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Sonam Choedon from Tibet crowned Miss Tibet 2008

October 14, 2008

The Tibet Post International
October 12, 2008

18-year-old Sonam Choedon from Lithanng county, eastern Tibet crowned
Miss Tibet 2008 Dharamsala, India October 12: Colorful firecrackers
were repeatedly blossomed into the dark air making spectacular
patterns and hundreds of crowd made a roaring clapping as the
competition night of the Miss Tibet pageant 2008 started.

25-year old Miss Sonam Choedon from Lithang, in eastern Tibet,
celebrates after being crowned Miss Tibet in Dharamsala, India
October 12, 2008. Photo: Tibet Post International (The Tibet Post
International 12 October 2008)-18-year-old Sonam Choedon from
Lithanng county, eastern Tibet crowned Miss Tibet 2008 Dharamsala,
India October 12: Colorful firecrackers were repeatedly blossomed
into the dark air making spectacular patterns and hundreds of crowd
made a roaring clapping as the competition night of the Miss Tibet
pageant 2008 started.

Director of the Tibetan beauty pageant Mr Lobsang Wangyal thanked the
crowd for their overwhelming support. "As you know, as I do as usual,
I am happy to talk some points, first: About this pageant, 2nd is
politics, as I am supporting middle-way approach of the Dalai Lama
and the 3rd is about how to speak our Tibetan language" he said.

After going through four rounds of competition in the evening of
Sunday, 18-year-old Sonam Choedon from Tibet, currently living in
Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, was crowned
Miss Tibet 2008 here this evening.

Sonam Choedon was born in Lithang in Kham, eastern Tibet in 1990. She
is a student, has studied up to class 8 in Tibet. She can speak
fluent Chinese, as well as Tibetan.

She came into exile in India in December 2007 in search of better
opportunities to study. Her hobbies include dancing, reading and
studying languages.

In the future she would like to become a dance teacher and also work
on languages. She would also like to use her life and strength to
help others in need as people have done for her when she first
arrived in India.

Sonam Choedon responded the every question at the crowding world
media after she was announced winner of Miss Tibet 2008.

25-year old Miss Sonam Choedon from Lithang, in eastern Tibet,
celebrates after being crowned Miss Tibet in Dharamsala, India
October 12, 2008.

As became a Miss Tibet, I would be speaking on behalf of the Tibetan
people, particularly Tibetan women, telling their story and making
people more aware of the Tibetan situation. I believe that awareness
is the key issue, and hope that by sharing my story it will empower
others to do the same." She said

"I believe that our goal will be achieve soon, without any doubt if
we, all Tibetans follow the middle-way that approached by our leader,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama" she added

Miss Tibet 2007 Tenzin Dolma crowned Sonam Choedon and was presented
a scholarship cheque of Rs. 100,000 by Mr Lobsang Wangyal.

"Miss Tibet beauty pageant 2009 will be held May-June 2009" Mr. Lobsang said.
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