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Angels Walk for Autism 2019

February 28, 2019

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For your tickets, click the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/asp-angels-walk-for-autism-2019-tickets-52352092518

This is an annual event initiated by Autism Society Philippines. Below is a docu that traces the history of Angels Walk.

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Cine Malolos

February 6, 2019

Last Saturday, we (buddy sign language interpreter Febe Sevilla and I) met Mr. Lloyd Crisostomo, owner’s descendant and currently in charge of Plaridel Printing Press, the oldest printing press in Malolos, Bulacan. I took a shot of an interesting old photo of Cine Malolos from his collection. Their printing press started operating during the early years of the American Period. Still in operation, it is located in Calle Estrella. For my collection, I got a movie ticket measuring 2 3/4″ x 1 3/8″ that they printed in 1955 featuring an American film starring Errol Flynn and Michellene Praille doubled with “ESKANDALOSA”, a Filipino movie starred in by then very popular stars Leopoldo Salcedo and Alicia Vergel.

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I did not expect to see those memorabilia. We went there to research on his father, a Deaf entrepreneur, and for a time, a student of Delight Rice, Founder of the Philippine School for the Deaf. Old newspapers featured his father, Mr. Guillermo Crisostomo as a printer and collector. He collected not only clippings about him, the materials he printed; he also had stamp collections, bottles, even cigarette wrappers!

Anyway,I got aside from the Cine Malolos ticket, Cine Estrella and Cine Irmen’s movie tickets. They are all dated 1955, birthyear of Donatella Versace! (Coincidence that just this morning, I read about her, said to be the muse of her brother, Gianni. I got interested to read about all the real people involved dramatized in the story, and filmed as a series in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. Thanks to Netflix. Got to know more about Andrew Cunanan, the Fil-Am serial killer in the series. Great performance by another Fil-Am, Darren Criss.

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An Exhibition on the Life and Works of BROCKA and BERNAL

January 22, 2019

In celebration of the 100th Year of Philippine Cinema, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines present

an Exhibition on the Life and Works of National Artists in Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

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Open to the public from January 25-April 27, 2019.

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Home for Individuals with Special Needs (ISNs)_First in the Philippines Opens Its Doors on December 15

December 2, 2018

A unique residential community to address the growing needs of Individuals with Special-Needs (ISNs) as they grow old and their elderly parents as they further advance into their senior years, HAPPY HOMES envisions a community with two major house types for its members: one small house and one big house called “MY BIG HOUSE”. As the living room for the community, MY BIG HOUSE sets the initial impression for visitors about what HAPPY HOMES is – as well as, our community values. “MY BIG HOUSE” is a house, a school and a mini-hotel where the community programs and services are held. It is our community’s treasure which all members enjoy and maintain. It is our social center, our place for dining, celebrations, educational fora and entertainment. It has a large social hall, a big teaching kitchen, a children’s room, a teens’ room, guest rooms, library, art studio, a hydrotherapy room and a training room. More importantly, MY BIG HOUSE forms part of the families’ estate plan for the ISN as it is 100% owned by families and advocates of ISNs. MY BIG HOUSE and its allied services like travel and tours, staycation packages, transportation service, housekeeping services, among others, shall generate income, dividends and patronage refunds which shall go directly into the ISNs savings, to assure the ISN of a secure supported living. MY BIG HOUSE will also provide them opportunities to become productive members of the society through the sheltered employment program by working as service crew. By creating MY BIG HOUSE, the HAPPY HOMES Community is ensured that each need is addressed, and the persons with disabilities enjoy a meaningful and productive life.

On December 15, Happy Homes will open the doors to MY BIG HOUSE. Gift-giving to the students of its adopted schools, including the showing of my documentaries: PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon and ALYANA — A Study of Autism in the Philippines are scheduled during the event. See the program below:

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It is the first in the Philippines and will not be the only one as HAPPY HOMES is currently working on its expansion/replication in Antipolo City. Acceptance of members is based on queuing so it is important that a family consider becoming a member as early as the planning stage for the next community.

Envisioned are business and employment opportunities for ISNs within the community, while financial savings schemes and income-generating projects will be available to every resident for needs sustenance. Moreover, it will surely benefit each member as the mission is to provide continuous care and support to create a fulfilling community life, administered by Resident Service-Providers (RSP): teachers, therapists, caregivers, and service paraprofessionals who live in the same community. This is a self-help project whose funding comes from membership fees, grants and donations.

