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Leads sustainability in Sri Lanka with NORDAQ Patented Water Filtration Solution at two properties. In its commitment to eliminating single-use plastics from its operations, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts records a total reduction of 65% single-use plastic usage across its hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. With that same goal in mind, Cinnamon Bentota Beach and Cinnamon Grand Colombo will be eliminating 100% of its PET water bottle usage with reusable glass bottles. This latest partnership with NORDAQ, an internationally patented water filtration system, the two properties would be the first in Sri Lanka to include patented filtration technology to provide mineral water, through an in-house purification and bottling facility.
Since the launch of its sustainable journey in 2020, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts has made significant strides in reducing plastic waste across its properties. These efforts include the implementation of glass bottles instead of PET bottles at all its Maldives properties, the use of ceramic bathroom amenity bottles, wooden cutlery, cloth laundry bags, cloth wristbands and eliminating plastic pens in guest rooms offering numerous environmental benefits, including recyclability and reducing landfill waste.
Commenting on the milestone of reducing single-use plastic and its commitment to sustainability, Chief Executive Officer of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Mikael Svensson, said, “This is a remarkable milestone for the company and as one of the leading hospitality brands in the Country, this establishes our unwavering commitment to sustainability, guest satisfaction and environmental responsibility. This industry-first partnership with NORDAQ demonstrates that sustainability is not just a goal but a continuous journey at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, in ensuring an exceptional and responsible hospitality experience for our guests.”
In its initial implementation phase with NORDAQ, Cinnamon Bentota Beach targets to eliminate 92% of single-use plastic and another 59% at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. This initiative eliminates the use of more than 300,000 PET water bottles annually.
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By Zanita Careem
Growing up, she used to be a nerdy and camera sky kid. Today she is Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2024 and will represent Sri Lanka at the pageant in Vietnam. Viyana Pietersz shares with the ‘Sunday Island’ on what it would mean to win the title and the cause close to her heart.
Viyana Pietersz who clinched the coveted Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth title at a glittering pageant held at Water’s Edge, exude grace and radiance. Sporting a casual ensemble, and a warm smile, she effortlessly and proudly spoke of her mixed heritage, attributing her striking beauty and unwavering character to her parents, her father is a Burgher and mother, a Sinhalese.
Her aversion to falsehoods and her commitment to positivity have remained steadfast thoughout her life career. Her transformative journey to stardom and beauty began at the tender age, but very soon she was on the path to becoming a rising star under the guidance of her parents especially her mother, a beautician by profession.
Viyana loved her natural charisma and impeccable silhouette. She reminisces about her debut of modelling experience while at school in minor pageants and commercial advertising campaigns.
However after claiming the title of Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth, she has already captured the attention of many. Her fate was decided by a distinguished panel of judges at the event at Waters’s edge.Viyana’s avant-grade fashion statements on the night of the competition, at Water’s Edge, dressed in a beautiful silhouette, designed by well known designer Kanishka Sangabo Dias made a standout contender from among the rest of the contestants. Among the many beautiful contestants, she won the title of Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth, She recalls the moments of her triump, when she sensed that victory was within her grasp. During the Q and A segment, to which she responded eloquently, emphasising the importance of safeguarding the environment and Mother Nature. Her genuine and heartfelt answers resonated with her true character as someone not seeking fame but embracing the authencity of the moment.
Her humility and down- to-earth persona have remained unchanged despite her remarkable life experiences. For Viyana beauty is not confined to physical attributes; it also emcompasses the qualities of one’s soul, intelligence, knowledge and good manners. Most of all she always believes one should protect the environment and value nature.She loves her freedom and take pleasure in simple habits like home-cooked food, local vegetables and fruits. While she keeps abreast with contemporary fashion trends. Her timeless fashion choices reflect her personal style and appreciation for beauty. She affirms that beauty may initially attract, but it is one’s soul, intelligence knowledge and manners that truly captivate others. Her journey has been remarkable, marked by authencity and a commitment to her true self.
Q : What is your vision as Miss Earth Sri Lankan 2023?
A: I am want to become an environmental ambassador on the global stage. During my childhood, I was always fascinated with nature around me. I am lucky to be born a Sri Lankan sorrounded by the beautiful ocean and trees around us. I feel I have a strong bond towards nature and my focus in life is act as a voice to mother nature.
Q : You love dancing? Can you tell us about journey in dancing ?
My mother used to say that I danced before I crawled. I loved Kandyan and low country forms of dancing but had a strong bond towards Kathak dancing , the traditional form of dancing as well and I obtained the title of ‘Vishard’ from a University in India . I am currently following a course in performing arts at the University of the Visual and performing Arts. Dance rhythms are always in my soul. I also learnt drumming at the age of 12. Today I am a traditional dancer.
Q: How are you preparing for the international pageant.
A: Representing Sri Lanka at Miss Earth pageant is a huge honour and I am immensely, grateful for the opportunity.My preparation has been focused on grooming, walking and most importantly my beauty routines. Every day my life is filled with new learnings and I enjoy myself in the hectic process.
Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth
Viyana”outfit for the event at Waters Edge designer – Kanishka Sangabo Dias
Makeup – Lanka Fernando
Chief Advisor – Chandimal Jayasinghe
Official model Choreographer – Rukmal Senanayake
Official Advocacy trainer – Tharaka Gurukanda
National costume for the international pageant in Vietnam- made from recycled products and wood, designed by Kanishka sangabo dias
Celebrating timeless traditions with guests on the auspicious occasion of Deepavali, spreading warmth and joy that lights up our hearts was our focus said Onitha Gurugalle, manager Public Relations of Taj Samudra hotel.Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights with its variations are also celebrated in other Indian regions. It symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance
Getting ready for Diwali
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By Zanita Careem
Celebrity and business leaders were on the ramp at Havelock City with a vision to eradicate polio globally. Rotary District 3220 presented this event called “Stride for Life”
This charity fashion show was a unique initiative aimed at saving lives, dreams, and ensuring that everyone can confidently walk their runway of life. This event was held amidst a large gathering of wellwishers and invitees last weekend,
Under the distinguished leadership of Ms. Bernadine Jayasinghe, Chairman of Rotary Polio Plus, Srilanka, and Maldives, said this event brought together celebrities, business leaders, corporate leaders, doctors, lawyers, fashion designers, authors, stylists, artists, and more, all uniting for a noble cause. These celebrities gave voice to intimate stories of these polio patients struggling to regain thier self esteem’’
Ms. Jayasinghe emphasized the profound notion that “every individual deserves to stride confidently through life. Let’s create hope in this world and radicate polio globally.”
The chief guest,District Governor Rotary District 3220 Jerome Rajendram, emphasised to uphold the promise to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. He said Rotary has invested over US$2.1 billion in this monumental project.
“Stride for Life”is a humantarian event to support Rotary’s relentless mission to serve people with polio.
This fashion show was choreographed by former Miss Sri Lanka, Rozanne Diasz. The MC for the evening was Kumar de Silva.
M/s Caroline Jurie
Pix by Thushara Athapaththu
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