Fashion Show Out But Still a Star-Studded PHL Congress

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CONGRESSWOMAN Lucy Torres Gomez, one of the stars in the House of Representatives.

    A former beauty queen, a former President and showbiz personalities and celebrities turned politicians led those who attended the star-studded opening  of the First Regular Session of the 17th Congress on July 25 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
    But unlike the previous years, most of the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives came in simpler dress in keeping with the wishes of President Rodrigo Duterte.

    The celebrity lawmakers included Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, Binibining Pilipinas International 1996 who took over from her husband, former congressman Martin Romualdez, Ormoc City Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, former President now Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, actor turned Quezon City Rep. Alfredo Vargas and newly elected Manila third district Rep. John Marvin Yul Servo Nieto and Makati City Rep. Monsiour del Rosario.

    Congresswoman Romualdez pointed out the importance for the country to host the next Miss Universe pageant as this would be a big boost to tourism, and encourage new investments that would provide jobs and elevate the Philippines’ national pride, according to published reports.

    Wearing polo barong, former President-turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was acquitted of a plunder case by the Supreme Court, returned to the House of Representatives wearing a neck brace because of her spine problem.
    Another big showbiz star-turned lawmakers who also attended the opening of session was Lipa City Rep. Rosa Vilma Santos-Recto, a former governor of Batangas and mayor of Lipa City, and her husband, Sen. Ralph Recto.
    Newly elected Manila fourth district Rep. Edward Maceda, a former councilor and son of the late Senator Ernesto Maceda and Marichu Vera Perez Maceda of the Vera Perez movie family, was also there,
    In a report, Ryan Ponce Pacpaco quoted Romualdez saying that hosting an international beauty pageant, especially the Miss Universe contest, is “illustrious as winning the crown itself” because beauty contests have been a global phenomenon for decades.
       
    Romualdez is known not only for her beauty and brains but also for her innate simplicity, good-naturedness, dedication to her family, and for being a staunch advocate of women and children’s rights, it was reported.
       
    She is the wife of former House Independent Bloc Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, president of both the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
       
    Romualdez vowed to continue the fight that her husband has initiated, especially in the continued rebuilding of Leyte’s first congressional district which was pummeled by Super Typhoon Yolanda that struck Eastern Visayas more than two years ago.
       
    “Tacloban City will remain to be Region VIII’s trading hub. Let us fulfill our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos better economy and better lives,” said Yedda Romualdez.
       
    She vowed to push for free education and improved health services, better livelihood and job opportunities, ensuring public safety from various calamities, justice and equality, eliminate corruption and red tape, fight efficiency in public service, and delivery of other social services for Filipinos.
       
    The lady lawmaker is committed to continuing the “malasakit” (compassion) legacy of the Romualdez family in public service, including helping Yolanda victims — farmers and fishermen, youth sector, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

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