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!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yellow Bird-My Favorite Song in the 1950's

I love this song so much. It makes me feel so joyful and alive. I have requested that this song, vocal, instrumental or choral be played during my funeral, since I want it to be a happy occasion. Dying to me is a celebration of life. I felt I had live a good and productive life, so the end of it should be happy not sad! The first video is an instrumental by Chit Atkins and the second is the history of the song as sang and played by the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte and Lawrence Welk Band.

Yellow Bird was first recorded in 1957, but existed in other variations before that. Here are some early illustrations.
1) Kingston Trio - Yellow Bird
2) Harry Belafonte - Don't Ever Love Me - 1957 LP "Belafonte Sings Of the Caribbean", and on single with Mama Looka Booboo.
3) Lawrence Welk - Yellow Bird - 1961 hit

People say that Harry Belafonte recorded and popularized this song. What has been lost in the years is that he recorded a different variation not titled Yellow Bird, but Don't Ever Love Me. But he worked closely with Norman Luboff, and led him to create the modern version of Yellow Bird in 1957. The Luboff Choir had it on a 1957 LP Calypso Holiday, the first recording of Yellow Bird.

The melody is based on the West Indian song Petit Oiseaux (Little Bird), later to become Choucoune. Apparently Choucoune was on an LP by Nina and Frederick.
Harry Belafonte had everything to do with bringing all this together in the 1950s.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chiqui's Jambalos Wedding, October 3, 2009

Macrine's niece, Marilyn Jambalos, known as Chiqui, got married last October 3. Although it was raining very hard the night of October 2, the rain stopped on her wedding day. So the priest who performed the wedding even commented that Chiqui and her auntie Sister Guia must have a lot of influence from the POWER above. Here are some pictures of the wedding. Note that the reception and pre-wedding preparations were held at the Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort and Conference Center in Amoingon, Boac.
Senecio Saguid, Siony Jambalos( mother of the bride) Fe Jambalos and Sister Guia Jambalos at the Reception Head Table
Entourage Party posing for souvenir pictures( above and below) at the spiral stairs of the Beach House

The Bride and Groom at the Bridge of Dreams-the focal point of the landscaping design of the beach resort
Chiqui and Noli at Center Stage, Conference Hall
The Jambalos Relatives After the Wedding Ceremony, Boac Cathedral
The Edgar(deceased)Jambalos Family

On her way to the Reception Party with mother, Siony Jambalos
Balcony of the Beach House- The Honeymoon Night
Bridge at Twilight as viewed from the Balcony of the Beach House
Balcony at Night and the Spiral Staircase-Honeymoon time for Chiqui and Noli

Reagan Katague Gregorio Wedding in Iloilo

My nephew, Reagan Katague Gregorio, only son of my sister, Amor Katague Gregorio was married last October 3, 2009 in Iloilo, Philippines. This was also the wedding date of Macrine's niece, Marilyn Jambalos in Marinduque(see posting above). For pictures visit, http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com.

Below are some pictures of Reagan's ( Beboy) wedding taken from his posting in Face Book. Is'nt Reagan tall and handsome? He has indeed the genes of the Katague, but sorry girls he is no longer available. I love the color theme,yellow- orange, for the wedding. Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ditas Katague-Keynote Speaker for Rose Institute

Ditas Katague Thompson and Daughter, Carenna

The following news item was written by Mike Whatby and published by Rose Institute, Claremont Mckenna College, Claremnont, California on October 9, 2009.

Ditas Katague to Deliver Keynote Address at Rose Institute Redistricting Conference

The Rose Institute is pleased to announce that Ditas Katague will deliver the keynote address at the “Redistricting, The 2010 Census, and Your Budget” Conference being held October 15th at Claremont McKenna College. Ms. Katague, the Director of Census 2010, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, will speak at the 12:15 lunch addressing the importance and fiscal impact of a Complete Count and ongoing preparations for the 2010 Census.

Ms. Katague has more than twenty years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies. She has recently joined the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research where she serves as Director of Census 2010 – overseeing and directing the statewide outreach and coordination for the U.S. Decennial Census 2010. She builds upon her experience as Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Decennial Census 2000, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the $24.7 million grass-roots outreach campaign. Leading this successful statewide grass-roots outreach effort, she managed a team of over 40 people running all campaign aspects including outreach, marketing and communications, media relations and the general administration of contracts to counties, community based organizations and schools.

Before joining the Census 2010 effort, she was First Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs of Countrywide Mortgage where she managed and maintained legislative coverage and activities in the top tier western states (20 states), lobbied state and local laws and regulations that impact the corporation’s priority business objectives. Ms. Katague also was the Assistant Treasurer for the Countrywide PAC and manages all political contributions and reporting.

Ms. Katague was the Assistant Secretary at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where she had management and policy oversight of Departments including the Department of Corporations, Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles, Housing and Community Development, California Housing Finance Agency, and Department of Real Estate. Ms. Katague led several Agency initiatives including Home Ownership and Financial Literacy, the Governor’s Economic Summit, and she was the Binational Coordinator for Goods Movement/Transportation Border issues after 9/11.

Ms. Katague was also a manager for Deloitte Consulting’s Public Sector practice in New Jersey & Sacramento where she provided project management, business process improvement, reorganization and transition management, change leadership, communications and public relations consulting services. In the non-profit sector, Ditas worked under the California Hospital Association as the Program Director for the non-profit California Telemedicine & eHealth Center where she helped the non-profit revamp their regranting, mentoring and marketing & outreach programs.

Ms. Katague received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Practice of Art from UC Berkeley and her Master of Public Administration in Organization Development and Intergovernmental Management from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy Planning and Development. Ms. Katague’s husband Nick Thompson is the Director of Safety Policy at the California Trucking Association and they have a 6 year old daughter, Carenna.

Philip's Katague Video Production

I have two grandsons and four granddaughters. Philip Katague is one of my two grandsons here in Northern California. He is the oldest son of my oldest son, Dodie (Diosdado) Katague. As a grandfather I am proud of my grandchildren accomplishments. Above is Philip's first video as an actor, an assignment in one of his classes in high school. Isn't he handsome? The Katague genes are certainly showing, but has been diluted with American genes from his mom. I hope you enjoy his short video!

Philip Winchester Katague, Christmas, 2007
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