NEWLY- CROWNED Miss World Megan Young will get a commendation from Congress and a kiss from Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. when she comes home.
The House of Representatives will fete Young on October 14 as the first Filipina to win the Miss World crown in the pageant’s 63-year-old history.
“We will hand her a House Resolution which fetes her achievement. Hahalikan ko sa pisngi (I will kiss her on the cheek), just like a father,” said the 77-year-old Belmonte, a widower.
The House Resolution honoring Young was authored by Reps. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Tobias Tiangco of Navotas, Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga, Diosdado Arroyo of Camarines Sur, Lito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list, Jonathan dela Cruz of Abakada party-list, Victor Ortega of La Union, Philip Pichay of Surigao del Sur, Lani Mercado-Revilla of Cavite and Aleta Suarez of Quezon.
“We are proud of her and wish her success in her reign,” Belmonte added.
The 23-year-old Young is also a television actress and a film student in the College of Saint Benilde.
Before her historic win, the Philippines was first runner-up twice courtesy of Gwendoline Ruais (2011) and Evangeline Pascual (1973) while actress Ruffa Gutierrez was second runner-up in 1993.
Llanesca T. Panti