HEALTH & WEALTH (Art Gabot Madlaing): Revisiting upscale Blackhawk neighborhood in Danville

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2023, my beloved wife Virginia Jimenez Madlaing and I were fortunate to revisit the upscale Blackhawk neighborhood in Danville, California.
We volunteered to drive our sister in Christ Clarita A. Acasio to her place of employment in Danville, California which started on Thanksgiving Day. We left our home in San Francisco, California about 10:30 am with my wife as the navigator using the GPS.
While passing by the Bay Bridge, it brought back memories of our first visit to the upscale Blackhawk neighborhood in Danville, California in the mid 80s when I was publisher of the weekly PHILIPPINE EXAMINER, the No. 1 competitor then of the weekly PHILIPPINE NEWS with the late Alex Esclamado as the publisher.
Together with some staff of the PHILIPPINE EXAMINER, we visited San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Romanoski in his home inside the Blackhawk neighborhood for an interview. At that time the San Francisco 49ers were at the height of their dynasty as successive Super Bowl Champions.
We enjoyed pleasantries with San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Romanoski. After the interview, he toured us around his house and the upscale Blackhawk neighborhood. The featured article on Romanoski and the San Francisco 49ers was published in the succeeding issue of the weekly PHILIPPINE EXAMINER.
With less traffic during the Thanksgiving Day, at about 11:15 am, we arrived at the entrance of the gated Blackhawk community. Using the password “Claire,” the gate automatically opened. Then in few minutes, we arrived at the mansion of Al Shaghagni, the new employer of Clarita Acasio. Al is the owner/founder of AMS Associates, Inc. with focus in  Planning, Engineering, Surveying and Transportation.
Through God’s providence, I was personally involved in finding the new employer of our sister in Christ Clarita A. Acasio. As accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE# 00636976) and active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California, I’ve been writing my weekly column “HEALTH & WEALTH” through the invitation of my cousin Alfred G. Gabot, past president of the National Press Club of the Philippines, Professor and Regent, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and current Editor-in-Chief, PHILIPPINE NEWS TODAY.
I don’t normally check the Classified Ads Section of the PHILIPPINE NEWS TODAY, but one morning before breakfast, I saw the Ad FT LIVE-IN DOMESTIC HELP  in the CLASSIFIED ADS Section of the PHILIPPINE NEWS TODAY (October 26-November 1,2023 issue). During breakfast together, I showed the Ad to Clarita and encouraged her to call Marie at (925)943-2777.
Clarita called Marie at (925)943-2777 and was subsequently referred to Mr. Al Shaghagni who arranged for interview in his office in Walnut Creek, California. Again, my wife and I drove Clarita for the interview which culminated to her hiring as domestic helper.
My wife and I were blessed and fortunate to meet Mr. Al Shaghagni, his son Jonathan and his fiancée Marie. After some pleasantries, I found out that Al had been looking for elderly ‘grandma” type lady for full-time live-in domestic help in housekeeping, laundry, meal preparations and care for his son Jonathan.
He had interviewed several applicants from the Indian and other Asian-ethnic communities but can’t find one. He put ads in the PHILIPPINE NEWS TODAY, because he preferred a Filipina elderly lady.
Al has very high regard and respect for the work ethic and patience of the Filipino nurses and Filipinos. That’s why all his previous domestic helpers were elderly Filipinos. In fact, his first domestic helper was a former blue lady of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. She worked for him and his family for six years.
She was succeeded by another Filipina who started working as domestic helper at the age of 71 until she retired at the age of 86. Clarita started as domestic helper for Al and his family last Thanksgiving Day at the age of 71. She will be a “grandma” to Al’s son Jonathan.
Belated HAPPY THANSGIVING DAY to our readers!.  May you be grateful every day. Make every day of your life a THANKSGIVING DAY!!!
FREE “LONGEVITY TIPS:” In appreciation of the new friendship I have with Al Shaghagni, I sent an autographed copy of my updated best-selling book “LONGEVITY TIPS” to his address in Blackhawk Community in Danville, California.
Copies of the updated “LONGEVITY TIPS are now available at Amazon in Hardcover ($15.95 per copy plus shipping and handling), Paperback ($12.95 per copy plus shipping and handling) and E-book ($7.95 per copy).
Foreword was written by Dr. Yvonne P. Bulong, M.D. from Baguio City, Philippines.  Back Cover has our colored group picture with boxing icon and former Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao. Here are some reviews and comments on the book:
“This latest book of Art Madlaing LONGEVITY TIPS is a must reading for anyone interested to have good health and longevity in life,” said HENRY R. BRAVO, Evangelist & Elder, SURREY CHURCH OF CHRIST, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
“As nursing educator and practicing nurse, I commend Art Madlaing , founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY, for writing this timeless book. It is a must reading for everybody,” wrote DEBORAH Q. MARCOS, Registered Nurse with KAISER PEERMANENTE, San Francisco, California USA.
“As founder of WE CARE MINISTRIES, I am glad that Art Gabot Madlaing wrote this book. I encourage everybody to order a copy, read it, heed it and be blessed,” echoed LARRY WEST, Evangelist & Founder, WE CARE MINISTRIES, West Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
In the spirit of Christmas, my beloved wife and I are offering to our readers and the general public FREE autographed copies of the updated “LONGEVITY TIPS” through our BOOKS MINISTRY. For your autographed copy, just send $5 (for shipping and handling) in check or money order to: ART G. MADLAING, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA 94112 Tel. (650) 438-3531 or (415) 584-7095 or This Special Offer is only good in the United States until December 31, 2023.
(ART GABOT MADLAING is an accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE# 00635976) in California since 1981. He is founder of MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. Art is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California USA.)