has cemented his place as one of pop's biggest stars just nine months after the release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour. Earlier, he said: "Before I made this record, I was doing everything to try to get my music heard... I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was when I started to be myself that the music … [Read more...]