‘Taiwan’s Penghu Islands’ of ‘Travelscope’ wins two Emmy awards

The “Taiwan’s Penghu Islands” series, hosted by Joseph Rosendo, won the Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Host awards at the 44th Daytime Creative (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--The “Taiwan’s Penghu Islands” series, hosted by Daytime Emmy Awards winner Joseph Rosendo,  won the Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program and Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Family Viewing Program awards at the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on April 28, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Wayne Liu  said on his Facebook account on Saturday.  

After the joint production of “Taiwan Lantern Festival” and “Iron Pathway” by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau and U.S.-based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Penghu Islands series of Travelscope received unprecedented four Emmy nominations.

Even though the Penghu series missed out on Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program and Outstanding Cinematography, it has won record high international acclaim as a travel program for Taiwan, Liu said.

The Penghu Archipelago is located in the Taiwan Straits – a chain of 64 isles and islets – 20 inhabited – 50-minutes by air from the capital of Taipei. 

The entire itinerary of the Penghu series is explored through traveling by the means of motorcycle, yacht, bamboo raft, snorkeling, and even ox cart, chasing the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the island. Rosendo spent time with local fishermen to experience their daily lives, fishing in the open sea, docking and unloading fishes at a local fishing harbor; auctioning fishes, drying fishes in Jingan, and learning oyster farming at a leisure fishery farm. After experiencing a fisherman’s life, Rosendo explored a modest farming village to enjoy a leisurely ox-cart ride on the country roads of Nanliao. He also learned how to paste the wall with ox manure from the locals, as well as the skill of making incense with Penghu’s herbs at the Erkan Historical House.

Rosendo thanked his wife, producer of the series, for winning the Emmy awards, in an emotional speech after the ceremony.

Cathy Hung, the deputy director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau's LA office, said that the Travelscope series has helped boost Taiwan tourism in the U.S. territory, which is attested by a U.S. official report in 2015 that Taiwan has surpassed Korea and Thailand as the sixth overseas travel destination among American people.