Tuesday, July 21, 2015



BCONNECT: Malaysia Borneo Cultural Festival…Borneo & Beyond 

1. Introduction  
BCONNECT: Malaysia Borneo Cultural Festival is a collaboration event between Sabah Cultural Heritage Association (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya), Panggau Singai Events (Sarawak leading culture organization) and well-known international fashion designer Von Jolly Couture. 

To further strengthen the cultural networking, the collaboration is also extended to tourism industrial players such as hoteliers, entrepreneur, transportation, tourist guide association and many others.   

Furthermore, the festival is a chance for everyone to experience the wonderful culture of East Malaysia people particularly that of Sabah and Sarawak. The venue’s ideal location within Klang Valley and along the shopping belt and around the historical city of Kuala Lumpur allows for easy access which in turn assures maximum exposure.  



This year, BCONNECT is venturing into the International Arena in high fashion of Culture and Heritage. It is their aim to connect our Cultures and Traditions beyond. 

Hence, they will bring go international with the tagline BCONNECT: Malaysia Borneo Cultural Festival...Borneo & Beyond. 

BCONNECT 2015 has been officially endorsed and recognized by Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia in conjunction with "Year of Festival 2015." 

On other hand, in appreciation of Malaysia being the Chairman of ASEAN Chairmanship and the hosting country for ASEAN Day 2015, BCONNECT has been given the honor and privilege to do special performance for ASEAN Day, which will be held on August 8th, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur (venue to be announced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia soon). 

2. Inaugural Event  

This event will be held for the second time this year (2015). The first time it was held (year 2014, at Sultan Abdul Samad Building Kuala Lumpur), it captured positive attention from the public especially international tourists from foreign countries such as US, UK, European countries as well as regional ASEAN countries. 

The event was attended by the representative of Chief Minister of Sarawak, YBhg. Datuk Talip Zulpilip who is also the Deputy Minister of Tourism Sarawak. 

Back then, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building served as an important structure for the English. It was, and still is, beautiful, iconic and was probably the most photographed building at the time. The English once used the buildings as the administration office for the government. Now, the building houses the supreme and high courts.  

The venue was chosen due to its authenticity of Culture and Heritage values and its aesthetic significance contributing to the great history of our country as well as the appreciation of marvel architecture. 

What is most significant is that it was also the first time the Government allowed a non-governmental organization in making use of this premise due to BCONNECT's great effort in promoting the essence of Malaysia Borneo. 

Following its success in 2014, a post event was held at I-City Shah Alam during Malaysia Day. It was called, “SOIRÉE 2014 – Borneo Fashion Fame," and held in conjunction with the 51st Anniversary of Malaysia Day 2014. 

Featuring the winners of Miss and Mister Malaysia Borneo Tourism 2014, Miss Scuba Malaysia 2014 finalists and some of Malaysia's most talented and established fashion designers, it was an event in association with The Star Property Fair. It was held on September 15th, 2014 at I-Walk, I-City, Shah Alam, Selangor. 

4. Main Highlight of Event   
Malaysia Borneo Culture Festival's main highlight is Miss and Mister Malaysia Borneo Tourism. 


Last year, auditions were held at various locations like Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Sandakan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. A total of 13 female finalists and 15 male finalists were successfully recruited to participate in this inaugural event. Upon selected, all finalist were moved in to Swiss  Hotel Kuala Lumpur for a week and taken to various places such as Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Klang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. 

They were a lot of activities conducted like photography session; cultural and heritage inter-sessional group presentation; talent performance; charity works; visitation/tour to Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya; runway fashion show; cultural appreciation night; young designers appreciation night and many others. 
The inaugural winners of this competition are Mr. Apohrozy Ezrie Eallie (Mister Malaysia Borneo Tourism) from Sibu, Sarawak, and Miss Joanne Kimberley Majalap (Miss Malaysia Borneo Tourism) from Penampang, Sabah. 

Winners for this event represented Malaysia in international competitions like Miss Scuba International, Mister United Continent and Miss Planet.

Joanne Kimberley was in the Top 5 (3rd runner-up) in Miss Scuba International 2014, while Ezr won Best National Costume in Mister United Continent 2015.

Cheryl-Joanne (finalist Miss Malaysia Borneo Tourism 2014) will represent Malaysia in Miss Planet 2015 which will be held in USA in September 2015.  

This event serves as a perfect platform for promotion, wide coverage, networking, partnership and marketing purposes as it is visited/attended by tourists locally and internationally. 

On top of that, unlike others, this event asserts a difference that goes beyond the trend while denoting a strong Malaysia Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) identity. 

It is a celebration of art, cultural, heritage and tourism celebrating the diverse cultural backgrounds of Sabah and Sarawak. 

