Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
View of Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands-Click on photo to link to Chateau Du Mer

WELCOME TO MY SITE AND HAVE A GOOD DAY

If this is your first time in this site, welcome. It has been my dream that my province, Marinduque, Philippines becomes a world tourist destination not only during Easter Week but also whole year round. You can help me achieve my dream by telling your friends about this site. The photo above is your own private beach at The Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort. The sand is not as white as Boracay, but it is only a few steps from your front yard and away from the mayhem and crowds of Boracay. Please do not forget to read the latest national, international, and technology news in this site . I have posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes on this site also. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summary of My Research Publications

My election to the USP Council of Experts, 1995-2000 ( Reelected for another five years of service from 2000-2005)

While googling myself, I found the following site that listed the summary of my 8 research publications when I was still working for the three private companies, Chemagro Corp,. Shell Development and Stauffer Chemical Companies. Not included are my work for the Food and Drug Administration. It's humbling to see some of my research work published in the Internet. There are also 58 research publications that cite/refer to my publications.

https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/85918131_David_B_Katague

Note that both my master's degree and doctorate degree thesis are in this list.

Working as a Pesticides Residues Method Development Chemist at Stauffer Chemical Company, Richmond, California, 1980's

For details and other publications read: http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/trail-blazer-in-chemistry.html

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Haughty and Racist Neighbor and Me

The other day I wrote a short note about my haughty and possibly racist neighbor based on his attitude towards me. However, after he read my biography and bucket list, his attitude suddenly changed and now friendly to me. This experience illustrates that racism is due to ignorance. The following are some of the best quotes I found in the Internet for your reading pleasure.

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/racism-quotes/

Attached is my most widely read and commented article (hub) I wrote about Filipino Discrimination in the US and my own and family experiences here in the US way back in the 1960's in Kansas City, Missouri

https://hubpages.com/business/caste-system-in-the-philippines

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Recent Wedding Reception at Chateau Du Mer, Marinduque

It is heartening to know that Chateau Du Mer Hall is still providing a venue for a wedding reception in spite of my physical absence. My thanks to Siony Jambalos( my sister-in-law), Edwin and Cecile ( caretaker couple) and Jimmy ( my grounds keeper and gardener) to make this event possible even in my absence. Attached below is a recent video of the Jandusay-De Castro wedding reception.
https://www.facebook.com/lot.j.decastro/videos/10214320104748747/UzpfSTExMjQxMTQ0NzY6MTAyMTIxMDcyNzk3MzM2MjM/

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Antonio A Nieva and Jose Antonio Vargas-Two Names Added to My Pinoy Pride List


Two years ago, I wrote in one of my hubs a list of names I called my Pinoy Pride List. There were 20 names of accomplished Filipino-Americans or Filipinos in that list. Here's my article as published in my Hubpages.com account.

https://hubpages.com/business/caste-system-in-the-philippines

Today I am proud to add two names to this list.

1. Antonio A. Nieva-Writer and Filipino-American veteran of World War II. Tony Arevalo Nieva is my wife's uncle and father of Ronie and Pepi Nieva. For details of his life and book read the following:

https://www.usphsociety.org/2017/05/24/filipino-veterans-honored-at-the-washington-dc-book-launch-of-nievas-cadet-soldier-guerrilla-fighter/

2. Jose Antonio Vargas- DACA and Dreamer's Act Activist. For his biography and accomplishments read the following.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Antonio_Vargas

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Sound Track of the Movie-The Hours by Philip Glass


Its time for some great music: Macrine and I just finished watching an old movie-the Hours. The movie was great and sad but what really attracted our attention was the music or sound track of the movie. Macrine kept asking me during the movie, what was the title of the music during some of the dramatic scenes, because she thought it sound familiar. So I did my web search ( Wikipedia) and was not surprised that this sound track received numerous awards as follows:

The album won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (lost to the score of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).

The Hours is the original soundtrack album, on the Elektra/Nonesuch label, of the 2002 film The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. The original score was composed by Philip Glass. Not all of the music in the film was composed specifically for it: earlier music by Glass, including a theme from his opera Satyagraha, was also featured and credited separately at the end of the film.

Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly arranged the soundtrack for piano solo. This score was published in 2003 as a 64-paged book containing most of the tracks (excluding "For Your Own Benefit", "Vanessa and the Changelings" and "The Kiss").

Here's the sound track for your listening pleasure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrXyMywvHF0

Track listing
No.
Song title
Time
1.
The Poet Acts
03:40
2.
Morning Passages
05:30
3.
Something She Has to Do
03:09
4.
"For Your Own Benefit"
02:00
5.
Vanessa and the Changelings
01:45
6.
"I'm Going to Make a Cake"
04:01
7.
An Unwelcome Friend
04:08
8.
Dead Things
04:21
9.
The Kiss
03:54
10.
"Why Does Someone Have to Die?"
03:53
11.
Tearing Herself Away
05:00
12.
Escape!
03:48
13.
Choosing Life
03:50
14.
The Hours
07:44

Total time
56:43

Note: This is the first time that both Macrine and I enjoyed the music sound track more than the story line of a movie. The movie had received also numerous awards for acting ( Nicole Kidman), but to us the score composed by Philip Glass is outstanding and worth our time. It is a sad movie with two suicides and one attempted suicide. The acting however is superb particularly the child actor playing the boy, Richard. Kidman, Moore and Strep were also fantastic. We highly recommend this movie if you have not seen it.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday and the Holy Week Celebration in Marinduque


This year Macrine and I were not able to spend Holy Week in our second home-the Island of Marinduque. However every Holy Week reminds us that the Philippines is indeed a nation of Festivals. One of the highlights of the Easter Celebration in Marinduque is the Gasan-Gasan Street dancing Competition.



Attached is my hub written a few years ago, but still very applicable today.

https://hubpages.com/travel/the-philippines-nation-of-fiestas-and-festivals

Personal Note: Macrine and I just finished watching the Papal Easter Mass and Benediction live from the Vatican-St Peter's Square . It was a memorable TV experience and it reminded us of our 7 days vacation in Rome, Italy a few decades ago.

Again, Easter Greetings to all my readers, friends and relatives all over the world.

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