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Highest Ranking Filipino-American Naval Officer in the U.S.

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Very soon, the Vice Admiral of the United States Navy may soon be (officially) be given to the granddaughter of a WWII Filipino veteran and a Filipino-American herself, besides also holding a simultaneous title as Defense Health Agency director.

Rear Adm. Raquel C. Bono today is currently a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who was commissioned in 1979. She got her degree from the University of Texas at Austin and began her medical education at Texas Tech University and completed a surgical internship and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk.

In 1990, she saw action during the first gulf war. Landing back stateside after two years, she began her rounds as general surgeon, surgical intensivist, attending surgeon, command intern coordinator, division head of Trauma, and various other titles at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In 1999, she was assigned to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She returned back to Portsmouth four years later as director for Medical–Surgical Services. Then, for two years, she became executive assistant to the 35th Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, followed by being the commanding officer Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, for three years.

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Bono for promotion. If this pushes through, she will be the highest ranking Filipino-American naval officer in the U.S.

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More Fil-Ams May Seek Medical Care in Philippines

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A new bill is being drafted that will allow United States Medicare beneficiaries to travel to the Philippines for medical reasons, according to Eric Lachica, a lobbyist who is working to get the bill introduced. The new bill would allow Medicare to reimburse certain hospitals in the Philippines directly for Guam residents, thus allowing for the full export of Medicare benefits to the Philippines. Lachica said there are about 400,000 Filipino-Americans in the U.S. mainland, and about 200,000 have seriously expressed interest in retiring in their homeland to take advantage of the low cost of living.

Currently, because of proximity, Guam Medicare residents are allowed to travel to the Philippines to seek medical care for procedures not currently offered on Guam. The patient is then directly reimbursed for the medical visit.

Read more at Marianas Variety

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Filipino-American Victims to be Remembered at 9-11 Anniversary Memorial Services

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Second plane strike at the World Trade Center on 9/11

Filipino-American organizations are commemorating and remembering the 20 victims of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, twenty people who had Filipino origins. Two of those were actually on board the planes that hit the twin towers. Their biographies will be read at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Vigil for Filipino American Families on Sept. 9, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm at the Asian American Writers Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor, New York, NY. This event is open to the public.

The sponsors of the event are as follows:

  • Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Metro New York Chapter;
  • Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI);
  • Kalusugan Coalition, Inc.;
  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association;
  • Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE);
  • Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE);
  • UniPro, BaranGAY, NYU International Filipino Association (IFA);
  • Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) in New York Committee.

There was also one other Filipino-American who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania.

The name-reading activity was suppose to be part of the upcoming memorial celebrations but Mayor Bloomberg decided to scrap this tradition. A lot of the family members were angered when this announcement was made, saying the reading should remain part of the ceremonies. Still, there are others who agree to discontinue it as a requirement.

Half-way around the world, Marie Rose Abad, a New York-born daughter from an Italian immigrant family and one of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, has her name emblazoned in a village in the Philippines called the Marie Rose Abad Village where her Philippine-born American husband, Rudy Abad, had a community of about 50 one-story houses built in 2004 in her memory. Marie Rose was a senior executive at the 89th-floor office of the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when the second plane slammed the building.

The 21 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who died in the World Trade Center attacks and the Pennsylvania plane crash were the following:

  • Grace Alegre Cua;
  • Cesar A. Alviar;
  • Marlyn C. Bautista;
  • Cecile M. Caguicla;
  • Jayceryll M. de Chavez;
  • Benilda Pascua Domingo;
  • Judy Hazel Fernandez;
  • Ramon Grijalvo;
  • Frederick Kuo Jr.;
  • Arnold A. Lim;
  • Manuel L. Lopez;
  • Carl Allen Peralta;
  • Maria Theresa Santillan;
  • Rufino Conrado (Roy) F. Santos;
  • David Marc Sullins;
  • Hilario (Larry) S. Sumaya;
  • Hector Tamayo;
  • Cynthia Betita Motus Wilson;
  • Ronald Gamboa (plane crash);
  • Ruben Ornedo (plane crash);
  • Manolito Kaur (plane crash).

Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama are expected to attend the Ground Zero memorial services. The 9/11 attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including 246 victims on the four planes and 411 emergency workers from the FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and EMT.

Sources: Inquirer Global Nation | Filipino Reporter | Huffington Post | Wikipedia

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Long Beach honors October as Filipino-American History Month

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Long Beach’s Filipino-American population will now be honored in October, as City Council unanimously voted to officially designate October as Filipino-American History Month last Tuesday evening.

First District Councilman Robert Garcia, the primary author of the council resolution, said approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Long Beach area, and that number is likely to increase once 2010 U.S. Census data is tallied.

According to City Council documents, the United States Congress currently is considering legislation (H.R. 155) to grant official status to Filipino American History Month.

The Long Beach City Council declared the boundaries of the city’s Filipino Neighborhood in 1992, which are Santa Fe Avenue from 20th Street to Spring Street.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Top 10 Reasons Why There Couldn’t Be a Filipino-American US President

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(Probably inspired by The David Letterman Show.)

10. The White House is not big enough for in-laws and extended relatives.

9. There are not enough parking spaces at the White House for 2 Honda Civics, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 Toyota Corollas, a Mercedes Benz, a BMW, and an MPV (My Pinoy Van).

8. Dignitaries generally are intimidated by eating with their fingers at State dinners.

7. There are too many dining rooms in the White House – where will they put the picture of the Last Supper?

6. The White House walls are not big enough to hold a pair of giant wooden spoon and fork.

5. Secret Service staff won’t respond to ‘psst… psst’ or hoy hoy hoy.

4. Secret Service staff will not be comfortable driving the presidential car with a Holy Rosary hanging on the rear view mirror, or the statue of the Santo Nino on the dashboard.

3. No budget allocation to purchase a Karaoke music-machine for every room in the White House.

2.. State dinners do not allow ‘Take Home’.

And the number 1 reason why there couldn’t be a Filipino-American U.S. President is…

1. Air Force One does not allow overweight Balikbayan boxes!

Note: This came from a group e-mail that’s been going around for some time now. I’m not sure if this list actually came out of David Letterman’s show. So, don’t hold me or against it in whatever way.

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US Anti-outsourcing Bill a Filipino-American Concern

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The recent anti-outsourcing bill proposed by Senator Charles Schumer is a source of concern for the Filipino American community.  The Shcumer bill, places a tax on outsourcing and Filipinos in the U.S. it is going to hurt businesses in the Philippines and give the U.S. a bad image. The bill puts a 25-cent tax on each call made to a call center based outside the U.S. Members of the Filipino-American community traveled to the capital to visit Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer to express their opposition to the bill. A letter from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) to Sen. Schumer said that the proposal is incongruous with the impression of America as a big brother.

The proposal has passed in the House. It is now in the Senate for scrutiny and its primary purpose is to create a disincentive for outsourcing.

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Disney movie UP created by Fil-Ams

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Among the Best Picture awards nominated this year is Disney Pixar’s tenth full-length computer animated film UP. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster movie grossed more than $720 million worldwide and has been hailed as one of Disney’s best-animated movies.

Fil-Am animators Ronnie del Carmen and Ricky Nierva are part of the Academy Award-nominated Pixar team.

Del Carmen served as the Oscar nominated movie UP’s storyboard supervisor and Nierva led the production design team.

Read more at Asian Journal

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm