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Thanksgiving Lunch with the Ragsdale Family

November 11th, 2012

Thanksgiving Lunch with the Ragsdale Family

Nov 27, '09

A few days before Thanksgiving Day, Lorna and I got an invitation from Ralph and Janet to join their family for Thanksgiving lunch at their place in Parker Oaks. Lorna was supposed to be at their place much earlier to help Janet in the preparation. A day before the appointed lunch, Ralph called saying that Lorna didn’t have to come early for Janet, with their help, could handle the preparation. Ralph had to explain that they wanted Lorna to have a rest from her work, since I insisted a bit that Lorna was really planning on coming to help.

Anyway, just the same, we came earlier but everything was almost done, so Lorna could only help them so much. I asked Ralph if I could do a little photography at their backyard forest to which he replied, “It may still take a few minutes before the turkey gets cooked". So I went, where Ralph followed to make sure I was safe from snakes, etc. Soon, he left me to check on the turkey.

I did have fun taking photos although the sun was a little too bright for photography. It wasn’t easy to take photos then because of the thorny and pointed plants, shrubs and grasses, not counting the numerous twigs that could prick my eyes. I got stung by a pointed asterisk looking plant twice, but had to go on photographing the scared squirrel because I shouted when I was stung.

Just before we ate lunch, a deer visited the garden and stayed there for quite a while for Jake, Ty’s dog didn’t bother to bark to send him away. I will upload a video of this rare sight, in a few hours.

Anyway, here are the photos I took on that lovely Thanksgiving lunch with Ralph, Janet and the rest of the family. We thank God for people like them. God bless you, Ralph, Janet and family.

Here's the link to a video titled, "Oh Deer, It's Thanksgiving Day":

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Morning After Last Nyts 2nd Snow In Weatherford TX

November 11th, 2012

Morning After Last Nyts 2nd Snow In Weatherford TX

Hi David dear / Family & Friends:

I had to walk funny this morning taking photos. I had to break the slippery ice with my spiked soccer pair of shoes before I could make the next step. There were areas I could not get to for they were too slippery much like a skating rink.

Well, today is Christmas and Lorna and I intend to just stay at home to get myself feeling better after exposing myself to the cold last night. Took a lot of vitamins and hot green tea with honey given by Janet, with squeezed lemon to mimic the taste of "wassail".

Although I am not feeling too well this morning, I still took photos of the icy surroundings we have to complete this 2nd snow photo documentation. My father used to tell me to finish whatever it was I started. I forgot I wasn't feeling well taking these snow-pix for I enjoyed shooting them immensely. I hope you enjoy viewing them too.

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First snow-flurries in Weatherford:

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Noontime 2nd Snow in Weatherford, TX:

Noontime to Nightime 2nd Snow:

Gutenberg Press - Rusty Maisel - Old Manuscripts

November 10th, 2012

Gutenberg Press - Rusty Maisel - Old Manuscripts

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An 8:30AM call this morning from a dear friend, Ralph, almost broke my heart when I learned that I missed the lecture and demonstration on how the Gutenberg press works at Doss Heritage here in Weatherford TX. It was the last day for the public to witness the press demo and the accompanying exhibit of Rusty's father's collection of old Bibles and other manuscripts. That same afternoon at Lorna’s facility, I was 2 hours before 5:30PM, my usual time to fetch Lorna from her work for almost daily, I get to happily swing my golf club better just because of a wide field right at the back of Lorna’s facility that can accommodate at least 20 full size soccer fields!

On our way back home, Lorna reminded me about going to Walmart to do our grocery for the week. On the way there, even while we were shopping, and after we shopped, I had the feeling that something was amiss. I was not able to figure it until Ralph Ragsdale called me this morning!

I could sense in Ralph’s voice the disappointment of us having missed this rare demonstration much more when he again reminded me that Rusty Maisel would start dismantling the press at Doss Heritage at 10AM for it again conflicted with our portrait taking at Couts Methodist Church!

Anyway, Lorna and I decided to go early at Doss Heritage just to briefly view the press being dismantled. We were really not that early for there we found Ralph Ragsdale and Larry Vanhoozer with their grandkids and some other people talking to Rusty Maisel and others watching the manuscript exhibit.

I was introduced to Rusty only to casually commence the introduction, history and, eventually, as to how the press works. There’s much more to say from our lengthy talk, but perhaps you have better view the photos Lorna, Larry and I took first before we further discuss the rest of our fun viewing and demo of the press at Doss Heritage. By the way, Doss Heritage is one of the best museums Parker County has in Texas. It is the result of the efforts made my Mary Miller, the Peter Pan of Hollywood during her time. She happens to be the mother of Larry Hagman, the mean “JR” we know in a television series we used to watch on television, “Dallas”.