For inquiries, contact Mrs. Glecilda Rances at (0943) 129. 1846 or email docbenj@happyhomeshousingcoop.org.

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Filipino Autism Advocate Awarded First ASEAN Prize

November 15, 2018

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — A Filipina was awarded the first ever ASEAN Prize Tuesday for her work in improving the lives of people with autism.

Erlinda Uy Koe received the award from Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore during the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Koe is the former chairperson of the ASEAN Autism Network and Chair Emeritus of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP).

She received a trophy as well as a $20,000 cash prize.

A statement from Koe posted on APS’s Facebook page said, “This is a welcome blessing. For the inaugural ASEAN Prize to be awarded to a family autism advocacy shows how far the ASEAN Community has embraced inclusion for persons with autism and other special needs. I pray that this recognition will help organizations like the ASP and other members of ASEAN Autism Network to connect with policy makers and push for institutional mechanisms that will help improve the lives of those living in the autism spectrum.”

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ASEAN lauded Koe for her “leadership and tireless efforts in contributing to an inclusive and people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community.”

Malacañang also extended its congratulations.

“The Palace wishes to congratulate Ms. Erlinda Uy Koe of the ASEAN Society Philippines and the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) for winning the ASEAN Prize 2018 and bringing tremendous pride and great honor to the country,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The ASEAN Prize “is to recognise inspiring achievements and inspiring contributions of an individual or organization, inter alia, to the building of a rules-based, people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community, and intra ASEAN collaborative efforts”according to the ASEAN website.

Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/news

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Filipino Sign Language Declared National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos

November 12, 2018

Our Deaf friend’s fight for the recognition of FSL has finally won! The long wait is over. The law declaring FSL as Deaf Filipinos’ national sign language has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. In looking back, I see myself since 2007 working to make films that give access to Deaf Filipinos having learnt the lack, if not, absence of captions and FSL interpretations in the materials they use. Incorporating and using FSL as my means to provide them the information that are of interest not just to hearing people but to them as well has become my personal advocacy ever since. Promoting FSL in my films and showing the talents of Deaf individuals has always been characteristics of my films. I also work with and for them. In fact, just last Friday, November 9, I handled a video production workshop for them at DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. (Photo below)

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Workshop with Deaf Students of SDEAS where I studied Filipino SIgn Language in 2006-2007 held at PEN Lab

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Deaf students looking at the structural study / timeline of “Silent Odyssey,” my docu-feature on Deaf Filipinos and the origin of FSL made in 2008

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Looking forward, many great tasks ahead are in store for the Deaf sector who now has to work harder to monitor and make sure that the mandate to use FSL in all transactions involving Deaf is implemented. The law takes effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette. Below is a report by Virgil Lopez of GMA News released just a few hours ago.

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the measure declaring Filipino Sign Language (FSL) the national sign language of the Filipino Deaf and mandating the use of the same in all government transactions involving them.

Duterte approved Republic Act 11106 on October 30, a copy of which was released to the media on Monday.

The law mandates the use of the FSL in schools, hearings and transactions in courts and other tribunals, government workplaces and broadcast media.

Tasked to use and coordinate with each other on the use of FSL as the medium of instruction in deaf education are the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and all other national and local government agencies involved in the education of the deaf.

The University of the Philippines (UP), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), professional sign linguistics, and linguistics researchers, CHEd and DepEd, and the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Council, shall develop guidelines for the development of training materials in the education of the deaf for use by all state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as their teachers and staff.

It also directs the KWF and SUCs led by UP to undertake continuing research for the development, propagation and preservation of FSL and its cultural history. Concerned government agencies, DepEd, CHEd and UP shall also take appropriate steps to make FSL as an elective subject in the curriculum, particularly of SUCs.

The law mandates KWF, in consultation with the deaf community and other stakeholders, to establish a national system of standards, accreditation and procedures for FSL interpretation.

“This shall include policies on the practice of interpreting as a profession such as compensation rates and benefits, working conditions, procedures for grievances and others,” it said.

The University of the Philippines (UP), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), professional sign linguistics, and linguistics researchers, CHEd and DepEd, and the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Council, shall develop guidelines for the development of training materials in the education of the deaf for use by all state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as their teachers and staff.

It also directs the KWF and SUCs led by UP to undertake continuing research for the development, propagation and preservation of FSL and its cultural history. Concerned government agencies, DepEd, CHEd and UP shall also take appropriate steps to make FSL as an elective subject in the curriculum, particularly of SUCs.

