Engels started playing with Linux® in 1991 and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Instructor (RHCI), and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX) certifications in 2002. He is in charge of Bluepoint's Total Linux®, Linux Kernel Internals®, Perl & Python Programming, and Extreme PHP curriculum and instruction development.
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Elvin Joseph Sanico was one of the best professors I was privileged to have at the UP National Institute of Physics in Diliman. His use of the continuity equation for steady one-dimensional flow to prove the "silent waters run deep" axiom was really cool!
In loving memory of CPT Mario B. Mortega Sr., USAFFE, VET (1920-2004)
Saturday, Dec 25, 2004, 5:37 AMThe following is a transcription of one of Lolo Mayong's handwritten notes about World War II. This is my first Christmas without him.
What I Have Experienced During The Christmas Eve Last December 1941
by 2LT Mario Mortega
At the outbreak of the last Pacific war, I was stationed in the town of Banaybanay, Batangas, for it was the mobilization center of our unit, the 51st Field Artillery Division. On the night of Dec. 24, 1941, we, the officers of the 1st Batallion of the 51st Field Artillery, have prepared for the Christmas Eve. I had lechon, fried chicken, and some wine for drinks. I was happy on that very night for we were together in the camp. At the start our Batallion Commander 1st Lieutenant Daveson, an American officer, was not with us. At about 12:00 o'clock that very night he arrived. He called Lt. Mamerto Manahan, my Battery Commander, and myself. He instructed us to awaken our men, the "B" Battery, and select men that are well versed of the 75mm guns, enough to handle 3 gun sections. Upon completing the required men, our Batallion Commander brought us to the town of Malbar, Batangas where the three guns were waiting for us. Upon arrival I was given the 3rd gun with men enough to handle one gun section. The instruction given me was to follow the second car, for my car was the third car. The leading car was running so fast so that we lag behind. My driver, who was a Philippine Scout, stopped at the crossing upon arriving in the town of Santo Tomas, Batangas. He asked me where we were going. At the start I did not receive instruction where we were going. Good that I told my driver to take the South route. When we arrived at the city of San Pablo our Batallion was waiting for us. Then we immediately proceeded to the town of Tiaong, Quezon. Upon reaching one of the bridges of Tiaong I was instructed to unload our gun and ammunitions and the instruction given me was to place my gun ready for firing action, for enemies may arrive anytime. Right away I instructed my men to dig the position of our gun, the ammunition pit. When our gun was on the firing position I examined the gun if it was ready for action. I opened and closed the breach block and fired. It did not fire. So I dismantled the firing mechanism and found that one part was missing. So on that very night the 24th day of Dec. 1941, I left our camp leaving my co-officers celebrating their Christmas Eve, while I was in my gun position in the town of Tiaong, Quezon. At 4:00 o'clock AM I heard the church bell ring for the morning mass. I was very sorry for having celebrated my Christmas in the firing line and away from home.
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