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!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States

My Miniature Orchid in Bloom Again-Happy Thanksgiving to All

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. This year we will celebrate it at my wife niece residence ( Lanie Lazarte Chalfin) in Mountain View. The whole Jambalos and Katague Clan have been invited for dinner tonight.

There are three things I am thanking the Lord this year. First, to all my friends and relatives who have encouraged me to continue my writing and blogging activities based on their comments on my FB page and blogs. There are days when I feel its time to quit, but thanks to your comments I have been posting articles almost every other day since 2008.

Second, I thank the Lord for my Health and for my spouse(for 60 years)-Macrine. Macrine was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2013. Thanks to medications, diet and exercise her PD is progressing very slowly. The support and understanding of friends and relatives alleviate her loneliness and sense of isolation -a side effect of the medications she is taking to control her movement disorder. In my case, I will be 83 years old next month. So far my high blood pressure and adult on-set diabetes are under control. I watch my diet ( lots of fruits and vegetables), read and write, play duplicate bridge ( exercise my mind) and do some light gardening and housework for my physical exercise.
The 4 D's-Dodie, Dinah, David III and Ditas, Mountain View, CA 2013

Last, but not least, Macrine and I are thanking our four Children and six Grandchildren for their love and support. Special thanks and Happy Birthday ( yesterday) again to David III who helps me in taking care of his Mom on his days off from work. His help makes my life as a primary care giver more pleasant and bearable. Your Mom and I love you very much and hope you have many more birthdays to come.

My six grand children, Ian, Elaine, Philip, Alix, Marina and Carenna, 2011

Thanksgiving day always reminds me of our First Thanksgiving Day here in the US as follows:

Again Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Why Go to the Beach Regularly or Build a Beach House

Amoingon Beach, Front Yard of Chateau Du Mer

I have been wondering why every time I am In our Beach House in Amoingon, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines, I feel more relax and very Happy. The following article lists four reasons and why one should go to the beach regularly or better yet build a beach house if you can afford it.
Chateau Du Mer Beach House, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Beach Wedding Ceremony, Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort and Conference Center, Boac, Marinduque

Friday, November 17, 2017

I Started Playing Duplicate Bridge On Line Again

After a hiatus of almost five years, I started playing duplicate bridge on line again. It is an excellent exercise for my aging brain. I have registered as an intermediate player at the website:

Try playing on this site which is a very popular site for all bridge players over the world for free. You must registered to play.

Another site to play contract bridge:

For more details about bridge( both contract and duplicate) read the following hub in my Hubpages account.

If you get tired of playing bridge try playing Hongkong Mahjong at this site:

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Boy Scout Uniform Featured in the Mindanao Daily News

Dr. David B.Katague of Iloilo wears the BSP uniform circa 1943-1945, similar to the one worn by Scout Loloy Queppet when he met MacArthur in 1942.

While surfing on the Internet the other day, I was surprise to see the following article with my boys scout uniform picture. I did not have a copyright to my photograph so I was not aware that the Mindanao Daily News had used my picture in the following article of historical significance- regarding the reenactment of General McArthur's arrival in Macabalan Pier, Cagayan De Oro in 1942 from Corregidor on his way to Australia.

The departure of General McArthur from Corregidor to Australia was not well publicized in comparison to his return to Leyte from Australia in October, 1944 almost at the end of the war. ( see footnotes on bottom of this page),

Here's a reprint of the whole article as published in the Mindanao Daily News dated March 15, 2017.
General Douglas MacArthur Week: BSP Council to honor scout who met MacArthur in Macabalan
Mar 15, 2017 Clifford Santillan , Mindanao Daily News.

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines Cagayan de Oro Council will honor one of its scouters for the role he played in a footnote in history on March 13, 1942.

As recounted by Ann Gorra in her anthology “City of Gold: People Who Made Their Home and History in Cagayan de Oro”, Abelardo Neri Queppet was one of the scouts of Baden-Powell Troop (named after the founder of the Scouting movement Lord Baden-Powell) in charge of enforcing the mandatory blackout.

His Dad encouraged him to join the Boy Scouts and he was a member of Troop 1 at the City Central School. There were at least 20 scouts in the troop among them Jaime Tiano, Victor Roa, Terencio Gadrinab, Hugo Balase, Antonio Zacharies, Vic Itchon, Jose Apolinario and Cristobal Nagac.

These were dark days in Philippine history when the country was tottering on the brink of defeat with US and Filipino forces boxed in Bataan and Corregidor by the all-conquering Japanese Imperial Army. So it was strictly lights out after 5PM for everyone lest they be subjected to Japanese attack.
Cagayan de Oro’s Macabalan Pier during the Japanese Occupation

“As soon as dusk gave way to night, I rode my bike (bought from a Japanese Bazaar) and rode around Del Mar, Mindanao and to the pier, blowing my whistle to warn residents that it was time to shut their lights off.” Loloy was assigned to do the task by his Scout Master Epifanio Balase since he was a native-born Kagay-anon and knew his way around. Even if he was just 14 years old at the time, Loloy went about his routine like a professional: waking up at 6AM, clean the house, eat breakfast, and report to HQ in his Boy Scout Uniform: shorts, knee socks, red and blue neckerchief, brown shirt and Boy Scout cap.

Another of Loloy’s responsibilities was to direct traffic at Plaza Divisoria to expedite the passage of US military convoys to avoid strafings by Japanese planes.

His friend, one Sergeant Hunter, charged with the security of Macabalan port in those days, often kidded him about making sure he stops the tartanillas since they had no brakes.

On the evening of Thursday, March 12, 1942, Sgt. Hunter asked Loloy to be at the parola (lighthouse) in Macabalan at 7PM. Upon his arrival, Sgt. Hunter told him they were expecting General Douglas MacArthur to arrive between midnight and dawn. Sure enough, at 7AM of Friday, March 13, 1942, MacArthur and his party disembarked from two PT Boats at Macabalan Pier and rode a convoy of military vehicles to the Del Monte airfield in nearby Tankulan, Bukidnon.

But not before the General noticed the Boy Scout and his bike (who saluted him with the three fingered Boy Scout salute), standing by the gangplank where they were disembarking (now the site of the flagpole for the Cagayan de Oro Port Management Office of the Philippine Ports Authority).

Asked what the Boy Scout was doing there, one of the soldiers replied he was a community volunteer.

“Send him home,” MacArthur said. “The war is inevitable.” (Gorra, 2010)

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the City of Cagayan de Oro through the City Historical and Cultural Commission (Hiscom) leads the 75th Diamond Jubilee of General MacArthur’s Breakout from Corregidor to Australia, via Cagayan, Misamis and Dicklum, Tankulan (Manolo Fortich).

Among the salient moments of the week –long celebration from March 13-17, 2017, is the reenactment of MacArthur’s arrival at Macabalan.

To be included among the cast of reenactors, (and unknown to world history save for the local yarn as told by Loloy to Ms. Gorra), is Boy Scout Abelardo “Loloy” Neri Queppet, who will be played by his 9-year old grand nephew Clark Dexter M. Prudente of the Baden-Powell Troop of Xavier University High School, the same troop of by his late grand uncle when he met MacArthur.

According to Boys Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Cagayan de Oro Council Chair Roy Hilario P. Raagas, they will be awarding the late Scout Queppet a posthumous award for his valiant deeds as a Boy Scout in enforcing the blackout and directing traffic under dangerous circumstances in Plaza Divisoria in 1942.

BSP Cagayan de Oro Council Scout Executive Rudy Guligado added the local council will also present the family of Genevieve Josefa Queppet Ramonal, his only child, with a BSP Centennial Medallion and plaque during the 75th Commemorative Dinner and Program on March 17 which closes the curtains on General Douglas MacArthur Week.

Scout Loloy Queppet passed on in September 2008. But his date with one of the titans of the 20th Century will now forever stay entwined with the saga of General Douglas MacArthur, “The Liberator of the Philippines.”

Footnotes: From McArthur's Biography in Wikipedia:

"In February 1942, as Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to relocate to Australia. MacArthur discussed the idea with his staff that he resign his commission and fight on as a private soldier in the Philippine resistance but Sutherland talked him out of it.

On the night of March 12, 1942, MacArthur and a select group (that included his wife Jean and son Arthur, as well as Sutherland, Akin, Casey, Marshall, Willoughby, Diller, and George) left Corregidor in four PT boats. MacArthur, his family and Sutherland traveled in PT 41, commanded by Lieutenant John D. Bulkeley. The others followed in PT 34, PT 35 and PT 32.( The PT's disembarked in Macabalan Pier in Cagayan de Oro, then proceeded via military vehicles to the Airfield in Bukidnon).

MacArthur and his party reached Del Monte Airfield in Bukidnon province on the island of Mindanao two days later. General George Marshall sent three U.S. Navy B-17s to pick them up. Two of them arrived, and brought the entire group to Australia".


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dodie and Ditas Katague were in the News Last Week

Dodie's Family without Philip Winchester-his oldest son

Dodie is my oldest son. His full baptismal name is Diosdado- meaning God-given. Ditas on the other hand is my youngest daughter.

Dodie has almost 30 years experience as a prosecuting attorney for the Contra Costa County in Martinez, California. He has specialized in High Tech Crimes Prosecution and have expertise in the presentation of digital evidence in the courtroom and legal analysis. He has lectured on Internet Crime Prosecution, Identity Theft Prosecution, and Presenting Digital Evidence. He has authored and advocated for California legislation regarding Internet harassment and Search Warrants that became law.

He is 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 working on a new fictional novel, "Devil Mountain DA"

Ditas is in the blue outfit chairing discussions in preparation for the 2020 National Census.

Ditas is my youngest daughter. Her full baptismal name is Ditas Macrine. Last week she finished 3 days of intense but productive meetings at the National Advisory Committee on Race, Ethnicities and Other Populations, Bureau of Census at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

She is currently the chairperson of the above committee. This is a voluntary work for her. This is not directly connected to her current job in the Finance Department of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

Ditas has been Chair of National Advisory Committee On Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations at U.S. Census Bureau since August 1, 2015 and a member of National Advisory Committee since 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies. She serves as Chief of staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval. She served as California's 2010 Census director as well as the 2000 Census Chief Deputy Director, overseeing and directing the statewide outreach and coordination. For more news on the coming 2020 census read: and

Both Macrine( my spouse for over 60 years) and I are very proud of Dodie's and Ditas accomplishments. We have two other(Dinah and David III) professional children. Like majority of young and middle-age professionals their accomplishments, bread and butter work as well as their extracurricular activities are seldom published or make the news. However, my wife and I are also very proud of their accomplishments in the field of Banking( Dinah-VP-UMPQUA) and Home Land Security (David III-TSA) Services .

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What Happened to Rand Paul Could Have Happened to Me- My Autumn Leaves

I was watching the news the other day stating that Rand Paul neighbor attacked him resulting in 5 broken ribs. The attack was not politically motivated but due to a trivial matter about yard waste etc....

Manu Raju, a CNN correspondent, reported that it may have had something to do with “yard waste and leaves blown on each other’s lawns for years.

For details read:

This incident could have happened to me last year. My next door neighbor an 84 year old widow, have knocked a couple of times during this time of the year complaining that dead leaves from my yard is being blown by the wind to her front yard. She threatened that if I did not removed the leaves right away she would call the police. I would appease her by cleaning the leaves right away. Last year I did not have a gardener.

This year my gardener comes only twice a month. This time of the year, leaves have to be clean at least once a day, so it would not accumulate. David and I would only rake the leaves once a week. The leaves are accumulating and dropping every minute. This year my neighbor was diagnosed with early Alzheimer's. She is no longer obsessed with her yard. Her oldest son takes care of her. So far as of this writing date no one knocks at our door complaining about the autumn leaves in my yard.

The above incident reminds me of my favorite song this time of the year- Autumn Leaves as follows:

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cecile Licad-Filipino-American World Reknowned Pianist

I first heard of the Licads in the late 1950's when my wife Macrine was employed by Mr Serafin Lanot ( deceased) in his Printing Press, Tamaraw Press Inc. in the Philippines. Mr Lanot was the husband Gloria Licad( music professor and pianist-deceased) who was the aunt of Cecile. Gloria was the sister of Cecile's father, Dr. Jesus Licad. Through the years I have been following Cecile Licad's musical career. For details on Cecile biography read:

Here are two articles on Licad's musical performances/achievements in the Philippines: and

Here's a video with her Brazilian husband for ten years, Antonio Meneses for your enjoyment.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sometimes, It is Better to Give than Receive

