World stamp expo celebrates ‘Formosa Day’

Several film directors gave talks to introduce various aspects of Taiwan at the PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition in Taipei Wednesday, in an effort to promote the country.

Echoing the daily theme for the last day of the stamp exhibition, described by organizers as "Formosa Day," three Taiwanese directors of films and documentaries attended, to talk about their work, which showcases different aspects of Taiwan, the organizers said.

Participating directors included Chi Po-lin (???), who directed the documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above." The 2013 film documents Taiwan using aerial photography as a medium.

In a seminar, Chi said that when he was a child, he often saw postmen delivering letters from his father, who was working overseas.

Noting the importance of postmen, Chi said he also included scenes of postmen delivering letters to households in his documentary.

Meanwhile, Lin Cheng-sheng (???), director of "27?-Loaf Rocks" -- a film based on the life story of Wu Pao-chun (???), a master baker and homegrown hero who won the title of Bakery Master at the prestigious Bakery World Cup in Paris in 2010 -- and Yang Li-chou (???), who directed the documentary "Bridge Over Troubled Water," also shared the ideas behind their work.

The documentary "Bridge Over Troubled Water" depicts the recovery of Kaohsiung's Jiasian Township in the wake of Typhoon Morakot of 2009, which caused severe destruction in southern and central Taiwan.

In addition, Huang Wan-ling (???), who wrote a book on Taiwan's traditional outdoor banquets, known as "bando," which are used to celebrate weddings, funerals and other special events, also talked about traditional Taiwanese gourmet culture.

"Through these activities, we hope to introduce the beauty of Taiwan in various aspects to visitors to the exhibition," said Sophia Chien (???), director of Chunghwa Post Co.'s Department of Philately.

The World Stamp Championship Exhibition, which kicked off Oct. 21, is running until Wednesday, showcasing 2,450 philately items brought by exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.

Chunghwa Post Co., the nation's official postal service, is hosting this year's exhibition, which is being held in Taiwan for the first time and coincides with the company's 120th founding anniversary.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel