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Cultural show at Waterfront leaves lasting impression on visitors

Fadhil Yunus

October 24, 2011 – Visitors to the Waterfront in the capital were not left disappointed as they witnessed a cultural presentation, which was held last Saturday night.

The promotional event, held at one of the strategic locations marked to further promote cultural identification, was a result of concerted efforts by the Arts and Culture Division under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Members of the audience were also treated to a cultural quiz for a chance to win goodie bags. Cultural performances will not lose its popularity and importance if the community works cohesively to instil the spirit and passion for national or cultural heritage by learning to appreciate more of the subject and preserving the legacy that has been practised for generations.

According to a press release, Bruneians as culture custodians must not only play a key role to safeguard and preserve the country’s heritage but also at the same time, aim to develop further the growth of local talents and skills in any fields of arts or culture connected to the country’s cultural heritage.

The crowd was also entertained by traditional music in the form of gulintangan, traditional songs often performed in a poetic manner, traditional dances such as Aduk-Aduk and other cultural demonstrations.

The men dressed in all black performed silat while the women graced the Waterfront with their signature half turns and elegant routines during a traditional dance act.

Performers during the culture presentation at Waterfront in the capital. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Seria’s changing landscape

Rahmat Hj Abdul Rahman

OCTOBER 27, 2001 – Fifty years ago, the oil fields of Seria started sprouting black gold mined by foreign nationals. Today, the oil town is very quiet.

Many locals have filled up posts used to be held by expatriates. Accommodation for married local couples in Seria, who are working in the oil industry, is no longer a problem.

The housing scheme introduced by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government encouraged the locals to apply for their own .25-acre land and house costing between BND35,000 and BND100,000.

Many houses between Lorong 2 and Lorong 14, and Panaga near the coastline, which used to house expatriates, were renovated and demolished from time to time. Many Lorongs are now left with huge empty lands.

Empty land where the Roxana Cinema at Lorong 7 used to stand
Last of the wooden houses (rumah papan) at Lorong 6 in Pekan Seria