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Happy couple kiss the longest to emerge winners of Kiss and Win

Singapore, 13 April 2013 – The second day of The New Paper Wedding Planner organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) CATS Classified ended with the Kiss and Win contest as the undisputed highlight of the day.

At 1pm, the 19 couples who had registered themselves and their partners earlier for the competition got ready to test their kissing mettle with a series of challenges. All eyes were locked on them as the couples proceeded to perform the various tasks of the kissing endurance contest. Among the tasks were having to stand on one foot alone and then together without breaking their kiss.

Couples who broke their kiss at any point were immediately eliminated. After slightly more than an hour, Business Development Executive Mr Chen Shichang, 28, and Miss Chow Ching Hua, 23, a nurse, emerged the overall winner. When asked what their winning strategy was and what was going through their minds during the competition, Mr Chen said: "I just tried to focus and persevere till the end. When I had to stand on one leg, I leaned forward to keep myself steady." Miss Chow added: "I also tried my best to balance him out when he had to stand on one leg."

Software Engineer Mr Desmond Tan, 29, and dealer Miss Loh Kar Mun, 28; together with national serviceman Mr Goh Yi Keng, 22, and student Miss Soh Hwee, 22, took the first and second runners-up positions respectively. Mr Tan shared: "I think it is important to trust and understand each other. We used sign language to communicate during the competition."

The winners won cash and prizes from Love & Co. and Royal Plaza on Scotts worth over $5,000. The first-place winners also took home $2,000.

Crowds and interested couples also segued to the comprehensive selection of wedding offerings from exhibitors like bridal boutiques, hotels and other venue providers, restaurants, as well as establishments specialising in jewellery and beauty.

This was due in no small part to the special promotions from various exhibitors, as well as the fact that every purchase qualifies the couples to take part in a Buyers’ Draw, where more than $7,000 worth of prizes can be won. Ring pillows were given away with any purchase, and exclusive goodie bags from Marriage Central were also presented to the first 800 couples who joined Marriage Central's mailing list.

Shutterbugs also got into a frenzy when a stunning bridal fashion show by Yvonne Creative Bridal was showcased at 4pm. Models donned the latest designs in wedding gowns and evening wear, allowing would-be brides to short-list their preferred gowns easily off the runway. The same show will be shown at 4pm on Sunday. Besides the fashion show, visitors will be serenaded by local group Acoustic Saturday. It will feature a live band with string music playing to familiar tunes.

Official sponsors for this event are Love & Co. and Royal Plaza on Scotts.

The New Paper Wedding Planner held from 12 to 14 April is organised by CATS Classified and supported by Marriage Central.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information and photos, please contact:
Belinda Wan (Ms)
Communications Manager
Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5984
HP: 9740 0979
Email: bwan@sph.com.sg

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5978
HP: 9827 0148
Email: kimsn@sph.com.sg

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934
Email: derorw@sph.com.sg

About CATS Classified
CATS Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through CATS Classified in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, CATS Klassified in Berita Harian & CATS Fastads in The New Paper.

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, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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' iPad and smartphone applications. 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.

Broadcasting
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 UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 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.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second 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. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg