A Testament of Friendship: Palasia at 20
If there is one structure that could attest to the relationship between Palau and Taiwan, then that would be the Palasia Hotel.
Twenty years ago, when the Palasia Hotel was built, the diplomatic ties between Palau and Taiwan was also established. This is according to Palasia’s very own Chairman of the Board Chen Shuh in an exclusive interview with Island Times during their 20th anniversary celebration on the evening of August 24.
VIPs comprised of big names in politics and the business industry of Palau graced the celebration.
“It is a very meaningful and beautiful day because it is our 20th anniversary. As you know, 20 years ago, when this hotel was built, the Republic of China and the Republic of Palau established the diplomatic relationship,” Chen said.
Chen said that the past 20 years for them had been successful with the help of their colleagues and team who are “warm and energetic.”
Chen also shared his visions for Palasia such as establishing a more competitive and better working environment and renovating facilities to strengthen architecture, among others.
One by one, VIPs arrived at the entrance, clad with their formal attires. Chairman Chen and the President of Palasia Hotel Ms. Doris Chin themselves welcomed each guest that came together with the hotel’s staff.
The hotel executives also did not fail to recognize the staff who had walked with them through thick and thin in the last 20 years by awarding them for their service.
Six staff from different departments namely Leylany Brel, Carlynn Ngirmidol, Jimmy Mistru, Sophia Ilab, Valerio Benamera, and Maria Luisa Moses were given certificates, trophies, and cash.
Vice President Raynold Oilouch, during his speech, said that Palasia hotel had weathered several economic downturn including the decrease of visitor arrivals but it has stayed with Palau “through thick and thin.”
Oilouch had also presented the Certificate of Appreciation that was signed by Palau’s President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. to express Palau’s appreciation for the hotel’s contribution in Palau.
The celebration lasted through the evening with the VIPs being entertained with fun song and dance presentations from the staff and Palauan dancers and singers.
On the following day, the Palauan people together with their foreign friends, were also united in the celebration by running together in the fun run hosted by the Palasia Hotel.
The celebration reflected the friendship that has been cultivated through the years not only among the hotel staff but with the Palauan community as a whole. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)