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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!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Memorable Events and Guests at Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque

The front view of the Chateau Du Mer Beach House
The Conference Hall Decorated and ready for the Wedding Reception Party

As of today, we have hosted more than 45 clients for the beach house from United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and in the Philippines. The Hall have hosted more than 25 wedding receptions, birthday parties, meetings, seminars and family reunions. We have hosted three garden weddings and two Beach (seaside) weddings as of today.

Our first guests at Chateau Du Mer (CDM) were two couples from Southern France in 2010. The two men were physicians and their wives were educators. They have heard of CDM via my site and blogs.

This picture was taken at Hidden Valley Paradise Resort in Cabugao, Gasan where we took our Guests for a visit and a Picnic for the Day with the Dutch-Filipino Couple who Owns the Resort

Another group of guests we had fun hosting was during the visit of Veronica (Ronie ) Nieva Ettinger and family, Pepi Nieva and husband John Brown and their mother, Tia Teresa Feria Nieva widow of Tony Nieva, first cousin of Macrine's mother in January, 2013. They stayed for a week enjoying the sights and sounds of Marinduque and visiting relatives. Ronie and Pepi are grand daughters of Gregorio Nieva, younger brother of Juan Nieva, Macrine's grand father(http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2014/12/very-informative-article-on-achievement.html).

Photo taken in the front Porch of the Main House
Pepi Nieva and Ronie Nieva & Family with Macrine and I at the restaurant in the Boac Hotel bonding with their second cousin Luisito Reyes, owner of the Hotel.

Our first garden wedding was held in 2013.

The handsome Groom and his beautiful Bride

Our first beach( seaside) wedding was held in 2014:


For details visit the site as follows: http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=garden+wedding

After my retirement from the Food and Drug Administration in 2002, my wife and I decided that we should divide our year between the US and in the Philippines. Our goal was to stay in the Philippines in the island of Marinduque ( my wife's ancestral province) when it starts to get chilly and cold here in Northern California. When the hot and humid summer starts in the Philippines we will fly back to US. We have achieved this goal since 2002 and to the present. Our friends and relatives call us snowbirds because of this lifestyle. We know a lot of our friends, relatives and contemporaries are jealous of our lifestyle.

We have planned this lifestyle two years before my retirement. We started construction of our main house in 1998. It was a 3-bedroom French Style Ranch house in a 5-acre lot formerly a coconut plantation. The lot was inherited by my wife and about 7 miles from the downtown Boac. It has a beach at the back and the national road in the front.

Two years later at the urging of our kids, we build a two story beach house. We named it Chateau Du Mer.. The next year we built a conference hall big enough to accommodate 300 attendees. In 2005, we decided to open the Beach House and Hall for rent to the public. With this development, I decided to advertise the Beach house and Conference Hall via the Internet.

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