Hearty messages win digital cameras for dads


By LAM LI
BY LAM LI

PETALING JAYA: It was a wish come true for businessman Brabon Palencia when his daughter’s entry for a Father’s Day message contest won him a digital camera. 

His 18-year-old daughter Mia-Germain’s witty message read: 

“When in love, seek dad’s approval, when in doubt, seek dad’s advice, when in despair, seek daddy’s courage, but when in trouble, seek daddy’s wife!” won the first prize of The Star Online’s “Dad’s The Man” contest. 

“I am absolutely delighted. Just before Father’s Day, I was talking about getting a digital camera but my family members shot down the idea as they felt our old-fashioned camera still served us well. 

“I am very happy that she made my wish come true,” said the 47-year-old father who represented Mia-Germain, who is holidaying in Australia, at the prize-giving ceremony in Menara Star on Monday. 

Palencia said he was not aware of the contest until Mia-Germain, a student with International College of Music, called last Friday to break the news. 

“I was not really excited until I read her winning message in The Sunday Star. I am framing a copy of the paper,” he said, adding that he was all geared up to snap family pictures with the RM2,888 Fujifilm Finepix digital camera and e-mail them to relatives living abroad. 

Second-prize winner secretary Merryn Tan, 25, won the hearts of the judges with her humorous yet heart-warming lines. 

They read: “You said the more you love me, the lesser your hair be; now you have gone bald. Thanks dad, for sacrificing your hair for me.” 

She said, when she broke the news to her father, who is residing in Malacca, the first thing she asked was if he was mad at her for referring to his balding head. 

“All he said was – at least I have a reason for balding. But he is more concerned that I hand over the winning prize, a digital camera, to him,” she said after receiving the prize from the sponsor Fuji Photo Film (M) Sdn Bhd senior executive director Paul Ho. 

Third prize winner, technical designer Edwin Lim, 27, teamed up with his wife to come up with five entries and their efforts were rewarded with a digital camera worth RM750 for the message that read: “I thank God for not creating people with price tags because I would not be able to afford someone as precious and priceless as you.” 

Star Publications (M) Bhd advertising and business development general manager Datin Linda Ngiam said the contents of the 1,515 entries revealed a change in how the younger generation perceived fathers. 

“They are now viewed as fun, cool, the best friend and even confidante to their children,” she said.  

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