Cox credits success to Filipino spirit in House recognition

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ARMLESS but highly mobile pilot Jessica Cox-Chamberlain, a Filipino-American, was honored by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for landing the Guinness Book of World Records for rising above her disability.

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Clad in a barong, she faced the House of Representatives with nothing but praises for the “indomitable and tirelessly resilient Filipino spirit.”

Born with this rare defect, Cox-Chamberlain said: “I am proudly wearing my barong today because I owe much of my success to the Filipino’s indomitable spirit of not giving up, of having the strength to succeed and that with God, all things are possible.”

Cox-Chamberlain, born in the Eastern Samar in 1983 by her Filipino mother Ines Macabere hails from Eastern Samar, was recognized by the Lower House thru the House Resolution 907 filed by Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay City for inspiring women, especially with People With Disabilities, as the first ever armless person in the world to obtain a pilot license and fly an aircraft.

Cox-Chamberlain received her recognition alongside her husband, Patrick Chamberlain.

“Salamat po [Thank you] to Congresswoman Calixto Rubiano, for this great honor,” Cox-Chamberlain, who finished her Psychology degree in University of Arizona, added.

Cox-Chamberlain is in the Philippines until the third week of March to seek aid for her hometown of Mercedes, Eastern Samar, one of the areas battered by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year.

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