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:

https://hubpages.com/holidays/my-first-thanksgiving-day-in-the-united-states

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

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.

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