The first three in the list are my donations and the last one is from my mother, Paz Barrido Balleza Katague( Deceased)


1. Money: Last May 7, 2014, Renan del Rosario, 1977 chemistry graduate and currently one of the advisers of the University of the Philippines Chemistry Alumni Foundation (UPCAF) treated me with a personal tour of the new Institute of Chemistry Teaching Building at the UP Diliman National Science Complex. It was one of the highlights of my 90-day snow birding sojourn in the Philippines three years ago. I was able to take photographs of the Donor Wall which included my name(see photo above). The Donor Wall is right at the entrance of the teaching building just by the side of the guard podium. That day reminded me of my student and teaching days (1952 to 1959) at the College of Chemistry now known as the Institute of Chemistry. I was only 24 years old when I first taught chemistry to pre-medical, nursing, and engineering students in the Fall of 1957.

Currently, I am a Life Member of the University of the Philippines Chemistry Alumni Foundation. I graduated from UP with a B.S. Chemistry degree in 1955. Immediately after graduation, I was appointed Assistant Instructor in Chemistry in my Alma Mater. A year later after I passed the National Chemistry Board Examination coping 3rd place, I was appointed to Instructor and held that position until 1959 when I decided to pursue graduate work in the United States.

The construction of a National Science Complex in Diliman, Quezon City started a few years ago which included a new Teaching Building for Chemistry. The first phase of government Funding was 200 million pesos and the second phase was 118 million pesos.

In the Fall of 2013, I had the opportunity to visit the construction site through the kindness of Renan Del Rosario, the Chairman of the UPCAF Board of Trustees that year. Fund raisings for furniture in the new building were undergoing also that year. That year, I also donated to the Foundation 10,000 pesos ( about $200) through Renan. I felt good about that donation. It was my way of saying thank you for the educational benefits that I had received from the University of the Philippines.( See my name listed in the Donor Wall in the above photo).

2. Property: Sometime in the middle of May, 1990, I donated several volumes of technical journals from the duplicate copies from Stauffer Chemical library that were about to be burned and discarded. I was able to salvage several volumes of hard bound copies of Journal of Chromatography, 1971-1976. Also included in my donation were dozens of volumes of hardbound copies of BioChemistry ,1969-1984. The value of the donation was about $1500. Shipping was arranged through the Commission on Filipinos Overseas ( CFO). On May 23, 1990, I received a thank you letter from Alfredo Perdon, Executive Director of CFO,as follows:

Dear Dr. Katague:

The Commission on Filipino Overseas acknowledge with thanks the donation of five boxes of technical journals to the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines.

Your donation is a manifestation of the willingness of Filipino overseas to be actively involved in the development efforts of the country. Such participation through the Commission's “ Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino” or “ Linkapil” likewise serves to strengthen the linkages between Filipinos overseas and their countrymen.

Needless to say, these books will be a most welcome addition to the journal collection of the UP College of Science Library and will certainly be useful to the thousands of students in the said university. Best Regards and thanks you again for your donation.”

3. Time and Expertise: In January, 1986, I participated in the United Nations Development Program at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. The program was for two weeks of consultancy ( lecture and management of research) at the U.P. Natural Sciences Research Institute( NSRI). My round trip fare was paid by UN and I also received a substantial amount of per diem during my consultancy period of two weeks. It was satisfying to give at least two weeks of my "Know-how" to my Alma Mater. The program at that time was called TOKTEN ( Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals). Today, it is called Balik scientist program. The program helps in the alleviation of "Brain Drain" from 3rd world countries like the Philippines. This experience made me feel good, because I have given back to my alma mater, even just two weeks of my time in the field of pesticide research and analytical residues method development.

4. Property: In the early 1950's my mother Paz Balleza Katague donated a piece of land (about 15,000 sq.meters) for the Barotac Viejo National High School, Iloilo, Philippines. The photo above is my sister (Amor Gregorio) and me posing in front of the sign at entrance of the school listing the names of the Donors. The biggest lot was from my uncle, Jose Balleza, older brother of my mother.

Note: I did not include in this blog my wife and my involvement( giving up time, expertise, and funds) with the Marinduque International, Inc. Medical and Dental Missions to the Philippines for almost a decade, because I have already documented it in my hub as follows:

For future medical missions read the MI, Inc website or visit the FaceBook page of its current President, Agnes Lardizabal Apeles.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Carlos Avila with the California Symphony-Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #1

I am in the mood for Classical music today!

