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Age does not count at Life Matters

Singapore, 27 July - Three interesting contests were organised at Life Matters to showcase the talents of young-at-heart singers, to celebrate family ties and to promote open-mindedness about end-of-life matters.

Organised by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) CATS Classified, Life Matters is an event which promotes active ageing and fearless consideration of end-of-life matters. After its success last year, the event is back again on a bigger scale.

Golden Voices singing competition 

More than 100 people auditioned for this singing contest which was open to those 50 years old and above. Out of these, 20 singers made it to the semi-finals and they took turns to present their songs on stage. Twelve of them have made it to the final round tomorrow. 

One of them was Patricia Victor Manuel, a homemaker who is 50 years old this year. She said:“This is the first time I am taking part in a singing contest, and I am feeling nervous, but thankfully everything has been very smooth. My whole family is here to support me. For the finals tomorrow, I will be singing another song, Your Cheating Heart.”

The judges for the competition are Rahimah Rahim and Liu Ling Ling. A household name in Singapore, Rahimah Rahim is a well-known veteran singer and performer who launched her first album in 1972 and rose to fame after winning the Kim Koso Talentime in Japan in 1974.

Liu Ling Ling is a popular host, singer and actress who started in the local “getai” industry at the age of 12. She has widened her portfolio after appearing in the internationally acclaimed movie, “881”. 

Both judges will give a guest performance after the finals tomorrow.

Shoot For Life photography competition

This competition is for pairs of grandparent-grandchild or parent-child who resemble each other. Fifty photos were short-listed, and the youngest entrant was an 11-year-old. The photos are on display at the “Shoot For Life” photo gallery.

The photos will be judged by a panel on visual appeal, originality and the level of resemblance between the two subjects, which make up 50 per cent of the score. The other half of the score will be based on the number of votes received from the public. 

Fill This Space coffin art competition

Twenty eight contestants took up this unusual creative challenge of personalising a coffin in a colourful, quirky, yet respectful manner. They reproduced their masterpiece at the event within the time given to them.

One of the participant was Mr Kenneth Koh, 30. An architect, he chose to use paper as his medium as he thought origami and paper cuttings would make his work stand out. He said: “I wanted to create an image to show that after-life is not something depressing. Many cultures have the concept of a “gatekeeper” showing the way to the other world, and I wanted to depict that idea in my work by having the boat meet the fish to bring it to heaven.”

The contest attracted children as well, such as eleven-year-old Melissa Mak and seven-year old Emily Yeo. Emily and her mother, Mdm Ng Lee Ling, both took part in the competition.

Mdm Ng said: “My husband was not keen to take part, so I asked Emily instead. I had to explain to her what a coffin was, and its association with love for the deceased. That is why she came up with a design with hearts.” 

The art pieces will be judged on visual appeal and originality, which take up half of the points. The other half will be based on the number of votes received from the public.

(Note: The event sponsor Singapore Casket will reproduce the winning entries on actual coffins and donate them to charitable organisations.)

Media invite

We would like to invite your reporter and photographer/ camera crew to cover the finals of the singing contest and announcement of the photography and coffin art competition winners tomorrow, 28 July, at Suntec Singapore Exhibition Hall 405 – 406:

Event Details

2pm: Golden Voices singing competition finals

4pm: Announcement of winners for Shoot For Life photography competition and Fill This Space coffin art competition

To RSVP, please contact Deror Wong at, 9848 6934 before 10.00am, Sunday, 28 July.

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

For more information, please contact:

Goh Mei Yi (Ms)
Communications Manager
Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5942
HP: 9683 1280

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified, Marketing Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5978
HP: 9827 0148

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934

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 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


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.

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