Hai Phong cancels Valentine’s kissing contest

The romantic kissing contest for 100 couples supposed take place in northern city of Hai Phong Sunday to celebrate Valentine’s Day has been canceled.

Le Tat Vinh of Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the agency decided not to authorize the kissing contest set to take place at Hai Phong’s Viet-Czech Cultural Center at 14 pm February 13.

Director of the center, Trinh Phuc Tue said a contract to lease the venue for the event was also canceled.

Operated under the motto “there is no everlasting love, just everlasting moments of love”, the contest, named “The party of kisses”, is meant to create a unique opportunity for the city’s youth to demonstrate the depth and length of their love for their significant others.

100 couples, all over 18 years old, had signed up for the knockout competition.

According to the contest’s rules, couples would have to compete in an assigned compulsory position which allowed only one of the two to stand while kissing.

20 would be selected from the audience to serve as judges evaluating couples’ performance.

The couple exchanging the most impressive kiss in the longest time would be awarded a special prize, a VND 15million (US$ 769) laptop.

The event, if authorized, would be hosted by joint-stock media company Golden Brand in collaboration with Doublemint Vietnam and PNJ Jewelry Company.

From Tuoi Tre

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