To enhance cultural interaction and understanding between Taiwan and the Philippines, the 2014 Youth Ambassadors delegation led by Taiwan’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs Ambassador Donald Lee, visited key locations in Manila.
In coordination with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, the visit also saw the guests’ performance for the Filipino-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association on September 7 in Binondo Manila.
The 16 youth ambassadors, coming from various universities and colleges in Taiwan, showed their skills in dancing, acrobatics and singing. Promoting their culture to their fellow Chinese living in Manila, the show filled the spacious Liberty Hall on Benavidez St. during their 19-minute show.
Besides Ambassador Lee, Albert Wei-min Tang of Fu Jen Catholic University, Hu Chia-Chen, and Chen Chao-Chun of Taipei National University of the Arts accompanied the students in their four-day sojourn in the city, which included the Mandarin-language themed performance.
In an interview with The Manila Times, Wei-min said the youth ambassadors are actually part of the 128 students from 44 outstanding colleges and universities, who were selected from more than 2,000 who passed the rigid audition and training.
The 128 students were divided into eight groups who were sent to 36 cities in 32 countries in the Asia Pacific, North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa and West Asia.
The contingent to the Philippines had first visited Palau, and after their stop in Manila, will be visiting Malaysia, Thailand and India to their complete 21-day Asia Pacific tour.
“We conduct meetings, attend seminars and stage performances that combine dance, music and Mandarin language themes so as to introduce Taiwan to local audiences,” said Sun Shih-han, a senior at National Taiwan Normal University, who is part of the delegation.
Sun also expressed her desire to be a flight stewardess, to visit the beaches and Underground River in Palawan, she also shared with The Manila Times that while visiting many places in Manila, she found out that her Filipino name is “Teresa.”
Besides performing to almost 1,000 audiences in Binondo, the delegation visited a Gawad Kalinga community in Parañque City before going on a shopping trip to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. They also visited the iconic Intramuros in Manila, and then went to the Malacañang Museum and the Senate, before capping their four-day visit to Manila.
Taiwan continues to develop cultural and business ties with the Philippines. With 93,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan, the two countries shares peaceful diplomatic ties.