Taiwan also known as the Republic of China did an awesome job when it decided to allow visa-free entry to Philippine citizens also known as Filipinos. They must be reaping the benefits out from this imperative decision.
Because of the influx of Filipino tourists, vendors started learning Filipino words that would entice and charm Filipino shopaholics! Taiwainese sellers can be heard saying “masarap” (Filipino word for delicious), “mura” (Filipino word for inexpensive) and “maganda” (Filipino word for attractive)
And because of the visa-free decision, I just had my third visit in a short span of 2 years to the super urbanized capital city Taipei. My visit was not about business or work but because of tourism. Thus, their visa-free entry decision for Filipinos has definitely boosted their tourism.
For me Taipei is an inexpensive alternative for Filipinos who want to travel abroad. Instead of going for a short vacation to Hongkong, Osaka or Singapore, Filipinos can actually do a fun-filled weekend adventure in Taipei. And that is what I just did with MJ, Willie and JB!
I was not surprised at how surprised MJ, Willie and JB was regarding how progressive, modern, civilized, ultra-clean, courteous and efficient Taipei was. They told me that they were expecting Taipei to be just like to old, shabby and stinky Chinatown of Manila. There were actually moments when these three colleagues ponder on what happened to their beloved Metro Manila that was definitely left behind in all aspects concerning tourism and urban living.
It was my third time, yet Taipei has consistently impressed me. This only shows that my first two visits were not merely flukes of remarkable circumstances. Taipei can therefore be concluded as one exciting and impressive city!
MMM – masarap, mura, maganda!