Taiwanese high schooler wins speech contest in Philippines
Central News Agency
2014-04-02 09:30 PM
Manila, April 2 (CNA) With her firm grasp of the English language and insight into the benefits brought about by globalization, a 16-year-old Taiwanese girl beat competitors from across Asia to claim the top place at an international speech competition Wednesday in the Philippines. When Joanne Guo, a student at Shin Min High School in Taichung, received her award at the Voice of Asia Speech Competition, the national anthem of the Republic of China (Taiwan) played -- a big deal for diplomatically isolated Taiwan, which does not have formal ties with the Philippines. Guo's speech focused on the benefits of globalization, including chances to make new friends and try new foods from other countries and to learn better communication skills to avoid cultural misunderstandings. Her eloquence impressed the three judges, who chose her for the prize over competitors from countries including the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea. The prize was presented to her by the principles of the Manila Times College and Emilio Aguinaldo College, which organized the contest along with the Philippine Department of Education. The contest, now in its second year, aims at encouraging young people in Asia to take part in inter-cultural discussions. (By Emerson Lim and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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