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

http://mysticalraven.com/health/9646/neuroscientists-strongly-recommend-that-you-visit-the-beach-regularly-heres-why

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: http://www.bridgebase.com/.

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: http://games.aarp.org/games/bridge/

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

https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/bridge-is-my-card-game

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

http://www.itsmahjong.com/

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".

Source: http://www.mindanaodailynews.com/general-douglas-macarthur-week-bsp-council-to-honor-scout-who-met-macarthur-in-macabalan/

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"

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/02/24-hour-fitness-hit-with-1-2-million-penalty-over-shady-sales-tactics/#.Wfzksb_OcQA.facebook

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:

https://lasentinel.net/2020-census-apathy-will-be-detrimental-to-people-of-color.html and
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Latinos-sound-alarm-on-2020-census-12334264.php

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 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: http://www.paase.org. 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

Saturday, October 21, 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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Life in the United States versus Life in the Philippines

Retirement Home in the United States

A couple of weeks ago, I described the five luxuries that my wife are enjoying here in the US. Today, I am adding another luxury that I forgot in that blog. The number six luxury is the service of a Gardener. My Gardener does the mowing, trimming and weeding of both our front and back yards twice a month or as in needed basis. I still do the watering and fertilizing. David III still maintains our swimming pool and minor repairs in the house.

Anyone Swimming on your Birthday suit on a Hot Summer Night?

Today I am also attaching one of my hubs about Life in the Philippines vs Life in the US from my hubpages.com account just in case you have not read it as follows:


Retirement Home in the Philippines

https://hubpages.com/health/Life-in-the-Philippines-versus-Life-in-the-United-States

Friday, September 22, 2017

Carenna KT and Verbal Bullying

The mean girls are jealous of Carenna's Poise and Beauty

I was reading the FB page of my daughter Ditas yesterday and learned that Carenna who entered 9th grade last month( first year high school) told her that there are Mean Girls in her class. This means verbal bullying to me. I could identify how Carenna felt since I was also bullied when I was in high school.

I wrote my own verbal bullying experience when I was in high school in the 1950's in detail in the first edition of my autobiography. However, a friend suggested I tone it down (the details) since it was too personal. Instead of toning it down, I decided just to omit it in the second edition of my autobiography. Writing it down however was very therapeutic. I have forgotten all about my teenage bullying, until yesterday after reading Ditas FB page.

Here's Ditas Posting: Mean girls in the HISP program at Mclatchy and we thought it would be less likely, but they are everywhere.

The following are some reactions from Ditas FB friends to the above posting:

Honestly after 2016 who is surprised?

They are everywhere, sadly. Hugs

Unfortunately they are everywhere

Contact their counselors. And continue contacting their counselors and admin with each and every incident.

College is just around the corner. Tell her it will get better. Hugs

True. Highschool... barf.... college.... so awesome!

Ditas Katague: I know right! my 35th High school reunion is next Saturday and I thought about going but after witnessing Carenna's torment this week, I have PTSD from my high school traumas. And those that caused it, I have no desire to come in contact with.

It's just preparing her for the workforce 😱

Success is the best revenge.

Ditas it's high school ... mean girls are what help us grow into fierce woman and smoke them all! Tell her to hang in there it gets better!

So, how common is teenage bullying in the US?

According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. Data suggests that teenage bullying is more common among younger teens than it is among older teens. However, it may be that young teens are more prone to physical bullying, which is easier to identify, and that older teens are more sophisticated in methods of bullying that are not always exactly identified as such.

Physical bullying is more common among boys, and teenage girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Indeed, while boys report that they are more likely to be involved in physical altercations, girls report that they are often the targets of nasty rumors – especially involving sexual gossip. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a teenage bullying technique than boys are.

For details on teenage bullying read the following:
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/teenage-bullying.html

Related News about Verbal Bullying:

Today's news highlights the verbal bullying of Trump and Kim Jong Un:

Trump calls KIM, Rocket Man as well as “unfit,” “rogue” and “gangster”. Kim bullied back and call Trump― a mentally unbalance “dotard,” . 

So what is a dotard: According to Merriam-Webster, a “dotard” is a “person in his or her dotage,” with “dotage” further defined as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”

Freelance journalist Jihye Lee said the original statement in Korean used a term better translated as “old beast lunatic,” but it became “dotard” in the English version released by North Korea. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Macrine Swimming for the First Time Since 2013

I can not believe this. Yesterday, she wanted me to drive her to the Motor's Vehicle Office, so she can renew her driver license. Today she wanted to swim. I can not find her bathing suit, but here's the video I took this morning. In a couple of hours she will need her medication. Thank you Lord!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Solar Lights in the Gardens of Chateau Du Mer, Marinduque

My favorite time of the day in Marinduque is at sunset and at twilight. During this time and up to midnight, I could show case my more than 50 solar lights of various types around the resort. Besides the solar lights, I have installed spot lights in all of the statuary's and garden sculptures near the Conference Hall and also in the Main House. The three photos( taken at twilight) above focused on the bridge lighting (red and white). The bridge is the focal point of the landscaping design of the beach house.




Solar Lights as viewed from the Conference Hall







The creek under the bridge is filled with native fish, crabs and snails during the summer season. Two years ago, I seeded the creek with tilapias in November. By May, it was already about 3 to 5 lbs. I feed the tilapias twice a day with commercial fish food. I told Edwin, my caretaker to harvest them before the rainy season, otherwise they will be flushed into the ocean, when the monsoon rains start around July-August. Edwin was able to harvest more than a dozen for his table. A couple of tilapias that remained in the creek were flushed into the ocean by August.


This photo is one of my favorite sunset picture taken from the balcony of the beach house. Macrine and I hope to see you soon in Marinduque-our island Paradise.

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