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14/02/2013: Filipino-American Nurse Praised for Heroism and Example Set during Hurricane Sandy

14 February 2013

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. extended his congratulations and warm wishes to Menchu de Luna Sanchez, a Filipino-American nurse who devised a rescue plan that kept 20 at-risk infants safe when Hurricane Sandy cut the power at NYU Langone Medical Center. Even as her own home was flooding, she organized doctors and nurses to carefully carry the babies down a flight of stairs with only cellphones to light the way. President Obama urged Americans to follow her example  in his State of the Union address.

In his congratulatory letter to Mrs. Menchu de Luna Sanchez, Ambassador Cuisia conveyed the country’s pride in the fact that she was born, raised and educated in the Philippines and is now recognized as a role model in her adoptive country.

“I admire you for your leadership and selflessness and I hope that you will continue breaking new ground,” the Ambassador stated in his letter.

Mrs. Menchu de Luna Sanchez was seated in the box with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at the State of the Nation Address on 12 February 2013.

There are 3.4 Filipinos in the US. Many work in the medical field.