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    Eternal star

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 23/11/2016

    » Three years after making her screen debut, in a soap opera in 2010, Davika "Mai" Hoorne was known to Thai audiences as nang ake pun larn -- the billion-baht leading lady -- from the mega-success of her 2013 film Pee Mak Phra Khanong. Since then, she has become a fixture on the screen, with period melodrama Plae Kao (The Scar) in 2014, a modest hit, and the oddball Freelance Harm Puay Harm Pak Harm Rak Mor (Heart Attack) last year, which raked in over 90 million baht at the box office.

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    The sacred and the mundane

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 17/07/2019

    » When people want to learn of certain cultures, they mostly look to something big like opera, literature, arts and even cultural heritage specific to that country.

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    Teens, queens and political machines

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/02/2019

    » More LGBTI personalities in politics and the mainstream media, plus the return of a transgender beauty pageant in our monthly round-up of rainbow news.

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    Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 14/06/2018

    » Beauty pageant season is back! Grab your tiara. Practise your wave. Google the latest social movement. Scream like you've just been crowned (or dethroned by Steve Harvey). Miss Universe Thailand 2018 is now in session to search for the top beauty queen who will also represent the country on the Miss Universe world stage.

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    The politics of trans acting

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 30/04/2018

    » Kudos and controversy in film, and other happenings in this month's round-up of LGBT news

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    Living a full life, late in life

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/08/2017

    » Thailand is an ageing society, as defined by the United Nations, which means a country's population consists of more than 10% elderly. Based on 2015 data from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, around 11 million Thais are over 60, which means 16% of the entire population.

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    Melodies made to move us

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2016

    » For the 11 years that film director Jira "Keng" Maligool has been part of the studio GMM Tai Hub (now known as GDH559), he has wanted to make a film about King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But it wasn't until last year that the project took flight and finally manifested itself into Pohn Jak Fah (A Gift), now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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    Life in the fast lane

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/06/2017

    » James Williams has one of the most coveted jobs in the world. As host of In 24 Hours, a CNN monthly travel series that delivers insights on high-end experiences in major cities around the globe, his job has brought him on several exciting and outrageously glamorous journeys since its beginning in late 2015.

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    From death comes life

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/09/2016

    » It's been a few months since Manop Guntanong lost his two-year-old pug Bulboo to a blood disease. As sad as it was, Manop and his family also faced a dilemma when the staff at Prasu Arthon Animal Hospital of Mahidol University -- a place Bulboo received treatment -- asked if they could have Bulboo's body as their ajarn yai. As with humans, ajarn yai (literally means "the headmaster") here refers to cadavers that are used for the anatomical study to further the knowledge of medical students or, in this case, veterinary students.

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    A cinematic gift for heavy hearts

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2016

    » In good times or bad, music is there for us. It lifts our spirit when we're down, reminding us of a love long gone and can let us belt out at the top of our lungs in joy. Everyone has their own soundtrack in life for all these moments. In GDH559's latest venture Pohn Jak Fah (A Gift), the characters' lives are intertwined and woven with the sound of music -- precisely, King Bhumibol Adulyadej's royal compositions.

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