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SPH Magazines Bags Asian Publishing Awards For Icon Moments And Millenia

Singapore, 15 August 2008 – SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (“SPH Magazines”) is honoured at the Asian Publishing Awards 2008 with two Excellence Awards in Design and Layout for ICON Moments and Millenia - the premier lifestyle magazine of Pontiac Land Group (PLG). Results were officially announced tonight at a Gala Dinner held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore.

The Asian Publishing Awards (APA) is Asia´s leading awards programme that recognises best publishing practices throughout the region. This year´s competition saw a total of 203 entries from 79 companies in 22 countries vying for the awards. The Excellence Award for Design and Layout acknowledges publications that demonstrate outstanding use of design, typography and photography.

Ms Elsie Yah, Editor of ICON and ICON Moments says, " ICON Moments is one of the brand extensions of the award winning title ICON. This is our second issue and we are pleased that it has already bagged two prestigious awards. This will definitely spur us on to work even harder for our coming issue ! To the readers and advertisers who have inspired us through their feedback, this award is dedicated to you."

ICON Moments is the annual watch and jewellery guide that spun off from ICON two years ago, Singapore´s first and most-established Chinese lifestyle magazine for the elite. ICON Moments brings the most luxurious time pieces and jewellery from around the globe to its affluent readers. Its first issue won an IFRA Asia Media Silver Award 2007 for Best Magazine Cover.

Ms Shamilee Vellu, Millenia´s editor says: “The award is a huge honour and very timely, we will certainly continue our ongoing effort to produce a magazine with sterling editorial content and design.”

Millenia is produced by SPH Magazines´ Custom Publishing unit on behalf of Pontiac Land Group (PLG). The award comes soon after the magazine´s editorial content and design was refreshed with a brand new look. The winning and inaugural issue was released in March 2008 to positive response from its readers, which comprise PLG´s stakeholders, tenants and hotel guests. The inaugural edition of Millenia´s new direction also marked the renewal of the publishing contract between Pontiac Land Group and SPH Magazines.

Says Ms Kwee Yi-Lin, Assistant Vice-President of PLG, “We are delighted to have won this coveted award. It is representative of our commitment to inspire people to excellence and also a testament to the dedication and creative flair of the team at SPH Magazines.”

Mr Dennis Pua, Managing Director, SPH Magazines, adds, “The award received for Millenia demonstrates the ability of our custom publishing team not only in producing publications that help our clients achieve their business objectives, but also in empowering them with an edge via engaging content and impressive designs. This award is the Custom Publishing arm’s 8th award for this year. It makes us even happier this time to share the limelight with the ICON team at this award. My teams and I are very encouraged and have set ourselves another new benchmark to achieve.”

Mr Loh Yew Seng, Chief Executive Officer, SPH Magazines, says," A magazine must reflect all its readers and customers’ needs at the same time and yet seem to be personal to each beholder of the magazine. These awards reflect that our teams have made that connection with our readers, clients and advertisers. We certainly have their continuous support and confidence in our teams and our work to thank for this recognition. Congratulations to all."

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About SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content & award-winning designs, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic magazine publisher. In its stable are over 100 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men´s lifestyle, movies, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, Home and Decor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories.

This magazines group can also boast about its 10 luxury titles including its flagships The Peak and ICON. At the turn of 2008, SPH Magazines acquired Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, Jet Asia-Pacific, Luxury Properties, AsiaSpa, Polo China and Action Asia under its wholly-owned Hong Kong incorporated company Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited. This suite of titles has effectively made SPH Magazines the leading luxury magazine publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.

SPH Magazines’ established editorial units also provide excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and any other collateral to meet their business needs.

In the online and IT arena, SPH Magazines also has a highly regarded presence through the portals and publications of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd. has consistently been getting rave reviews through the Hitwise awards and from several review watchdogs over the last 2 years such that it has become the most respected portal in Asia.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia´s publishing powerhouse. It has publishing houses in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. SPH Magazines in its fold have achieved strong market presence in their respective sectors, as well as distinguished track records and solid reputations.

At SPH Magazines, the promise is to deliver its best to meet the diverse needs and interests of all its stakeholders and achieve its vision to be a world class Publisher of Choice.

About ICON
Launched in March 2005, ICON is Singapore´s first and most-established Chinese lifestyle magazine for the well heeled. ICON brings the world of luxury to its readers, with reports on the most exclusive parties here and abroad, the most coveted and exquisite fashion and beauty money can buy, and the glamorous lifestyles of uber-high-fliers. ICON is the definitive style guide for the affluent and famous and the voice for Singapore´s bilingual elites. ICON also publishes an annual watch and jewellery guide, ICON Moments. ICON has an edition in Malaysia.

About Millenia
Millenia is the premium lifestyle magazine of Pontiac Land Group. Published three times a year, it showcases a vibrant mix of profiles on opinion leaders, product and event updates, and lifestyle features with international perspectives. Insightful and sophisticated, Millenia reaches an influential audience including the Group’s stakeholders, office and retail tenants, hotel guests and residents of their luxurious properties.

About Asian Publishing Awards
The Asian Publishing Awards (APA) is Asia´s premier Awards program that recognizes best publishing practices in Asia.It incorporates the Asian Magazine Management Awards, Asian Book Publishing Awards, and Asian Corporate Communications Awards categories.
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About Pontiac Land Group
Pontiac Land Group owns multi-billion dollar office, hospitality, residential and medical developments designed by Pritzker Laureates including Lord Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Philip Johnson and Kevin Roche. The Group´s award-winning portfolio consists of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore, The Regent Singapore, Millenia Tower, Centennial Tower, Millenia Walk, The Colonnade, and Camden Medical Centre. The properties are also recipients of awards such as Travel + Leisure #1 Best Hotel in Singapore, Institutional Investor´s #1 Hotel, Asian Wall Street Journal´s Best Employer in Singapore, CNBC´s Best Business Hotel in Singapore, and the Singapore Quality Award. For more information, log on to