The Closed Caption Law or Republic Act No. 10905

August 8, 2016

Television stations are now required to use subtitles in all their broadcasts for the benefit of hearing-impaired [Deaf–MM] viewers of news and current affairs programs and entertainment shows.

The legislation that requires television networks to use the closed captioning system has lapsed into law as Malacañang took no action on the legislation 30 days after it was forwarded for enactment on June 20, Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday.

Republic Act No. 10905 or The Closed Caption Law, which obliges television stations to use the subtitling system that transcribes spoken lines and describes nonverbal elements in television programs, will take effect 15 days after publication.

The use of the closed captioning system is already widely observed in countries such as the United States, where viewers have the option to turn the feature on or off.

“One of the objectives of this legislation is to provide our hearing-impaired [Deaf–MM] access to news, entertainment and information in promoting their welfare,” said Poe in a statement.

The former chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is the principal author of the measure as chair of the Senate committee on public information and mass media in the last Congress.

She said giving the hearing-impaired [Deaf–MM] access to television programs would fulfill the Philippines’ commitment to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008, which states that “there should be full accessibility and recognition of the linguistic and cultural identity of persons with disability.”

[To read the full article by Tarra Quismundo, click: http://business.inquirer.net/212333/subtitles-now-required-for-tv-broadcasts#ixzz4GknsKK3e]

NOTE: The word “hearing-impaired” should not have been used. It is not politically correct. Use “Deaf” instead.

To read more about this topic, here is another link: https://techthetruth.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/ra-10905-closed-caption-broadcasting-of-television-programs-is-now-a-law/
Link to the official copy of RA 10905 https://advocacine.wordpress.com/republic-act-10905-or-the-closed-caption-law/

Picture Editing of Spring Rhapsody Finalized

August 3, 2016

Janus Victoria’s “Spring Rhapsody” – her documentary in the making with lovely images she herself shot – was finalized yesterday. Started editing it a few weeks back. — with no script to follow. A tedious but challenging task as a film editor, but one I consider common. Tikoy Aguiluz’s “Father Balweg, The Rebel Priest,” also a documentary, shaped and formed in the same way too. In Spring though, after the images were lined up, and the structure was formed, Janus wrote to narrate her experiences during the trip. We then hear the interviewees mostly off-cam in between. Another friend of Janus cutely named Silver added shots and is responsible for the sound design and music. Nice one, I should say…

The docu is a visual essay dealing with a topic Janus wants to make into a feature film — the journey she took in Japan, the people she met to see for herself, better understand and have a deeper insight of the “kodokushi” or the lonely death phenomenon Japanese people have as part of their culture. Interesting subjects were interviewed, featuring an amazing woman artist named Ami, a photographer, a musician in the park, an elderly woman who wishes a painless death, and most importantly, the kodokushi cleaners.

Setting is Japan.

Journey ni Janus. That is how I describe it. Kodokushi segments maybe culturally shocking to some though; with life and death metaphorically paralleled with spring and autumn. However, journeying with Janus will surely be a wonderful and memorable experience.


Last Day of PULE’s Screening in Metro Manila College Today

August 2, 2016

The showing in Metro Manila College of my educational documentary which started last July 26 ends today August 2. The production team significantly consisted of more Persons with Disability than non-PWDs. Majority of the participants came from  DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS] to show that “Deaf Can.” SDEAS co-produced the docu with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts [NCCA].


[L-R in the photos]: Gess Abrenica, Jr. [Deaf student], John Baliza and Febe Sevilla [Hearing], and Ma. Elena Lozada [Deaf] – All the rest are teaching at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies

Interestingly, one of the viewers last July 29, a Sped Coordinator of Rosa Susano Elementary School named Ms. Mercy Cubero was quite happy to unexpectedly see her former student in the film, Maria Elena Lozada [Deaf]. She also worked with me in an earlier film that featured 5 of Rizal’s most popular poems in Filipino Sign Language.


Week-long Showing of PULE in Metro Manila College on Going until August 2

July 31, 2016

On the same day PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon was shown on July 26 at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Metro-Manila College located in Quezon City started showing it too. BPoster for Websiteut there, it will be shown until August 2. [Because of class suspension and exams, its original showing should have been up to July 31 only].

About one of our great heroes, and the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the film hopes to make our people aware of his role in our country’s nationhood.

With diversified audience in mind, the film is subtitled in English, narrated in Filipino, our national language, and interpreted in Filipino Sign Language. In the week-long schedule, I attended the July 29 screening where not only hearing students, but its target beneficiaries attended.


