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Friday, September 11, 2009

Filipino Victims of September 11

For eight years, I have been wondering how many Filipinos died in the 9/11 tragedy. Specifically, I was curious who died in WORLD TRADE CENTER. I hope people in the world will not forget that these people lost their lives in an untimely death. I believe that the terrorists are responsible for this tragedy. These victims need JUSTICE.
All the captions found below are from LEGACY.COM Website. Please visit the site to know the names of the other victims. GOD BLESS AMERICA and MABUHAY ANG BAYANING PILIPINO. They are the unsung heroes.

Grace Alegre-Cua, 40, Glen Rock, N.J.
Grace Alegre and Ildefons Cua found romance at the south tower. They have two children, Nicole, 13, and Patrick, 9. She works at Chuo Mitsui Trust & Banking Company for 14 years. "She was very smart," he said, "but I couldn't hire her. I don't know if we were in love right away, but I was interested because of her beauty and sweetness."

Cesar A. Alviar, 60, Bloomfield, N.J.

His wife always drove Mr. Alviar to the bus station in Bloomfield so, he could get to his job as an accountant at Marsh & McLennan on the 94th floor of World Trade Center-1 . "He always kissed me before he got out," she said. But on Sept. 11, he hesitated after the kiss. "It was like he wanted to say something, but because I was rushing, I just said goodbye."

Marlyn C. Bautista, 46, Iselin, N.J.
She was a born organizer works in the accounts payable department and liked to get there early "just to get things started" and stay late "to make sure everything was finished all right," her husband said. "That was her style, always making sure everything was in its place." Mrs. Bautista helped sponsor a town festival in Dagupan, in her native Philippines.

Days after the attacks, fellow passengers from Marlyn Bautista's Metro Park Loop bus came looking for her. They had been riding the bus with her for nearly five years and didn't know exactly where she lived, said Rameses, "so they went house to house trying to find her." He said it was a comfort to have them at her memorial service. "I've been trying to tell myself I'm tough," said Rameses. "But sometimes when I'm alone, it hits me."

Cecile M. Caguicla, 55, Boonton, N.J.

She had emigrated from the Philippines in 1975, was an Assistant Vice-President in the corporate accounting department at Marsh & McLennan. After parting on Sept. 11 from her best friend Maria Luciano, Ms. Caguicla went to Mass, as was her daily custom. Then she went to the 98th floor of One World Trade Center, where the first hijacked plane struck her office. Ms. Caguicla and 20 colleagues were killed in the attack, Luciano said.

Born in the Philippines, graduated from Saint Paul's College in Manila. With her accountant's training, she moved to San Francisco and then to Astoria, Queens, in 1975. In 1989, she and Luciano bought the ranch house in Boonton on a one-acre lot. On weekends, Ms. Caguicla tried her hand at cooking or she would indulge her gift for drying and arranging hydrangeas and other flowers.

One day this summer, she got so many compliments on the sunflower arrangement she created for her desk that she brought bouquets for the rest of the office, Luciano said. Ms. Caguicla was also extremely private. "I didn't know her age until now. I didn't know her salary. I didn't know she was an assistant vice president," said Ms. Luciano. "I only knew when she was named employee of the year." Also surviving are five sisters, Nita C. Cruz of Boonton Township, Mercy C. Chavez, Luli C. Rodriguez, Chona C. Soriano, Gerie C. RaƱa and her brother, Ricky M. Caguicla. Profile by Rebecca Goldsmith published in THE STAR-LEDGER.

Jayceryll M. de Chavez, 24, Carteret, N.J.
He was smart but soft-spoken. He worked as an assistant to the portfolio manager at Fiduciary Trust, a job that his parents said he loved, in Tower 2. He just passed the first level of a test to become a financial analyst. He was eager to take a review class for the next level next month. He had been at the top of his class from elementary school through Rutgers, where he studied finance and economics. He was at his desk on the 95th floor of the South Tower early on the morning of Sept. 11.

Benilda Pascua Domingo, 37, New York, N.Y.
When her visa came through, she brought the three children Daryl,Yvonne and Lucki Angel to America. She planned to return to Laoag City to marry Mr. Gabriel, father of his children and bring him over to the US too. She left the two younger children with her parents in Hawaii, and took the eldest with her to New York. She found work with an office-cleaning company. "She was so proud that she was hired at the W.T.C.," her sister- in-law recalled by telephone from Canada.

Ramon Grijalvo, 58
An employee of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Frederick Kuo, 53, Great Neck, N.Y.

At the Community Church of Great Neck, he was always at the center of everything. His parents had also been active there and so he just grew up with it. His contributions ranged from helping to set up for services to giving occasional readings to arranging for members to get there, even when it meant enlisting his children or driving them himself.
Frederick, whose mother is Filipino and whose father is Chinese, was right there to help bridge the gap. The church merged with a Chinese congregation, to bring new young members into its aging congregation. His mother is a Filipino and his father is Chinese.

Arnold A. Lim, 28, New York, N.Y.
He was an analyst with Fiduciary Trust Company International who had promised his mother that he would be married by the time he turned 30. He was close to making good on his pledge. He was engaged to be married to his girlfriend of seven years, Michelle Leung, and her family gave an engagement party for the couple two weeks before the attack on the World Trade Center, where Mr. Lim worked.

