When I hear Taiwan, two things always comes up in my mind, F4 and the Taipei 101. F4 being the leading boy band in the first ever Asia-novela in the Philippines, Meteor Garden; and Taipei 101 located in Nothern Taiwan, being the 8th tallest building in the world.
Well, yours truly learned a whole lot more after I attended my first ever Taiwan Excellence Day. Held last week, June 15 – 16, Taiwan Excellence celebrated its first leg of events for their 5th year here in the Philippines at SMX, SM Aura. And it was Taiwan-tastic!
Fact Check: Economics and Statistics
Taiwan is small in landmass with 36,197 square kilometre. This limitation in land area was actually the significant factor why the country has focused its growth to five innovative research projects mainly Green Energy at Tainan and Kaohsiung, Biotech & Pharmaceutical at Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan, Asian Silicon Valley at Taoyuan, Smart Machinery at Taichung and National Defence at Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. These innovative research has taken crucial economic growth for Taiwan with 2.598% leading increase last year of 2017.
Known for its exportable goods and technology, Taiwan is ranked 18th worldwide as a primary exporter to China and Hongkong, Asean, United States, European Union and Japan.
Taiwan in the Engineering Field
One of the things that personally impressed me was the fact that Taiwan is the world’s 5th machine tool exporting country and 7th in machine tool maker in the world. One of fastest moving material in the construction world is the textile, and it’s amazing to learn that a small country contributed 70% in functional textiles market share worldwide! It will only follow that their education system is world-class with 11 Taiwanese universities included in Top 500 universities worldwide.
One of the Taiwan Technologies I encountered was Atop Industrial Networking and Computing System through Mr. Jopson Li, President Director of Atop Technology. This Taiwanese company supplies power substations in railways, helping them to be efficient by minimizing input and maximizing outputs, all while maintaining upkeep and safety in open harsh and challenging environments. They even manage railway and trackside system with complex and intelligent computers that bring about existing and future transport infrastructures – reducing environmental impact while increasing safety and complying with traffic demands.
Smart Technology, Smart Living
The event featured more Taiwanese products than last year. From ingenious communication gadgets, connectivity solutions to households, offices and business needs. I just learned that Asus is proudly Taiwan with new ROG notebooks, premium notebooks and the latest Asus smartphone line – Zenfone 5 and Max Pro featured, Asus Philippines Head of Marketing, Mr. Anvey Factora shared to us that as of to date, Asus has over 16,000 employees worldwide, with 13 Billion US Dollars in revenue for the year 2017.
Gigabyte Product Trainer, Ms. Mary Grace Martinez on the otherhand, gave us a peek on what’s hot in the gaming world. Aside from the Virtual Reality Games with sensor glasses for the eyes and easy-to-hold navigators for both hands, we were introduced to Auros – a software for multi-dimensional games and Brix – a very portable gaming PC device with ultra-thin design and built-in module so you can carry your games anytime, anywhere!
Other excellent Taiwanese brands that caught my attentions are:
Paper Shoot Camera – a digital camera made of paper, stone paper or wood.
Departure Carry-On and Luggage – economical and space saving, the traveling bags are made with 100% virgin Bayer molded polycarbonate with high impact-resistance but lightweight, resilient and durable.
Tatung Kitchenwares – One of the Tatum product I discovered was the Micom Cooker Detachable cooking pot that not only cook different kind of rice grains, it could also grill and make cake. The best part about it, is that it has smart touch panel and present timer feature.
Brands present in the events also includes D-Link, Microlife, Kingmax, Thermaltake, Transcend, Tuma and many more. The featured brands has innovative products that provides tremendous value to users, old and new, worldwide.
Aside from highlighting Taiwanese brands and products, the event was also jampacked with raffle prizes in an hourly Happy Hours, live perfomances by Billy Crawford and Yeng Constantino, and special guests like the Formosa Bear, Maymay Entrata and the VIPs of the Taiwan community.
Aside from Taiwan’s technology, yours truly is always excited on trying out Taiwan’s palate; their street cuisines like Bubble Tea, Shaved Iced Desserts, Braised Pork Rice are just some of the most loved. We even made our own homemade version of xiaolongbao! Recipe and ingredients soon!
Following this successful event, Taiwan Excellence will held successive events on the following dates:
July 21-22: Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp at SM Music Hall
August 16-18: Systems Integration Philippines at SMX Convention Center Manila
November 8-11: PhilConstruct at SMX Convention Center Manila
November 30-December 12: Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone at Glorietta Activity Center
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