Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category

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Shooting on DS Tuloy!!!

August 14, 2013

Tomorrow, we are going to start the making of the docu on Down Syndrome entitled HAPPY PEOPLE. This will supplement with the masteral thesis of my grandniece Eleonor Dominguez, a UP Sped student. I hope to meet the President of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Mr. Elmer Lapena next week. He is one of my interviewees for the film. Our location tomorrow: Castillejos, Zambales.

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Down Syndrome Film

August 14, 2013

Currently preparing for the Down Syndrome film project…hope it goes all the way to the finish line!

Can’t post my travelogue photos in the U.S. Just returned home from a 21-day visit there. Went to Wyoming and Dover in Delaware primarily to attend my grandniece’s wedding through the effort of a niece residing there. Afterwards visited Fort McHenry, Federal Court and Johns Hopkins Hospital [where my nephew Ronnie, his wife and son work] in Maryland, Washington D.C., [met librarian Diana Moore of Gallaudet University, saw the White House from afar; Washington Monument being renovated or something and the Lincoln Memorial, dropped by Smithsonian], Historical places in Philadelphia; Rats Restaurant and Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey; Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Malachy’s Church in New York, and finally took a 17-hour train ride from Wilmington, Delaware all the way to Chicago via Washington, etc on amtrak!!! Returned back to Delaware after 3 days via Frontier Airlines. However, the trip to and from home were via Delta Airlines. It’s good to be in the SKY zone!

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A Mi Patria Joins Silent O and Ultimo Adios in Gallaudet University Archives

August 3, 2013

Last July 29, my family and I went to Gallaudet University located in Florida Avenue, Washington, D. C. to meet Ms. Diana Moore, the university Deaf Librarian Collections and Archives Head to donate a copy of “A mi Patria — 5 Selected Poems of Jose Rizal in Filipino Sign Language.” I also gave a copy of “Collection Building: Filipininana,” a compilation of my brother’s writings on Filipiniana. Ms. Moore toured us around the library and showed the exhibit on Peace Corps featuring the works of Deaf volunteers.

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Founder of Gallaudet University Edward Miner Gallaudet

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With A mi Patria, I also gave Gallaudet’s Library a copy of “Collection Building: Filipiniana,” the last book I published on my brother’s compilation of writings on Filipiniana.

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[L to R]: Tessie Juan, Even Dominguez, Diana Moore, MM; Behind are Angel Villafuerte, my niece Oying Villafuerte and nephew, Ronnie Medina

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Souvenir from Gallaudet University Library and Archives

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extraordinary / Hindu Wedding in America

July 29, 2013

I lived in Pune, India for three-in-a-half years but it was only last July 27 [US time] that I have actually attended an Indian wedding. The  irony was the fact that I witnessed the wedding in the U.S.A. Held at Dover Downs Hotel in Delaware, the wedding was between my grandniece, a Filipino-American, and an Indian descent-American. Both were born in America. As it was held in a hotel, the place was set up and designed to have a raised platform where the  bride and groom, their parents and the pandit could sit as the Hindu rites was celebrated. It was thus like watching a play. The music and prayers of the Indian priest made me nostalgic of India… Familiar with Catholic rites, watching the Hindu rites was an experience.

Liz-Nihar wedding2 Liz-Nihar wedding A Catholic wedding in the morning was first held in the church, followed by the Hindu wedding in the afternoon in a ballroom function hall. The grand reception was held at night. It was a BIG event for both sides. Touching and emotional “speeches” were delivered by each of the bride and groom’s fathers and a brother of the groom. Unfortunately, my camera battery ran out of power… [Note: I borrowed the photos and used here until I find my camera. Photos above by Angel Villafuerte; below is from the collection of the bride's sister]

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Simple yet beautiful the bride was, hours before the actual Catholic wedding

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Peaceful Delaware

July 26, 2013
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In front of the house where I am now staying a couple of days after I arrived in Delaware last July 22.

“…Peace and Quiet and Open Air…” as the song goes… With few souls around it, I love the contrast from Manila metropolis where you’d see only crowd… teeming people, yes! and noise!! A cool change seeing lots of greeneries, Amish community and just pure landscapes!

