October 17, 2013

Miss World Receives Medal of Distinction

The homecoming of Miss World 2013 Megan Young has been a rollercoaster ride of excitement and energy, meeting people from all walks of life in the Philippines. However, one of the greatest moments came at the end of her homecoming.

Yesterday afternoon, Megan visited the House of Representatives where she was presented with the Congressional Medal of Distinction, becoming only the third person ever to receive this award. This is the highest honour that the House of Representatives can award to a Filipino citizen.
The Resolution was put to the house by Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II and Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora.  The resolution praised Megan for being an outstanding inspiration to all Filipinos.

Yesterday as a whole was a momentous day for Miss World 2013, Megan Young.  Her first visit was to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where she visited young patients on the paediatric ward along with Julia Morley and Miss World Philippines chairperson Cory Quirino. Megan personally visited many patients, talking with each of them.

At a meeting with the Director of the hospital, Chairman and CEO of Miss World Organisation announced that Miss World will donate money required to build a new school within the hospital. 
The project will begin immediately.  Mrs Morley and Megan discussed their fundraising efforts with the directors and further funds were pledged by Cory Quirino, Chairwoman of Miss World Philippines to raise funds toward a new emergency room for the hospital.
Megan and the Miss World team then headed to Senate where Megan was commended for winning the Miss World 2013 title.  Senator Grace Poe adopted a resolution and praised Megan for showing Filipina simplicity to the world.  After Poe's speech, Megan was presented the Senate Commendation by the Leader of the Senate.
Following this great honour, Julia Morley and Megan were invited to the Presidential Palace at the special invitation of President Benigno Aquino III. 
They met with the President for over an hour and discussed the two major projects that Miss World is involved with over the coming year.  The two projects are the Tuloy Foundation for street children and PGH, Manila’s biggest hospital which is in desperate need of equipment and renovation.
Since her arrival on Thursday night, the hospitality and outpouring of support for Megan has been at an unprecedented level, and it will long live in the memories of Miss World 2013, as she begins her reign.

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