Welcome to My Site

If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my early-80's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!

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:

http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-7-life-in-chicago-illinois-and.html

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: http://www.cfmphilippines.org/

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Six Most Treasured Videos


http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2016/10/my-treasured-and-memorable-videos.html


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

The Five Most Popular Articles in My Hubpages Account

I have been writing for Hubpages.com 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. https://hubpages.com/health/my-bucket-list-101-things-to-do-before-i-die ( 8,722)

2. https://hubpages.com/business/caste-system-in-the-philippines ( 3,932)


3. https://hubpages.com/relationships/abused-against-men-the-battered-husband ( 1,248)

4. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/My-Encounters-with-Aswangs-Witches-Goblins-and-Ghosts-in-the-Philippines ( 1,169)

5. https://hubpages.com/health/How-to-Live-or-Retire-in-the-Philippines-for-Less-than-1-500-a-Month ( 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: https://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2013/10/tropical-fruits-in-gardens-of-chateau.html

For more information on pineapple culture also visit: http://www.writersreps.com/Pineapple-Culture

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

My Best Buys of the Week-Mangoes and Kahlua


Red mangoes and Kahlua were my best buys of the week- two purchases I made with the promotion of Buy One, Take One Free!

Kahlua with equal amounts of Half & Half in ice cubes is the after dinner drink that Macrine and I enjoyed very much.

For the six varieties of mangoes commonly available in US, read: http://www.mango.org/en/About-Mangos/Mango-Varieties

For additional recipes and other mixed drinks with Kahlua read: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink4631.html

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