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Chao Phya Abhai Raja
Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns


General Advisor of H.M. King Chulalongkorn

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Chao Phya Abhai Raja Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns
General Advisor of H.M. King Chulalongkorn.

Garden Party & Book Launch of Januaty 14that Insii Thai House.

Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz receives a present from Than Phuying Putrie Viravaidya, His Majesty's Deputy Principal Private Secretary, and Khun Pongrit Srismit.

H.E. Mr Jan Matthysen, Ambassador of Belgium with his wife, Agnes, arriving at the Garden Party.

Director of SuksaSongKroh Maechan School with Mrs Rolin, who came from Belgium to attend the Garden Party. Mrs Rolin is wearing a reproduction of an ancient dress inspired by the book, which was made by the school especially for the Garden Party.

Right: Mr Patrick Rolin, head of the Rolin Association with his wife and Than Phuying Putrie Viravaidya.

Mrs and Mr Amelynck, President of the Belgian Club of Thailand
and Magotteaux Group's Business Development Manager Asia.

Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz with Greta and Bernard Tonnon, CEO of Padaeng Industries.

Several corporate chiefs from the Belgian community in Thailand offered spontaneous help to reach the charity aims of the book launch Garden Party.

Anan Laothamatas, former Assistant District Governor and past President of Rotary Maechan, with another chartered member of the Maechan Club.

Right: Dr Kobchai Jitsakul, President of Alliance Francaise, and Ajarn Paramet Lerdkaserm, the conductor of the Chiangrai Youth Violin Orchestra, and teacher of over 300 young violin students.

Mrs Rolin with Khun Damrongphand Snitwong Na Ayuthaya, of the Rotary Pranakorn.

Mr Philippe Damas, CEO of ING Private Banking, consulting the book with Khun Chartchai Pladisai, Director ING in Thailand.

Mrs and Mr Patrick Laycock, expert in Asian art for the Belgian Court, who flew to Chiangrai especially for the Garden Party. An important number of the vintage pictures reporduced in the book come from Mr Laycock's impressive collection. Mr Laycock has been one of the key partners in the book project.

Some young students of the Maechan Hill Tribes School (Suksasongkroh Maechan) who entertained the guests with several performances during the party. Nearly 100 of them were part of the show! A great part of the revenue of the book will help these children, coming from the poorest families to stay at school.

Sansanee Sitapan, of "Morning Talk", with two students of the Sindoi Ceramic Project. Khun Sansanee came to interview guests about the story and achievements of Chao Phya Abhai Raja in Siam, and to inform all guests about the charity projects done at Insii Thai House.

Left: Mr Daniel Spector and Kelly Buehler, the editors of the book, wearing clothes inspired by the book and especially made for the event.


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