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THE DONATION OF THE STATUE OF H.M. QUEEN FABIOLA TO H.R.H. PRINCESS MAHA CHAKRI SIRINDHORN.

31st of May 2022

On the 31st of May 2022 the board of the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation was honored to receive the opportunity to offer a statue of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola of Belgium to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
The donation took place at 15.00 at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok.
Following a short introduction read by Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz, Chairman of the Foundation, Princess Sirindhorn and the accompanying team of the Foundation shared their memories about the late Queen of Belgium, who was very fond of Thailand.
The Chairman of the Foundation was accompanied by M.R. Priyanandana Rangsit, Vice-Chairman, and four more board members: Khun Jaruwaree Snitwongse Na Ayuthaya, Khun Tuenjai Sinthuvnik, Khun Kongpetch Santisuphaporn, and Dr. Jintanant Chaya Subhamitr, together with Khun Pansak Ransibrahmanakul, and Khun Therdkongton Tortid, the artist who created the statue.
Also among the group were Rev. Brother Bancha Saenghiran, the President of the Assumption University of Thailand, and Prof. Glen Chatelier, who is in charge of the international affairs of the university.
Their presence was important indeed, since another statue of Queen Fabiola will be displayed at the university, which the late Queen of the Belgians visited twice in the past.
The donation of the statue of Queen Fabiola was also an opportunity to offer to Princess Sirindhorn a copy of the book about the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation, and a copy of the cartoon book about the latest visit of Princess Lea to Thailand.
To support the charity activities of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation also made a donation of 300,000 baht.

 
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THE NEW BOOK ABOUT THE CHAO PHYA ABHAI RAJA FOUNDATION.

1st December 2021

On the 1st of December 2021 the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation presented its new book: Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation, an album celebrating years of projects nurturing good relations between Thailand and Belgium,

and helping the society.

On the same day, the new statue of Chao Phya Abhai Raja Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns, General Advisor of H.M. King Rama V was unveiled.

The book was presented by Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz, Chairman of the Foundation, M.R. Priyanandana Rangsit, Vice-Chairman, and fellow board members Khun Tuenjai Sinthuvnik and Khun Kongpetch Santisuphaporn, during an afternoon tea at the Magnolia Ballroom of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

Due to the Covid 19 situation and for the well-being of everyone, the invited guests and members of the media were limited to 75 persons.

The event was honored by the presence of H.S.H. Prince Chalermsuk Yugala, H.S.H. Prince Nawaphansa Yugala, and Privy Councilor Dr. Chirayu Isarangkul Na Ayuthaya.

Among the other distinguished guests were Khunying Kwanta and M.L. Radeethep Devakula, M.L. Pavaris Kitiyakara, Khun Pansak Ransibrahmanakul, Rev Brother Bancha Saenghiran, President of the Assumption University, H.E. Mrs. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Dpt Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Deputy Prime-minister Dr. Sahas Banditkul, the Ambassador of Malaysia, former Ambassador of Thailand to Belgium H.E. Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool, members of renowned families, business personalities, diplomats of Belgium and Bhutan, academics, fashion designers, artists, good friends and supporters of the Foundation.

 
Presentation of the new book about the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation
 

In a luxury atmosphere and a sophisticated décor, the afternoon was animated by Dr. Jaruwaree Snitongse Na Ayuthaya and Khun Hunny Chonphansa Narula.

Following a presentation about Chao Phya Abhai Raja by Dr. Surasak Likasitwattanakul of the Law Faculty of Thammasat University, the program evolved into several discussions about the activities of the Foundation, with Count Gerald, Khun Tuenjai, Khun Kongpetch, and Dr. Jintanant Chaya Subhamitr being interviewed on the stage.

Besides the topics related to the activities of the Foundation itself, M.R. Priyanandana Rangsit spoke about the deep friendship between late King Baudouin of Belgium and late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which is also an important subject of the book.

The luxury book of nearly 700 pages retraces 15 years of activities since the origins of the Foundation, with hundreds of pictures of many events and their distinguished guests.

An important chapter, written by M.R. Thepkamol Devakula, retraces the story of the work and achievements of Chao Phya Phya Abhai Raja Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns between 1892 and 1901, when he was a trusted advisor to the King and the Government of Siam, not only in the field of Law but also most other aspects related to the modernization of the administration.

