13 March 2020
Myanmar’s Pride Award is the recognition of people born in Myanmar or the Myanmar descent who represent Myanmar: presenting Myanmar proudly to the world through their talents and success. This pride is given in recognition of their success and the same times this is also a message that those people deserve to be honored for their contributions in different fields. Giving Myanmar’s Pride Award will also help other people inspire in their works and make Myanmar known to the world. The second Myanmar’s Pride Award giving ceremony was held on 5 March at Lotte hotel in Yangon attended by U Phyo Min Thein and several other well-known business persons and people from film industry, social influencers, social workers and other sectors as well.
For this year, a total of nine different awards were given: these include the awards in sport, arts and photography, social work, business, vogue, glamour, music, film and award for best in trend. Besides these nine different awards, the award for lifetime achievement was also given as well.
Speaking at the award giving ceremony, Dr. Aung Tun Thet, an economist who is also a member of Board of Governance for Myanmar’s Pride Award said that as this event is to acknowledge and recognize talented people in our nation, we need to understand why we need to give this award. But our main goal is to make Myanmar known to the world, by acknowledging talented, innovative and excellent entrepreneurs in our nation under the motto “born in Myanmar, respected by the world”. However the present situation of our nation is not every good, we are in the time of very sensitive period: different views and different concept. There are people who don’t understand the challenges our country faces, we don’t get acknowledged for what have achieved so far. Therefore I see this award giving ceremony was the event which acknowledges what have achieved and reshape our fate. As there is brand for every product, there is also a brand for the country. Therefore we need to reshape our nation’s brand, it has to be improved. Therefore, I believe this MPA is a part of the whole process in branding the nation.
U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister for Yangon Region also spoke at the event and said that though there are many people who have sacrificed their interest but work for the people whereas there is very little acknowledgement given to those people. He said, “We must acknowledge the people who have sacrificed so much for our nation in different areas. By holding the event like this for many years to come, let us honor the people who deserved to honor and acknowledge them and inspire the younger generation to work hard for the people.”
The nine awardees who received the awards in their fields are, Ma Thet Thar Thuzar a badminton player received the award for best in sport, Han Thi for glamour, Wunna Khwar Nee for arts and photography, Ni Ni Khin Zaw for music, Dr. Than Min Htut for social work, May Myat Waso for vogue, Daw Hla Hla Win for business, Nay Toe for film, Win Min Than for trend and a lifetime achievement award was given to Sithu Bogale U Tint Aung.
Daw Hla Hla Win is the award winner for best in business and speaking to MI Radio on how she felt being acknowledged by the people for her contribution in an effort to transform education in Myanmar with the help of technology, she said, “Well, I am very thrilled, to be awarded not only because I won the award but it is a support to help accelerate Myanmar’s education reform process with digital innovation. It is the award that goes not only to me and 360ed but also to parents, teachers and those who want to shape Myanmar’s education reform with digital innovation so this award goes for all of us.”