Btw, Lorna and I still made it to the picture taking for the Couts ‘ UMC directory. (to be continued . . . more about this movable type press)

Lunch - Len and Joyce Home

October 28th, 2012

Lunch - Len and Joyce Home

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to david

11:33 PM (48 minutes ago)

Dearest David,

I really felt sad that I was not able to connect with you when I tried the second time for you to vid-chat with Pastor Tim and the rest. After that I did not have the chance to connect again since we had to get our own plates, salad, corn, veggies, potato, a piece of meat and apple pie, only to go back to the dining table that was so orderly and beautifully prepared by Joyce - - and Len, I suppose. Unlike there, they do everything here by themselves without the help of house maids. I didn't have the guts to interrupt the guests' animated conversation for picture taking to show you the lovely table then prepared.

Anyway, it really was a casual lunch, for Len and Joyce's close friends from Couts UMC this Christmastime. I got to join them when Len called me about our projected trip to San Antonio, Texas to meet with his pastor friend there and other Filipinos who I may find interesting to interact with going about God's mission here on earth in the field of the visual arts. Len may be a retired Methodist pastor but is still actively involved the Lord's mission.

As usual, the bulk of the conversation, after their own usual exchanges, centered on the three of us. For one, the recent and ongoing eruption of Mayon volcano and how it affects Tess' clan in Legaspi, Bicol, how far Manila is from the eruption, and how safe you are from the eruption and lava flows. Just yesterday, Clent, a member of our Bible study class called Janet just to find out if you are safe from Mayon's eruption. On my way to fetch your mama Lorna, Janet then called me to make sure that you were aware of what's happening, from what they gathered from TV news here in Weatherford.

In no small way are our friends here at Couts UMC really care about the three of us. Their genuine concern for us somehow enhances our stay and Christian life here in Weatherford that has somehow been passed on to you. Your mama Lorna and I just feel so fortunate to have such Christian friends who really care for us.

Yes, maybe, a perfect time is yet set aside for you to meet with them even for a video chat. Although your vid-chat with Len wasn't that audible (your end, because of reception delay), I will still upload it at You Tube tomorrow for you to have an idea of what really transpired this afternoon from our end. I thought, Len and Joyce's place was far from Country Oaks where we live, so I left an hour earlier to make sure I wouldn't miss this lunch with Len and Joyce, Pastor Tim, Butch and Cindy, and Georgia.

In less than 10 minutes, I was already there! Well, Len, after waving at me to come in from the inside had to come out after a while for I didn't notice him at all. Also, I thought I would just wait for the other guests to arrive before letting them know that I was already in front of their beautiful home. Well, I was invited in to be greeted by a beautiful fireplace of which Len was a bit proud of, at the same time apologetic about. Can you guess why? Well, it was digital heat that I could get from the fireplace, an ideal fireplace where anybody can hang precious artwork above without fear of damaging it! It was a video of a fireplace with wood burning, haha. Len even jokingly asked me to come closer to feel the heat, hehe. Well, for one, it really sets the mood, and with quiet Christmas music, how could anything go wrong?

Because I was early, I then started to set my laptop and projector for the powerpoint presentation of your Lolo's Life Ministry as a Methodist Pastor. Of course, with the guests present, I could not help but really appreciate how they reacted to the stories and images of "Tatay and Nanay's" (father & mother) Christian ministry in the Philippines prepared by Ate Necy and me, that also includes you.

Well, just for this afternoon, I can only thank the Lord for the tedious work we had done preparing this still unfinished presentation which bulk still overwhelms me, but that all was not in vain. A lot still transpired when everybody left. Joyce started playing the piano and made me play after. Len, after a few piano pieces, shared with me his photo documentation of the Holy land and authoritatively fed me with its history until your mama Lorna called for me to fetch her from work.

Love you so much and I wish I can really be with you, embrace you and do the usual things we do when we were together especially this time of Christmas. In God's time, things will fall in their proper places as, even now, they continue to unfold beautifully, joyfully beyond our belief. God is good. Let us continue to trust in Him.

Take care always,


ps: Video: Sorry, David dear / Lunch @ Len & Joyce's Home
(Still being processed by You Tube, but may be visible in a while):

You may also view the video below at the commentary box, although buffering takes a bit longer than You Tube.

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 8:59 PM, david bautista wrote:

Hi Dad!

Sorry baka di ko nadinig, or sa tagal, baka naamatay na laptop kasi naka battery ako, kasi naka full charge naman ako so mga 2 hrs un, naka max ang sound ko at nka connect ako, sorry Dad ha.. i am sure there will be another perfect time for me to meet them:) i hope you had a successful presentation and i am looking forward to the stories as to what happened :) i love you so much!

- David

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM, GLENN BAUTISTA wrote:

Sorry, anak, hindi ako maka connect . . nyt, love you

Paradise - Vanhoozer Farm 2009

October 28th, 2012

Paradise - Vanhoozer Farm 2009

After Larry’s welcome, we proceeded to the barn to meet with Barbara. While waiting for her, we got introduced to several horses at the barn to Lorna’s delight. Barbara took us outside to meet more horses in the open having wider spaces to run around. Not too long from the barn, we headed farther out to tour the farm on Larry’s golf car. Reminded me of my tour of Disneyland in CA when I was much younger. But this was a different tour that I really found fascinating. Things I saw around were of nature, almost untouched by humans. This I thought was really great for my photography. But, as I was with Larry, Barbara and Lorna, I could not just stay behind to really take my time to take a closer look at nature’s beauty, -new growth and decay at the same time, reminding me of Paul Simon’s song, “Leaves that are Green turn to Brown”. We sang a few songs together while enjoying the ride like, “Slow Down, You’re Moving too Fast", and other songs by Simon and Garfunkel. They were surprised that Lorna knew the songs too, being much younger than the three of us. Somehow, I admire Barbara seeing for the first time how a woman can command a horse to obey her while maintaining a very loving and harmonious relationship - - and this horse was big! Lorna too enjoyed herself being with “Bruiser” a huge white pup and a few horses with the guidance both from Larry and Barbara. I was a mere spectator and photographer to what was wonderfully transpiring that late morning. Btw, Lorna and I instantaneously fell in love with "Bruiser", we wanted to bring him home, a huge guard doggie and still yet a pup at that! After a few months, we learned from Larry that "Bruiser" was beaten by a snake but is recuperating quite well.
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Our Visit w/ Larry & Barbara / Vanhoozer Farm, Weatherford, Texas

Larry called in Wednesday inviting me to join their family for breakfast, just shortly after we parted from our Bible study with Rusty's group in Hudson Oaks. I couldn't take him up on his invite since I was threshing out a few things with my son, David over video chat and there really was not much time to get our chat done to travel at least 20 miles to Larry's place. His second call came in Saturday around 8:30AM to which Lorna and I readily agreed. We thought that day would just be spent doing what we do in our place, and resting a bit.

Anyway, the rest of the photos featured here, which will come per album since I have taken around 300 digital photos, will tell you the story.Thank you Larry and Barbara for a fun day well spent at your heavenly place here in Weatherford, TX.

And here's a link to the short video Larry and I took:

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Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum Colorado

October 28th, 2012

Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum Colorado

Images from my Motorola Droid CP

Went to See King Tut Again - Denver Museum / Dec 21, 2010:

Sorry, photography was strictly prohibited. I was really sorry myself. They could have allowed photography just so nobody uses flash so as not to expose these rare artifacts to light. Anyway, here's are a few pix just to remind us of our visit at Denver Art Museum. Egyptian art is truly amazing.

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Will upload more photos, later, on my visit to Asian, European and Modern Art galleries at Denver Art Museum.

Day After,Glenn Drives to Estes Park, CO video:

Pinoy Jazz Traditions by Richie Quirino

October 27th, 2012

Pinoy Jazz Traditions by Richie Quirino

Here're some sample pages of the second volume of Richie Quirino's Book, "Pinoy Jazz Traditions". Keeping jazz alive, in the Philippines, which has its humble beginnings and sacrifices of those pioneer jazz musicians . . the likes of Angel Pena, Lito Molina, Richie Quirino . . to name a few, is definitely worth the effort. (design/layout-glenn bautista) To view all Pinoy Jazz pages:

The Universe by Glenn A. Bautista

October 27th, 2012

The Universe by Glenn A. Bautista

In this album are artworks I have created, through the years, that have to do with this earth I am stepping on and everything else around it. It includes questions and answers from many sources. I treasure the privilege and the blessing of my physical existence on this part of the universe called Mother Earth – to have the rare opportunity to feel, sense, touch and taste what this physical life can offer. Yet, these physical sensations are nothing to compare with the majestic splendor of what our loving Creator has prepared for us. I thank God with all my heart for the total life experiences I have been blessed with and for the assurance of an everlasting life with Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I am resting on His great promise when He said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you". (John 14:2 - King James Version / KJV)

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Colorado Pastels Thumbnails

October 27th, 2012

Colorado Pastels Thumbnails

A habit since I was a student at UST and UP, before I work on large oils or pastels, I normally do a small sketch (on vellum paper) on the subject at hand just to have an idea as to how my compositions would look like. Here are a few of these sketches I did on landscapes and compositions during our stay in Colorado. These thumbnails or small sketches many times have more spontaneity than the final, bigger artworks, and many times are completely different from the final artwork. However, I find time to further work on these sketches that they end up as final artworks, despite the size. Both the thumbnails and final artworks have their own merit and beauty.

