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zbCOMMA Cultural Cruise to set sail on SuperStar Libra

Singapore, 5 November 2009 --- zbCOMMA, the student publication of Lianhe Zaobao, is organising a Cultural Cruise for secondary school students next month.

For the first time, 200 students from various secondary schools are invited to go on board SuperStar Libra, a luxurious cruise ship under Star Cruises, as they engage in enriching cultural activities.The 4-day/3-night cruise will set sail to Kuala Lumpur and Penang on 9 December, and will return to Singapore on 12 December.

Organised by zbCOMMA and Star Cruises, the main objective of the Cultural Cruise is to allow outstanding secondary level students to acquire cultural knowledge through fun and interactive channels. As the participating students come from schools of diverse backgrounds, the Cultural Cruise provides a platform for them to develop friendships, widen their social circle and let them learn from one another in the process.

The Cruise will allow students to visit famous places of interest and enjoy local culinary delights in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to visit local schools to mingle with the students and develop friendly ties between the two neighbouring countries. It will be 4 days and 3 nights of structured yet fun-filled and enriching activities including daily morning exercises, physical workouts, seminars, cultural activities, and workshops on song-writing, dance, theatre production and appreciation.

Mr Seow Choke Meng, Executive Vice President, Administration Division cum Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers Division, Singapore Press Holdings, said: “We are deeply honoured that Lianhe Zaobao is given the opportunity to collaborate with Star Cruises on this Cultural Cruise. This cruise not only provides a wonderful platform for participating students to interact, it is also a great avenue to promote the cultural industry.”

Mr Michael Goh, Senior Vice President of Sales at Star Cruises, said: "As a leading cruise line in Asia Pacific, Star Cruises has a deep sense of social responsibility, and we are dedicated to supporting initiatives in education, arts and culture in our community. We are delighted to partner with SPH through the sponsorship of the 3-night Cultural Cruise on our ship, the SuperStar Libra. This collaboration provides an exciting opportunity for youth to partake in a cultural exchange programme with their peers in Singapore and Malaysia in a relaxed and fun learning environment at sea."

Schools which are keen to nominate outstanding students for this inaugural cultural cruise can call 6319 1519 or 6319 1986. The closing date for nominations is 14 November 2009.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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For media enquiries, please contact:


Ng Meixin
Executive
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Tel: 6319 1519
Email: ngmeixin@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

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