Here's Carlos Biography:
In case you have not heard, Carlos is Macrine's nephew, the only son of Charro, Macrine's youngest sister. Carlos began his professional career in 2001 when he stepped in for an ailing Stewart Goodyear at 24-hours-notice to play the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto with the California Symphony – a “pinch-hit homerun” (San Francisco Chronicle)-the video below.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Have You Heard of PAASE?

Unless you are a member of this organization, you probably have not heard of PAASE. So here's some information from the organization's website. I am proud to say that the current President of PAASE, Dr. Joel Cuello had recently acknowledged that I am one of the members of the trailblazing generation of this prestigious organization. Allow me to quote a few sentences from Dr. Cuello's e-mail regarding my reaction to Napoleon Abueva's accomplishment the other day:

Many of us, and the Philippines itself, indeed owe a tremendous lot to the good men and women of your trailblazing generation -- Abueva and yourself included. We are grateful to your pioneering generation for allowing us to stand on your shoulders.

PAASE Meeting at UC Davis with Ruth Uy Asmundson as Guest Speaker, Mayor of Davis, California, 2006. I am the only person standing besides the guest speaker. My wife Macrine ( with yellow dress and glasses) listening to the Mayor. I believe this is the only PAASE Annual Meeting that my wife and I had attended.

The Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering (PAASE) is a non-profit organization composed of scientists and engineers of Philippine descent who have distinguished themselves in scholarly and research related activities. PAASE was founded and incorporated in the US State of Indiana on April 23, 1980. 

PAASE aims to promote the advancement of science, engineering & technology; encourage collaborative work among scientists & engineers of Philippine descent in research and development through scholarly and scientific endeavors; support efforts that advance science & technology; and recognize and honor the achievements of scientists and engineers of Philippine descent.

Some of the PAASE Members, UC Davis, 2006

PAASE is a professional organization of scientists and engineers of Philippine descent who hold Ph.D. or M.D. degrees, or both, and are in the forefront of scientific research and technology development in the United States, the Philippines and other countries.  Starting with 27 founding members in 1980, the membership has now grown to over 230.  We are university professors, government and academic research scientists, policy makers, and lecturers in world-class academic institutions in the U.S., the Philippines, Europe, Australia and Asia. Some of us have the distinction of being elected members of the most prestigious and exclusive scientific and engineering academies of the United States and the Philippines.

Our research activities span diverse fields of study: physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, computer science and engineering and we are actively pursuing scientific and technological challenges facing our society. We are involved in the training of students in the Philippines and abroad as we believe that the youth will shape the future of science and technology and economy of our country.

A primary objective of PAASE is to promote contacts and collaborations among Filipino scientists the world over and to help the Philippines in her efforts to advance science and engineering, teaching and research in our country. The challenges involved in significantly raising the economic welfare and well-being of Filipinos are daunting. But recognizing that the value of science is ultimately measured by its impact on society, it is crucial for us to commit to extend the fruits of science and technology to benefit our people through education, information dissemination, entrepreneurial activity, and commercialization. A high-level and expansive perspective is required to establish the value chain from basic to applied science, for the benefit of society.

Source: Here's my member listing information from the website minus telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

KATAGUE, David B. Owner and Manager, Chateau du Mer Beach Resort and Conference Center; Medical Missions member, Marinduque International, Inc. (Retired from US Food and Drug Administration Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research)

Expertise: Drug approval process, analytical chemistry of pesticides, botanical drugs and natural products, manufacturing and control of new anti-infective drug products

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today is Exactly Fifteen Years After My Retirement from the FDA

Three of my more than a Dozen FDA Awards-Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) award was my most treasured award.

I woke up very early (5:30AM) this morning. I remember that today is exactly 15 years after my retirement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, MD. I feel that my mind is not as alert compared to the previous years prior to my retirement. In addition, I also missed my interaction with my fellow workers and my Chemistry reviewers that I had supervised.

However, today I feel very happy and accomplished as I reminisce my life and career. It is rich with pleasant memories, but not with Gold or Money.

The following are the reasons why I feel very accomplished although not rich in gold, pesos or dollars and how it was attain.

