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AsiaOne announces People’s Choice for 2008

Singapore, 4 March 2009 - Singapore’s leading internet portal, AsiaOne, this evening announced the winners of its inaugural People’s Choice Awards, which recognises outstanding achievements and successful branding of products across industries in Asia.

The awards were presented to the winners at a ceremony held at Singapore Press Holdings.

The event’s guest of honour, Mr Lawrence Leow, the President of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, gave out the awards to the Top People’s Choice for each category.

The results of the Awards were based entirely on popularity votes across 11 categories decided by a panel from SPH.

Voting commenced in Dec 2008 and over 11,000 votes were cast within two months.

Said AsiaOne editor, Adrian Tay, “The winners can truly be proud of their achievements as receiving the AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards means that their products and services are highly regarded by a high-calibre audience who visits the AsiaOne portal.”

The Top People’s Choice included the Honda Jazz 1.3 (Kah Motors) for budgets cars, the POSBeveryday Card for credit cards and Prada for fashion Looks.

The other Top People’s Choice winners: The Moecca for luxury living; iPhone2G and Apple for gadgets; Wii Fir (Maxsoft) for games; California Fitness for fitness centres, Tung Lok Signatures for Chinese restaurants; Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant for Japanese restaurants; Changi Airport for Asian Airports and Singapore Institute of Management for private schools.

The winners of the Top Three People’s Choice are as follows:

Top Three People’s Choice (not arranged in any order)

Budget Cars - AsiaOne Motoring
These three cars have been voted as the most cost-efficient vehicles on the roads, giving drivers the most bang for buck.
- Honda Jazz 1.3
- Chevrolet Spark 0.8
- Suzuki Swift 1.3

Credit Cards - AsiaOne Business
Practicality and extensive programmes are one of the things our readers look out for when it comes to choosing the most popular credit card.
- POSB Everyday Card
- UOB Ladies’ Card
- AMEX/SIA PPS Club Platinum Credit Card

Fashion Looks - Diva
When it comes to looks, the past year saw a lace craze from Prada, plaid passion from Dolce & Gabbana and Helmut Lang’s slouchy suit.
- Helmut Lang
- Prada
- Dolce & Gabbana

Luxury Living - Plush
It’s all about super yachts, fast cars and designer sound systems when it comes to Plush’s most memorable and ultimate luxuries.
- The Moecca
- Formula One/Johnnie Walker
- Bang & Olufsen

Gadgets - AsiaOne Digital
2008 saw a great line-up of new gadgets and it’s no surprise that Apple would top the list with their fancy innovations.
- Apple Macbook
- iPhone 3G
- Nokia E71

Games - AsiaOne Digital
These three games have left a lasting impression on AsiaOne readers and it is no wonder why they were chosen as the Top three Games of 2008.
- Final Fantasy IV
- Wii Fit
- Grand Theft Auto IV

Fitness Outlets – AsiaOne Health (The No.1 health site in Singapore)
AsiaOne readers have chosen these top three fitness outlets which have helped spark the Asia fitness revolution with their spacious and well-equipped gyms.
- Fitness First
- True Yoga
- California Fitness

Chinese Restaurants – SoShiok.com (The No.1 food site in Singapore)
- Crystal Jade Golden Palace
- Tung Lok Signatures
- Imperial Treasure

Japanese Restaurants – SoShiok.com (The No.1 food site in Singapore)
- Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant
- Tatsuya
- Nadaman

Asia Airports – AsiaOne Travel
Handling over millions of passenger movements each day, these three airports were the hot favourites in a category, which included nominees from all over Asia.
- Changi Airport
- Hong Kong International Airport
- Narita International Airport

Private Schools – AsiaOne Education
Industry-relevance and quality delivery are essential and these three institutes have made it the top three private schools in the region.
- PSB Academy
- James Cook University
- Singapore Institute of Management

With this event, AsiaOne hopes to work hand-in-hand with trade partners across the region to further encourage brand recognition. It also lauds its industry partners for their achievements and online marketing efforts.

For further queries or information regarding the Awards Ceremony, please contact Mary-Ann Soh at maryanns@sph.com.sg or Hannah Teoh at hteoh@sph.com.sg, or visit: http://www.asiaone.com/specials/2008_top10/index.html.

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About AsiaOne

AsiaOne is a free-access, one-stop information mall which serves users’ news, business and lifestyle needs. Within the all-encompassing portal are unique communities where users congregate online for their various interests. Every month, the AsiaOne homepage and its various microsites enjoy 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique quality visitors. Online advertising and interactive marketing opportunities at AsiaOne include banner advertising, mobile advertising, electronic direct mailers, viral marketing gateway, sponsorships and these can be integrated with SPH’s other media platforms.
For more information about AsiaOne, please log on to www.asiaone.com

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is the leading media company in Southeast Asia, delivering news and information through multiple media platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include the online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, 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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.