Taiwan Excellence starts the Christmas season with Experience Zone 2

It was a busy weekend with the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 last September 29 – October 1, fittingly kicking off the holiday season. The interactive event was held at the SM Mall of Asia, and showcased Taiwan’s best brands with the esteemed Taiwan Excellence seal.

Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) implements the Taiwan Excellence campaign to promote innovative and superior-quality products, and encourage Taiwan innovators to continue transforming current technologies.

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Director Mr. Raymond Chen, TAITRA President and CEO Mr. Walter M. S. Yeh, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) Mr. James Shi Chu, TAITRA Chairman Mr. James C. F. Huang, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and CEO Mr. Angelito Banayo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., and PBA player Mr. Doug Kramer graced the opening in the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone, highlighting its sports and leisure and products.

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More than just sadness

I started drafting this post last Saturday after reading a post on James Deakin’s page about a certain car that drove off the 4th or 5th level of a parking building. What struck we was a certain comment saying that the girl who’s driving the car committed suicide because of a broken heart. May her soul rest in peace. I got curious about what happened so I searched for her Facebook account. (more…)

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Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph

Yes to more discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph!

Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.

While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.

With that, Travelbook.ph, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

Just this July, Travelbook.ph launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.

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