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Readers’ top choices revealed at AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards 2009

Singapore, 29 March 2010 – The best and most popular brands, products and services from Singapore and the region were honoured at the second AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards.

Winners were presented awards at a ceremony held at Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) this evening.

The Awards are based entirely on voting by readers of AsiaOne, the Internet portal of media giant SPH. The choices were short-listed by a panel, comprising the AsiaOne team and external professionals.

The Top People’s Choice Awards winners included Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon for Chinese restaurants, Volkswagen Golf for Hatchbacks, Apple MacBook Pro for laptops, DBS Bank for banks, and Singapore Institute of Management for private schools (post-graduate programmes).

The event’s guest-of-honour, Ms Jessica Tan, Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade & Industry, and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, gave out awards for the highly anticipated food categories.

Mr Adrian Tay, Editor of AsiaOne, said, “We would like to congratulate all the winners, as receiving the AsiaOne People’s Choice awards is a testimony that their products and services are highly-regarded and endorsed by the sophisticated readers who visit the AsiaOne portal.”

“With this event, we hope that we can work closer with our trade partners to further strengthen their brand presence among our AsiaOne readers,” added Mr Tay.

Voting started in November 2009 and, within two months, close to 100,000 votes were cast for products in 25 categories. For 2009, the number of categories has more than doubled to 25, up from 11 the year before. Some of the new categories include banks, private schools (post-graduate programmes), service (eatery) and phones.

Guest-of-honour, Ms Jessica Tan, with the nominees of the Top 3 Buffets


Editor of AsiaOne, Mr Adrian Tay, with representative from SIM,
winner of Private Schools for Undergraduate and Post-graduate programmes

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Adrian Tay
Editor, AsiaOne
Tel: 6319 2322

Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1872

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 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; local search and directory engine,; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, 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 Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.