Vietnamese low cost carrier hit over anti-women PR stuntINQUIRER.net 5:29 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—A Vietnamese airline that used bikini-clad endorsers for what appeared to be a promotional PR stunt earned the ire of netizens after it made rounds online.
“The models are seen inside the cabin opening the overhead lockers, walking down the aircraft steps and waving sparklers in the images which roused an angry reaction on social networking sites,” The Daily Mail reported last week.
It was Ngoc Trinh, a popular lingerie model in Vietnam, who posted the images on Facebook. Her photo album’s caption was: “Just finished shooting promo photos for VietJet Air for 12 hours nonstop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.” The album was later removed.
The Daily Mail said that the photos went viral and gained negative feedbacks, “with many criticizing the airline objectifying women in using them to promote their brand.”
An executive of the airlines said the photos were taken during a trial photo shoot for VietJetAir.
“We have yet to decide if we will use these photos or not,” he told Thanh Nien News, denying that the leakage of the photos was just a “PR ploy” employed by VietJet Air,” said Vu Pham Nguyen Tung, the carrier’s development director told Thanh Nien News.
VietJetAir was not the first airline to use females in skimpy outfits for brand endorsements. Irish airline RyanAir publishes a calendar featuring half-naked cabin crew annually.
In 2012, VietJetAir was fined was fined £611 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam for having its flight crew perform a Hawaii dance in bikinis on its inauguration flight between Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal resort town of Nha Trang, the Daily Mail said.
It also used bikini dancers to celebrate the launch of Ho Chi Minh City-Singapore route last May.
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Alyzza Agustin quick facts: Once an SK chairman, a Tourism student, hates ‘fat’By Aries Joseph Hegina | INQUIRER.net 3:10 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Model Alyzza Agustin came under fire after a post on her Facebook account made rounds on the social media stating that she was let off the hook for a traffic violation using a business card allegedly signed by Philippine National Police Director of Plans Alexander Ignacio.
Agustin’s post read: “Nahuli nanaman ako dahil coding but because of you Boss Alex wala ng huli huli. Thank you so much sa napaka-useful mong card with matching dedication pa #happykid”
(I was caught again because I had violated the number coding, but because of you, Boss Alex, I was not apprehended. Thank you so much for this useful business card with matching dedication.)
On Tuesday, Agustin and Ignacio both denied that they knew each other.
Here are some facts about the model:
She described herself as a part-time model because she was still studying.
Agustin hails from Santiago City, Isabela and is taking up Tourism in a Manila university. In an interview with the FHM magazine last October 2012, she said that she wanted to be a flight attendant for an airline with flights going to the Middle East.
The model comes from a political clan in Isabela.
In the same 2012 interview, Agustin revealed that she came from a political clan, having an uncle who is then vice mayor of Santiago City, Isabela. She also said that she became a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in the city.
Agustin shared that she became the “talk of the town” because of her sexy image.
She said that people accepted her through modeling.
Agustin isn’t shy in admitting that she loves modeling. She became known for her sexy image when she became one of the Premiere Condoms Vixens in 2012. Since then, she appeared in various advertisements and has graced various automobile and fashion shows.
“Dito tanggap ako ng tao. Dito (modeling) ko rin nakikita yung sarili ko after 10 years. I see myself evolving in this business,” Agustin said in an interview with FHM.
(In modeling, people accept me. I see myself modeling after 10 years. I see myself evolving in the business.)
She also appeared in a noontime show in GMA 7 as a model in 2013.
She placed number 100 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2013.
After becoming a Premiere Condoms Vixen in 2012, Agustin gained more buzz for placing number 100 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2013. It also marked the first time she broke into the list. During that year, actress Marian Rivera was hailed as the sexiest woman in the country.
She hates the word “fat”.
The model, in an Instagram post on @itsmealyzzaagustin before the account was deactivated, revealed that she was a fitness buff and hated the word “fat”. She often took pictures of herself working out in a gym and eating healthy food.
Source: FHM Magazine, Alyzza Agustin’s Instagram account (@itsmealyzzaagustin)
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Tough sell: marketing Uganda to gay travelersAgence France-Presse 12:15 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
KAMPALA — Uganda is probably the last place a gay holidaymaker would want to visit, but tourism bosses in the east African nation are nevertheless trying to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Earlier this year the east African nation drew international condemnation after passing anti-homosexuality legislation — since struck down — that could have seen gays jailed for life.
The country’s tourism representatives and private sector businesses, however, have rallied to assure gay and lesbian travelers that they have nothing to fear.
“No one is actually being killed,” asserted Babra Adoso of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.
“We are not aware of anybody who has been asked at the airport ‘what is your sexual inclination?’ or been turned away,” she told AFP.
In a move that raised eyebrows, members of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and other industry representatives from Uganda met recently with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), a gay-friendly global travel network.
The September 8 meeting, organized by the Africa Travel Association (ATA) and held at their New York headquarters, came a month after Uganda’s constitutional court struck down the anti-gay legislation on a technicality.
Still, under a standing colonial-era Penal Code, anyone in Uganda — including expatriates and visitors — can in theory still be jailed for “carnal knowledge against the order of nature.”
Ugandan MPs are also attempting to reintroduce the tougher bill in parliament.
Serious image problem
Two Britons living in Uganda have been deported in the past 18 months for homosexuality-related crimes.
Adoso, however, is adamant that Uganda — known as the “Pearl of Africa” and before the outcry over the law designated by Lonely Planet as a top travel destination — is safe for gays and lesbians and that the country had been “misunderstood.”
The legislation, she said, was for the “protection of children” against pedophiles.