That’s me in vignette introducing the film with Ms. Cubero interpreting on the stage

Special teachers led by Ms. Mercy Cubero and about 30 Deaf students from Rosa Susano Elementary School came to see the documentary. Held at the Metro Manila College Covered court, the viewers are comparatively large in number. There were about 500 students with special visitors like my friend based in Turkey, Rowena Ulayan and her daughter Emer. Fr. Ryan, a historian was our guest speaker.


Rosa Susano Elementary School Sped Students and their Teachers with GMEFI Officers, and PFD Leaders; [Extreme Left]: Gil Reoma, GMEFI Executive Director, [6th-9th from L]: RSES Sped Coordinator Ms. Mercy Cubero, Mirana, Emer, daughter of my friend Rowena Ulayan Tuzcuoglu from Turkey; [Extreme Right]: Yvette Apurado with Bibo [seated], and Rey Lee sitting with the students wearing black T-shirt. He was my first Deaf teacher.

Ms. Cubero found the language difficult for her Deaf students. And she is right! Because the film is actually intended for upper high school to tertiary students. I invited them just the same with the hope that the young Deaf students could find role models seeing what the Deaf performers in the film could do. Maybe my desire was realized because it turned out that one of the performers in my documentary, Ma. Elena Lozada was her student during her elementary school years. Maria, just like her mentor is now a teacher herself. She teaches at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. I worked with her before in my previous works.

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[L-R]: Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. and MMC staff [L-R]: Dante Locsin, Nina Padua, our guest speaker, Fr. Ryan, Mirana Medina, Michael Aguilar and Mr. Tumang


“PULE” Visited the Department of Foreign Affairs Today

July 26, 2016

DFA Officers and Personnel who attended the special screening held at the CMOAS Conference Room, DFA Bldg.

The First Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Apolinario “Pule” Mabini visited this afternoon the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City through a digital documentary film about his life, PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon / Brains of the Revolution.


The activity is part of the post-celebration of DFA’s 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. DFA’s HRMO-BWD, Wellness and Family Affairs Unit sponsored the screening. Some DFA personnel including Assistant Secretary Grace Relucio Princesa, Department Legislative Liaison Unit; Human Resource Management Office [HRMO] Executive Director Mardomel Celo Melicor, HRMO-BWD Administrative Director Lenna Eilleen De Dios-Sison attended the screening together with DFA Deaf employees from the Office of Consular Affairs. Director Melicor gave the welcome remarks in place of HRMO Assistant Secretary Maria Aileen H. Bugarin who wasn’t  able to come. Mr. Jose Mari “Knoy” Fedelicio of HRMO warmly welcomed us, and sent us off as well after the screening. He was served as coordinator re the film showing schedule. According to him, PULE is “a must-see for every Filipino who takes pride of our history and heritage.”

I was quite happy to observe the excitement Asec Princesa showed for having watched the docu as she pointed at the need for more personnel of DFA to watch PULE. She said: “This movie really makes me appreciate our First [Secretary]…” She ended up by giving encouraging words to the PWDs in the audience who found inspiration from knowing better their icon, Mabini, himself a person with disability: “…there is nothing to stop us from using our brain, our heart, as long as we have integrity, character. The sky is the limit for you, guys. So, I really hope that you will do more in the department, outside the department …and show the world that being Deaf is not a reason not to be successful…”

Asec Princesa

DFA Assistant Secretary Grace Princesa, Department Legislative Liaison Unit addresses the audience after the screening of PULE at CMOAS Conference Rm., DFA Bldg.

To all those who have found the time to watch the film, I would like to say thank you!!

Incidentally, PULE was also shown in the morning and in the afternoon today at Metro-Manila College in Novaliches, Quezon City with the aim of raising awareness about Mabini’s life, and the hope of sparking patriotism in the hearts of their Grade school students. The screening there will last until August 2.

PULE was intentionally made for the general audience but it is more intended for the youth whose sense of history is becoming near to nil. I also had the personnel of DFA in mind when I was in the process of making it knowing that very few must be knowing Mabini’s real contribution to our nationhood. Who he was was my guide when I researched about him. I must admit that I know very little about him before I embarked on the project except the fact the he is known as “The Sublime Paralytic” and “The Brains of the Revolution.”

