A contestant from the Miss World 2015 pageant, Hillarie Parungao of the Philippines, attended the opening Saturday of an event in Taipei designed to showcase music, dance and food from across the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific Culture Day promotes cultural and artistic exchanges between Taiwan and other countries in the region, according to the organizers.
Parungao was invited to attend the event to help promote tourism between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Speaking at the event, she said that the Philippines not only boasts beautiful natural scenery but also many gourmet foods. Parungao also told participants that the beaches of Coron in Palawan Province are her favorite place to visit.
On her first visit to Taiwan, the former Miss World contestant told CNA she has visited the National Palace Museum and is scheduled to travel to Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan.
She will share her experience in Taiwan with the people of the Philippines on returning home, she added.
The Philippines is one of 21 countries participating in the two-day fair, which is taking place in the lobby of Taipei Main Station and is being organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Asia-Pacific Culture Day, now in its fifth year, presents music and dance performances by participating countries and showcases foods and special products from the countries.
"It presents the pubic with an opportunity to get up close and personal with the cultures of the Asia-Pacific region," the ministry said in a statement.
Performances scheduled for Saturday included traditional dances from South Korea and Vietnam.
In addition to Taiwan and the Philippines, the 19 other participating countries are Tuvalu, Palau, Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Brunei.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel