Singapore, 5 May 2012 – Senior crooners brought the house down today at the Life Matters exhibition organised by Singapore Press Holdings' CATS Classified. They were taking part in the semi-finals of the “Golden Voices” singing contest for those aged 50 years and above. The oldest semi-finalist was 74 years old and the youngest was 53. Performers sang either in English or in Mandarin.
Among them was Abdul Rahman Ghani, 61, who sang "Quando Quando Quando", and had judge Rahimah Rahim say to him: "You sing like Michael Buble. I like the way you entertain. I like the way you dance."
Rahimah Rahim and fellow celebrity-judge Huang Qingyuan were impressed by the 20 semi-finalists, who were selected from the 160 participants who auditioned. Eight contestants were eventually selected to go through to tomorrow’s final, where the winner will walk away with $2,000 cash and a trophy.
Ms Rahimah remarked on the quality of the semi-finalists: "They were good! I want to give special credit to the Chinese singers, because they really dressed up to perform and worked at presenting themselves well. I really enjoyed that, and found it nice to watch."
Mr Huang's comments were: "The entertainment value was good, and it certainly attracted the crowd at this event."
Both celebrity judges will also perform on stage tomorrow (6 May, Sunday) after the Golden Voices final, which starts from 2pm.
Said Rahimah Rahim: "I will be performing a medley of Malay and Mandarin songs tomorrow. I feel nervous about it! I still get stage fright even after performing all these years, I still get nervous. The audience has expectations, and I'm afraid to make mistakes because it doesn't matter if it's five people or just one person watching me, I will still want to give my best to them."
Other happenings at the first day of Life Matters included the “Fill This Space” coffin-art competition, where 23 shortlisted contestants created art for coffins on the spot, based on the designs they had submitted to CATS Classified earlier. The top three designs will be announced at the event tomorrow, and the top three winners will receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $800.
The three winning designs will be scanned, enlarged and laminated onto coffins provided by Singapore Casket at a later date. The coffins will then be donated to hospices affiliated with Singapore Casket.
The youngest contestant was 10-year-old Melissa Mak, who used crayons to design her coffin art.
Melissa said: "It was my mum's idea to sign up for this contest. I drew the design because I liked the colours."
When asked if she was hesitant about entering this contest because the art was meant for coffins, Melissa replied: "When I'm drawing, I'm not scared of coffins, because it's just a piece of paper."
Her mother, Ms Jasline Soh, added: "I just thought I would her sign up for fun. I don't mind that it's art for coffins. We're not superstitious."
Besides watching the Golden Voices and Fill This Space contests, visitors were treated to various activities; including a morning exercise session conducted by the Health Promotion Board, K Pop and line dance performances by the People’s Association Interest Group, talks and cooking demos by the Health Promotion Board and Soup Master Sham Hei, a short documentary by Nirvana Memorial Hall, and a gallery of photographs submitted for the “Shoot For Life” photography competition.
Visitors also visited the 39 booths at the Life Matters exhibition, which offered all kinds of useful products and services for active agers, such as will-writing, hearing aids, travel packages, insurance, massage treatments, fitness and more. The exhibition also included a section where visitors could speak to funeral directors and representatives from a columbarium.
Visitors who spend at least $40 at the exhibition can enter a buyers’ draw for a chance to win an “11-day Turkey Rendezvous for 2” Chan’s World Holidays package worth $5,000, and redeem a CATS Classified flask worth $19.90. Visitors can also take part in hourly visitors’ draws from 12pm to 7pm, and redeem various goodies and freebies.
Life Matters is sponsored by Nirvana Memorial Garden, the Health Promotion Board and Singapore Casket. The last day of the event is tomorrow, 6 May (Sunday).
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm.
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 402.
Admission is free.
For more information, please visit www.cats.com.sg/LifeMatters
For more information, please contact:
Adele Ong (Ms)
Advertising & Promotions
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5984
Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5978
Gary Yeo (Mr)
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
About CATS Classified
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.