President Halimah wants Singaporeans to submit photos of Istana

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In celebration of the Istana's 150th anniversary next year, Singaporeans will be urged to share old photographs that capture their experience there.

Calling the Istana an iconic national monument, President Halimah Yacob said it has a place in the hearts of many Singaporeans.

Said Madam Halimah: "As we celebrate next year, what is important are the memories.

"I would like to encourage Singaporeans (to share) old photographs of the Istana and their experience here... real snippets of how Singaporeans have been able to enjoy the Istana in the past, (so) we can share those experiences with Singaporeans today."

Madam Halimah will share more details on her Facebook page at a later date.

She was speaking to the media yesterday during a Mid-Autumn Festival picnic - the fourth in the Picnic@Istana series this year.

Some 100 President's Challenge beneficiaries from Focus on the Family, Care Community Services Society, Daughters Of Tomorrow and Filos Community Services attended.

Madam Halimah said she was happy to see the beneficiaries with their caregivers and volunteers.

She added: "It is also multiracial. That's something very unique."

Since taking her oath of office a year ago on Sept 14, Madam Halimah has invited various groups to the Istana under the Picnic@Istana, Tours@Istana and Volunteer Gardeners@Istana programmes.

One of her priorities is to make the Istana more accessible to ordinary Singaporeans, beyond the five traditional open houses during Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Labour Day and National Day.