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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — FILIPINOS ARE EVERYWHERE!
Their “diaspora” is in most parts of the world. Perhaps, it is safe to say they can be found in the seven continents.
As overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) they are in land, over sea, and in the sky.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) puts the number of OFWs at over 2.2 million per it’s 2019 survey released in June 2020.
From the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), OFWs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) account for 2.22 million as of January 2020.h
The American Community Survey placed the Filipino community in the United States at an estimated 4 million as of 2018 (Wikipedia).
So, there is no surprise a number of Filipinos are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, such as in the Navy.
Personally, I know of a Filipino-Chinese from my hometown of Buluan, Maguindanao, in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Southern Philippines, who was a U.S. Navy. His name, Leong Uy, long retired.
Surely, many Filipinos have come before and after Leong in the U.S. Navy.
One of them is Culinary Specialist 2nd Class John Pateno, who served and sails on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett.
The destroyer forms part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Battleship Sterett is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) told SDN — Science & Digital News via an email sent by MAVCO Public Affairs Specialist Rick Burke.
Here’s Sailor John Pateno of the Philippines cooking up magic on board USS Sterett as he and his culinary colleagues prepare for the Navy men’s Christmas dinner.
INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 25, 2020) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class John Pateno, from the Philippines, prepares bread dough for a Christmas dinner in the galley of the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). Sterett is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Drace Wilson)
Burke said NAVCO travels the world, collecting stories about the American sailors. (✓)