“Children have been recruited into acts,” Adoso said. “We’ve had stories of how children were forcefully taken to Kenya and recruited into the act and forced to actually, you know, pose nude and everything else.”
Gay rights groups, she said, were “possibly using exaggerated stories” about their own predicament in order to get funding from overseas.
The Ugandan Tourism Board admitted the country was now battling a serious image problem.
Sylvia Kalembe, the UTB’s officer in charge of product development, said she and others who attended the meeting in New York were “in shock at how people perceive us.”
“Someone has turned it around and used it against Uganda,” she said of the international condemnation — which included US Secretary of State John Kerry likening the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.
Selling Idi Amin, circumcision
John Tanzella, the head of the IGLTA, said the body appreciated being invited to meet with Ugandan authorities, but added that their 90-minute discussion was a “starting point only” — signaling the country still had a way to go if it wanted to attract gay and lesbian tourists.
“As with other destinations that have struggled with issues of homophobia, we advise LGBT travelers to exercise caution if they decide to visit,” he told AFP.
Ugandan gay rights activists are equally skeptical on the initiative, saying the country should first look at how it treats its own citizens who happen to be gay.
“It’s very difficult for us to even move from one town to another,” said activist Pepe Julian Onziema, adding that the pronouncements by Uganda tourism representatives gave the impression there was one law for locals and another for foreigners.
“The freedom has to begin with us,” he said.
Selling Uganda to gays is one of several curious initiatives the Ugandan Tourism Board has come up with this year as it tries to counter a drop in tourism — a key earner for impoverished Uganda that accounts for 8.4 percent of GDP.
In March, Stephen Asiimwe, chief executive of the UTB, announced a plan to create an “Idi Amin Tourism Trail” for those interested in Uganda’s murderous dictator who was ousted in 1979.
“Idi Amin is the most popular Ugandan ever but no one is making use of him. We have to develop this trail,” he was quoted as saying in the New Vision newspaper, saying this could rival other global tragedies-turned-tourist-spots like Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland or the genocide museum in neighboring Rwanda.
More recently, the UTB has been promoting a Ugandan coming-of-age festival involving the traditional ritual circumcision of boys aged between 13 and 18 years of age.
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Malaysian student takes law in New Zealand through scholarship12:12 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Victoria University of Wellington is pleased to announce that six undergraduate scholarships are available to students from the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region for 2015.
The Asean Undergraduate Tuition Fees scholarships provide an opportunity for young Asean students with an excellent academic record and leadership potential to pursue undergraduate study at a top New Zealand university.
One of last year’s scholarship recipients is Sarah Koo Zhi Ern, from Malaysia, who is now in her second year of a Bachelor of Laws. One of the reasons she applied to Victoria was the reputation of the Faculty of Law, currently ranked in the top 50 in the world, in the most recent QS rankings. Being awarded the scholarship made her choice easy and she hasn’t looked back since. Sarah has just completed working at Chapman Tripp after being selected for their highly sought-after Winter Clerk Programme.
Sarah believes her success comes down to balance, “have fun, but don’t neglect your studies,” she says. Sarah winds down by enjoying Wellington’s beautiful scenery, the waterfront being one of her favourite spots. Sarah is also grateful for the good friends she has made since arriving and says she likes studying at Victoria because of its culture, “there’s an art gallery on campus which is really cool.” Another aspect of Wellington she enjoys is that the city is compact and easy to get from place to place.
Victoria is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious universities, and has an established tradition of excellence in research-based teaching across seven faculties: Architecture and Design; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Law; Science and the Victoria Business School.
Ranked first among New Zealand universities by the New Zealand Government’s ranking of research quality, Victoria’s reputation attracts exceptional staff and students from around the world. The education model that Victoria offers emphasises creative and critical thought, communication, leadership and heightened world knowledge – a Victoria degree is a world class degree.
The Asean Undergraduate Tuition Fees scholarship is open to students from the Asean region and covers the tuition fees for the first year of study for an undergraduate degree beginning in 2015. Applicants must be under the age of 23 on Dec. 31, 2014 and students can begin their study at Victoria in either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 of 2015.
“Victoria has welcomed top students from the Asean region for more than 50 years, and we look forward to welcoming more students in 2015, the year in which New Zealand celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations with the Asean region” says Professor Roberto Rabel, Pro Vice-Chancellor International.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until Oct. 31. Further information, eligibility criteria and the application form can be found at: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/international/planning/scholarships.aspx
You can find out more information about Victoria at: www.victoria.ac.nz
Come and be part of a truly international community right in the heart of New Zealand’s thriving capital city.
22 student designers to present creations at graduation showPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:00 pm | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Every year the Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP), together with YKK Philippines, attempts to make the dreams of budding fashion designers come true with their annual graduation fashion show. As in previous years, this year’s show will feature the most creative of the batch.
Established in 2003, FIP has successfully transitioned some of their student designers into the fashion world through their graduation shows. These shows could very well be the first taste of a real fashion show for these students. Following in the footsteps of some of the school’s more notable students like Francis Libiran, Oliver Tolentino and Pia Gladys Perey, to name a few, this will be an event to look out for.
There are 22 students from all over the Philippines in the graduating class of 2014. This will be the first time the graduation collection will be showcasing talent from outside Metro Manila. It is definitely going to be an exciting presentation seeing what different parts of our archipelago have to offer in terms of talent, vision and craftsmanship.
The “Graduation Show 2014” of the Fashion Institute of the Philippines and YKK Philippines will be held on Oct. 2, 6 p.m., at the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. Together with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, witness a new batch of designers compete for the “Designer of the Year” Award.