Sixteen Taiwan Youth Ambassadors officially kicked off their Manila visit on Sunday with a public performance titled “Energetic New Taiwan” at the Liberty Hall of the Filipino-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association in Binondo, Manila.
Welcoming the young Taiwanese delegation and the guests who came to watch, Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan to the Philippines, expressed, “What a beautiful night! I am sure that everyone including myself is very much looking forward to seeing tonight’s performance brought by the gifted, talented, and brilliant Youth Ambassadors from Taiwan. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed and hope the Youth Ambassadors can visit the Philippines every year.”
“I therefore attach great importance to tonight’s performance brought by the Youth Ambassadors. I am sure that the program like this will greatly enhance educational and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the Philippines so as to benefit our youngsters. I also would like to give thanks to all of you for your participation in tonight’s performance. Your gracious support is deeply appreciated.”
Divided into 12 acts, the performance focused on the six main aspects of Taiwan namely natural environment, LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability), cultural heritage, cuisine, cultural creativity, and warmth.
It opened with “Elders Drinking Song,” an indigenous song that was featured at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in the US city of Atlanta.
Numbers included an interplay between Taiwan’s mountains and seas; the growth of LOHAS, cycling, hiking, and snorkeling, popular activities in Taiwan; the combination of indigenous, children’s, and Hakka music; various types of cuisine introduced through dance, rap, singing, and kung fu; the achievements of Taiwanese NGOs with regard to providing humanitarian assistance, promoting human rights, and contributing to a sustainable environment, among others.
One of the highlights the martial arts presentation set to the tune of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s soundtrack. Another visual experience was the scintillating light effects and energetic dance on stage to show Taiwan’s role as one of the world’s largest producers of high-tech products.
At the end, the members of the delegation are introduced one by one, and a video is shown highlighting their preparations prior to traveling overseas as Youth Ambassadors.
With such a memorable and meaningful performance, Ambassador Lin did not forget to thank Ambassador Fuh Gen-Gang, leader of the Youth Ambassadors, for bringing this outstanding group.
“Ambassador Fuh is a distinguished and outstanding Taiwanese diplomat whom I have known for years. As the saying goes, ‘we are destined to come together, no matter how far apart we might be,’ it is such a pleasure to have friends coming afar and meet in Manila. What a marvelous rendezvous!” Lin enthused.
He also recognized Tseng Ting Hsuan, the talented deputy leader of the Youth Ambassadors who won in the Hakka category of the Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s largest annual music festival.
Besides the performance, the Taiwan Youth Ambassadors also visited the Ateneo De Manila University, the Lyceum University, and an orphanage in Alabang to extend their humanitarian care for the less fortunate.
Before Manila, the group came from Ho Chi Ming City and then flew to Palau on Tuesday. Their visiting destinations also included India and Palau.
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