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Apr 30, 2013

Tribute to Huang Wen Yong 黃文永

Photo Credit:  Edmond Chen
Huang Wenyong (25 July 1952 – 20 April 2013) was a Malaysia-born Singaporean actor, musician, and former teacher of Chinese descent. He was an actor for MediaCorp from the early 1980s until his death. Appearing in more than 100 television programmes, he was among the first few batches of locally-trained actors to enter the local entertainment industry and considered to be one of the "pioneers in local Chinese drama".  He passed away peacefully on 20 April, 2013. He joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1977.

Wen Yong is best remembered for his role as a humble, good-as-gold, honest and courageous rubber-tapper in the station's landmark serial The Awakening, Wen Yong's uncanny portrayal coupled with the sizzling chemistry with the female lead Xiang Yun ( 向云).  I watched my favorite Chinese TV drama series 雾锁南洋 ( (The Awakening) in 1984 when I was a young man.  Many nostalgia friends and contemporaries would remember this local drama series based memories and true life stories in Singapore..

Xiang Yun and Wen Yong in the TV drama "雾锁南洋"

This video clip of the "雾锁南洋" theme song with credit to RememberSG.

Xiang Yun and the late Huang Wen Yong. Photo Credit: Xiang Yun
The Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) 10th Anniversary in 1990 postcards (front & back) with acknowledgement and thanks from blogger friend Yeo Hong Eng to share on this blog.

Remembering Huang Wen Yong's a special tribute to his past works, and honours his contributions on this personal blog to the local TV industry.

Video Credit: Mediacorp Singapore.

Mediacorp Star Awards 2013 pays tribute to Huang Wenyong.  He  was honoured with a posthumous award at the start of MediaCorp's annual Star Awards Show 2 at Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater on Sunday April 28, 2013 night.

Before the Guest of Honour, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, presented the award, actress Xiang Yun, 51, read out the lyrics of 1986 drama series Samsui Women's theme song while a violinist played the theme of 1984's The Awakening. "A light whisper and the autumn wind send me on my way," she said.

Another standing ovation for Huang closed the Star Awards when he was named among the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, for only the second time in his 30-year career. Xiang Yun, who had starred as his romantic interest in The Awakening among other dramas, accepted the award on his behalf.

Several decades ago, the local Chinese TV industry was predominantly dominated by Hong Kong and  Taiwan.   There was no Mediacorp Star Awards for our local acting and performing talents.  No Chinese TV drama series to produce in Singapore in the 1970s.

The award presentation at the 25th Asian Film Festival at the National Theatre on 6 July, 1979. Photo credit: National Archives of Singapore.



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