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From Pearland to Baytown TX

October 27th, 2012

From Pearland to Baytown TX

Since we moved in last April, 2012 from Pearland, TX, a bit on Fridays, plenty on Saturdays and Sundays, are just about the time I can dedicate to whatever I want to do in Baytown, Texas. And why is this? My wife, Lorna and I are always together going about her work in Baytown and its neighboring places like Dayton, Liberty, Crosby, Wallisville, Anahuac, Winnie, Hankamer, South and West Houston. Initially, driving for several hours, on the freeways and roads inside some few towns in Texas has not been easy. After a while, I began to get used to the same routine, although it slowly changes after a time. By now, I have quite accepted the Toyota RAV4 2010 I now drive as my art studio and office. It is neither small nor big, but is just enough for our needs. I noticed, after a time, that this is a good way to produce artworks and write the books I have always wanted to find time for. Change, I guess, is the reason why I continue to be inspired to paint and write. Lorna and I, most of the time leave our place (Lynn Apartments) in Baytown around seven in the morning and come back home before, or, when it’s already dark. We get tired, yes, but we always feel that we have achieved something for the day, hardly noticing its passing.

Also, driving around Texas for me has become a therapy more than work. We go about our day in a relaxed and fun way trekking different routes, meeting different people and eating at different places and eateries. Sometimes, we catch ourselves longing to have a permanent place to stay and work. But, like I said, we presently enjoy what we are doing until another form of challenge unfolds. We have been here in Baytown, TX for more than three months now and will stay until the end of 2012. However, a brief break from work here in Baytown to a brief rest in the Philippines come October is in the planning stage. As parents, we are firstly excited to be with our son, David, even for a while.

The good Lord continues to guide, protect and provide our needs. Not only our needs, but our son’s needs, as well, who is, at age 25 is almost independent from us. By now, he can already take care of a big portion of his daily needs and hardly needs anything from us. Grace is sufficient, indeed!

By now, I have already produced and published three art books, and a book on the golf swing. I am presently writing a sequel to my first book on the golf swing. This just happened! For there is a need to write about my recent discoveries about the golf swing which, I think, are worth sharing. My passion for the sport of golf, or for the improvement of my golf swing is what pushes me into creativity. Somehow, it leads me into doing a lot of other things too. It leads me to shooting photos and videos, sketching objects, places and ideas to end up finalizing the artworks when we get home. I have always been busy since I came in the US on May 2009. I have produced a hundred twenty pieces of 18”x24” horizontal pastels, a few collages and oils.

Assisting Lorna with her work is always an honor. She deserves to be helped for her work has not been easy and demands a lot from her. The car becomes her instant office answering phone calls, surfing the net and many others, while I drive for her. As a couple, we have truly become one here in the US. This was not the case when we were living in the Philippines, for we had our own activities and preoccupation then, that kept us independent from each other for a while. After this paragraph, I will include photos I have taken with my Motorola Droid Bionic cell phone of the few places we have visited in Baytown, Texas, and the nearby towns around. Enjoy!

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2009-12 Christmas - Epiphany Greeting Cards by Glenn A. Bautista

October 27th, 2012

2009-12 Christmas - Epiphany Greeting Cards by Glenn A. Bautista

The Glenn Bautista spectrum of a new icon: Unveiling a sacred experience from the fissured light of ancestor's years into a bright dawn of reverence, dedicated to Tatay and Nanay (father & mother).

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Dear Family / Friends,

May I share with you my selected artworks, "Digital Collages for Christmas-Epiphany", for your greeting cards this season. An art interaction with old stampitas, ancient Bible illustrations, icons, bas reliefs, prints, sculptures, and many others.

Christmas-Epiphany greeting cards, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, framed art prints and unframed art prints (several sizes), are readily available to order online. Delivery in 2-3 business days in the US.


Glenn A. Bautista
Visual Artist / Baytown, TX

Cosmicscapes 1980-85 by Glenn Bautista

October 27th, 2012

Cosmicscapes 1980-85 by Glenn Bautista

Not so much of what I imagine a "cosmic-scape" could be, but more on the possibilities of what any drawing tool can lead me to, e.g.: a quick mathematical progression from small to large doodle can make a futuristic-scape exhibiting a foreground, middle-ground and a background. These pencil-pastel sketches are the result of this creative thought and of course, its variations created in Dusseldorf, Germany and Manila, Philippines. (1980-85).

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JunJulyApril-s Place

October 27th, 2012

JunJulyApril-s Place

JunJulyApril-s Place Cerritos LA / To view all pastels:

From LAX, picked up by my younger brother, Edwin and elder brother Kuya Jun, we went straight to Cerritos to rest a bit. Edwin ended up having to fix Kuya Jun's car air-conditioner which broke down a few days ago. I drove once for them to get some spare parts for the air conditioner just to get the feel of driving again in California. I find the roads narrower and older than the roads we have in Texas. Ate Julie prepared lunch for us until we had to leave for Kuya Fil and Ate Necy were waiting for us at their place in Monterey Park, CA, some 45 minutes from Cerritos, CA.

Our short stay at Kuya Jun’s place gave me the chance to do quick pastels of their garden - - plants, flowers, vines, vegetables, cactus, trees, etc. I took photos of the rest so I could work on them when we get back to Pearland, TX.

Central UMC Logo - Vertical Banner by Glenn

October 20th, 2012

Central UMC Logo - Vertical Banner by Glenn

To: Rae
Sent: Fri, February 4, 2011 10:45:08 AM
Subject: Central UMC logo & vertical banner

Hi Rae,

Hope this will suffice.

Please inform me if there should be any changes, or additions.
I want to keep it as simple as possible. Only I can alter my design.

>-<)*> . . . glenn
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On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 6:15 PM, Ray Marcuelo wrote:


What a beautiful morning! The Lord's hand surely have guided you. These designs are what I simply would describe as "CLASS, ELEGANCE , A GIFT FROM GOD." I love it, I like it so much. I think the Lord will be exceedingly glad to accept it as an offering . For so long, Central really never had it's own logo.

No, nothing to change. It's perfect as it is. I like the totality of the design that characterizes what a church logo should be. Right now I am thinking of a logo description. You may want to do it in your own words as the artist and because you grew up at Central and will always be a part of this church.

While viewing I felt there were others looking from behind me - Kuya Elmore and your Dad. Glenn how can I best express my appreciation to you except to repeat Psalm 118:1

Am initially sharing my joy with our Pastors:

Rev Ciriaco Francisco (Pastor Cerrie), Administrative Pastor, Tagalog Congregation
Rev Dr Edward Copliting (Pastor Ed), Ilocano Congregation,
Rev Dr. Alfredo Agtarap (Pastor Fred), English Congregation (Pulpit Supply Pastor)
Rev Edrick Ancheta, Youth Pastor
Pastor Chen , Chinese congregation . He is Taiwanese and a student at UTS and . .
Prof Joy Nilo, Music Director
Eva Rodriguez Angeles, Nurture Chair
Bellet Carpio, Christian Educ Com Chair and President, WSCS
Philina Absalon , Deaconess
Remy Pablo, Deaconess
Femie Biteng, Finance Committee and member of the 112th Anniv Committee

Maraming salamat, Glenn.

I will continue to update you on developments for the 112th anniv.

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Hi Ray,

Can you please decide which to use - - Ray or Rae, hehe.

Well, I'm happy you liked the Central UMC logo and the vertical banner.

I am glad I was able to give it time despite my very busy schedule. Am working on my art book now, a few portraits and my uncompleted pastels yet to be included in my book. Well the only way not to miss Pinas is to keep myself busy all the time.

Yes, keep me updated. Once a Methodist, always a Methodist.


>-<)*> . . . glenn

ps: My preference to keep the logo's interpretation open to allow others to interact. You will be surprised how others may view it. This is the reason why the design is abstract and simple. -gb
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Leonard Johnson to GLENN
Feb 5 (2 days ago)

Hey, Glenn!

Hi from Len and Joyce here in Weatherford! Wow, that is quite a piece of art you did on that church logo/banner!
We sure miss you and Lorna! It would be good to see you again, visit, and catch up!

God bless.
Len & Joyce
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Hi Len / Joyce,

I made it so simple that it can be used as a standard logo by any UMC just by changing the church's name and adding a few more.
I wonder what impact it would make if UMC really has a standard logo, not just the cross and red flame (holy spirit).

Lorna got extended here in Pearland for another 3 months. She is really liked wherever she works.

So, here I am creating more artworks and presently writing a book on my pastels and activities here in the US. It will take time for there's so much to include but, of course, I have to be very selective. Somehow, this keeps me busy and less lonely.

It's great to hear from you and I wish that we really get to visit with all of you there again. Lorna doesn't mind being reassigned there permanently after trying all the other settings (nursing, out-patient, hospital, etc) to add more to her resume and experience.

