After years of waiting, Fil-Am WWII veterans will finally be recognized for their dedicated service. On December 14, President Obama signed into law Senate Bill No. 1555 (S.1555), the "Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015," which provides the Congressional gold medal of appropriate design on behalf of the U.S. Congress, to the Filipino Veterans of WWII.
Filipina Electrochemist Aisa Mijeno, inventor of SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) an LED lamp that runs on seawater, recently met with President Obama for an opportunity of a lifetime at APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). Mijeno shared a stage with Obama and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Jack Ma where she introduced her unique lamp concept which avoids the hazards of a combustible fuel and can last up to six months. The platform shone a spotlight on various Filipino start-ups and will undoubtedly bring in funding and collaborative opportunities for Mijeno.
News story from Bloomberg Business.
U.S. President Barack Obama honored Filipino Americans at the first ever celebration of Filipino-American History Month at the White House. In a letter read before 200 Filipino American elected officials and community leaders attending the event in Washington, President Obama acknowledged the Filipino-Americans who fought with the U.S. during World War II. He also acknowledged the Filipino-American labor activists movement in Delano, California led by Larry Itliong in the 1960s and early 1970s. The White House Celebration recognized and celebrated the successes and activities of FilAms and brought together various key leaders and figures in the community.
FWN Members present for last Friday's White House Celebration of Filipino American History Month include: CEO & Founder Marily Mondejar, Sonia Delen (board member), Bambi Lorica (board member), plus members Genevieve Jopanda (Global FWN100™ '13), Vangie Buell (U.S. FWN100™ '07) and White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford (Global FWN100™ '13), among others.
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Filipino-American World War II veterans who have been waiting for years to bring their family members to the U.S. will soon be able to do so through a new policy, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday.
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