The Tzu Chi standard is poised to share its underlying principles along with its assortment of wares at the 2017 Taiwan Expo in the Philippines.
From September 29 to October 1, the three-day event at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City aims to exhibit the best Taiwan has to offer. An estimated 170 companies and institutions from the island country will be exhibiting their products and services to waves of attendees from all walks of life. The event is organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taiwan Association Philippines, Inc.
At the invitation of local Taiwanese businessmen supportive of Tzu Chi, the foundation set up three exhibits a day before the event’s opening. DaAi Technology Co. will be exhibiting its wide array of environmentally-friendly products like shirts and bags made from recyclable materials. The Jing Si Books and Café will showcase its assortment of vegetarian food products and publications on Master Cheng Yen’s teachings. Tzu Chi University will encourage Filipino students to come study in Taiwan and learn about humanity and professionalism.
“Filipino students have an advantage because they receive English education. They can go to any country because of that advantage,” says Ingrid Liu, vice-president of Tzu Chi University.
She also adds the highlights of Tzu Chi education, which is teaching the students to be as compassionate as they are professional. Given that the foreign student body in Tzu Chi University hardly consists of Filipino students, Liu sees the expo as an opportunity. More than promoting the university, she hopes to also promote the values Tzu Chi has become known for.
“We incorporate the Tzu Chi spirit in our education, which is love, giving, and compassion to our professional studies. So going to Tzu Chi University can have professional education, as well as knowing the huge Tzu Chi organization around the world,” Liu adds.
Later in the day, eight Tzu Chi volunteers from Taiwan arrived at the preparation. The group of Irene Lin, Manager of Planning Department of DaAi Technology Co., set up some of their best wares on display.
“We would like to come bear the message of environmental protection of Tzu Chi Foundation. Here, we display lots of products of the concept that refers to recycling,” Lin says.
Over the course of the expo, the volunteers from Taiwan hope to promote the different ways a plastic bottle can be of great use to the community without bringing harm to the environment. In DaAi Technology’s case, they plan to explain the process how a plastic bottle becomes a shirt, bag, or any apparel desired.
The Taiwan Expo will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from September 29 to October 1. Admission is free.
Tzu Chi volunteers unload their cargo of materials at the convention center’s cargo bay. Preparations for the expo began as early as September 28. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Aside from being places for tired legs to rest, the Jing SI portable furniture will also feature the versatility of such products. The chairs and tables have long been used in various disaster areas for the benefit of the victims. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Books and periodicals, most of which are authored by Dharma Master Cheng Yen, are spread out on display. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Ingrid Liu, vice-president of Tzu Chi University, works with a local Tzu Chi volunteer to arrange the flyers for the university’s booth. Tzu Chi University is among the dozen Taiwanese schools to exhibit in the expo, inviting Filipino students to study abroad. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Irene Lin of DaAi Technology Co. arranges the batches of small bags on display. The expo will be a good opportunity for the company to promote its unique approach to protecting the environment. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Several Tzu Chi volunteers from Taiwan arrived during the preparations to ready the DaAi Technology booth for the expo. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Tzu Chi volunteers put the final touches on the booth, hanging a banner neatly. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】
Before the day ends, the DaAi Technology booth takes its form. The booth is located just behind the Jing Si Books and Café booth. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】