IN MEMORIAM

Today we commemorate that fateful day in 2001 when America was attacked by terrorists and the whole world turned a corner and was never the same again. I was still in the Philippines when 9/11 happened but I followed every moment of that day on television watching in horror as both towers crashed to the ground. Twelve years later I found myself in New York City standing at the very spot where it all happened fighting my emotions while remembering the events of that day. The memorial is such a somber place and is deeply sacred not only to every American but also to every citizen of this world who lost a loved one, a friend and a countryman. I’ve been to New York multiple times and everytime I visit I always drop by the memorial to pay my respects. The photograph above was taken last year when I brought my parents, who were visiting from the Philippines, to New York for the first time. Next month I will be in New York City and just like my previous trips will revisit the memorial to pay my respects…although this time not just as an immigrant but as a proud citizen of this great and beautiful country.

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TOP OF THE ROCK

 
The top of the Rockefeller Center provides you a great view of famous New York City landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and the Freedom Tower. If you open your eyes really wide, you may see the Statue of Liberty in one of the islands just right of the Freedom Tower. On the opposite side, you have an unobstructed view of the entire Central Park (not seen in this photo). When planning to climb any of these buildings, it is best to buy tickets online in advance as it cuts down the waiting time standing in line at the ticket booth.

FREEDOM TOWER

Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower in Miami used to be the headquarters and printing facility for The Miami News. Decades later it was used to process, document and assist new refugees from Cuba. Today, this building is now a contemporary art museum.

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