The most beautiful woman in Vietnam will be chosen from 34 beauties at the Miss Vietnam beauty contest 2006 August 26 on the resort island of Hon Tre, broadcast live on Vietnam Television.

 

In a break from tradition, ten contestants will make it through to the finals after the initial awards are announced, following the protocols of the Miss Universe pageant.

The ten will move on to the ao dai (Vietnamese traditional tunic dress), swim suit and evening dress competitions to choose the final five, who will advance to the question and answer session.

Miss 1998 Ngoc Khanh and the VTV3 channel’s hot boy Anh Tuan will warm up the stage as the contest’s MCs.

Spectators will get a chance to see 10 years of Miss Vietnams, as they reunite to sing “Loi Trai Tim Muon Noi” (Words from my heart) in performance at event.

Famous artists My Tam, Quang Dung, Kasim Hoang Vu, Thu Minh, AC&M, and Red Sun are set to perform at Miss Vietnam 2006.

The contest takes place on a brand new water-music stage at the VinPearl resort’s Hon Ngoc Viet (Cultural Park) – the first-ever international 5-star resort in Van Phong Bay, just off the coast of Nha Trang resort city in Khanh Hoa province.

The modern stage and seating area holds 5,000 people, and was opened to the public Thursday morning.

Ticket prices are VND500,000 (US$31.2) and VND200,000 (US$12.5), but if you haven’t got your tickets yet it’s too late, as the event has been sold out.

 
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Candidate Diep Hong Nguyen.

VietNamNet Bridge – The first Miss Vietnam Global pageant for overseas Vietnamese girls will be organised in Las Vegas on August 26.

 

Candidates can be from any country in the world, but must have at least one fourth Vietnamese origin, and must be aged 18 to 28.

 

The crown will bring the winner a prize of US$50,000 and some gifts. A total of US$20,000 is earmarked for the second and third best candidates, as well as winners of other titles such as Miss Friendship, Miss Ao Dai, Miss Photogenic and other titles.

 

The final contest and shows of the pageant will be held at the hall of the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Many Vietnamese artists have been invited to perform in the final night of the pageant. These include singers from Vietnam; Dam Vinh Hung, Lam Truong, Cam Van, Khac Trieu, Hong Ngoc, Trinh Kim Chi, and Viet Kieu Xuan Mai, Tommy Ngo, Linda Trang Dai, Ai Van, Truong Vu.

 

The pageant will also be filmed, and DVDs of the show will be available. Interested candidates can register online at the website http://www.missvietnamglobal.com,


Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Monday August 28, 2006

Hanoi- The trafficking of women and children across the Vietnam-China border appears to be on the rise, a Vietnamese border officer said Monday at a conference in Hanoi. There have been 167 cases of women and children rescued from traffickers so far this year, up 64 per cent over the same period last year, according to Luong Van Giang, deputy director of the reconnaissance department of the northern border guard.

He added that the true number of women and children who are the victims of trafficking was likely much higher but impossible to estimate.

“It is happening in a very complicated way,” Giang said. “It’s like a hidden crime.”

About 120 Vietnamese and Chinese children ages 11 to 18 met Monday with law-enforcement officials from both countries to discuss ways to combat the trafficking problem.

Vietnam has launched pilot education programmes in 30 rural communes where poverty and lack of opportunity make families more likely to allow children to be sent away for job opportunities. Often, those children end up as virtual slaves working as maids or prostitutes or are married off against their will.

The conference, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was the first of its kind in Vietnam, according to Jesper Morch, the UNICEF representative in Vietnam

“It would have been unthinkable even five years ago that we could have a forum like this where children expressed their views on trafficking,” Morch said. “Children must be given a voice,”

According to figures released at the forum, an estimated 1.2 million children around the world are trafficked each year for sex or labour. Morch cautioned that there was no way to confirm that number but added that in countries like China and Vietnam, the problem is clearly growing.

The young representatives, who were not themselves trafficking victims, advised the communist women’s unions of both China and Vietnam how to build appealing education campaigns for children and families to be aware of traffickers ploys.

© 2006 DPA – Deutsche Presse-Agenteur

 
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Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy and orphans.

VietNamNet Bridge – After being crowned Miss Vietnam 2006, Mai Phuong Thuy performed her first charity activity on August 27.

 

A group including Duong Ky Anh, head of the pageant organising board, Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy, first runner-up Lu Bao Anh, Miss Photo Cao Thanh Hang and Miss Sport Dam Thi Ly visited the family of Agent Orange victims and Orphanage No 29 in Phuoc Long, Nha Trang.

 

The visited family includes the mother, Nguyen Thi Tham and three children, two of them are Agent Orange victims. Ms Tham has to take care of them while earning a living for the whole family of four. Tham was given some presents by the group and said she felt touched to be visited by the new Miss Vietnam and the other contestants.

 

After visiting Tham’s family, Miss Vietnam 2006 headed for Orphanage No.29 in Phuoc Long, Nha Trang. The pageant organisers gave the orphanage VND3mil for the disadvantaged children living there. Thuy and the other beauties also gave them presents.

 

While talking to the press, Thuy promised that she would participate in various charity activities to support disadvantaged people in the future.

 

Thuy will represent Vietnam at the Miss World Pageant 2006 scheduled for Poland in September.