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Gigi and Charmaine Lead the Artistes at TVB Spring Banquet

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[Ta Kung Pao 15/02/07]

TVB's Artiste Department held its Spring Banquet on Wednesday evening at a Tseung Kwan O restaurant and among the sixty artistes present were Charmaine Sheh, Gigi Lai, Sonija Kwok, Myolie Wu, Ron Ng, Bosco Wong, Steven Ma, Roger Kwok and Bowie Lam. Executives in attendance included Leung Nai Pang, Stephen Chan, Virginia Lok and Catherine Tsang. A group photo was taken before the meal and with Catherine in charge of the seating arrangements, this year's TV Queen Charmaine was placed to the right of Mr Leung, whilst the previous year's winner Gigi Lai was placed to his left. Sonija, Myolie, Bernice Liu, Shirley Yeung, Yoyo Mung and Linda Chung were split to either side. As for the male stars, Ron, Bowie, Roger, Moses Chan, Bosco, Raymond Lam, Steven and Kenneth Ma were placed in front of the ladies. The other less popular stars including Fala Chen, Leanne Li, Sharon Chan, Matthew Ko and Rocky Cheng were sent to the back two rows.

Some reports suggest that in an interview with the Taiwan media, Benny Chan has revealed details of his split with Charmaine and how they are now just friends. In response to this, Charmaine says with surprise: "What? I didn't know. I have no comment about this, there is nothing for me to say." For the Chinese New Year this year, Charmaine will be heading back to the company for the group greetings on the first day, then she will have a few days off. She says that she is very Westernised, so she has not been to the flower markets to buy plum blossom. As for Valentines Day, although she has some pursuits from outside the industry, she says she prefers to spend the evening with her girlfriends on a singles night party, maybe going for a hotpot.

When Yoyo was asked if her boyfriend Ekin Cheng had returned to the mainland to continue filming, she smiles she does not know, but she does not some friends are not in Hong Kong. Asked if Ekin has given her a Valentines gift, she smiles: "My friend has not died yet so he will not leave me anything." Talking of the reports that she has spent $50,000 on a pair of lovers watches, one for her and one for Ekin, she holds up her arm to show her watch saying: "I bought this watch that day, the price was $8000 and I am very careful with money, so I just bought one for myself." As for Gigi Leung's injury during an earlier show, Yoyo says: "I felt very sorry for her because it looked quite painful, but no-one wants accidents to happen, so we all have to be careful."

Roger will be filming with Sonija for "Curious Detective" on Valentines Day but he has not forgotten to send some flowers to his wife. Aksed how many he will be sending, he smiles: "One! One represents only me!" Sonija has received some perfume from a girlfriend as a Valentines gift but this friend has a boyfriend already, so she warns not to get too imaginative. After many years without a date, she hopes to buy some plum blossom this year to help her romance.

News translation credit to Em.

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Charmaine's pictures:

Yes, she's wearing the same dress as The Lady Iron Chef function below because they're held in the same evening. Two dinners in one night!

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