After 10 years of the event that changed the world on a clear morning of September 11, 2001, Filipinos took part in the mourning and remembering of the nearly 3,000 victims of the tragic event.
A total of 2,753 names were read aloud by family members during the memorial service which were graced by Former US President, George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush, and incumbent US President , Barrack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, men and women of the US Armed Forces.
All family members had sweet words and touching messages for their loved ones. Part of the families that participated in the memorial are the families of the 20 Filipinos who also perished in the 9-11 attacks. There were 18 Filipinos who were killed at the World Trade Center buildings and 2 who were on board the airplanes that crashed into the twin towers.
Anisia Capito Abrabar, sister of Marlyn Capito Bautista who worked at Marsh & McLennan Co., said: “We love you and we miss you. You are always in our hearts.”
Ian Tamayo, whose father Hector was a project manager for the Vanderbilt Group,” said: “My father Hector Tamayo, you were a star so bright, so bold, now in the heavens where you belong. Your light still shines down here to us as if that light was in fact our own. We love you, we miss you, we thank you.”
Corazon Fernandez described her daughter Judy Hazel, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, as “amazing and beautiful.” “Judy, you gave us so much joy. We miss you so much. You’ll always be in our hearts. Your kuya Rich, Liza, your nephew Derick, ate Emma, Tim and your nieces Emily and Avery love you,” she said.
Here’s a list of the 20 Filipinos killed in the September 11 attacks:
1. Grace Alegre-Cua, 40, accountant for Chuo Mitsui Trust and Banking Co.
2. Cesar A. Alviar, 60, accountant for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
3. Marlyn C. Bautista, 46, worked at the Accounts Payable Department of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
4. Cecile M. Caguicla, 55, Assistant Vice President of Finance of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
5. Jayceryll M. deChavez, 24, assistant to the portfolio manager of Fiduciary Trust International
6. Benilda Pascua Domingo, 37, utility worker for ABM Industries
7. Ramon Grijalvo, 58, computer programmer for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield
8. Frederick Kuo Jr., 53, mechanical engineer for Washington Group International
9. Arnold A. Lim, 28, analyst for Fiduciary Trust International
10. Manuel L. Lopez, 54, corporate tax manager for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
11. Carl Allen Peralta, 37, broker at Cantor Fitzgerald
12. Rufino Conrado F. Santos III, 37, computer consultant for Accenture
13. David Marc Sullins, 30, a paramedic at Cabrini Hospital
14. Hilario Soriano (Larry) Sumaya Jr., 42, technology manager for Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
15. Hector Tamayo, 51, project manager for Vanderbilt Group Inc.
16. Maria Theresa Santillan, 27, customer service representative for eSpeed
17. Judy Hazel Fernandez, 27, benefits specialist for Cantor Fitzgerald
18. Cynthia Motus-Wilson, 52, head receptionist at International Office Centers Corp.
19. Ruben Ornedo, 39, propulsion engineer for Boeing Co.
20. Ronald Gamboa, 33, store manager at Gap
Aside from the memorial ceremony in Ground Zero. Simultaneous memoials also happened in Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvannia.