Children from UBS’s community partners perform a special dance at the 150th celebrations.
Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat with children of UBS staff seated on the steps before him.
Children from CECES create a large mural in commemoration of UBS’s 150th anniversary. The mural was presented to UBS community partner Po Leung Kuk.
Celebrating 150 years across the region
As part of the celebrations commemorating UBS’s 150th anniversary, a variety of programs and events were held in conjunction with our community partners across different cities in the Asia Pacific region.
Diversity in Abilities: Bringing arts to special needs children
The Diversity in Abilities arts program was organized in partnership with The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS). Conceived as part of UBS’s long-established community affairs program, the aim was to provide professional arts training to children with special needs to help them integrate into society.
Students from five special education schools underwent training to learn different art forms. Art pieces created by them were included in a silent auction with the proceeds going to the President’s Challenge. The students were taught by local music, dance and visual arts artistes like vocal coach Babes Conde, choreographer Aaron Khek and Syed Ahmad, music director of Bloco Singapura.
A visual arts exhibition and a theatrical performance entitled Endeavour, which featured children of UBS employees, was held in October. The guest of honor, Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, delighted the audience by reading from a storybook as the opening act.
Chi-Won Yoon, CEO of UBS in Asia Pacific, who hosted the evening said, “Our fervent hope is that with this project, special needs students will discover creative gifts they didn’t know they had and the wider world will begin to appreciate and celebrate their unique talents.”
UBS’s 150th anniversary celebration continued across the region. UBS China’s Beijing office and the China Friendship Foundation for Peace & Development co-organized an event called ‘Love as Song Concert’. Professor Yang Hongnian, music conductor at the Central Conservatory of Music, led the Children and Young Women’s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra in a moving performance.
The UBS Shanghai office organized ‘Make a Difference Day’. Participants included employees from UBS’s Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen offices who volunteered to chaperone mentally challenged students for a fun day at the Shanghai Zoo.
In Taiwan, UBS employees and their children gathered for an evening that included a performance by the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra. Several other community and employee-based activities were also held in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Carnival celebrations in Hong Kong
A carnival-style ‘fun day’ was organized for community partners and UBS employees and their families to celebrate UBS’s 150th anniversary. Over 1,300 guests attended the event. The carnival was aimed at bringing together UBS staff and the six community partners that UBS supports in Hong Kong: World Wide Fund HK, Po Leung Kuk, Youth Outreach, Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, Hong Kong Special Olympics and Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education Services (CECES).
Over 100 staff volunteered and supported the event, acting as ‘UBS Ambassadors’ to chaperone the young and elderly and to help manage the activities. The children from CECES, with help from the UBS Ambassadors, painted a large mural symbolizing the mid-autumn festival, which they presented to fellow community partner, the elderly society of Po Leung Kuk.
Kathryn Shih, CEO UBS Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, presents the winning trophy to Miguel Ángel Jiménez.
at UBS Hong Kong
UBS’s eighth year of sponsoring the Hong Kong Open was characterized by packed galleries with in excess of 40,000 spectators attending the tournament—more than ever before in the event’s 53-year history.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez carried off his third Hong Kong Open trophy. At 48, Jiménez became the oldest player to win a European Tour event. It was another exciting finale as the Tour’s oldest winner fended off other members of the “40-plus club”, Michael Campbell and Zhang Lian-wei, while Matteo Mannassero, who at 19 is the youngest player to win three tournaments on the European Tour, was also in the hunt. However, Jiménez’s explosive start in the final round, in which he shot five under par through 10 holes, provided the momentum for him to take his third title.
Roy Lichtenstein / Crying Girl / 1963 / Ink on Paper / 49.5x64.8 cm / © The Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
| Pop Sensation debuts in Hong Kong
UBS recently organized the first pop art exhibition of its kind—Pop Sensation— for art lovers in Hong Kong.
Pop art is perhaps the US’s defining art movement, and its globalization is one of the most important stories in contemporary art. Pop art traced its origins from American consumer culture of the late 1950s to spread across the world. Hosted by UBS Hong Kong, Pop Sensation brought together some of the finest examples of the global pop art phenomenon, from masterworks by famous post-war artists to some of the genre’s newest voices.
Supporting cultural and artistic endeavors globally, UBS boasts a massive collection of contemporary art from renowned artists that encompasses paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video art. The UBS Art Collection philosophy is to build and maintain a seminal body of work that is not only thoughtprovoking and inspirational, but which also upholds UBS’s commitment to supporting and encouraging artists in local communities worldwide.
The exhibition ran for two weeks and was open to the general public at the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong. Throughout the exhibition, several private events were hosted by UBS for its guests and clients.
Edmund Koh (far right), Country Head and CEO WM Singapore & APAC Hub, with Robert Lamm, founding member of Chicago, and the rest of the band.
Sally Yeh and George Lam perform at the A Wonderful World concert.
| On stage with UBS
UBS has a long tradition of supporting the musical arts. Hosting events in Singapore and Hong Kong that showcase some of today’s best musical artists, ‘ON STAGE with UBS’ is our chance to thank our clients and partners across Asia Pacific for their ongoing support and loyalty throughout the year.
Wealth Management Hong Kong held their annual concert program, A Wonderful World, with Cantonese singers and actors Sally Yeh and George Lam, and renowned composer Hei Chiu directing the music.
Over 500 UBS guests attended the evening to witness this once-in-a-decade collaboration, as the artists performed several of their most popular hits, in both English and Chinese. The event was held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre of the Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts in October.
In Singapore, over 1,200 guests enjoyed an exhilarating concert performance by popular rock band Chicago at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in November. One of the longest running and most successful rock groups in musical history, the band also made a surprise appearance at UBS’s pre-concert hospitality event.
|UBS named the Best Private Bank in Asia
UBS was the proud recipient of the Best Private Bank in Asia and the Best Private Bank in Hong Kong in 2012 at the fourth annual Global Private Banking Awards.
UBS was also highly commended in the categories of Best Private Bank in Europe, Best Global Private Bank, Best Private Bank in Central and Eastern Europe, Best Brand in Private Banking, and Best Private Bank for Philanthropy.
The Global Private Banking Awards recognize and honor excellence in private banking in 30 separate categories. A panel of distinguished industry professionals based in North America, Asia and Europe awards them.
The Banker and PWM (Professional Wealth Management), both of which are publications of the Financial Times Group, confer the awards annually.