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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
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: http://www.cfmphilippines.org/
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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
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 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
Monday, October 9, 2017
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