Here's a link to all our activities here in the US:


>-<)*> . . . glenn

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Stanley Jacob to GLENN

Stanley wrote:

"What a wonderful offering Glenn.
You are God's artist."


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The Philippine Star, Thursday , March 17, 2011

Central United Methodist Church marks 112th Anniversary

The Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) celebrates its 112th founding anniversary on Sunday, March 20 with center of events at 694 T.M. Kalaw St. ,Ermita, Manila.

With the theme “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1), the celebration will have Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator and PDEA Executive Director Carlos Cao, Jr, as guest speaker. An anniversary banner, designed by Glenn Bautista, a prominent visual artist who is based in Pearland, Texas, USA features the soaring spiritual flame expressing CUMC’s vertical love and devotion to God, the highest praise and gratitude, the horizontal and cascading lines of the name of the faith community of Central UMC signifying compassionate love for neighbor.
One of the highlights of the anniversary is a Family Worship Conference on March 26 in collaboration with Keziah Ministries and the Central Upperbox.

The church traces its beginnings to the first Protestant worship service conducted by Dr. James Thoburn in March 1899 at the Teatro Pilipino on Carriedo Street.

Ms Ray Marcuelo , chairperson of the anniversary celebration, pointed out that the church is the people of God who express thanksgiving for God’s goodness and grace in the past, joy for the present and hope for the future. Rev. Cerrie Francisco, administrative pastor said that “Central Church is a “Christ-centered church that reaches out.” There are five worship services – Tagalog, Ilocano, English, Chinese and Vesper. A well-attended fellowship and worship service for the youth, the Central Upperbox, meets every Friday evening at the Student Center. Today, Central also boasts of seven choirs under the baton of a well-know composer and conductor, Prof Joy Nilo. For details contact Central United Methodist Church office, 02 8818564 or 0915 370 9088.

(Press releases appeared also in The Philippine inquirer and Business World. We are waiting for the press release in Tagalog)

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Afrie Songco Joye to GLENN
1:16 PM (2 hours ago)

i like the logo, glenn. and the colors too.

Glenn Meets Hillcrest Golf Club Owner Dean Wilson Alvin TX

October 20th, 2012

Glenn Meets Hillcrest Golf Club Owner Dean Wilson Alvin TX

Dear Family, (pix from my Motorola Droid CP)

May 5, 2011 / Alvin, TX

Drove 30 mins to Alvin from Pearland, TX to bring Lorna to her new facility. She may work here only for a month and hopes to be transferred to an outpatient set up. This one here is a nursing facility which Lorna finds a bit too much for her.

I didn't want to drive back only to pick her up again at 5PM, so I visited a nearby golf course close to Lorna's facility in Alvin, TX. I was able to practice at the driving range and did some pitching and putting too. Still about 5 hours wait before I pick Lorna up, so, I may have to play the 9 nine holes here and surf the net at the library.

(Next day / May 6, 2011)

Well, this time I was planning to visit the Bayou Wildlife in Alvin, TX but I thought of going to Hillcrest Golf Club instead to practice on my golf swing a bit more. Since it was going to be a long wait 'til I pick Lorna up from work, I opted to have breakfast at the club and just work on my golf swing after checking my emails.

Soon, it was lunch time and was a bit lazy to drive out for lunch. Again, I had something to eat at the club just munching peanut butter biscuits, Lays and the lemon and honey juice I brought with me. That was sufficient for my small tummy . . and strange enough, I didn't get hungry at all that afternoon.

After exhausting myself practicing with my clubs, I got back to the club house and worked on my book on golf. Now and then, I would leave my table with my laptop to charge it close to where the golf shoe boxes were neatly arranged. The height of the boxes fitted for a table so I pulled a chair right there so I could work on my book. This book on golf are my personal notes about my golf swing.

Suddenly, I felt a presence on my left who spoke to me and said, "Can you tell me what's going on here?" I knew that right then and there, there was something I wasn't doing right. So, a bit nervously, I explained that I was working on a book.

"A book on what?", he asked? "A book on golf," I said. "What about"?, he continued to asked rather curiously. "Well, a little bit about everything like my notes on my golf swing as compared to Ben Hogan's, my games in CO, CA and in Pearland, TX and many others.

So, I asked, "would you be willing to view what I have so far written? "Yes, ok", he said. To cut the long story short, he started to view my notes together with the photos I included in my book 'til it got to the page where I started to feature Hillscrest Golf Club and the friends I have so far met at the club.