My life is not rich in terms of dollars or pesos, or material possessions( luxurious villas or mansion here or abroad) but in pleasant memories and accomplishments.

How was this attained?

First, I grew up in the 1940's in the midst of the Japanese-American War in the Philippines. My father at that time was a Dental Officer for the Philippine-American Guerrilla Forces in Panay and Romblon Islands. Thus, I did have a lot of contacts with American GI's from all parts of the US. These contacts initiated and triggered my desire and ambition to someday see and visit the US. ( I had no desire or dream to reside in US at that time)

Second, my elementary and high school years were also filled with accomplishments. I graduated with honors in 6th Grade and valedictorian in my high school class. Except for a bullying incident in my freshman year, I had pleasant memories of my elementary and high school years.

Third, my college years at UP, Iloilo and Diliman, Quezon City were also filled with scholastic achievements. I received the Fernando Lopez Scholarship in Iloilo for attaining the highest grade in the whole university. In Diliman, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry missing 0.02 points to graduate CUM LAUDE(with honors).

Fourth, my graduate school years at the University Of Illinois in Chicago were also filled with pleasant memories. Those years were the hardest years of my life. Those years started with seeing my first snow in US, followed by raising three children ( my 4th child was born after my graduate school years) while a graduate and teaching assistant and culminated with my doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1964.

Fifth, my professional career working as a chemist for 20 years for three private companies and later for the federal government (FDA) for another 12 years ( as team leader) were unforgettable. My years in FDA were filled with awards and challenges. My 12 years in FDA was the most productive years in my professional career. My superiors informed me that I was the first Filipino-American Chemistry team leader in the Center of New drugs in the history of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Sixth, Macrine ( my spouse of 60 years) and my involvement with the activities of the Filipino-American Community in the Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Missouri, Modesto and Pinole, California were memories that we will treasure and will never forget as long as we live.

Last, but not least were the civic, social and humanitarian projects that Macrine and I had been involved since the early 1960's here in the Philippines and US. Our involvement with the Marinduque International, Inc medical mission projects since 1996 to the present are memories we will never forget.

Indeed, my wife and I are not rich in GOLD or SILVER, but in MEMORIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS and Personal Relationships.

For details of the above accomplishments and activities, visit my blog sites at or

NOTE: Happy Halloween to ALL!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Napoleon Abueva-A Famous Living Contemporary

I first met Napoleon Abueva when he was a young Instructor in the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Philippines in the mid 1950's. At that time I was also an Instructor in Chemistry at the College of Liberal Arts. I believe he was also a member of UPSCA( University of the Philippines Student Catholic Action) at that time. The above picture is how he looks as I remember him. Today he is 87 years old -only four years older than me.(

The following is an e-mail from Dr Joel Cuello- President of PAASE ( Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering) summarizing Mr. Abueva's accomplishment as National Artist( Sculpture) of the Philippines.

One of the many sculptures of Abueva that I really enjoy and love.

Here's the E-mail that I received today:

Dear Paase Member:

The transcendent artistry and astounding range of Napoleon Abueva's body of work simply cannot be denied. I surely hope to see more of his sculptures, photos shown in this link, when I visit the PH:

At 87, Abueva is now indeed a lion in winter. I sincerely hope that there are rising young Filipino sculptors today possessed of Abueva's artistic sensibility, instinctively deep understanding of Filipino myths and history, and his utter conviction and audacity.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Some of My Favorite Photos from ReSnap in Face Book

Amoingon Beach-a few meters from the balcony of the Chateau Du Mer Beach House, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Click the Link below and enjoy some of my favorite photos.!/s0W2NOnmOLay9552yfW8/view/Mcd71507745968jKDUoohxMoIulRMg?lang=en

Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Involvement with the Christian Family Movement in the United States-An Update

I wrote my first article about CFM when Macrine and I were introduced to Pat and Patty Crowley of Wheaton, Illinois ( suburb of Chicago) in 1960. I was still a graduate student at the University of Illinois in Chicago at that time. We continued our involvement with CFM in Kansas City, Missouri after I graduated with my Ph.D degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1964. In Kansas City, Macrine and I organized the first ecumenical unit ( composed of 5 couples of various religious affiliation) in our parish. Macrine and I participated in the first Marriage Encounter Retreat organized by CFM in 1966. Our involvement with CFM was the most rewarding activity that Macrine and I have experienced as a young couple raising four young children in the US.

