Philippines’r epresentative office in Taiwan will host two events during the next two weekends for the over 77,000 Filipinos who are currently working in Taiwan.
The events mark the 113th anniversary of Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
As part of its Independence Day celebrations, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) will host a talent show contest, called "Pinoy Got Talent, ”at the Tanzi Elementary School Auditorium in Taichung on June 12.
As of Friday, 23 contestants have signed up for the competition -- vying for the top cash prize of NT$50,000 (US$1,740) during the five-hour program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A week later on June 19, the MECO will hold the Taipei-Manila Workers’Fun Day, where the Filipino community will gather at the sports center of National Taiwan University for a free concert. There will also be free giveaways and raffle prizes during the event, including an HTC Desire smartphone. Shuttle buses are available from several spots in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Yilan.
The MECO said it welcomes Taiwanese people to join in the festivities and share the joy of the special national holiday.
The number of migrant workers in Taiwan stands at 395,944 as of April 2011. Filipino workers are the third largest group of migrants -- accounting for nearly one-fifth of the whole migrant community. There are 77,933 Filipino workers, with 53,868 of them working in the manufacturing sector and 22,994 people working as caregivers, according to figures released by