House salutes Fil-Am armless pilot

The House of Representatives on Tuesday honored Filipino-American Jessica Cox who is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record as the first armless registered pilot.

Cox and husband Patrick prepare
to board a flight at the Ninoy
Aquino International Airport.
In Pasig City, she hosted a
fund-rasing event for the benefit
of Yolanda survivors in the Visayas.
Eric B. Apolonio
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. awarded to Cox a plaque of recognition at the plenary session hall.

“I’m proudly wearing my Barong (Tagalog) today because I owe much my success to the Filipino’s indomitable spirit if not giving up, of having the strength to succeed and that with God, all things are possible,” said Cox, 31, who was accompanied by her husband Patrick Chamberlain.

Belmonte gave to Cox House Resolution 907, authored by Pasay Rep. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, to highlight the chamber’s commemoration of International Women’s Month.

Cox, who was born without arms as a result of a rare birth defect, is a daughter of Ines Garado Macabare of Mercedes, Eastern Samar and American William Cox.

She earlier visited Tacloban City to lend support to the typhoon victims, especially people with disabilities.

Dropping by the Air Asia office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Cox met pilots and crew before trying out the airline’s kiosk to book a flight using her feet.


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