Vietnamese team in the competition (Photo: VNA)

Gold medals went to Ngo Quy Dang, a 10th grader, and Truong Tuan Nghia, a 11th grader, of the school for talented students under the Vietnam National University (VNU) - Hanoi.

Nguyen Nam Trung, a 12th grader of the high school for gifted students under the VNU-Ho Chi Minh City clinched a silver medal while Chu Thi Thanh, a 12th grader from the Vinh Phuc school for gifted students and Tran Nhat Minh, a 12th grader of the Le Hong Phong high school for the gifted earned bronzes.

Dinh Vu Tung Lam, a 11th grader of the VNU-Hanoi’s high school for the gifted was awarded with a certificate of merit.

The competition was hosted by Russia, attracting 616 contestants. Up to 316 of them won medals, including 49 golds, 112 silvers and 155 bronzes./.

Vietnam reports 22% growth in squid and octopus exports

Vietnam’s squid and octopus exports enjoyed growth in major markets during August, representing a 22% increase to USD53.7 million, with a notable boost for exports to the EU which rose for the first time since March, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has reported.

Photo: VOV

August witnessed squid and octopus exports to the majority of key markets increase, including the Republic of Korea (RoK), ASEAN, the EU, China, the United States, Taiwan (China), and Israel, with the exception of the Japanese market¬¬¬.

Despite enjoying a rebound in August, Vietnamese squid and octopus exports during the initial eight months of the year were affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, therefore causing a fall in export value.

Throughout the eight-month period, the squid and octopus exports reached close to USD345 million, a year-on-year decline of 10.5%.

According to VOV, the RoK remains the nation’s largest import market for squid and octopus, representing approximately 42% of the total national export value for these items. Indeed, exports of these products to the RoK witnessed a consistent increase in June, July, and August.

Furthermore, August witnessed the export of the products to the RoK grow by 30.8% to USD20.7 million. However, due to a decrease in previous months, the export of squid and octopus to this market still endured a fall of 6.3% to USD143.5 million during the first eight months of the year.

Japan ranked second in terms of importing local octopus and squid, making up 23%, with exports during the opening eight months of the year reaching roughly USD79.5 million, a drop of 19% from the corresponding period in 2019.

China makes up the country’s fifth largest import market for squid and octopus, accounting for 7.7% of overall exports. This comes as the export of squid and octopus items to China in August witnessed growth of 28.4% to USD4.5 million. During the reviewed period, the export of squid and octopus to China stood at USD26.6 million, a rise of 52.9% from the same period last year.

Most notably, the northern neighbour is the market with the best growth rate in terms of squid and octopus imports from the nation during the eight-month period. With these positive signs, especially with the EU market, seafood enterprises expect that the export of squid and octopus items will provide a breakthrough during the remaining months of the year.

Google Doodle honours Vietnam’s Cai Luong folk opera

Google Doodle on September 28 celebrated Cai Luong, a popular form of modern folk opera in Southern Vietnam, as part of Vietnam Stage Day, an annual event aimed at celebrating the rich history of the nation’s theater, the Voice of Vietnam reported.

Google Doodle releases an image featuring Cai Luong, a popular style of modern folk opera in Southern Vietnam.

An image that showcases the art of Cai Luong can be seen when users visit, in order to commemorate Vietnam Stage Day which falls on September 28, or the 12th day of the eighth lunar month.

According to Google Doodle, Cai Luong, which is loosely translated as “reformed theater”, is an evolved form of traditional Vietnamese opera known as hát bội in the Mekong Delta, a style of music that was popular in southern Vietnam at the turn of the 20th century.

Featuring an orchestra containing traditional Vietnamese instruments such as the dan tranh (the six-string zither), Cai Luong brings to life a wide range of stories, from ancient legends of monarchs and warriors, to a deep insight into modern Vietnamese social themes. While much of the subject material may vary, one common element is the signature melancholic song structure called Vong Co, which translates into “nostalgia for the past” in English.

One of the most iconic Cai Luong productions is called Tieng Trong Me Linh, a historical play portraying Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, the two sisters who helped to lead the fight for Vietnamese independence from the Chinese Han Dynasty during the first century. The play has been put on by many of the country’s leading Cai Luong performers since its first debut in 1977.

Over a century on from its birth, Cai Luong is still popular today as one of the Vietnamese unique artforms that provides a vital link to a bygone era from the country’s history./.

Compiled by BTA