Congressional honor for 2013 Miss International
Manila, Philippines – The Congressional Medal of Distinction, the highest honor that Congress can bestow, will be conferred on Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago who was crowned 2013 Miss International in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday night.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., yesterday said the Lower Chamber will adopt a resolution conferring the Congressional Medal of Distinction to 23-year- old Santiago, who dedicated her victory to Yolanda and earthquake victims.
Belmonte said Santiago can expect the adoption of the resolution when Congress buckles down to work on January 20, 2014.
“We will give her the recognition she deserves, the same congressional award we gave to Megan Young,” the House Chief said in an interview. Miss Young is the first Filipina to be crowned in the 63-year beauty pageant.
House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list rallied behind the conferment of such distinction to Santiago.
“I support the conferment of the distinction. Miss Santiago is a symbol of a true Filipina, putting the interest of her countrymen before hers,” he said in a separate interview.
Among the recipients of the congressional medal are the late comedian Dolphy, and boxing champ and Sarangani Rep.Manny Pacquiao, the first House member who got such honor.
In 2004, former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was laid to rest last Sunday was also conferred with the same congressional honor.