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


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!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

My Barrido, Balleza and Tupas Ancestry in the Philippines

I know that the Barrido, Balleza and Tupas surnames of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo are related to me. The picture below are some of our relatives ( Balleza, Barrido, Tupas, Causing, Espanola married a Balleza) taken during the wedding of my sister, Myrla, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Philippines in 1959.

Myrla (my sister) and Leonor Hilaga Wedding (1959) attended by some Barrido, Balleza, Causing and Tupas Relatives, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Philippines. In the picture: Mayor Luis Tupas, Raul Causing, Pablo Espanola, Jose Balleza, Paz Katague, my sister Agnes, brother Efren and Ruben, Mrs Hilaga, Mrs Hugo Tugbang, Mrs Nena Tad-y Balleza, Mrs Sayong Barrido, Mrs Jaranilla, Mrs Julio Katague and Fr Uvas(parish priest).

The following is a comment by Cecille Tupas Taningco from the Balleza Clan FB page.

Gani man..also Barrido..mas lapad pa gani ang ila duta. Si Lola Dami Barrido sisters nia ang mga mothers nanday Tatay Peping JoseBarrido Balleza nga father nanday primo Danilo Balleza , etc and Nanay Pacing Barrido Balleza, bana nia si Tatay David Katague. and the mother of Nanay Titay Barrido Baldonado-Doligosa, Tatay Manuel Barrido Baldonado and Tatay Tito Barrido Baldonado. Ang Dugman namon sa San Dionisio near Sara side ginpanubli ni Papang ina sa kay Lola Dami Barrido..the only son lang abi si Papang ni Lola Dami. Ang sa likuran sang apartment up to Paywan hasta didto kay Tad-y kay Lolo Generoso Tupas ina iya..That's why si Toto Manny Tupas Balleza nagka subdivision dira kay Mother nila si Tiyay Bebit Tupas sister ni Papang. Napag baligya na sang iban nga sisters ni Papang ang ila parte. Ang sa pihak nga dalan mga sisters ni Papang ang nag inherit 4 sisters..wala pa ina nila na divide..sakay Lolo Generoso Tupas ina halin..Balleza, Villaruel, Doligosa and Juanico ang mga manunubli nga mga apo.

The Rough English Translation:
Ganiii man.. also barrido.. It's more width gani. Grandma, she has a lot of sisters, her mothers, peping, balleza balleza primo Danilo Danilo, etc and mom pacing barrido balleza, her Taipei Father David Katague. And the mother of mom titay barrido baldonado-Doligosa, dad manuel barrido baldonado and dad uncle barrido baldonado. The dugman namon in san dionisio near Sara side ginpanubli of papang mother to grandma dami barrido.. the only son Abu Father's father is a lot. The back in the back of the apartment to the paywan video with tad-y with grandpa generoso tupas mother iya.. That's why toto manny tupas balleza had a subdivision dira with their mother tiyay bebit tupas sister of papang. It was said that the sister of papang had a part of her sister. The one who is in the way of daddy's sisters is the one who inherit 4 sisters.. They don't have their mother to divide.. Ride Grandpa Generoso Tupas mother halin.. Balleza, Villaruel, doligosa and juanico are the ones who are.

Here's my blog on my Balleza Ancestry:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Save Yourself Safely at Your Old Age

I received this messeage from a FaceBook friend recently-Ugly Truth but TRUE.

If you are 60 years old and above you really have to read and consider these realities of life.
How to stay 'safe' at old age:
(Remember only you can save yourself safely at old age).

1. Do not retire.
If you're over-aged, retire and get all the benefits but find another income-generating job or open a business that will keep you active physically and mentally. Travel and bond with true friends, play a sport, learn a new hobby and volunteer in your community or parish. Don't loaf around. Your spouse will hate you because you've become a sloppy, listless bum with nothing good to say about the household and things that you never bothered about before. Solve crossword puzzles, play Scrabble, write your memoirs, and above all, read ...this will keep you alert and keep Alzheimer's at bay.

2. Live in your own place to enjoy independence, privacy and a solo life. If you move in with your children, your rank or degree of importance is reduced to that of a bed spacer who has no place of honor or, worse, like crumbling furniture merely displayed with no added value. Maybe, you have to 'kowtow' to conform to their own rules that are not kind, considerate or mindful of you? If you witness your children engaged in a war of will and wits with your grandchildren, whom will you side with? Will they even appreciate your arbitration? Remind your children that silence is not a sign of weakness; you are merely processing data that is taking longer to complete.

3. Hold on to your nest egg, bank deposits and assets. If you want to help your children, do give, but not to the extent that you wipe out your life's earnings, singing heroically not a shirt on my back nor a penny to my name.
Staying solvent and in the black is a good hedge against all kinds of tempests. You will sleep better, you will not be afraid to express your opinion and you will be confident about yourself.

