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Visa Free Entry for Filipino Tourists (Taiwan-Bound)

Visa-Free Entry Finally Approved! The long wait is over for the visa-free program that is intended for Filipinos who want to visit Taiwan. Taiwan on Tuesday announced an extension of visa-free treatment for citizens of the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, and Russia for another year after seeing significant growth in tourist numbers from these countries thanks to the program. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) press release, the visa free program is expected to end this coming July 2019. An agreement was reached to extend the program for another year, after a  cross-ministerial meeting (on May 24, 2019) attended by representatives of government units in charge of national security, the police, the investigation bureau, immigration, tourism, and the economy. In relevance to the past visa-free program, the government saw a significant increase of tourists that visited Taiwan which allows them to stay in the country for up to…

A Ride to Luchang 鹿場 A Village in the Clouds, Nanzhuang, Miaoli, Taiwan

Luchang 鹿場 is translated as “Deer Field”. A high-altitude village that sits atop a 916-meter above-sea-level mountain. It is located in the mountainous and stunning  Nanzhuang, Miaoli, here in Taiwan. A haven for Cyclists, Mountain Hikers, Travelers, Adventurers and Nature Lovers. Cycling up to this place reminds me again of the movie, “Warriors of the Rainbow” / “Seediq Bale”. A Taiwanese movie that’s based on true historical events. Check out my RELIVE ride. Perhaps, this spot was once, one of their hunting grounds, hence the name “Deer Field”. I’m talking about the Atayal 泰雅 people to be specific, a certain group of Taiwan Aborigines here in Miaoli. Aborigines have been here thousands of years before the arrival of Han Chinese people. Guess what? They’re actually related to Filipinos and to other numerous  Austronesian people like the Malays, Indonesians, Maoris(Hawaii & New Zealand), etc.  To Filipinos, our closest genetic relative are the Amis People of Taiwan.…

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