The first lady of Dominican Republic Mrs. Montilla de Medina led a delegation to visite Taiwan during Oct. 22nd to 25th. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs especially arranged them to stay in the Grand Hotel. We welcomed her with the highest honor of the hotel.
Mrs. Montilla de Medina and the delegation have arrived at 5:50 AM on Oct. 22nd. They are warmly welcomed by the Chairman Mr Lee Chien-Jung, the General Manager Mr Johnson Chiang and senior managers when they arrived. Although after a long journey, the first lady was still energetic. When she got off in front of the main entrance of the hotel, our colleagues sent their regards to her in Spanish. That has left a deep and wonderful impression to her.
For welcoming the first lady, the 24-hour reception of the Grand Hotel has done a lot of preparatory work, including the first lady’s working schedule and food preference. She likes light taste; she doesn’t eat fried food and red meat. That might be the first lady’s secret to keep her young looks and beauty even though she is already over fifty years old.
During Mrs. Montilla de Medina’s trip in Taiwan, in addition to meet with the President Ma and attended the banquet held by the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Shen-Yeaw Ko,she also visited the Department of Social Welfare and the Central Training Center, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training. On Oct 22nd, Mrs. Montilla de Medina was accompanied by our first lady Mrs. Christine Chow Mei-ching to visit the Children ARE Us Noodle Shop. Mrs. Montilla de Medina involves in social welfare activities and is devoted to promote the skills training program for disadvantaged children (street children and children with disabilities), children psychological counseling, children’s culture and music development and protection against family violence, etc. For enhancing the practical experience of directors in the first lady’s office, Mrs. Montilla de Medina wished to understand the current situation of the social welfare organization in Taiwan and to take that as a reference for the programs of social welfare in Dominican Republic.
At the end of her four-day trip, Mrs. Montilla de Medina said to the Chairman Lee Chien-Jung that she sincerely appreciated to the honorable services provided by the Grand Hotel. She was impressed by the Grand Hotel’s building. In addition, the warm greetings in Spanish made her feel at home. She wished to stay in the Grand Hotel again. The Chairman Lee Chien-Jung also presented the 60th anniversary wine “The Grand Hotel 60th Green” to Mrs. Montilla de Medina and gave her the news clipping of her visit of the Children ARE Us Noodle Shop with our first lady Mrs. Christine Chow Mei-ching. Mrs. Montilla de Medina indicated that both these two gifts will be a permanent memory for her trip in Taiwan.