With the success of the event, A Salute to Ang Lee, the effort and hard work of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) in the Philippines, led by Ambassador Raymond L.S. Wang, in partnership with SM Aura Premier, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the 20th Century Fox, has indeed paid off.
The multi-Oscar Awardee and most successful Asian filmmaker to date, Director Ang Lee, was invited by Teco in Manila for the very first time. The event kicked off with the screening of Director Lee’s Life of Pi. With almost 80 percent of the film shot in Taiwan, Ambassador Wang, in his remarks, showcased the captivating sceneries of the country through the movie. He said, “Taiwan is not only a place of economic excellence and technological innovation but also a paradise of natural wonders.”
The screening was followed by an open forum where Lee enthusiastically answered questions from a mammoth crowd of Filipino fans, film enthusiasts, movie directors and journalists.
Ambassador Wang also took the opportunity during Lee’s visit to reassure the Philippines that Taiwan will do its best to assist in the post-disaster relief-efforts following Super Typhoon Yolanda, and help alleviate the hardships of Filipinos in the Visayas.
Wang added that his two-year stay in the Philippines has shown him the faith and determination of the Filipinos, and is certain that the affected areas will get back on their feet and overcome this tragedy with fortitude.
In recent years, Teco has been promoting a wide range of substantive cooperation plans with the Philippines, exemplifying Taiwan’s firm friendship to cultivating a closer relationship with its closest neighbor.
As one of his mandates, Ambassador Wang aims to further strengthen bilateral ties with the Philippines in various areas such as arts and culture. He firmly believes that the event was not only the best avenue to showcase Ang Lee’s cinematic genius but also served as unique platform to forge the two countries’ culture through cinema.