NI: Kristina Orfiano
“We choose Mikey Bustos because last year he is our ambassador, he is our spoke person and the performance of his job is very great and very outstanding and also a lot of Filipino tourist came and his influence is very big.
“So this year, we think of him again to come over again and again in Taipei. And we think that his style (promoting Taipei) ay magugustuhan ng mga Filipino,” proud na pag kukuwento ni Mr. Yi-ting Liu, commissioner ng Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City sa pamamagitan ng kanyang interpreter.
Visa-free ang Taiwan kaya isa ito sa dahilan kung bakit lumobo ang turista nila noong 2018 kaya sa ginanap na mediacon ng Undiscovered Taipei ay muling natanong si commissioner Yi-ting Liu kung extended ba ang programang ito. At base sa lumabas na balita extended na ang visa-free hanggang July 31, 2020.
Samantala, masayang ibinalita rin na ang Taipei, Taiwan ang unang bansa sa Asya na legal ang same sex marriage.
Kaya naman natanong si Mikey kung may plano sila ng partner niyang si RJ Cruz na i-level up ang kanilang relasyon.
“Who knows, maybe sometime in the future but going to Taiwan with my partner was actually really need because it’s our first vacation out of the country as couple. That was other level to travel for both of us. Follow the Mikey Bustos blog for the plans in another level, ha, ha, ha,” say nito.
Kamakailan lang nag-out si Mikey bilang miyembro ng LGBTQ kaya natanong siya kung anong romantic na lugar na pasyalan sa Taipei.
“Well, if you’re proud of LGBTQ like me, you can go to Ximending, where they have places there you can hang out. Great places to take photos, in front of Taipei 101 and a lot more.”
At ang sarap daw ng pakiramdam ngayon ni Mikey dahil, “We feel free and proud.”
Ano naman ang puwedeng advise ni Mikey sa mga miyembro ng LGBT na hindi pa nag-out.
“Well my advice, first of all, there’s no schedule. The universe appear the right moment for you to say, I Am who I Am!
“It’s a mutual decision for me and my partner, we’ve been dating for almost 7 years now, so it was just time. I’m almost 38 (years old) and, I’ve really want to be authentic to deliver that message,” saad pa ng Taipei’s ambassador.
Anyway, nagpapasalamat ang binata dahil muli siyang kinuha bilang ambassador, “this is my second year as ambassador of Taipei and truly honored and grateful for this and to be able to visit Taipei.
“The first time for vacation. Last December (2018), I was invited for Filipino day to perform and the two (visits) was for promoting.”
Paboritong lugar ni Mikey ay ang, “the area that has hot springs, it really great. I also vlog the hot springs really amazing, it’s good for the skin, that was a new for me and food is excellent in Taipei and my favorite is anything with beef, stinky tofu, dried beef noodles is really good.”