MALACANANG on Sunday hailed the first ever nomination of a Filipino-American as Chief Justice of California Supreme Court.

The nomination of Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye gave great honor to the Philippines following the tragic hostage incident last Monday, according to Palace aide Sonny Coloma.

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"Ang nomination po na yan ay nagpapahiwatig sa kahusayan at kadakilaan ng ating mamamayan," he added.

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, was nominated by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the vacancy of Chief Justice Ronald George when his term ends on January 2, 2011.

If appointed, Cantil-Sakauye would be the second woman chief justice of California and will serve for the prestigious post for the next 20 years.

Coloma said such circumstance proves that Filipinos are naturally skillful and could excel even in the foreign land.

"Lumilitaw po ang galing ng Pilipino lalo na pagdating sa pandaigdigan na larangan sapagkat likas sa atin ang kahusayan na yan," he stressed.

The nomination of Cantil-Sakauye will be decided on November 2.

Celebration for Venus Raj

The Palace is also mulling for a national celebration on the success Miss Philippines Venus Raj during the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

But Coloma said there is no official confirmation yet from the President of the proposed celebration.

He said that just like other heroes and athletes who have given pride to the country, Raj's contribution to history should also be recognized.

A red carpet welcome for the beauty queen is what Malacanang will likely prepare should Raj opted to a courtesy call before the President. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)