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AsiaOne invites nominations for People’s Choice Awards 2009

- Annual event back for the second year running with more categories

Singapore, 8 October 2009 - Following a successful debut in 2008, AsiaOne's People's Choice Awards is back for the second year running with double the number of categories. The online nomination is open from now till 31 October 2009 at http://www.asiaone.com/specials/pca2009.

The People’s Choice Awards by AsiaOne, Singapore Press Holdings Limited's ("SPH") leading internet portal, is a public acknowledgment of the popularity of nominated brand names and their products, as determined by AsiaOne's audience. The Awards give visibility and help companies to develop advertising, brand building and consumer relationships with their targeted market segments. The Awards have been welcomed as a new and exciting avenue to raise brand awareness and bring product offerings to a wide yet targeted audience provided by AsiaOne.

The inaugural event to recognise the winning firms in March this year was well-received by major industry players. Guests at the Awards presentation included members from the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, American Express, Kah Motor, James Cook University, Crystal Jade, Nokia, to name a few.

POSB, one of the winners, said through its spokesperson: "As The People's Bank, POSB is heartened that Singaporeans have voted the POSB Everyday Card as their card of choice in the People’s Choice Awards 2008 (Best Credit Card category). The award underscores POSB's unique insights in serving the everyday banking needs of Singaporeans."

Ms Carolyn Tan, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications from Tung Lok Signatures, which won best Chinese Restaurant, said: "It is indeed an honour for Tung Lok Signatures to be voted the Number One Chinese restaurant in the inaugural People's Choice Awards in 2008. This award serves to recognise the high quality of cuisine and level of service that Tung Lok Signatures consistently provides to our diners. It definitely motivates our staff to continue delivering their best efforts."

Mr Adrian Tay, Editor, AsiaOne, said: “Through the recognition and publicity generated by People’s Choice Awards, AsiaOne hopes to work with trade partners to encourage the continuity of high quality and best practices maintained by these brand names.”

As part of its objective to encourage better products and services, AsiaOne will be constantly introducing new categories for People's Choice Awards. For 2009, AsiaOne has increased the total number of categories from last year’s 11 to 25, to incorporate the diverse services and products in the market.

Companies, advertising and media agencies, professional associations and members of the public can send in their nominations for one or more categories for the 2009 People's Choice Awards.

The categories for People’s Choice Awards 2009 are:

    1. Best beauty product
    2. Best shopping centre
    3. Best party
    4. Best party venue
    5. Best wellness provider
    6. Best bank
    7. Best credit card
    8. Best post-graduate programme (private school)
    9. Best under-graduate programme (private school)
    10. Best airport
    11. Best budget airline
    12. Best full-service airline
    13. Best boutique hotel
    14. Best Japanese restaurant
    15. Best Chinese restaurant
    16. Best buffet
    17. Best caterer
    18. Best service
    19. Best resort
    20. Best laptop
    21. Best game
    22. Best phone
    23. Best SUV
    24. Best hatchback
    25. Best saloon


For more details, please visit http://www.asiaone.com/specials/pca2009.

The final slate of nominations - 10 in each category - will be decided by distinguished industry professionals and editorial veterans from SPH publications.

The final results will be based entirely on readers' voting of the shortlisted candidates, followed by a presentation ceremony to celebrate with all award winners. Voting by AsiaOne readers will start in November and the final results will be announced in the first quarter of 2010.


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Media contact:

Pearly Mak
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1225
HP: 9765 6704
Email: pearlym@sph.com.sg



For enquiries:

Karen Lim
Webknowledgist, AsiaOne

Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 6052

Email: klim@sph.com.sg


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 Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and 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 an 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 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 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.

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.

Corporate citizenry
As an industry leader, SPH is an active corporate citizen and supports a wide range of community and charitable causes, ranging from education, arts and culture to conservation and sports. For its contributions to the community, SPH was named the Top Corporate Giver by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2005 and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council every year since 1993. It also received the Partner of Heritage award at the 2008 Patron of the Heritage Awards ceremony organised by the National Heritage Board.