[Photos above and at the bottom by Knoy Fedelicio-HRMO-DFA; Mid-photo by MM]


An Afternoon at the Franchise Asia Phl 2016 Expo in MOA

July 25, 2016

It was the last day of the Franchise Asia Philippines Expo yesterday at the SMX Convention Center in MOA. I came to learn about it from the radio program of Carl Balita at DZMM. His visitors were young entrepreneurs, highly energetic, and quite excited about the on-going Expo. I got interested somehow. But it was more out of curiosity to update myself on the latest in the Franchise world that really pushed me to go to MOA and spend some time there. I am not an entrepreneur; I was simply interested in seeing new products in the market now, and probably try some of them. MOA anyway is quite near to our house.

So, I went there, registered first, given a name tag and started roaming around. People are a-plenty; the ambience was quite lively; people seem to be all excited. There are many young people managing the booths, and giving away leaflets. There are big and small booths — and the first stall that caught my attention, and made me stop to buy some stuff are those that sell herbal and locally made products. It was a small booth but many people stopped by it. As I checked on what they offer, one of the staff noticed my name tag and said: “Oh! My surname is also Medina!” Then, she related that they are coming from Mindoro. I was both surprised and delighted to hear that because when I meet people with the same surname as mine, they either come from Pampanga [like Pen Medina], or Cavite [my father’s birthplace]. It must have my first time to hear someone with the same surname saying that they come from Mindoro. Surely, it is because I used to hear from my father and my historian-brother that our forefather’s origin was Mindoro… so, I was quite happy to meet someone from there, who could possibly be a long distant relative. We actually laughed at the probability that maybe we are related because of the shape of our roundish nose!!!

Relatives kaya

With long distant relatives from Mindoro???

Then came her sister, I was introduced to her. We continued in trying to trace the possibility of a genealogical kinship. She asked for my grandfather’s name from Mindoro, and honestly, I thought awhile as I’ve forgotten his name..Hahaha! Sadly, I have never experienced having a Lolo or a Lola. They were all dead by the time I was born. Later, in the course of our talk I came to know that she is Carl Balita’s wife. And the stall, called One StoreHub belongs to them. The internet yielded her name as Lyne, a paediatrician. Quite a coincidence that I went to MOA because of Carl Balita’s program; and the first stall where I stopped to buy some stuff  — The Healing Tea it is called and honey — belongs to him. The best thing that happened is meeting people from Mindoro and the fact that there are really people with the same surname as mine coming from that place.


Department of Foreign Affairs to Screen “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon” on July 26

July 23, 2016

Today, July 23 is Apolinario Mabini’s 152nd Birth Anniversay, the end of the week-long celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. However, as a post celebration of the NDPR Week, and as a tribute to Mabini, PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon is scheduled to be shown on Tuesday, July 26, 2 p.m. at the Department of Foreign Affairs Main Building located in Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Mabini afterall, was DFA’s First Secretary of Foreign Affairs [1899].


PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon is the Filipino-narrated version of The Sublime Paralytic, the English narrated version which showed yesterday at the Launching of the 29th Apolinario Mabini Awards in Quezon City. They are both about Mabini’s life; his struggles as a working student, until he got involved in underground activities while yet a student of Law. As a Mason and a reformist, he was considered as a threat and subversive by the Spaniards. The cruelty of the Spaniards later turned him into a revolutionary. The educational documentary touches on the “intervention” of the United States in Philippine affairs which Mabini strongly opposed, the reason why he was deported to Guam in 1901.

Though I manipulated — [the advantage of being a film editor!!!] — transposed and changed juxtaposition of shots and segments used in The Sublime Paralytic, Pule’s thrust is more towards his role as the Brains of the Revolution being the Chief Adviser [1898] of the President of the First Philippine Republic Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, and later the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs. This version is also longer, being nearly an hour long. Except for the 1899 document opposing his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court due to his physical disability, matters about the causes of his disability, and a clause on the UNCRPD are excluded in Pule. Instead, more on Mabini’s cautiousness, doubt and foresight on the American interests in the Philippines at the turn of the century were added.

Described as stubborn, the Americans considered Mabini as the “Insurrection’s Brains.”[The Wichita Daily Eagle, Kansas, December 14, 1899]. Unfortunately, the fight for absolute Philippine sovereignty which Mabini dreamt of, and fought for seems to this day elusive. Big powerful countries continue to fight with the Philippines being sandwiched in between — whereas before it was Spain versus the U.S., now it still is the U.S. backed by the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement [EDCA] that makes the U.S. presence in the country official, as tension brews in the Pacific with China’s nine-dash-line territorial claim over parts of the Philippine economic zone, and most of the South China Seas.


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