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Compiled by Faruq Bostaman

Pelangi Awards fetes local stars

Edwin Eng

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 – Maria and Fakhrul Razi emerged as top winners for the Chosen Female Vocal and Chosen Male Vocal at the Pelangi Awards 2008/2009 held at Jerudong Park Country Club Amphitheatre.

Presenting the award to Maria was Managing Director of TelBru Song Kin Koi and presenting the award to Fakhrul Razi was Cityneon Displays and Constructions Dato Jack Ting.

Director of Tourism Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohammad presented the award for Chosen Duo/Group to ‘The Seeds’.

The last award, Chosen Song was won by Adie with the song title Tentang Kita where the award was presented by the guest of honour Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Paduka Eusoff Agaki bin Haji Ismail.

This year’s theme ‘Fantasy’, based on escapism was a big hit with the 3,500-strong audience.

Said Acting Director of RTB Pengiran Haji Mahari bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak, “We are thrilled that this was very well received by the public.” Five categories were contested namely, Chosen Female Vocal, Chosen Male Vocal, Chosen Newcomer, Chosen Duo/Group and Chosen Song.

The Pelangi Award is held once every two years, hosted by Radio Television Brunei (RTB) to honour and recognise the hard work and effort put in by artistes in Brunei.

Avid fans ‘meet the stars’ during reception

Syafiq Affendy

NOVEMBER 16, 2009 – Fans of local artistes who won the ‘Meet The Stars’ contest in conjunction with the Pelangi Awards 2008/2009, which took place two weeks ago, had the opportunity to spend time with their favourite artistes yesterday during a hi-tea reception at the Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The event was also held to honour and celebrate the winners’ achievements in the local music scene and fans were treated to a special performance by the awardees, among which include, ‘Chosen Female Vocal’ Maria, ‘Chosen Male Vocal’ Fakhrul Razi, ‘Chosen Newcomer’ A Band Once, ‘Chosen Duo/Group’ The Seeds, and the talented individuals behind this year’s chosen song, Tentang Kita – Adie and Waem.

The hi-tea served as a platform for the fans to mingle and take advantage of the endless photo opportunities with the artistes, as well as getting autographs from them.

TelBru’s ‘Meet the Stars’ contest proved popular among members of the crowd that visited the TelBru booth during the full-house awards ceremony, where participants have to guess the winning artistes of each award category.

The awardees in a group photo


Rolling to cycling success

Robin ALP

NOVEMBER 3, 1979 – Racing cyclists in Bandar Seri Begawan are now pedalling furiously, getting nowhere in distance but far in fitness and stamina.

For the Brunei Amateur Cycling Association (BACA) has just bought two training rollers from Singapore, so serious cyclists can train to their hearts content without being bothered by such things as rain or traffic hazards.

“One hour on the rollers is equivalent to about one hour and 30 minutes on the road because if you stop pedalling you fall off. It’s continuous and there is no freewheeling to take a breather,” said President of BACA Azahari Mohammad Ali.

He added that the rollers improve riders’ stamina, sprinting ability and discipline: “And also their fighting spirit because if they can keep going for just a few extra minutes it helps them so much when it comes to riding on the road later.”

Azahari also said the BACA hopes to be able to use the new police stadium at Gadong to hold track races.

BACA last month sent five riders to compete in two major races in Kuala Lumpur, and the association hopes to keep this up by competing in other overseas events.

“The more experience we can get by competing against top overseas riders, the better; it can only help to improve our standards. Obviously we can’t and don’t expect to win medals immediately. Like everything else, we must grow up and mature,” he said.

Osli bin Haji Mohammad Noor is the cyclist on the rollers, being urged on by President of BACA Azahari Mohammad Ali