Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category


Farewell to a Corregidorian

May 18, 2014

My eldest brother, Virgilio R. Medina, Sr., retired Manila policeman died day before yesterday on the same day my youngest brother, Senen was operated on because of very low blood pressure caused by blood clots and water around his heart. He has been confined since May 8 at the ICU of the Heart Center in Quezon City. We transferred him from a Laguna hospital because of lack of facilities. Another family member has undergone a heart bypass operation on the same day.

My eldest brother was one of my three siblings featured in TIGA-ISLA, my first historical documentary on prewar Corregidor. He was one of my primary sources of information along with my eldest sister, Dr. Ligaya M. Miranda, second president of Metro Manila College in Novaliches, Q.C., and Dr. Isagani R. Medina, professor emeritus of the UP Department of History. The latter was a colleague of Prof. Teodoro Agoncillo, Dr. Bernardita Churchill and Dr. Samuel Tan. All three of them were born in Corregidor.

By now, I do not know how many Corregidorians are still around.


STRUCTURING FOR SUCCESS: Autism, Behavior, & Unique Learning Styles

May 6, 2014
Structuring for SUCCESS

An Invitation to a Training Workshop by Marlou de Vera

Ms. Landa A. Bautista, M.A.Ed., Executive Director of The Learning Center, Inc. (TLC) invites you to “STRUCTURING FOR SUCCESS: Autism, Behavior, & Unique Learning Styles”, a Training-Workshop by Marlou De Vera. The workshop will be held on July 18 and 19, 2014 from 8 am – 4 pm at Assumption College in Makati City in celebration of the Disability Month.


“Structuring for Success” is a two-day training-workshop that aims to provide valuable information, visual strategies, and tools to address behavior and unique learning styles of students with autism and other challenges at home and in school. Day 1 will focus on Home Training while Day 2 will focus on School Training. The training-workshop will emphasize solution-oriented strategies as parents, professionals, and related support personnel lay the groundwork toward success for these individuals. More importantly, it will provide hands-on experience in creating meaningful and individualized visual structure and implementing structured tools to facilitate skills in different developmental areas. The ultimate goal is to identify behaviors, utilize appropriate visual strategies, and pave the way for the individual with special needs to thrive, not just survive!


Marlou de Vera currently works as an Exceptional Children’s Curriculum Specialist for elementary schools in the public school system in Asheville, North Carolina.  She has over 20 years of experience in working with individuals with special needs as a special education teacher, educational consultant, job coach, and Program Director in North Carolina, as well as in the Philippines. Marlou has a graduate degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of the Philippines. Best of all, Marlou is a proud mom of a young adult with autism who enjoys drawing and currently works at Chili’s Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina.

FEES (inclusive of handouts and a booklet of ready to use visuals; exclusive of lunch)

* Note: ALL participants must pre-register to attend the training-workshop. Walk-in participants will not be accepted.

TO REGISTER, please visit

TO INQUIRE, please contact:

• The Learning Center, Inc. (TLC) c/o Ms. Landa Bautista, M.A.Ed. at (632) 828-4918

This project by the Assumption College Psychology Department is for the benefit of The Learning Center, Inc. (TLC)’s Financial Assistance Program for special needs students from low income families.


“Flo”_ Blind Photographer

April 29, 2014

Friend Janus Victoria sent me the link to a video about FLO FOX, an inspiring blind photographer.

The 10-minute documentary explores the life and work of photographer Flo Fox, who, despite blindness, multiple sclerosis, and lung cancer, continues to shoot the streets of New York City. No longer able to hold a camera, she instructs her aides to take photos for her. She’s an incredible woman with a feisty spirit, sharp wit, and dirty sense of humor.

She must be suffering from low vision now, not total blindness since she chooses the angle and instructs her aide on the image sizes. She runs her wheelchair alone and crosses the streets of New York… her photos are wonderful!!!


An Evening with Virginia R. Moreno, Poet-Playwright

April 27, 2014

My Humanities Professor, poet and playwright Ms. Virgie Moreno, co-founder of the UP Film Center celebrated her birthday yesterday. It was held in the house of Pitoy Moreno, Aling Barang’s brother. She was born on the 24th though. A few close friends and members of her family attended. Only Placid and I, from the original staff of the UP Film Center were present. Met cinematographer Kuya Romy Vitug, writer Corito Llamas, President and descendant of Teresita Reyes of the famed “Mama Sita’s,” Ms. Clarita Kalayaan R. Lapus, Celestial, Jimmy Cruz, and Dr. Suzette, also a former student of Ms. Moreno.

Quite an enjoyable and cozy evening with our esteemed and dear “Aling Barang” who was responsible for sending me to the Film and Television Institute of India to study film making. She recruited me then as researcher of the UP Film Center.

VRM Bday

Group Photo with Aling Barang [seated]. [R to L]: Jimmy, Celestial, MM, Dr. Suzette, Corito, Elaine, Placid, Mr. Reyes…

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Selfie on the mirror of Pitoy Moreno. Photos of Pitoy with his guests are displayed on the table.


Manny Pacquiao_One Black Saturday On the Way to Zambales

April 27, 2014

A few days back during the Holy Week, on our way to Zambales, we saw Manny Pacquiao
Not in person though. Kundi isang HIGANTE!!!

Pacquiao Gigante

Said to have started during the Spanish regime, “higantes was influenced by the Mexican art form of paper-mache brought by the Spanish priests to the Philippines. The body of the traditional higante are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and its faces of paper mache.” [Source: Wikipedia] The Higantes Festival was the idea of Angono, Rizal artist Perdigon Vocalan. He was the father of Rembrandt, my former student at the UP Film Center and videographer for several of my advocacy projects.

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That’s MANNY PACQUIAO, ang Pambansang Kamao. However, as “higante” you won’t be able to see his deadly fists. Higantes are made of paper mache, bamboo and colorful cloth. Recently, iron wires are being used.


Kids Three 21_Final Final

April 26, 2014

Finally! I got the list of some “clips” to be deleted from Kids… It took three months before the list was given to me. Been wanting to clear my hard disk of raw footage from the project. Nevertheless, I still have to wait for the re-edition to be approved. And that means waiting for another month since Yeye is out of the country.

This year I will most probably turn my focus back to my brother’s collection of writings for publication… the fifth and last volume of his writings in case. It will be for the collection I call the MGA ANI NI GANI Series. If and when published, my “obligation” will be over; my promise accomplished. Sana nga! Sana!


Palm Sunday 2014_Baclaran Church

April 14, 2014

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Note: The name Baclaran came from the word “baklad”, a piece of fishing gear used by fishermen in the past. It is a rattan fence used to segregate fingerlings from the bigger fishes during the time when the Baclaran River and the Manila Bay were still used to breed fish. In the past, the place was famous for its baklads therefore people started calling it the “bakladan”, which later on became “Baclaran” [Source:].

Baclaran is well known to be a pilgrimage site of the Marian devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Every Wednesday, they flock to the church to attend the novena. It has been declared as a National Shrine or Pambansang Dambana ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo.

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[Sta. Teresita]

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Palaspas Ko1

I got the palm leaf from Bicol with the photo of my patron saint, Our Lady of Manaoag


Palaspas VendoRr

Palaspas Vendo8 Development Plan

   ” HAIL THE KING!!!”

Ang Linggo ng Palaspas ay isang tradisyon na hanggang ngayon ay patuloy na isinasagawa ng mga Katoliko sa Pilipinas.



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