Tai­wan Cel­e­brates 107 and Saint Lu­cia gets Cake!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Thurs­day, the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic if China (Tai­wan) hosted, in grand style, a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the coun­try’s 107th na­tional day. This is not the first Oc­to­ber 4 event when the em­bassy has in­vited hun­dreds of Saint Lu­cians to join in the fun. Last year fea­tured a no­table per­for­mance by Ron­ald “Boo” Hink­son, Min­is­ter Bradley Felix and STAR pub­lisher Rick Wayne. At this year’s cel­e­bra­tion the em­bassy did not re­ceive the same hon­our, but it was none­the­less noth­ing short of fun.

The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band played all the right tunes of lo­cal folk mu­sic, ca­lypso, soca and a few na­tive Tai­wanese sounds. Dancers flaunted ex­trav­a­gant Wob Dwiyets and in­vited mem­bers of the em­bassy and Saint Lu­cians alike to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion on the dance floor. The Tai­wanese tra­di­tional folk char­ac­ter “The Prince” was spot­ted coax­ing sev­eral guests to par­tic­i­pate in the cul­tural brew.

Am­bas­sador Dou­glas Shen was not there for the spe­cial date but his bases were cov­ered, in­clud­ing for the cake­cut­ting num­ber. His chargé d’af­faires, Bill Shih-Chang Huang hap­pily sliced the edi­ble Tai­wanese flag that was later shared among the guests.

Shar­ing the cake at Thurs­day evening's cel­e­bra­tions. From left to right: Mr. Bill Shih-Chang Huang, chargé d'af­faires of the Em­bassy of Tai­wan, Mrs. Jean­nine Gi­raudy-Mcin­tyre, Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Se­nate and Le­nard Montoute, MP for Gros Islet.

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