Jorge Lim, the eldest son, said that because he was almost 10 years older than Arnold, their relationship was often more like father and son. "I remember changing his diaper, cleaning up after him," Jorge said. "I would take him everywhere. I remember the first time that he went to kindergarten, everyone had fun because I was the one who used to go on a lot of school field trips with him. One of his classmates remembered that there was always an older person going to these trips with Arnold. They used to think I was a parent."

Manuel L. Lopez, 54, Jersey City, N.J.
He was vice president of the federal tax department at Marsh & McLennan in 1 World Trade Center and likes to tend the big garden he and his wife had in Jersey City. The backyard plot bore beans, tomatoes, mustard greens, the last an important ingredient in sinigang, a tangy soup of Mr. Lopez's native Philippines.

He like vegetables, he was crazy about gadgets and electronics too. DVD players, laser discs, cameras ‹ "Everything that came out, he had to be the first to get it," said his daughter, Minnie Morison. "We have five or six televisions and there's only three bedrooms in this house."

He often trawled the Internet in search of hot deals. "There was this DeWalt drill that kept being auctioned on uBid," his daughter said. "He wanted it so bad, but he was stubborn and he was always outbid. I was like, `Why don't you just go to Sears and buy it, and I'll pay the difference? "A couple days after the World Trade Center, a drill showed up in the mail. It was really weird for us and No one's opened it."

Moments after arriving at work on the 98th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, he called his wife, Rosalia, to go over some details of their remodeling project. Ten minutes after he hung up, the first jet struck the World Trade Center. His wife, hearing the news on the radio, tried to call back, but she was not able to get through to him. In addition to his wife, daughter and son, Mr. Lopez also is survived by two sisters, Jovita "Betty" Lozano of New York and Avelina Cabal; and two brothers, Geronimo Montero and Benjamin Montero, all of the Philippines; and other relatives.

Carl Allen Peralta, 37, New York, N.Y.
He was a broker with Cantor Fitzgerald.

Rufino Conrado F. (Roy) Santos, 37, New York, N.Y.

David Marc Sullins, 30, New York, N.Y.

He was a used car salesman, and for fun, he liked tooling around on motorcycles with a bunch of friends who called themselves the Lost Boyz, after the characters in "Peter Pan," the ones who never wanted to grow up.

By 1995, though, David Marc Sullins thought he ought to do more with his life. So he signed up for night school at Queensborough Community College and at the age of 24 began a new chapter as a paramedic, said his wife, Evelyn.

The work was strenuous but worth it, Mr. Sullins told his wife, who recalls that he was soon packing Matchbox cars and Barbie figurines in his trauma bag to calm the children in his care. One 5-year-old whom he had brought to St. Vincent's with stomach pains was so enamored that when she spotted him later at the hospital, she handed him a lollipop from her pocket.

Another fringe benefit was his ability to work double shifts on Mondays and Tuesdays so that he could have the next three days and alternate weekends off to be with his sons Julian, 4, and Christian, nearly 2. On Sept. 11, Mr. Sullins's ambulance sped from Cabrini Medical Center to the trade center. Colleagues say he made at least three trips to local hospitals with injured people he had pulled from the buildings before he re-entered the south tower moments before it collapsed.

Hilario Soriano (Larry) Sumaya, 42, New York, N.Y.

Hewas a technology manager at Marsh & McLennan. His friends and family had a lot of names for him. Like Phil, short for Filipino, his ethnicity. Or Horatio, because Hilario was the first name on his birth certificate. Or Gooch and Clem, for reasons no one can quite recall. Then there was, um, Christie. He got that one after showing up on the slopes wearing a black-and-pink skiing outfit. Unfortunately for Mr. Sumaya, the color scheme was a tad too unisex. "There was a nice-looking girl wearing the same jacket," said Bob Sitar, a friend and fellow member of Mr. Sumaya's ski club. "It was pretty funny, and we teased him about it."

But the good-natured Mr. Sumaya, took the kidding in stride, always ready to tackle the steep fast curves of the mountain, the rolling greens of the golf course, the waves of the Jersey Shore, the social currents of big-city bachelor life. "He was always smiling, very outgoing," said his sister Charito LeBlanc. Mrs. LeBlanc and her husband, Joseph, miss him the most on Sundays, because that was the day Mr. Sumaya would spend time at their home near his in Staten Island, watching sports, smoking a cigar in the backyard, firing up the barbecue.

Hector Tamayo, 51, New York, N.Y.

He was a civil engineer, he was working in 2 World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He loved to sing: Engelbert Humperdinck and Elton John, country music and campfire favorites. At home in Holliswood, Queens, he had a karaoke machine with thousands of songs. "He had a lot of friends, most of them are relatives, and on Friday nights and Saturday nights and sometimes weeknights they would drink together and sing together," said his sister-in-law, Sylvia Mercene.

Many of those relatives lived with Mr. Tamayo at some point, because he opened his house to family and friends when they came to the United States from Aklan province in the Philippines, as he had in 1980. "As a joke we call his house the Ellis Island," Ms. Mercene said. Five of his six siblings are now in the United States, as are his wife, Evelyn, and their two children, Ian, 20, and Pamela, 16.


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