4. Don't believe your children's promise to care for you when you grow old priorities change. Many children are not guilt- ridden or filled with a sense of moral obligation when the wife and offspring take top billing in their lives. There are still children who would consider it a privilege to show compassion, genuine love and deep concern for their parents but be warned that not all children think alike.

5. Expand your circle of friends to include young ones who will definitely outlive your old BFFs. Keep up with new inventions, trends, music and lifestyle including all the scams and schemes you should guard against.

Remember that when you mix with the young, you also open a fresh avenue to channel your thoughts, experiences and values through so that the lessons you learned are not lost, forgotten or buried with you.

6. Be well groomed and smelling fresh of spring water all the time. There's nothing more depressing than seeing people exhale when you walk by because you reek of baul (camphor chest) or lupa (dirt). Old age or bust, don't look and smell like a corpse when you're not one yet.

7. Do not meddle in the life of your children. If they ask for your counsel, give it, but be ready to accept that they may not take it. Their situations in life cannot be compared to the situations that you experienced in your life. The playing field has changed and they need to develop their own set of survival skills. If you raised them to be street smart, they can handle themselves in tough situations and be able to read people. Champion and encourage their dreams and desires but on their own terms.

8. Do not use old age as your shield and justification for turning grumpy. There's nothing more annoying than an arrogant, old fool. Welcome each day as another chance to be kind and forgiving, to yourself and to others.

9. Listen to what others may say
. Do not throw your weight around just because you are a septuagenarian or a nonagenarian. You are not a depository of knowledge. Even if the roles have been reverse mod, make growing old a fun-filled, pleasant experience for you and your brood.

10. Pray always and focus on your eternal life
. You will definitely leave everything behind, a final journey detached from burden and care. Be more accepting that, sooner, not later, you will croak. Prepare your swan song with a humble and contrite heart. If you believe in a merciful and loving God, there is no need to strut like a star. Nobody is.

Money - Your last power at old age!

If you are broke at old age, nobody, not even your children will come close to you. You are a parasite. Yes, Money buys you power when you needed it most at old age.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Our Three Home Health Aides-Burning Out is Not an Option

For the last four months, I have hired home health aides from two home health care agencies and one as a private/personal friend. Their help really help me from burning out as the primary care-giver for Macrine who has PD as well as double hip surgery and with a compromise bladder ( poly catheter) and on a wheel chair. I have help for 4 hours Monday to Friday and for 8 hours Saturday and Sunday. These services are not covered by my BCBS Federal Medical Insurance since it is considered custodial care. I thank the Lord I have save enough to cover this unexpected expenses. This blog is about the personalities of each care giver and how they help me and David III with Macrine's daily activities.

First Care Giver:
I will call her MR. She is a 57 year-old Filipina-American married to a retired Caucasian male. She has one adult daughter currently in college. She has been employed by Partners-In-Care Home Health Aide Agency for a number of years. She hailed from the Visayan Region in the Philippines and has taken some Pharmacy college courses in the Philippines. She is my most industrious care giver compared to the other two that I will discussed later. MR does not only take care of Macrine's needs, but also vacuums the house, do the laundry and wash the dishes when Macrine is resting or taking a nap. Sometimes she cook Macrine a filipino breakfast. She comes in Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM to 1PM. I wish I could hired her more days, but she has clients all week, except on Monday on her day off. MR rating is A+.

Second Care Giver: I will call her LS. She is a 50 year-old Mexican-American, married to another Mexican American and has three girls with ages ranging from 15, 13 and 8. Her husband works in the field of computers and information systems. LS has work for the Helping Hearts Agency also for a number of years. Macrine likes her because of her Spanish and their common love for Julio Iglesia's music. Compared to MR, LS is a little bit lazy. She does not do any housekeeping duties even if Macrine's is asleep. She reads her pocket book. Occasionally, she takes care of the garbage or put the dishes in the dish washer. What I like with LS, oftentimes she help Macrine with her Physical therapy exercises. Occasionally she prepares breakfast for Macrine and help the physical therapist and the nurse if she is around. LS comes in MWF from 9 to 1PM.
LS rating is B.

Third Care Giver: I will call her MT. MT is the partner of David's work mate. She is a 32 year old Tongan-American. She has a full-time job also in the Home care business. Besides taking care of Macrine physical needs she also does manicure and pedicure services for Macrine. She does errands for me and David III during her 30-minute lunch break. She is very dependable and Macrine also likes her because of her computer expertise in playing Julio Iglesia's and Filipino music. Occasionally, she helps with the PT exercises and washing of the dishes. MT rating is B+.

All the three ladies above are good in transferring Macrine from her wheel chair to the bed or toilet. At the beginning LS was a little bit insecure and she wanted someone around when transferring Macrine from her wheel chair to the bed or toilet seat.

