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Arida, Donaire are reasons to smile – Palace

Malacanang lauded two Filipinos who won in their respective “battles” yesterday and gave their countrymen reasons to smile in times of crisis.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte congratulated Miss Philippines Ariella Arida for her third runnerup finish in the Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant in Moscow, Russia and boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire for scoring a technical knockout victory against Vic Darchinyan in the United States.

“Any sort of positive news would be very welcome and we extend our congratulations to Miss Arida and the Filipino Flash for excelling in their particular fields,” Valte said in a radio interview over State-run Radyo ng Bayan.

“We appreciate the efforts to bring a little bit of a smile to our countrymen who are going on so much in the aftermath of the typhoon,” she added.

Donaire and Arida’s wins were seen as a glimmer of hope to calamity-stricken Filipinos who have been facing their own toughest battles this year.

In a span of two months, the country was hit by a deadly magnitude-7.2 earthquake and typhoon Yolanda.

“We have no doubt our citizens will get up and rise again. We’ve seen in the past that no matter how heavy the calamity is, we’ve always managed to pick ourselves up and get back to our normal lives,” Valte said. (PNA)