Hon­our­ing the hi­bis­cus

South Korean beauty brand Ma­monde cel­e­brates Malaysia’s 60th Merdeka Day with a treat.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - By SANDRA LOW star2@thes­tar.com.my

DID you know that South Korea and Malaysia share a na­tional flower? Dubbed the Queen of Trop­i­cal Flow­ers, the hi­bis­cus is both the na­tional flower of these two coun­tries. Af­ter achiev­ing its in­de­pen­dence in 1957, Malaysia searched for a na­tional flower to sym­bol­ise her iden­tity. In 1958, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture sought pro­pos­als for a na­tional flower from all state gov­ern­ments. Found in abun­dance through­out the coun­try, the Hi­bis­cus Rosa Si­ne­sis, also known as Bril­liant Red, was cho­sen as the na­tional flower in 1960 by Malaysia’s first Prime Min­is­ter, Tunku Abdul Rahman Pu­tra Al-Haj.

The Hi­bis­cus Rosa Si­nen­sis, known lo­cally as Bunga Raya, was cho­sen as it sym­bol­ises the na­tion’s Rukun Ne­gara (prin­ci­ples of na­tion­hood) with its five petals and the colour red sym­bol­ises the courage and unity of its peo­ple.

In ad­di­tion, the many va­ri­eties, colour, shapes and sizes of the Hi­bis­cus fam­ily re­flects the dif­fer­ent races, re­li­gion and multi-cul­tural back­ground of Malaysians.

The Hi­bis­cus Syr­i­a­cus, the na­tional flower for South Korea, is also known as the Rose of Sharon. They are pink mauve sin­gle flow­ers with a dark ma­genta eye.

Known in Korean as Mu­gunghwa, the flower’s sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance stems from the Korean word mu­gung, mean­ing im­mor­tal­ity. This word ac­cu­rately re­flects the en­dur­ing na­ture of Korean cul­ture, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance of the Korean peo­ple in times of tri­als in the past.

Ac­cord­ing to records, the Kore­ans have trea­sured the Hi­bis­cus Syr­i­a­cus since an­cient times and have writ­ten about the love for the flower in their na­tional an­them.

In con­junc­tion with Malaysia’s Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion, the brand is in­tro­duc­ing the Ma­monde Mois­ture Ceramide Light Cream and Mois­ture Ceramide In­tense Cream with a limited-edi­tion pack­ag­ing fea­tur­ing the hi­bis­cus.

For­mu­lated with the pow­er­ful mois­tur­is­ing hi­bis­cus ex­tract along­side ceramide in­gre­di­ents, the Ma­monde Mois­ture Ceramide Cream helps strengthen skin’s outer bar­rier by hold­ing mois­ture close to the skin.

To cel­e­brate Merdeka Day, Ma­monde is invit­ing all Malaysians to join in the 2017 Ex­clu­sive Notebook De­sign Con­test, themed around the na­tional flower, hi­bis­cus.

This con­test is ini­ti­ated by Ma­monde Malaysia to un­veil the cre­ativ­ity of Malaysians and hope­fully to in­stil and ig­nite the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism and love for the coun­try.

Un­leash your cre­ativ­ity and stand a chance to be crowned as Ma­monde Malaysia’s Ex­clu­sive Notebook de­signer and the grand win­ner will also be en­ti­tled to a full year sup­ply of Ma­monde Ceramide Range of prod­ucts worth RM1,584. The con­test runs from tomorrow un­til Sept 17 and de­tails are on their Face­book page (Ma­monde MY).

Park Shin Hye, Ma­monde’s face and Korean drama’s

ottest ct , s a Korean beauty brand The Face Shop just un­veiled a vi­brant and in­cred­i­ble make-up and skin­care range in­spired by Marvel su­per­heroes. — The Face Shop

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