Centenarian Naturalized Based on Contributions to the Nation under Revised Nationality Act
Centenarian Fr. Andres Diaz de Rabago of the Jesuits became the first foreign national to be naturalized in Taipei for his special contribution to the country under the revised Nationality Act.The revised law, which was amended on December 21, 2016, allows foreigners to naturalize without losing his or her original nationality.Born in Spain on October 3, 1917, Fr. Diaz de Rabago arrived in Taiwan as a missionary in 1969. With doctorates in both medicine and theology, he taught at National Taiwan University College of Medicine and trained numerous talented students over 47 years. Vice President Chen Chien-jen praised the centenarian as someone with the vigor of a Spanish bullfighter, the passion of a flamenco dancer, the diverse thinking of Picasso and Gaudi, and the religious mission of Ignatius and Xavier. Having received the Order of the Brilliant Star medal in 2015, the city government, on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior, notified Fr. Diaz de Rabago about naturalization based on his achievements on February 3. Commissioner of Civil Affairs Lan Shih-tsung and Director Huang Ling-yu of National Immigration Agency’s Taipei Service Station visited him to inform him about the successful naturalization application with assistance from the Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office. He embraced the commissioner and expressed his thanks to the people of Taiwan for their love. Lan remarked that the centenarian is already a member of Taipei City and thanked him for his sacrifice to Taiwan over the years.