Singapore’s National Day 2021 is coming soon on Monday 9th August 2021, a long weekend for people to relax and enjoy. Singtel is celebrating National Day 2021 with free previews on Singtel TV and Singtel CAST. From 6 to 10 August, Singtel TV customers can watch more than 140 channels of exciting content for free on Singtel TV and Singtel TV GO app or web portal, including popular channels such as Discovery, HBO, Jia Le and Lifetime.
In addition, everyone in Singapore can enjoy complimentary access to a wide range of entertainment options on 30 channels on Singtel CAST from now until 13 August. All they need to do is register for a free CAST account.
Programmes available for free preview include entertainment favourites for the family from the latest season of Sing! China on Jia Le (CH 502) to MasterChef Australia on Lifetime (CH 302), and for kids with The Boss Baby: Back in Business Baby Bootcamp on DreamWorks (CH 234).
Have a good and relaxing National Day 2021 long weekend with your family and loved ones!
Singtel recently released its annual National Day tribute, featuring some of the country’s sports heroes representing Singapore at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. This film is titled, “Leading Through Uncertainty”, telling the story of the athletes’ journey during their tumultuous lead-up to the Olympics Games as COVID-19 cast a long shadow over the fate of the Olympics.
Leading Through Uncertainty features swimmer and Olympic medallist Joseph Schooling, shuttler Loh Kean Yew, fencer Kiria Tikanah and sprinter Shanti Pereira, the film offers a rare glimpse of their anxieties and vulnerabilities as they persist with their training amid the uncertainty and disruption of COVID, revealing in the process an indefatigable resilience that lies at the heart of the Singapore spirit.
The four athletes reflect on the past 18 months and how they’ve navigated the choppy journey preparing for what could well be the pinnacle of their sporting careers, the Olympics. The pandemic turned the Olympics on its head and what would have been challenging but straightforward training regimes into a rollercoaster ride of emotions as they dealt with the constant uncertainty of not knowing if the Olympics was going ahead. While they struggle to maintain their physical condition, mental focus and motivation over a protracted period of time as the games got delayed or postponed, they also gain a fresh understanding of what it means to be a winner – which does not necessarily involve acquiring an Olympic medal – but the tenacity and resilience required to keep fighting even under the most trying of circumstances.
As Joseph Schooling puts it in the film, “a winner is a person who can look adversity in its face. We’re all going to go through a lot of adverse moments in our careers, and each time hurdles appear, hundreds of people crumble. But the people who can go over hurdle after hurdle during their entire career – these are the true winners.” Likewise, Loh Kean Yew says, “A winner is someone who doesn’t give up. You only fail if you stop trying. As long as you keep trying, you’re a winner.”
Ms Aileen Tan, Group Chief People and Sustainability Officer at Singtel said, “Our athletes’ journey to the Olympics has been nothing short of inspiring. Making it to the games in any given year would be a coup but making it under the current circumstances takes a lot of grit and determination. As we mark our second National Day under the cloud of COVID, the film is a way of celebrating the Singapore spirit of resilience that has brought us this far. Like our athletes, we’ve all been fighting the good fight, keeping our spirits up and moving forward in spite of COVID. Yes, the journey has been fraught with uncertainty, false starts and U-turns, but we hope the film will inspire us all to press on and keep trying.”
Singtel is a long-time supporter of Team Singapore, having donated S$2.5 million to the Singapore National Olympic Council to help fund the training of athletes since 2012.
Ms Tan added, “As a homegrown company and vested member of the community, supporting our national athletes has long been a key commitment. Our support for sports is also part and parcel of our differentiated programming on Singtel TV enjoyed by generations of Singaporeans.”
To catch the live action from the Tokyo Olympics, Singtel customers can tune in to all 14 Mediacorp channels for free on Singtel TV CH 21-34 and Singtel TV GO. It is also available on Singtel CAST to all consumers, including non-Singtel customers.
“Leading Through Uncertainty” is part of Singtel’s on-going branded content campaign, built around stories that reflect the Singtel Group’s values of community, family, diversity and inclusivity. Last year’s festive film campaign also paid tribute to the Singapore spirit of tenacity and perseverance against the backdrop of the health crisis.
Year 2020, an unprecedented year arising from the challenges and massive impacts caused by the global pandemic COVID-19. Singapore, like the rest of the world, is facing huge challenges as the nation is navigating its way through this turbulent time and challenges. In this current crisis, Singapore has also show its spirit of tenacity and perseverance. Singtel Celebrates Singapore Majulah Spirit with National Day film tribute, titled “This is the year”, this film acknowledges the pressures and strains that the pandemic has placed on Singapore society, yet this film also pays tribute to the tireless Majulah spirit that is pushing Singaporeans through this storm to emerge stronger.
“The way Singaporeans have responded to this crisis is something we can all be proud of,” says Chua Sock Koong, Singtel’s Group CEO. “Our coming together as a community, our discipline as a nation, our fortitude and quiet determination to get through this and get on with life has become even more pronounced as National Day approaches. We may be celebrating in a more muted way this year without the usual fanfare, but our national pride and core values are still the same, the Singapore spirit is stronger than ever, and we want to celebrate that.”
A 2-minute photo montage beginning with landscapes of Singapore when the new normal kicked in, transiting from one empty public space to another, from playgrounds to hawker centres to void decks, along with the prospect of having to forgo much-loved annual events such as Singapore GP and National Day Parade.
“It’s been a difficult time for everyone, and the film captures this dislocation and sense of displacement, ” says Lian Pek, Vice President of Group Strategic Communications and Brand at Singtel. “But what starts off as a reflection on the things we are having to give up this year becomes an invitation to see the good that has come out of the crisis. Despite the restrictions on movement, disruptions to daily life, and cancelled events, the closing photos in the film show that Singaporeans have gained even more important things in return.”
Featuring photographs by photographers Chia Aik Beng, Nicky Loh and Tay Kay Chin as well as from members of the public. Conceptualised in-house and produced in collaboration with Akanga Film Asia and narrated by veteran actor Lim Kay Tong, the video will air on Singtel TV and hosted on various social media channels from 29 July 2020.
Let’s all be #SGUnited together in this battle against the global pandemic Covid-19, let’s celebrate our Majulah spirit and continue our unity during this unprecedented times and turbulent challenges ahead. Do share this Majulah spirit National Day film tribute “This is the year”, by Singtel with your family, loved ones, relatives and friends, Pass It On and Pay It Forward.
* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *
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