Palace welcomes Ariella Arida's 'Miss Universe' third runner-up finish in Moscow, Russia.

Posted on November 12, 2013

Malacañang on Sunday welcomed the third runner-up finish of Ariella Arida in this year's Miss Universe beauty pageant in Moscow, Russia and the victory of Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire Jr. over Vic Darchinyan in Texas, USA.

In a briefing over goverment-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said these two pieces of good news are a much-needed shot in the arm for Filipinos going through so much in the aftermath of the recent calamities.

"We appreciate the efforts to bring a little bit of a smile to the faces of countrymen who are going through so much in the aftermath of the typhoon," she said.

Arida and Donaire had dedicated their efforts to Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon 'Yolanda' (Haiyan), with Donaire also dedicating his fight to the victims of last month’s magnitude-7.2 quake.

"I think any sort of positive news to us is very welcome at this point," Valte said as she congratulated the two for bringing honor to the Philippines especially in these trying times.

Meanwhile, Valte agreed with observations that Filipinos are a hardy race, saying there is no doubt Filipinos will get up and rise again.

"We have no doubt that our citizens will get up and rise again. We have no doubt about it. We’ve seen that in the past. No matter how heavy the calamity we always manage to pick ourselves up and get back to our normal lives," she said.

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