Other Home Health Care Services: Blossom Ridge Home Health Care provides nursing, physical therapy and home care aide( bathing) services for Macrine. These services are covered by my insurance and Medicare. A nurse or LVN comes to the house once a week for catheter care. A physical therapist comes to the house 3 times per week. A Home Care Aide comes to the house twice a week to give Macrine a bath or shower. We are very happy with the services provided by Blossom Ridge. Blossom Ridge Rating is A.

My greatest fear is the time when I get burnt out or get sick myself. I pray to the Lord everyday that I stay healthy for Macrine's sake!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Life at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in the Early 1950's

Some members of the UPSCA-LA Chapter with Fr John Delaney, 1954.

About a year ago, I joined the Narra Residence Hall (UP Men's South Dorm) FaceBook group. I had numerous discussions with several members of the group about life in University of the Philippines(UP) during the 1950's and had published a number of photos during my college years. Among the active participants in our discussion were: Oscar Evangelista, Dan Etsirc, Willy Banlaoi, Guillermo Canlas, Ricky Sasil, James Esquerra and Kalder Eduardo.

This blog is a response to the query of Ricky Sasil regarding my activities in the mid 1950's in UP Diliman. I searched my souvenir files today and found the following events that I have attended ( I have still the ticket stubs/souvenir programs of the five events in my scrapbook. This is in addition to the monthly socials sponsored by the Women's Club and UPSCA Meetings that I attend regularly. I was an Active UPSCAN and consider myself one of Fr John Delaney admirers/worshippers.

I was in UP Diliman from 1953 to 1955 as a Chemistry student and a later as a Chemistry Instructor from 1956 to 1959. I stayed at the South Dorm ( Narra Residence Hall) from 1953 to 1959.

South Dorm Officers, 1954. I am in the first row kneeling from the Left.

The five events are as follows:

1. A Song Recital of Helen Traubel, world-famous soprano, sponsored by the Conservatory of Music and the President's Committee on Culture, January 16, 1953

2. A Garden Party in honor of the visiting members of the International Olympic Committee and the Heads and members of the Delegation to the second Asian Games, Kawilihan, Mandaluyong, Rizal, May 9, 1954

3. Lecture Forum, The Intellectual and his Faith, sponsored by the Iota Eta Sigma and conducted by Rev Horacio de la Costa, S.J., July 24, 1953

4. A song recital of Aurelio Estanislao, baritone with the UP Symphony Orchestra, conductor, Ramon Tapales and Accompanist Regalado Jose, January 12, 1955

5. A dramatic presentation by the UPSCA Dramatic Guild, The Woman of the House directed by Alejandro Casambre. Some of the actors were Isabel Seviila, Letty Tison, Violeta Mariano and Rudy Aluyen, Feb 22, 1955. Other names associated with this play were Basilisa Manhit, Dionisia Rola, Conception Dadufalza, Angelina Villanueva and Ma Luisa Lorenzo.

I have attended several other plays, lectures, recitals and dances, but the above five events I will always remember.

UPSCA General Meeting, UP Diliman, 1954

Pleasant Memories, Indeed! Some photos of my college years at UP, Diliman, QC, Philippines

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I am Getting Old-My Oldest Son will Be Sixty this Week

My oldest son, Dodie ( Disdado Jambalos Katague) will be 60 years old this coming October 15. Macrine and are proud of his accomplishments. Dodie and Ruth have three adult children, Philip, Alix and Marina. My three grandchildren are all college graduates and have grown to be responsible adults and an asset to society. Happy Birthday Dodie, Love You, From Mom and Dad!

Here's a summary of his accomplishments from his Link-IN page.

1. 32 years as a career prosecutor for the Contra Costa County District Attorney.
2. Specialize in High Tech Crimes Prosecution and have expertise in the presentation of digital evidence in the courtroom and legal analysis.
3. Have lectured on Internet Crime Prosecution, Identity Theft Prosecution, Presenting Digital Evidence, basics of the ECPA and PPA.
4. Have authored and advocated for California legislation regarding Internet harassment and Search Warrants that became law.
5. Also the author of a fiction novel, "Cloyne Court", about college life during the 1970's at the infamous student cooperative at UC Berkeley.

Currently he is slowly working on a new fictional novel, "Devil Mountain DA". He plans to early retire in two years. Plans on travelling and devotes this time finishing his novel "Devil Mountain DA" during his retirement years.

Once again, Happy Birthday and hopefully many, many more years to come.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Carenna KT Video Interview-Tearing Walls Apart

Here's a short write-up two years ago on Carenna's Song writing guitar playing and other art activities

Here's more on tearing walls apart in Sacramento:

Note: Carenna is 15 years old and my youngest grand daughter.


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