Filipinos also took part in 9/11 memorial ceremony

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.

Filipinos in UK to celebrate for the Royal Wedding

Filipinos in the United Kingdom are eagerly anticipating what has been dubbed as the “wedding of the decade” this Friday when Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. Emmanuel Guzman, third secretary and vice consul of the Philippine embassy in London, said there would be individual celebrations by Filipino groups all over England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which compose the United Kingdom. Filipino groups, composed mostly of nurses and health-care providers, will be holding barbecue parties, not only to celebrate the royal wedding but also to have the chance to get together and enjoy another day off from work. Guzman added the embassy would not lead any of the celebrations, although their office would be closed as the day was declared a holiday to encourage people to witness the royal event.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Meanwhile, the British embassy in Manila announced that the royal wedding tomorrow would be a national holiday and day of celebration across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The embassy said the 5.5 million British citizens who live overseas, including the estimated 15,000 who live in the Philippines, are expected to watch the wedding via live television broadcast from Westminster Abbey in London. The event will be a great opportunity to celebrate the friendship and strong relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines.

The wedding is to take place in the historic Westminster Abbey, the venue of 14 royal weddings and 38 coronations, as well as the final resting place of 17 monarchs.

The royal wedding, the embassy said, will mark the start of a tremendously exciting period for the UK, when the world will be watching and celebrating with them.

Unemployed increasing in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 3.1 million Filipinos were jobless in April, with the country’s jobless rate rising to 8%, despite faster-than-expected economic growth, according to the latest Labor Force Survey of the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO said the unemployment rate was higher than the previous 7.3% recorded in January, representing 2.8 million unemployed Filipinos for the month. It was also higher than the 7.5% jobless rate recorded in April 2009.

The jobless rate last touched the 8% mark in April 2008.

The statistics office did not specify a reason for the sharp jump in the jobless rate, though the total labor force inched down to 38.5 million in April from 38.8 million in January.

Underemployed workers — or those who want to work longer hours — fell to 6.3 million, or 17.8%, from 7.1 million in January. It was the lowest rate since October 2008.

About 59% of the under-employed worked for less than 40 hours a week, mostly coming from the agriculture sector.

The jobless rate climbed despite strong economic growth of 7.3% in the first quarter, the fastest since the second quarter of 2007 and beating market and government estimates. Seasonally adjusted growth in the January to March quarter was the highest in 22 years.

The Philippines has one of the highest jobless rates in Southeast Asia. With a report from Reuters

Filipino in Maryland, teacher of the month

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino teacher in Maryland has received the Teacher of the Month award from the Prince George’s County Public Schools, it was learned Sunday.

Lito Sayasa, who has been teaching for 19 years, has taught in the county for four years, according to the Prince George’s Country website.

Asked why he loves his work, he said: “I was inspired by an old Chinese proverb that states, ‘The most satisfying thing in life is to see a child confidently walk down the road on his own after you have shown him the way to go.’”

The principal at the Robert R. Gray Elementary School also praised Sayasa for being a “master teacher” who spends “countless hours” planning and preparing his teaching day.

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Filipino rescued from collapsed Haiti building

MANILA, Philippines – One of the four missing members of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations in earthquake-hit Haiti has been rescued, a spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Thursday.

In an interview, Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman, said that at 11:30 a.m. (Manila time), the military received a report that Corporal David Catacutan was rescued by members of the Philippine contingent at the Montana Hotel.

Brawner said that based on initial medical examination, Catacutan sustained bruises but was now recovering at the headquarters of the Philippine peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Brawner said that the family “has been informed about the rescue last night.”

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Filipino who saved lives during storm among TIME’s Top 10 heroes

A Filipino who sacrificed his life during the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) in September was named among TIME Magazine’s Top 10 heroes this year.

The international publication recognized the selflessness of 18-year-old Muelmar Magallanes, who braved raging currents, helping bring neighbors and relatives to safer ground when record rainfall submerged three-fourths of the Philippine capital.

“By the time the storm had unleashed its full fury, bringing the worst rains the region had seen in more than 40 years, Magallanes had changed the lives of dozens of family members and neighbors – and lost his own,” TIME said on its Web site.

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More Filipinos seen buying ‘fashion’ laptops

MANILA, Philippines – The economic squeeze is apparently not discouraging Filipinos from sacrificing fashion over function when it comes to buying laptops.

Taiwanese vendor Acer is positioning its Gateway brand to target this particular set of buyers, foreseeing growth for “fashion-related” notebook computers.

Gateway used to be an American brand until it was acquired by Acer two years ago, in a bid to step up its standing against rival vendors HP and Lenovo.

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Elderly Filipino couple battered to death in US

An elderly Filipino couple was found dead inside their home in Rockford, Illinois, Wednesday night.

The Winnebago county coroner’s office said 77-year-old Reynato Cardino and his 74-year-old wife Leticia died of blunt force trauma, indicating that they were battered to death.

The couple was found dead inside their Pleasant View Avenue home in Rockford a few days after returning from their vacation in Zamboanga, Philippines.

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Filipino killed in Afghanistan rocket attack

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino was killed and another Filipino was injured in a rocket attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan 11 days ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.

In a statement, the DFA identified the fatality as Norbert Malana Hobayan, who died from wounds suffered after being hit by rocket fire inside Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan last March 20.

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Poll: Pinoys believe first love never dies

MANILA, Philippines – More than half or 55 percent of Filipino adults believe that “first love never dies,” while seven out of 10 Filipinos agree with the statement, “If you love someone then set him free, if he/she comes back again it was meant to be,” the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported after a recent survey.

The Fourth Quarter 2008 Social Weather Survey was conducted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults divided into random samples of 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao and 600 in balance Luzon.

The December 2008 survey asked the respondents, “Naniniwala po ba kayo sa kasabihan na ang unang pag-ibig daw po ay hindi namamatay (Do you believe in the saying that first love never dies?)”

The survey showed that 59 percent of the respondents in the Visayas, 57 percent in Mindanao, and 52 percent each in balance Luzon and Metro Manila believed in the saying. [Read More...]