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GMEFI presents PULE

August 17, 2017

PULE, an educational docu on APOLINARIO MABINI is the first fund raising project of GAWAD METRONIAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION [GMEFI] to be shown in time with the celebration this August of the History Month, National Heroes Day and the National Language Month. Film scored by a Person with Autism, Mabini’s El VERDADERO DECALOGO [1898] interpretation in Filipino Sign Language by Deaf performers — the first after more than 100 years.

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In Preparation for the 2017 National Heroes Day

August 16, 2017

In August we celebrate the National Language Month, the History Month and the National Heroes Day.

We are all celebrating the three—in one film. I wasn’t thinking of showing it this month for all three reasons but for the last. However, when I come to think of it, in this educational documentary, I used Filipino, our National Language for the narration. And as the film promotes the use and recognition of the Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos, the timing is just perfect. They too have the right to celebrate the National Language Month afterall. Most fittingly, the subject is a historical figure and is considered one of our greatest heroes; paying him a tribute within the History Month, and as part of the celebration of the National Heroes Day [though days ahead because August 28 is a legal holiday] is seemingly pre-arranged.

Above is a grabbed frame from the one minute trailer that I have just finished now. The film is about Apolinario Mabini, the Brains of the Revolution. This is in preparation for the screening that we are going to hold on August 25 at the UP Film Center in UP Diliman, Q.C.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

August 13, 2017

On the way to Dolmabache palace in Istanbul, the ferry ride made me literally feel close to Turkish waters, and the hundreds of wandering seagulls. Quite an experience – a beautiful and memorable one – for someone who lives in the crowded city of Manila. The sight was refreshing.

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PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon in Celebration of the 2017 National Heroes Day

August 11, 2017

Apolinario Mabini was appointed as Chief Adviser of the First President of the Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898. He also became the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs [1899], and could have been the First Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines were not for the law at the turn of the century which stated that physically disabled persons could not be elected to the post. Despite that, he earned the monikers “Brains of the Revolution / Utak ng Rebolusyon” and “The Sublime Paralytic / Dakilang Lumpo.” He was most adamant against American sovereignty over the Philippines leading to his exile to Guam in 1901. My documentary PULE tells who he was, and what he actually did for the country. The film, intended for both hearing and Deaf hopes to inspire the audience by sparking patriotism in their hearts, and love of country above Self as exemplified by Mabini.

Mabini_Pule_for Posting2Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] is sponsoring its showing at the UP Film Center in UP Diliman on August 25, 2017 to help raise funds for the Scholarship Programs of GMEFI. It features the SILENT STEPS, DLS-CSB SDEAS’ All Deaf Performing Group and the first film scoring work of THRISTAN MENDOZA, a Person with Autism. The film is trilingual — narrated in Filipino, subtitled in English and interpreted in Filipino Sign Language.

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“SIGNS OF CHANGE” MAKES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

July 28, 2017

From:https://www.dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/13461-signs-of-change-makes-successful-debut-in-washington-d-c-2 dated July 27, 2017

From left: Founder of High Bridge Foundation Inc. and renowned community leader Mencie Hairston; Discovering Deaf Worlds President Shane Feldman; Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Pauline Spanbauer; Deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha and; Discovering Deaf Worlds Program Director History Estill-Varner at the film screening of Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 20 July 2017.

27 July 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Philippine observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the Philippine Embassy in cooperation with Discovering Deaf Worlds, Inc. (DDW) hosted a free screening of the documentary, Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in the evening of July 20.

More than 80 guests, majority of whom came from the deaf and hearing communities in the Metro DC area, attended the film screening.

Signs of Change is a film made by Manila-based documentary film maker Mirana Medina that tells the story of 10 members of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) and their journey of personal and organizational growth through a capacity building program administered by DDW and funded by the USAID/Philippines from 2013 to 2016.

Vice Consul Darell Artates opened the event by briefly sharing the activities of the Embassy and initiatives of the Philippine Government in line with NDPR week.

“We have vowed to be advocates, to be part of the solution, and to be part in making sure that our fellow Filipinos who are persons with disabilities (PWDs) are integrated into the mainstream society and included in our social development,” said Ms. Artates.

“The Philippine Government established a framework that helps promote the inclusion and empowerment of PWDs, not just the deaf community but all sectors that are covered by the PWD group,” she further added.

Prior to the screening, Mrs. Mencie Hairston, founder of High Bridge Foundation, Inc. and renowned community advocate, gave a background of the documentary film by providing a brief history of the Filipino deaf community and updates in their progress.

“In 2012, Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW) and the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) established a partnership with the intention of strengthening PFD through organizational development,” introduced Mrs. Hairston.

An engaging panel discussion followed the screening of the documentary.

Those who led the panel were advocates from the deaf community, including DDW President Shane Feldman, first deaf Peace Corps Volunteer serving the Philippines Pauline Spanbauer, and deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha. Mrs. Hairston moderated the discussion.

Panelists highlighted the positive impact of the program in the Philippines, particularly in empowering and inspiring the Filipino deaf communities to build on and expand what DDW started.

The brief Q&A touched on the livelihood programs and trainings for the deaf community, how DDW embeds local cultures in program development, resources allocated by the Philippine Government to similar advocacies, and potential contributions of the U.S. government agencies to connecting deaf communities all over the world to the American deaf community, and the next steps for DDW.

DDW provided two professional sign language interpreters for the panel discussion.

For more information, visit http://www.washingtonpe.dfa.gov.ph / http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org or https://www.facebook.com/philippinesusa @philippinesusa on Twitter.

Panelists engage in a brief discussion and Q&A portion with the audience.

[Source of other photos:http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/news/5687/300/SIGNS-OF-CHANGE-MAKES-SUCCESSFUL-DEBUT-IN-WASHINGTON-D-C/d,phildet/%5D

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It’s PULE MABINI’s Birthday!

July 23, 2017

It is 11.30 pm. It is still Apolinario Mabini’s Birthday. I won’t say I am late in greeting him since the whole day today we have been talking about him, his presence with us as we worked overnight on Pule magazine at the office of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. Posting one of the flyers readied for him… in connection with our showing at the UP Film Center next month…

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“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” – Reshowing at the Department of Foreign Affairs

July 18, 2017

“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” will be shown again tomorrow, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Department of Foreign Affairs Bldg. located in Pasay City as part of their annual celebration of the 2017 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. It was first shown in 2015. DFA’s interest in Mabini of course lies in the fact that he was the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic. He was appointed in January 1899.

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Announcement Used by DFA the First Time “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was shown in 2015

According to the letter of request made by DFA’s Human Resource Management Office: “The film showing  is the Department’s fitting tribute to Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, whose heroism is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people notwithstanding his physical disability.” They describe the film as a “documentary that truly reflects cultural and political significance and underscores the noble heritage of the Filipino race.”

The Sublime Paralytic will be preceded by a 10-min AVP entitled “Inclusion.”