Planning to Visit the Philippines Soon?

There are hundreds of tourists attractions in the Philippines. But as a lover of the Island of Marinduque (Home of the Morions and Heart of the Philippines), I am indeed partial to its beauty, charm and its friendly and hospitable residents. Therefore, help me achieve my dream of seeing this island becomes a world tourist destination, by telling all your friends and relatives about this site. Welcome, to you all, new readers and faithful followers of this site! The photo above is Poctoy White Beach in Torrijos, Marinduque with beautiful and majestic Mt Malindig in the background. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing your copyrights. Please do not forget to read the latest National and International news in the right side bar of this blog!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

This is the Day the Lord has Made-Happy Earth Day


I woke up this morning singing the psalm (reminds me of our church choir), This is the day the Lord has Made, Let us Rejoice and be Glad! The weather today will be perfect; sunny and the temperature will range from mid 50's at 7AM to low 80's this afternoon with no wind here in Northern California.

This is also the day that reminds me that residing here in the US and paying high taxes is worth it and we have no regrets retiring here. Most important today April 22, Sunday is Earth Day.

This is the day also when Ditas has her OPEN HOUSE to celebrate a new deck addition to her residence in Sacramento. She called her new deck Yoga and Art Space( Studio). We plan on attending depending in how Macrine feels this afternoon.


Incase you have not heard of Earth Day here's a paragraph from Wikipedia.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #1 by Mimi Minigawa

Rachmaninoff and Siloti( his early mentor)-looks like twin brothers to me.

I have posted Rachmaninoff Concertos #2 and #3 a few months ago. Today, I like to share with you his #1 that he composed when he was only 18 years old. There are several You-Tube recordings in the Web, But I like this recording by pianist Mimi Minagawa. Minigawa is a young American pianist born in Houston, Texas, USA. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6qjffQq-tw

Mimi was a full music scholarship at the University of Michigan. She participated at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and won second place at the Lima Symphony Young Artists Competition, College Division. She was also a winner of the School of Music, Theatre.& Dance Concerto Competition.

Her other awards are: honorable mention at the MTNA Competition in East Central; Jacob Flier Piano Competition Winner Recital; winner of Jacob Flier International Piano Competition; full scholarship recipient at Rice University Preparatory Program; scholarship recipient at Piano Summer at New Paltz; scholarship recipient at St. Pius X High School; full scholarship recipient at the Hotchkiss School Summer; Portals Chamber Music Program; and first prize at the Hong Kong Youth and Children Piano Competition.

Here's some information on Rachmaninoff from Wikipedia:

Sergei Rachmaninoff composed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in F♯ minor, Op. 1, in 1891, at age 18. He dedicated the work to Alexander Siloti. He revised the work thoroughly in 1917.

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the romantic repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901.

After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused his output as composer to slow tremendously; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six compositions, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. In 1942, Rachmaninoff moved to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninoff acquired American citizenship.

The work is in three movements:

1.Vivace (F♯ minor)

This contrast with the later works can be heard from the opening bars, where a brass fanfare precedes a flourish of double octaves and chords on the piano — a musical gesture similar to the Schumann and Grieg piano concertos. This flourish occurs later in the movement, as well, an important factor in the symmetry of the movement. The main theme (like the other themes in this work common to both versions) is short by Rachmaninoff's standards but already shows the sequential devices and arch-like design inherent in his later works.

2.Andante cantabile (D major)

This reflective nocturne is only 74 bars long. The texture is less cumbersome in the revised version; the harmonies remain the same but are enlivened by occasional chromatic notes.

3. Allegro scherzando (F♯ minor → F♯ major) [1917 version: allegro vivace]

Rachmaninoff replaced an initially drab opening with a fortissimo passage alternating between time signatures of 9 8 and 12. This movement is in sonata-rondo form, in which the development is a lengthy section in E flat major. A maestoso reemergence of the concerto's main theme was eliminated. In the original version he had attempted to use this theme in an upward sequential treatment similar to what he would do later in the Second and Third Concertos. The problem here was that the theme did not lend itself so easily to this treatment, thus sounding contrived. It also came too late in the movement to have the right expansive effort prevalent in the other concertos.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summary of My Research Publications

My election to the USP Council of Experts, 1995-2000 ( Reelected for another five years of service from 2000-2005)

While googling myself, I found the following site that listed the summary of my 8 research publications when I was still working for the three private companies, Chemagro Corp,. Shell Development and Stauffer Chemical Companies. Not included are my work for the Food and Drug Administration. It's humbling to see some of my research work published in the Internet. There are also 58 research publications that cite/refer to my publications.

https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/85918131_David_B_Katague

Note that both my master's degree and doctorate degree thesis are in this list.

Working as a Pesticides Residues Method Development Chemist at Stauffer Chemical Company, Richmond, California, 1980's

For details and other publications read: http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/trail-blazer-in-chemistry.html

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Haughty and Racist Neighbor and Me

The other day I wrote a short note about my haughty and possibly racist neighbor based on his attitude towards me. However, after he read my biography and bucket list, his attitude suddenly changed and now friendly to me. This experience illustrates that racism is due to ignorance. The following are some of the best quotes I found in the Internet for your reading pleasure.

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/racism-quotes/

Attached is my most widely read and commented article (hub) I wrote about Filipino Discrimination in the US and my own and family experiences here in the US way back in the 1960's in Kansas City, Missouri

https://hubpages.com/business/caste-system-in-the-philippines

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Recent Wedding Reception at Chateau Du Mer-Marinduque

It is heartening to know that Chateau Du Mer Hall is still providing a venue for a wedding reception in spite of my physical absence. My thanks to Siony Jambalos( my sister-in-law), Edwin and Cecile ( caretaker couple) and Jimmy ( my grounds keeper and gardener) to make this event possible even in my absence. Attached below is a recent video of the Jandusay-De Castro wedding reception.
https://www.facebook.com/lot.j.decastro/videos/10214320104748747/UzpfSTExMjQxMTQ0NzY6MTAyMTIxMDcyNzk3MzM2MjM/

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Antonio A Nieva and Jose Antonio Vargas-Added in My Pinoy Pride List


Two years ago, I wrote in one of my hubs a list of names I called my Pinoy Pride List. There were 20 names of accomplished Filipino-Americans or Filipinos in that list. Here's my article as published in my Hubpages.com account.

https://hubpages.com/business/caste-system-in-the-philippines

Today I am proud to add two names to this list.

1. Antonio A. Nieva-Writer and Filipino-American veteran of World War II. Tony Arevalo Nieva is my wife's uncle and father of Ronie and Pepi Nieva. For details of his life and book read the following:

https://www.usphsociety.org/2017/05/24/filipino-veterans-honored-at-the-washington-dc-book-launch-of-nievas-cadet-soldier-guerrilla-fighter/

2. Jose Antonio Vargas- DACA and Dreamer's Act Activist. For his biography and accomplishments read the following.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Antonio_Vargas

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