Chao Phya Abhai Raja Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns is the only foreigner to have been bestowed upon the title of Chao Phya in the Rattanakosin era.

Besides preserving the memory of Chao Phya Abhai Raja Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns, the Foundation also aims at helping the society and contributing to the good relations between Thailand and Belgium.

 
M.R. Priyanandana Rangsit at the launch of the new book about the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation
 

Since its creation, the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation has organized many projects and activities to help disadvantaged youngsters.

These projects are all detailed in the book, such as the “People of the World Ceramic Project”, done in collaboration with a French sculptor, the “Hill tribe Violin Band”, organized together with a Belgian professional violinist, or even the construction of a whole football stadium to open opportunities to youngsters in the field of sports: the Chiangrai Hills Stadium.

The Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation has also organized numerous activities to contribute in strengthening the good relations between Thailand and Belgium.

In this regard, the Foundation has hosted members of the royal families of Thailand, Belgium, and other countries, in its events.

An important chapter of the book retraces the visit of H.R.H. Princess Maria-Esmeralda of Belgium, who came to Thailand in 2015.

The Princess was invited by the Foundation to participate in the Thai-Belgian Friendship Celebrations.

Several events were organized, including an exhibition which was presided over by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

A charity gala dinner was also hosted by the Foundation and was honored by the presence of H.R.H. Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarithana, as well as numerous important guests of the Thai society.


The first visit of H.R.H. Princess Lea of Belgium to Thailand, in 2018, is also covered in this book.

This time, the Belgian princess was invited to attend the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the bilateral relations, and the main event was also presided over by H.S.H. Prince Chalermsuk Yugala, representing H.R.H. Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarithana.

The chapter includes countless pictures of the other activities which the Foundation organized for the Princess on that year, including a visit to the Chiangrai mountains.

H.R.H. Princess Lea of Belgium made a second visit to Thailand in 2019.

This time she attended the Simply Exceptional Gala Dinner, a glamorous event which celebrated Thailand, Belgium, and Lesotho, through their diamond and jewelry industries.

This event was attended by royals of no less than 6 countries, including the King and the Queen of Lesotho, as well as princes and princesses of Malaysia, Bhutan, and Russia.

On this occasion, Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha was represented by M.L. Sarali Kitiyakara.

Besides the gala dinner, H.R.H.


Princess Lea also visited the provinces of Ayuthaya, Chiangrai and Nan.

One of the greatest symbols of the Thai-Belgian friendship is the friendship between the two royal families, and especially between late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and late King Baudouin of Belgium.

This historical symbol is detailed in the book, with articles and many pictures of the commemorative events organized by the Foundation.

 
The new book about the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation
 

The new book about the activities of the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation is very unique in more than one aspect.

It is a non-commercial commemorative book, which will be distributed by the Foundation as a gift only.

But a particularity of this edition is that over one hundred personalities of the Thai and foreign societies have contributed to its publishing, by writing short or longer texts.

These include quotes, memories or feelings, but also texts about the Thai-Belgian relations or the very diverse projects of the Foundation.

All of the contributors have been part of the history of the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Siammanukulkij Foundation, be it through their presence at the Foundation’s events, or their direct participation in their organization.

This makes so that, as Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz likes to say, this book is “for everyone who has been part of the Foundation’s story”, or for those who would like to know more about its activities.

Following the presentation of the book and the related discussions, the new statue of Chao Phya Abhai Raja, created by Thai artist Khun Therdkongton Tortid was unveiled.

One example of the statue was officially donated to the Thammasat University. The statue was received by Professor Munin Pongsapan, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, who also addressed the guests.

 
Unveiling of the statue of Chao Phya Abhai Raja.
 

The program ended by a Q&A session.

The first questions was about the future projects of the Foundation, which unfortunately cannot be confirmed due to the Covid 19 situation, which makes it difficult to organize major events. One event that is in preparation, but without confirmed date, will be organized in collaboration with the Prostheses Foundation of HRH the Princess Mother.

One of the distinguished guests took the opportunity to ask the Chairman the reason why the Foundation was not accepting outside donations. Count Gerald’s reply was that “the friendship combined with active collaboration of the many friends of the Foundation are

far more valuable that any amount of 

donated money”.

All the successes of the Chao Phya Abhai Raja Foundation have been made possible thanks to the countless friends and partners who supported its activities, and the Foundation is very grateful to everyone for this invaluable help.

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