Our involvement with CFM is detailed in my autobiography as follows:

Just in case you have not heard-CFM is a lay religious movement composed of groups of families embracing the Christian faith.

Macrine and I first heard of CFM in the Philippines from Pat and Patty Crowley in the early 1960's when I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The Crowley's mentioned the names of Tony and Teresa Nieva to us. It was a coincidence that Tony Nieva was my mother-in-law first cousin. Today we are in contact with both Ronie and Pepi Nieva-daughters of the Tony ( RIP) and Teresa.

Here's some information about CFM of the Philippines from their web site:

Pat & Patty Crowley of Chicago, USA, brought the movement to the Philippines on Feb. 8, 1956. Within the year, Tony & Teresa Nieva formed the first CFM unit in Makati.

The CFM was the first lay organization whose members are both the husband and wife and their children. CFM pioneered the Family and Life Programs in the Philippines developing or introducing, and delivering up to now the following programs:

1950’s – Marriage Orientation (Pre-Cana Counseling) and Holy Week retreat for  Couples

1960’s –Family Life Education (FLED) courses in schools, Marriage Encounter (ME), Discovery Weekend

1970’s – Marriage Enrichment (TIPANAN), Solo Parents Program, and Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE), Family Rights Movement.

1980’s – Family Communications and Young Adults Program (YAP)

1990’s -FIRES Priest Encounter and FIRES Marriage Encounter, Self Encounter, New Pentecost and Family Life Appreciation Seminar (FLAS)

2000’s – “Ala… Una ang Pamilya” regular Sunday radio program on Veritas 846.

The initial formation takes place through the Family Evangelization Program (FEP) guidebooks using the inquiry or Observe, Judge, Act (OJA) methodology, authored by its members.

CFM also pioneered in 1950 – 60’s advocacy activities in the field of social action, mass media, good government, clean & honest elections (NAMFREL)

For more details read:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Six Most Treasured Videos

The following six videos are my treasures. They are the videos that have touched my life!

Ditas, my youngest daughter, interviewed by Comcast, as California Director of Census, 2010

Carenna singing one of her original songs

Macrine's 80th Birthday

Chateau Du Mer, 2011

Carlos Avila, Macrine's Nephew

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Five Most Popular Articles in My Hubpages Account

I have been writing for since 2013. I have written 32 hubs, but only 20 articles are featured. The other 12 articles are not featured because of low traffic. The following are my top five most viewed hubs. The number in parenthesis are number of views as of this writing date.

1. ( 8,722)

2. ( 3,932)

3. ( 1,248)

4. ( 1,169)

5. ( 777 )

Monday, October 16, 2017

My Pineapple Plant in the US and in the Philippines

My pineapple plant grown from the commercial fruit I purchased from the grocery here in the US. Will it bear fruit before the winter Season? This potted pineapple plant greet visitors as it is located in our entrance patio!

This skinny pineapple plant in my garden in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines is starting to bear fruit. I also started it from commercial pineapple fruit I purchased in the public market in Boac. For other tropical fruits in my garden in the Philippines visit:

For more information on pineapple culture also visit:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Old and Recent Treasured Photos from My Album

Carenna In Red -First High School Homecoming, October, 2017. Carenna is 14 years old and my youngest grand daughter. She is the only daughter of my youngest daughter-Ditas

Carenna and Date-High School Homecoming, October, 2017

At our 60th Wedding Anniversary, May 8, 2017

Our Wedding Day, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines, May 8, 1957. Photo taken at the Residence of Macrine's parents-Bernardo Jambalos, and Elena Nieva Jambalos

My First Visit in New York City, 1960

Our First House in US with the 4D's, Platte Woods, Missouri, 1967

Me with Auring Aro and Virgie Aguilar, University of Illinois Cafeteria, Chicago, 1961

Macrine's BS Nursing Graduation, Pinole California at our Ramona Residence, 1981

Cadena de Amor Celebration, University of the Philippines,Diliman, 1953

Macrine's 81st Birthday at the Rehab Facility, Fair Oaks, Caliofornia, 2017

The David Jamily Katague Clan, 1946

Katague Clan-Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Easter of 1949


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