He recognized their faces and named them for me and described to me as to what roles they play at the club. Soon, we were long discussing my book and especially on the golf swing. He explained to me the different types of golf players, thus, the difficulty in recommending any particular way of performing the golf swing. I told him that I am aware of that. That is why I always mention in my notes that the realizations I have are for my personal swing, but which they may depart from, learn from or just totally ignore.

After a few more golf chat, he then asked who I was and what I am doing in Alvin, TX. After he understood where I was coming from, I then had to asked who he was. He said, I am Dean Wilson, the owner of Hillcrest Golf Club.

Well, I couldn't help show the pleasure of having met the owner of this golf club I already started to like and even told him that this place even reminded me of my favorite golf club in the Philippines that I frequented when I was starting to learn golf. Then, I had to asked him and his lovely doggie to pose for me so I can include them in my golf book . . and another photo of Dean with me.

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I failed to mention that I met with Jack Saffold much earlier who briefed and demonstrated to me in detail about the ‘five lessons’ of Ben Hogan only for him to realize later that I have always been Ben’s disciple since I started playing golf. Jack, according to him, got to meet with Ben in his prime years in golf. Jack is a PGA golf instructor who teaches golf here at Hillcrest Golf Club. Btw, Dean Wilson is also a PGA professional. Maybe I should take advantage and get further lessons from Jack today. (May 10, Tuesday 3:50AM)

Golf with Tim John Vaughn

October 19th, 2012

Golf with Tim John Vaughn

Clear Creek Golf Club / Pearland, TX / Monday, June 6, 2011
(Images from my Motorola Droid CP)

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I met a young lad, named John Benedicto (Systems Analyst) when I was practicing at the driving range at Southwyck Golf Club, here in Pearland, TX. I have driving range and golf games privileges since I am the marshal of the club on Fridays for three hours.

This is the best way to go about playing in the US. Get trained to be a marshal, and assume the post, at least, once a week. This will entitle one to a lot of club benefits without spending money. This is also a good way of getting to know the entire staff of the club.

And so, John and I met at the driving range, and we found out that we both come from the Philippines. We then decided to get to know each other more by playing a game of golf. Yesterday, we were set on playing at Southwyck Golf Club. Tim Benedicto, (Outpatient-Surgery/Anderson Hospital) another Filipino golfer I met at Hillcrest Golf Club (Alvin, TX) called in an hour before tee-off time and decided to join John and myself. Tim lives in Friendswood, TX.

We then met at Southwyck Golf Club only to discover that there was a tournament going on, and instead of teeing-off at 9AM, we were booked to play at 12 noon instead. The three of us agreed to play at a nearby golf course for we could not wait that long at Southwyck, so I cancelled our scheduled game and proceeded to Clear Creek Golf Club. At the course, I noticed Vaughn playing alone. So, i asked him if he cared to join us, to which he readily agreed. The four of us had fun chatting and golfing from 10AM-2:45PM.

I brought John back to his car at Southwyck and headed home for a bit or rest before picking Lorna up from work in Alvin, TX at 4:30PM.

Glenn's book on the golf swing, "Mirror-Image Swing Plane":

Related links:
Glenn's 2nd Golf Lesson w/ PGA Golf Pro, 'Jack' Safford:
Glenn Putts - Hillcrest Golf Course, Alvin, TX:
Glenn Putts2-Hillcrest Golf Club, Alvin, TX:
Bunker Shot by Glenn, Hillcrest Golf Club, Alvin, TX:
Glenn Pitches - Hillcrest Golf Club, Alvin, TX:
Glenn's 1st Day Training as Marshal w/ Bob:

GlennB Takes Lessons from PGA Golf Pro Jack Saffold

October 19th, 2012

GlennB Takes Lessons from PGA Golf Pro Jack Saffold

Got to the Hillcrest Golf Club 30 minutes earlier than my scheduled lesson with PGA Golf Pro, Jack Saffold. Had a bit to eat and drink together with Wayne and David who were there much earlier enjoying their cups of coffee. We discussed about a lot of things that I cannot divulge here for they are for Seniors' ears only. Soon, Jack came in ready for our golf lessons. He stayed a bit with us to set the mood for the day, a usual thing for golfers before they walk the much awaited fairways of Hillcrest Golf Course. Jack and I soon took off and drove his golf car to a nearby green. He gave me a few basic lessons in putting - - the stance, address, alignment and the actual stroke to putt a ball to the hole, the way most golf professionals would - - like Hogan, whom Jack had the privilege of watching practice and play at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, TX. Sanders, likewise, putted this way, Jack said. After the putting lesson, Jack and I proceeded to a green where we could practice on our sand-wedge approach to the green - - close and a bit further away from the green. Great exercises and tips got from Jack - - will be featured in my golf book with his kind permission. I may be able to show you excerpts of two short videos I took after securing Jack's permission. Jack asked me if I would be interested in meeting his wife, Phoebe to which I replied, “Sure thing, I am free until 4PM, Jack. So we went to his place to meet his wife who I learned spoke seven languages and who has written a few books, yet unpublished. Jack too has had his notes on horses and golf too, just waiting to be finalized and published. I look forward to Friday for my next lessons from the very amiable golfer, Jack Saffold. Thank you Jack for a very educational and fun day of golf lessons with you.