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My grandniece Angel. Kodakan kami

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From East to West_Off to Delaware Tomorrow

July 21, 2013

Preparing for a trip to Wyoming, Delaware tomorrow to visit relatives who immigrated there decades ago [also in Maryland and Chicago], attend functions [Catholic and Indian wedding], meet email acquaintances like Ms. Diana Moore of Gallaudet University. It will be my first time in the US! Hope I enjoy it the same way I enjoyed Paris and Kyoto. Will go there with self-assigned work like reading and studying what Down Syndrome is for my next project which I sked to do as soon as I return here. Nevertheless, traveling always provides me – literally – new views of beautiful things and places to behold; appreciation of a different culture and people, and new ideas and insights perhaps thereafter.

Let’s see!

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Charice Pempengco’s “Note to God” Beautifully Interpreted in Sign Language

May 31, 2013

This video was uploaded in 2010 but this is just my first time to see it. International Filipino singer Charice Pempengco and Lisa Smith are both admirable; to watch Charice sing while Lisa sign who equally performed and interpreted the song in sign language with the same intensity as hers was quite an experience. They were awesome! The song is quite relevant in this world quite full of Strife, Envy and Wars…I’m sure all my Deaf friends who have not seen this video will be very happy to watch this. I just hope a Filipino Sign Language version comes out as well for me to learn it. LOL!

If I wrote a note to God
I would speak whats in my soul
I’d ask for all the hate to be swept away,
For love to overflow
If I wrote a note to God
I’d pour my heart out on each page
I’d ask for war to end
For peace to mend this world
I’d say, I’d say, I’d say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven’t got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we’re on

If I wrote a note to God
I would say what on my mind
I’d ask for wisdom to let compassion rule this world
Until these times
If I wrote a note to God
I’d say please help us find our way
End all the bitterness, put some tenderness in our hearts
And I’d say, I’d say, I’d say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven’t got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we’re on

No, no no no
We can’t do this on our own
So

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love cause love is over due
And it looks like we haven’t got a clue
Need some help from you
Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is goin wrong
On this road we’re on

If I wrote a note to God

Songwriter(s): Diane Eve Warren
Copyright: Realsongs

Lyrics from eLyrics.net

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape / Cultural Maze

May 18, 2013

For a while, I escaped reality as I got engrossed looking at the “tiny man” standing on what clearly appears to be a tree branch.

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For some moments I stared at him and his other companion [see the mid-part of the photo below].

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I took these photos after enjoying the sight on how those tiny men were artfully installed to blend and form part of the interior of the Hong Kong Arts Centre last February. 

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El Brujo Edit

May 13, 2013

Got a notice. I am sked to film edit as from tomorrow…

What could the ending of this film be?? Am I to handle the last day’s footage by then? I wonder!!!

My CP project to be set aside for the nth time!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture / Bit from Luzon

April 27, 2013

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Art and Culture always go together. An artist — whatever he may be: painter, sculptor, writer, musician, singer, film maker is at all times — through his art — the preserver of culture or of the society that he is a part of. Whatever he creates will reflect such culture on the subjects that he chooses. Nemesio Miranda Jr. is one of the Filipino artists who greatly help up to now in preserving the traditions and practices, and cultural legends of his town, Angono in Rizal. Considered an art village, the place breathes art where many known visual artists or musicians lived and continues to produce artists. Angono in fact boasts of two National Artists: Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro; both celebrate their Centennial Year this 2013.

Now, let me take you to another part of the country in Bagac, Bataan where Las Casas de Acuzar is located. I have earlier posted some architectural treasures there. Below is a photo that depicts a traditional game called “Luksong-Baka”, literally meaning: “Jumping Over the Cow.”

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“Luksong-Baka” [Jumping Over the Cow], a game I used to play immortalized in stone; AJ bullies the player

At about 6 pm., cultural performances were presented through singing of Philippine folk songs and through traditional dances by the enthusiastic youth living in the area.

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We went on Black Saturday so rightfully in time for Easter they presented an Easter presentation for us

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End part of Singkil, a popular Muslim dance in the Philippines

Note: Both Angono in Rizal, and Bagac in Bataan are located in Luzon, Philippines.

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