Taiwan essay contest offers free trip to Filipino winners

 Taiwan essay contest offers free trip to Filipino winners

Manila, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines launched a short essay contest Tuesday, inviting Philippine citizens to participate in the event, with the top prize being a three-day free trip to Taiwan. The game titled “An Amazing Short Break in Taiwan” requires participants to submit short essays, accompanying videos, and photos, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines said in a statement. It is being held to “encourage more Filipinos to discover the beauty of Taiwan, the closest neighbor of the Philippines in the north, and to promote cultural and mutual understanding between Taiwan and the Philippines,” the office said. The office said each participant must submit an essay of no more than 500 words to describe why Taiwan is an ideal place for Filipinos to have a short break. “All aspects of any subject, including scenery, history, food, shopping, hi-tech, cheap airfares, short distance (1 hour and 45 minutes), leisure farms, medical services, culture, lifestyle, Taiwan-Philippine interactions, shared commonalities and values, folk arts, movies, and education are welcome,” it said.

Participants also need to submit one photo that relates to the beauty of Taiwan and a video no longer than 2 minutes that describes their essay and image, as well as what impresses them most about Taiwan, the office said. It added that two first-prize winners will be chosen, each receiving a round-trip ticket between Manila and Taiwan, along with three days of free accommodations in Taipei.



There will also be two second-prize winners, each receiving a ZenFone smartphone made by Taiwan-based tech giant Asus, it said. It added that the third, fourth, and fifth prize winners will be given gift certificates valued from 6,000 to 4,000 Philippine pesos (US$128.8-US$85.8). Those interested in the contest must submit their entries (including the essay, photo, and video), with their full name, contact number, and scanned valid Philippine identification card, to the representative office via the following email address: amazingtaiwan2016@gmail.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 26. The prizes will be awarded during the Republic of China national day celebration by the representative office in the Philippines on Oct. 10; it said Soul Crazy. All entries submitted must be original, and participants are required to abide by copyright regulations, it noted.

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