Details of the event are as follow:  
i. Guest of Honor  : YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz  
  (Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia)   
ii. Dates   : 6th August 2015 (Thursday)  
iii. Time   : 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm   

6. Way Forward  

Programs has been planned throughout 2015 which involve main events in Malaysia's calendar namely ASEAN Day (8th August 2015), Malaysia Day (16th September 2015); Diversity Culture International (December 2015) and many others in which BCONNECT 2015 will be involved as main Organizer.  
Official Facebook Page : Malaysia Borneo Cultural Festival   
Website   : www.malaysiaborneoculturalfestival.com       www.warisansabah.com  
BCONNECT: Malaysia Borneo Cultural Festival…Borneo & Beyond 


Finalists Mister Malaysia Borneo Tourism 2015 1. Avner, 26, standing at 1.83 meter is an Entrepreneur by profession. 2. Camillus, 18. Standing at 1.78 meter, is a student pursuing his first year of degree in a private university.  3. Dauzry, 23. Standing at 1.80 meter is a student pursuing his Degree in Music  4. Gopi, 21, standing at 1.78 meter, Engineering student. 5. Juno, 20, standing at 1.80 meter is a Customer Relations Professional by profession.  6. Maxwell, 25. Standing at 1.75 meter, is a student with Management and Science University. 7. Muszaimii, 23. Standing at 1.73 meter is an Engineering student. 8. Nelson, 26, standing at 1.84 meter is a Freelance Model by profession  9. Noel, 24, standing at 1.78 meter. He is currently attached with the arm forces of Malaysia 10. Owen, 25. Standing at 1.74 meter, is an Educationist by profession. 11. Sivaraj Naidu, 25, standing at 1.79 meter. Pursuing his Masters Degree in Medical Sciences.  12. Sharif, 23, standing at 1.79 meter. A Medical Practitioner by profession. 13. Shukri, 24. Standing at 1.78 meter is a Human Resources Expert. 14. Vishak, 18. Standing at 1.88 meter is a student pursuing his first year of degree.  15. Zoul, 28. Standing at 1.78 meter, is an expert in Shipping Logistics.       

Finalists Miss Malaysia Borneo Tourism 2015 16. Amey, 22. Standing at 1.74 meter is a student of Technology & Science. 17. Barbara, 22. Standing at 1.72 meter is a Marketer with a multinational company.  18. Christina, 25, standing at 1.74 meter is a Corporate Secretary by profession. 19. Guen, 20, standing at 1.60 meter is a Stylist by profession. 20. Jing Yi, 23. Standing at 1.75 meter, a student in her final year in pursuing of becoming a Dietitian.  21. Jynder, 25. Standing at 1.74 meter is a Corporate Executive. 22. Lyz Lorena, 25, standing at 1.70mtr is a Strategic Sourcing Officer.  23. Meme, 21. Standing at 1.74 meter is a student by profession.  24. Nisha, 24. Standing at 1.78 meter is an Entrepreneur by profession. 25. Nuraini, 24, standing at 175 meter. A business Development Manager by profession. 26. Priscilla, 25, standing at 1.76 meter is an IT Engineer by profession.  27. Priya, 18. Standing at 1.74 meter is an Architectural student. 28. Sharonne,  21. Standing at 1.72 meter is a student pursuing her degree in University Malaysia Sarawak. 29. Shayndee, 25, standing at 1.72 meter is a Banker by profession.  30. Wendy, 20. Standing at 1.72 meter is a student currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration.             

1. Major Awards i. Miss Malaysia Borneo Tourism (a) Winner (b) 1st Runner-Up (c) 2nd Runner-Up (d) 3rd Runner-Up (e) 4th Runner-Up 

ii. Mister Malaysia Borneo Tourism (a) Winner (b) 1st Runner-Up (c) 2nd Runner-Up (d) 3rd Runner-Up (e) 4th Runner-Up 

2. Subsidiary Awards i. Miss Natural Beauty/Mister Natural Look ii. Miss Body Beautiful/Mister Physique iii. Miss Beautiful Smile/Mister Brilliant Smile iv. Miss Personality/Mister Personality v. Miss Congeniality/Mister Congeniality vi. Miss Photogenic/Mister Photogenic vii. Miss Cultural & Heritage/Mister Cultural & Heritage viii. Miss & Mister Malaysia Festival of The Year ix. Miss & Mister ASEAN Tourism Award x. Miss Charity/Mister Charity xi. Top 3 Best Talent (Male & Female) xii. Top 3 Best Dressed (Male & Female) xiii. Top 3 Best Catwalk (Male & Female) xiv. Top 5 Best in Traditional Attire (Male & Female) xv. Miss Favorite/Mister Favorite (Top 5) – FB Votes xvi. Miss Social Media Award/Mister Social Media (Top 5) – FB Votes xvii. Darling of the Crowd/Gentlemen of the Crowd – Audience Votes  

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