October 17, 2013

Miss World Meets the President!

Miss World 2013 Megan Young today had the great honour of being invited for an audience at the Malacang Palace with President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines.

A day full of special meetings, today Miss World visited first Congress, then the President, and is now on her way to the House of Representatives.
Speaking this afternoon Megan said “Visiting Senate, Congress and President Benigno Aquino III today has been a wonderful experience, something I never expected to happen. I feel very privileged to have been invited here.  It is the greatest honour any Filipino citizen could receive.”

“Winning the Miss World title and returning home to the Philippines to see the joy and celebration has been more than I could have ever dreamed of.  Being able to share this with everybody has filled me with happiness and pride and I will take this away with me. I will never forget this feeling and I want to thank everyone for their support.”

“I promise to not only represent Miss World over the coming year, but also my Filipino brothers and sisters as I embark on this wondrous journey to bring hope to the many people who need our help in the Philippines and around the world.”

Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Organisation said: "I am delighted that Megan is receiving these awards in her country. She certainly deserves this wonderful recognition. We would like to thank Benigno Aquino III for receiving us, it is a great honour. Over the next year we have committed to visiting as many of the poorest regions of The Philippines as we can, in support of the most disadvantaged people."

Cory Quirino said: "What more fitting a tribute for a Queen like Miss World 2013 Megan Young than to be in Malacanang Palace to meet the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III. Truly an honor for us all."
Miss World's meeting with Congress also saw the passing of House Resolution No 350, an official resolution "Congratulating Megan Lynne Young for Winning the Miss World 2013" title. This recognition was just one of many heartfelt and truly staggering signs of appreciation and support that Megan has received during her homecoming, with the air of jubilation and happiness following her wherever she goes.
Miss World’s audiences with the President and the Senate come after 4 days of touring the Philippines. After her victory parade through the streets of Manila on Friday, Megan returned to the city of Olongapo. Having recently been devastated by Typhoon ‘Santi’, Olongapo City welcomed the festive mood the return of Megan Young brought to the atmosphere with the local population lining the streets and cheering her return.
Joined by Miss World Chairman Julia Morley, Miss World Licensee Cory Quirino, and Megan’s mother Vicky Young, Miss World arrived at the steps of City Hall, where she was met by Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino.
Megan then addressed the assembled crowds and was awarded with certificates of recognition for “bringing pride to the Philippines and shining a spotlight on the beauty of Olongapo and Zambales.”
Whilst in Olongapo, Miss World visited the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital to see those affected by a leptospirosis outbreak caused by the flooding of recent weeks. Megan spent time with those in the hospital, giving words of encouragement and raising the spirits of those in care. Miss World has also been to visit the Philippines General Hospital this morning, and the Tuloy Foundation yesterday, both of which receive attention and funding from the national and international ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ charity initiatives set up by the Miss World Organisation.
These visits bring cheer to the patients in their care, and also a chance for the Miss World Organisation to see how their funding has improved the institutions and to speak with staff to see what more can be done.

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