Sorry, I wasn't able to take more and good photos. I was more focused on my golf lessons with Jack. I will try to write down the lessons I have learned today so I can share them with other golf enthusiasts via my book on golf.

Response from son, David: On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM, david bautista wrote:

Hi Dad!

Viewed them all :) nice to see you having an adventure and living in such a way that inspires others, especially me, that urges the inner self to be better in all aspects :) continuing to live life curious and never stop learning . . you inspire me with your ways and words :) God bless you Dad! and I love you! - David

To: david bautista

Thank you, David dear . . .

You remind me now of the verse in the Bible:

King James Bible: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

I spoke to LolaL recently (Mother's Day) and she could not help but be proud of you. She said that you are both good inside and out - - physically and spiritually. What more can your physical father ask? I am sure our Father in Heaven is very pleased with you.


The Event by Glenn Bautista - A Christmas Message

October 19th, 2012

The Event by Glenn Bautista - A Christmas Message

A Message from Glenn:

Dear Family & Friends,

In relation to God's divine purpose here on earth, may I share with you an artwork that changed my life and this morning's message from Pastor Tim Jarrell (Couts UMC Sunday worship).

May this artwork's message help us, as the Bible says to, "prepare ye the way of the Lord", in removing barriers to allow us to avail of God's salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. For this unthinkable, Holy "Event" to be understood, according to Pastor Tim as he quotes the Bible, we must: clear the road, fill in the valley, level the mountain and smooth rough places, to pave the way for the coming of the Lord - - for Christ is the reason for this season, and nothing else.

We may engage in some holy habits such as: fasting, giving, studying and worship - - for we worship God in everything we do, continuously walking in his path, in His presence!

Also, I learned from our Sunday school class (Pathfinders: to focus on God's word, which is the Bible, God's Church, which is His body and our own faith in Him, that keeps us close and connected to our Saviour. Only then can we reach out to others when we have completed these preparations.

One illustration that I appreciate from our lesson is this story:

A man once came to a farmer and asked to be taken on as a hired hand. "What can you do?", the farmer asked him. The man replied, "I can sleep when the wind blows!" The farmer thought that was a strange answer, but he needed a worker, so with some reservations, he went on and hired the man. A couple of weeks later, as the farmer was falling asleep, a storm came up. Winds were blowing and lashing. The farmer woke up and heard the winds, and he remembered the broken barn door, the weak place in the fence, and some ripped wire in the chicken coop. Concerned about his stock, he got up and went out into the storm to check on them. And what do you think he found? The barn door, the fence, and the chicken coop had all been repaired! The animals were all safe. And the hired worker was sleeping soundly. Then the farmer remembered what he had said, "I can sleep when the wind blows." He could sleep because he had prepared for the storm! Can you?

Remember, "prepare ye the way of the Lord":

In Christ,


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It was 1965 and I was 17 years old when my father, a Methodist minister, encouraged me to join an International Art Competition where submitted artworks were to be exhibited at the New York World’s Fair. 60 world entries were submitted and visitors at the fair casually voted for the artwork they wished to win. I almost reached the ceiling of our house jumping for joy, when I received a registered “airmail” letter from World Lit-Lit & Christian Literature that I had won the art competition.

Not too long since the announcement, I received a check and some boxes containing Christmas cards of my artwork, "The Event". I was never the same since then, and had carried on the same passion, with a few interruptions, to paint up to the present time. Below is a bit of text I submitted to suggest or guide the viewer as to what I had in mind when I worked on this award winning piece.


by Glenn A. Bautista

“The Birth Scene is THE EVENT designed by God to usher into the world the Kingdom of Heaven. The faint outline of the world, cross, and Bible suggest that the translation of THE EVENT into human experience has not proceeded far enough. But modern man need not accept defeat! The three Wise Men and their modern counterparts are still persistently pointing to the Star of Bethlehem as the one sure hope of peace,” says artist Glenn Bautista, of Manila.

“The Event” (tempera on board), First Prize Winner, International Christmas Art Competition, New York World’s Fair, New York, N.Y., U.S.A., World Literacy and Christian Literature, NCC 475 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10027 @ WLCL, Printed in U.S.A.