Mayor Cheng stands with models in festive costumes. Photo: Taoyuan New Immigrants/Facebook

Taiwan’s Taoyuan City is celebrating Flores de Mayo, an important Filipino festival, between May 4 and June 30 at Taoyuan New Immigrants Culture Center. The festival invites everyone in town to explore a wealth of vibrant Filipino culture.

Flores de Mayo, a major festival in the Philippines, is one of the May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary and lasts for the entire month, the Commons Daily reported.

The renowned Filipino artist Mario Subeldia was invited to design colorful costumes for the carnival. The exhibition, Philippine Festival Exhibition Flores De Mayo not only showcases Subeldia’s art and costumes, but also boasts multi-media mosaic paintings and interactive installations.

The new immigrant population in Taoyuan is currently about 60,000, of whom about 22,000 come from Southeast Asian countries. Filipino nationals account for 1,800 individuals in the city, said Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan in his opening speech, adding that he has been impressed by the Filipinos who are so energetic and full of passion that they are almost natural-born singers and artists.

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