By Ernie Reyes
Yuka Saso beams as she proudly lifts the US Women’s OPen diadem (LPGA photo courtesy)
MANILA — Senator Joel Villanueva today congratulated Yuka Saso for her win at the 76th U.S. Women’s Open golf championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on Sunday, saying the fellow “Bulakenyo” has not only earned the country honor, but also provided Filipinos the much-needed inspiration during a very difficult time.
“I congratulate my fellow Bulakenyo for winning the prestigious US Women’s Open,” Villanueva, the Senate labor committee chair, said.
Saso, only 19 years old, is the first Filipino – and the youngest ever – to win the U.S. Women’s Open.
“Binibining Yuka Saso’s feat is doubly impressive, as the first Filipino and the youngest ever to triumph in one of the world’s toughest tournaments,” he added.
This win, according to Villanueva, is a welcome development to a country still fighting the ill effects of the pandemic.
“The victory of this Pinay millennial, who hails from San Ildefonso, Bulacan, is the good news we badly need today. That she did it through a combination of mental toughness and physical stamina should inspire us that we too can overcome the challenges that face us today,” Villanueva said.
Meanwhile, Senate President Ralph Recto also congratulated Yuka saying that her low winning score a blast of fresh air in season of high COVID cases’
“When we are assaulted daily by the high tally of COVID cases, here comes the low winning score of Yuka Saso like a blast of fresh air,” Recto said.
Recto added: “She inspires us that despite the handicaps and the hazards we face as a people, we too, can stage a comeback.”
“She joins the many gritty Filipina frontliners as a poster girl of our “Laban ‘Pinas!” battlecry,” Recto said. (AI/MTVN)