The law mandates KWF, in consultation with the deaf community and other stakeholders, to establish a national system of standards, accreditation and procedures for FSL interpretation.

“This shall include policies on the practice of interpreting as a profession such as compensation rates and benefits, working conditions, procedures for grievances and others,” it said.

The University of the Philippines (UP), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), professional sign linguistics, and linguistics researchers, CHEd and DepEd, and the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Council, shall develop guidelines for the development of training materials in the education of the deaf for use by all state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as their teachers and staff.

It also directs the KWF and SUCs led by UP to undertake continuing research for the development, propagation and preservation of FSL and its cultural history. Concerned government agencies, DepEd, CHEd and UP shall also take appropriate steps to make FSL as an elective subject in the curriculum, particularly of SUCs.

The law mandates KWF, in consultation with the deaf community and other stakeholders, to establish a national system of standards, accreditation and procedures for FSL interpretation.

“This shall include policies on the practice of interpreting as a profession such as compensation rates and benefits, working conditions, procedures for grievances and others,” it said.

The University of the Philippines (UP), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), professional sign linguistics, and linguistics researchers, CHEd and DepEd, and the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Council, shall develop guidelines for the development of training materials in the education of the deaf for use by all state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as their teachers and staff.

The University of the Philippines (UP), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), professional sign linguistics, and linguistics researchers, CHEd and DepEd, and the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Council, shall develop guidelines for the development of training materials in the education of the deaf for use by all state universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as their teachers and staff.

It also directs the KWF and SUCs led by UP to undertake continuing research for the development, propagation and preservation of FSL and its cultural history. Concerned government agencies, DepEd, CHEd and UP shall also take appropriate steps to make FSL as an elective subject in the curriculum, particularly of SUCs.

The law mandates KWF, in consultation with the deaf community and other stakeholders, to establish a national system of standards, accreditation and procedures for FSL interpretation.

“This shall include policies on the practice of interpreting as a profession such as compensation rates and benefits, working conditions, procedures for grievances and others,” it said.

Within one year from the law’s effective date, the law states the broadcast media must already have FSL interpreter insets, compliant with accessibility standards for television, in news and public affairs programs.

It also orders government hospitals and health facilities to take steps to ensure access to the Filipino deaf to health services, including FSL interpreters and accessible materials upon request of deaf patients, or individuals who have family members who are deaf.

“As part of their corporate social responsibility, private health facilities are encouraged to provide access to health services to all deaf patients and their family members,” the law stated.

The law becomes effective 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or one newspaper of general circulation. — BM, GMA News

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Mabini the Mason with Contemporary Filipino Masons

October 4, 2018

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Last Monday October 1, I got to show to Filipino Masons belonging to NCR-G my educational documentary on the life of Apolinario Mabini, one of our great heroes. It was held at Fort Bonifacio, a military camp. It was my first time to enter the Fort. Mr. Ray Noble, past Master of Muntinlupa City Masonic Lodge #414, and the Incumbent Grand Lodge Inspector for MW RQ Pagotan Lodge # 282 brought me to the venue. He with a few other Masons and their wives first previewed the film in September. It was held at the Masonic Grand Lodge in Manila. Those who watched PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon decided to show it to more members of the group. (see below)

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Members of the 13 Masonic Lodges of NCR-

Mabini, first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and who could have been the First Secretary of Justice were not for his disability joined the Masonic group in 1892. He was called “Katabay” at the time. Many of our heroes during the Spanish regime were Masons, Jose Rizal included. Masons were anti-friars hence they were sought after by the Spanish authorities. It was because of their oppression of our people that masonry became popular in the country. Then and now, it continues to exist as a brotherhood. In fact, my father was a Mason too.The Masonic District NCR-G, under the Jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the Philippines is spearheading the event. Their Incumbent District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) is Very Worshipful Emmanuel Bravo.
MD NCR-G is composed of 13 Masonic Lodges:
1. Batong Buhay Lodge #27
2. Muog Lodge #89
3. King Solomon Lodge # 150
4. Wenceslao Trinidad Masonic Lodge #365
5. MW RQ Pagotan Masonic Lodge #282
6. Kagitingan Lodge #256
7. Gen. Artemio Ricarte Lodge #322
8. Jacobo Zobel Mem. Lodge #202
9. Palanyag Lodge #323
10. Dr. Felimon Aguilar-Las Piñas Lodge #332
11. Hadji Butu Razul Mem. Lodge #393
12. Muntinlupa City Masonic Lodge #414
13. Taguig Masonic Lodge #431