House commends First Fil-Am armless pilot in world

March 5, 2014 10:53 am 

MANILA, March 4 — The House of Representatives on Tuesday commended Filipino-American Jessica Macabare Cox Chamberlain, the first armless pilot in the world for inspiring women especially those with disabilities with her exemplary accomplishments.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone handed to Chamberlain, who personally went to the House of Representatives with his husband Patrick Chamberlain, the recognition for her great achievements at the rostrum of the session hall.

Jessica thanked lawmakers for the honor extended to her especially Pasay City Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano who filed House Resolution 907 which was adopted paving the way for her commendation.

"I'm proudly wearing my Barong (Tagalog) today because I owe much my success to the Filipinos' indomitable spirit of not giving up, of having the strength to succeed and that with God, all things are possible," Chamberlain told members of the House or Representatives in her response.

She was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record as the first armless person in the world ever to have obtained a pilot's license and fly an aircraft.

Jessica was born without arms as a result of a rare birth defect on February 2, 1983 to a Filipina named Ines Gerado Macabere of Mercedes, Eastern Samar and Mr. William Cox from the United States of America.

The armless lady pilot is visiting her family's home town in Mercedes, Eastern Samar, one of the areas hit by super typhoon "Yolanda," and will be in the country until the third week of March.

She also visited Tacloban City to lend support to her "kababayan" especially those with disabilities. (PNA)



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