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1st Year College Application to DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education & Applied Studies Extended Until Feb 11

January 23, 2020

COLLEGE APPLICATION

——————————————————————————————————————————————-The Benilde Admissions Application Form and Other Related Forms are available through the website: http://www.benilde.edu.ph

——————————————————————————————————————————————APPLICATION REQUIREMENT

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENT

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ASP’s Walk for Autism 2020

January 21, 2020

The Autism Society Philippines Angels Walk for Autism is an annual FREE FREE FREE advocacy event that has been held since 2007. It has grown from 200 to 24,000 registered participants in 2019. Join ASP celebrate another milestone year and help build an Autism-OK Philippines! The pre-walk show will showcase the talent of persons with autism and celebrate the advocacy’s accomplishments! Let’s walk for public awareness, private sector involvement and inclusion of the autism agenda in government social development initiatives! Here’s to acceptance, accommodation and inclusion!ASP Walk for Autism 2020

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Sunday, 26 January 2020 from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

Mall of Asia Arena
Jose W. Diokno Boulevard
SM Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City 1300
Philippines
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Dried Cocos, Grasses, Husks, Shells as Christmas Decors

December 18, 2019

In front of the Municipality of Castillejos, Zambales is a public park where creatively and meticolously designed Christmas tree decors and Belen (Holy Family) are displayed. Fourteen villages or barangays are in competition and vying to win the best-designed  decor as part of the town’s Christmas celebrations. They were required to use nothing but dried coconut shells, grasses, coco husks, dried leaves, and other recycled materials. Here are some of them:

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1st PASIG International Film Festival 2019

November 24, 2019

For the benefit of the Scholarship Program of 47 seminarians of the Diocese of Pasig, the 1st Pasig International Film Festival will be held on December 6, 2019, Friday, from 10am – 5pm at Pasig City Museum, Plaza Rizal, Bgy. San Jose, Pasig City.

PASIG FIlm Fest 2019

Below is the tentative Program Outline:
10:00am – 12:00nn – Opening Prayer
Pasig City College Student Film Screenings of Meridian International College (MINT) East Ortigas Pasig Catholic College (PCC); UP Film Center films

12:00nn – 1:00 pm – Angelus Prayer
Lunch break – Heritage walk Plaza Rizal and PCM / Pasig City Hall / Pasig Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception / Museo de Diocesano de Pasig / Pasig Catholic Cemetery / Bonifacio Plaza

1:00 pm -2:00 pm – Film Talk: The Art of Filmmaking

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS FILIPINO video screening of c1965 film by Lamberto Avellana, PH National Artist for Film and Theater, courtesy of LVN Studios’ Mike de Leon

Presentation of Certificates of Recognition & Appreciation
Live performance of Filipino movie theme songs
Closing Prayer

Fee: Php200- regular admission / Php100- Student/Senior/PWD

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Oye, the Mountaineer Strikes Again!

November 20, 2019

After posting Eirene “Oye” Bautista’s mountaineering adventures at Mt. Everest in Nepal, Mt. Fuji in Japan, Mt. Apo, Pulag, Kabunian and Mt. Buntis here in the Philippines, she sent me photos this time shot at the second highest mountain peak in Taiwan (3886m above sea level) called Snow Mountain (Xueshan)! You’ll never ever know where Oye shall land next time!! What an awesome life!

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“…Sa dagat at bundok sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw
may dilag ang tula at awit sa paglayang minamahal
ang kislap ng watawat mo’y tagumpay na nagniningning
ang bituin at araw na kailan pa may di mag didilim…”

The Snow Mountain had no snow as you might have noticed on the photos, because the snow season is supposed to be from December to March.

Ay naku! I can only but forever  dream and imagine being atop mountains!!!

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What Joy!!! (Look at her expression!)

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On Lonely Death or “Kodukushi” — in “Encounters with Silence,” a Documentary by Janus Victoria

November 9, 2019

The UP Asian Center will hold a free screening of the documentary, “Encounters with Silence,” on 13 November 2019, 2:30–4 pm, at the ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC. A discussion on the film’s topic, the “lonely death” in Japan, will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.

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SYNOPSIS

In a country with a large population of elderly and middle-aged people living in isolation in small apartments without friends or family to rely on, many die alone and unnoticed. Their bodies are discovered by neighbors several weeks, or even months, after. The lonely death, or kodokushi, has become hauntingly common in Japan. Still it remains a sensitive subject and is rarely discussed. Filmmaker Janus Victoria confronts the silence on the subject through encounters with a man who cleans the apartments of those who die alone, a photographer who documents the aftermath of kodokushi, an elderly woman fiercely protective of her independence even in old age, and an artist who sings to pierce the stillness around her. By examining the quiet and lonely death, Encounters with Silence becomes a meditation on life itself. Encounters with Silence premiered in competition under the Asian Perspective category of the 2017 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in South Korea.

ABOUT THE DISCUSSION

The context of film topic and the production process of the documentary will be discussed by the filmmaker after the screening. Q&A will follow afterwards.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Janus Victoria is a filmmaker of narrative features and documentaries. She produced Encounters with Silence during her fellowship at the Asia Center of The Japan Foundation. She is currently taking MA Asian Studies, major in Japan Studies at the UP Asian Center.

 

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Mountaineer OYE and Volunteerism with the Library Hub Philippines

October 14, 2019

I have a mountaineer niece who loves the arts, pomeranians, nature untouched, baking, music, theater, volunteerism, and numerous others I know not what. We fondly call her OYE. God-fearing and positive in outlook, she is always fun and joy to be with. You wouldn’t perceive that behind the happiness she exudes when with you, there are health and physical challenges she is facing / had in fact already faced — and mind you, head-on! A brave soul indeed!!

I feel proud and always so happy for her whenever I hear that she would be climbing mountains either with her family or pal hikers for that’s something I can only dream of. Actually, when I see photos of mountaineers in general, I can’t help but imagine the adventure of trekking towards the unknown and having to face the elements of nature — sometimes great, sometimes harsh. Timing must be a great consideration. For them, endurance, determination and the will to triumph in order to reach the target goal are musts. I quietly rejoice whenever she successfully does that as that would mean, for sure, an invisible trophy of personal triumph.

I have asked for her favorite photos taken in some of the many mountains she had hiked. And I just love those that give surreal feeling and shots that wowed me, like the photo taken at Mt. Pulag in Benguet, Luzon’s highest peak at 2,926 metres (9,600 ft) above sea level, but the third highest in the Philippines; and the amazing shot of her sitting — Grabe!!! kakalula!! How did you do that? — on the edge of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

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With the clouds seemingly within an arm’s reach at Mt. Pulag, Philippines

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At Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Why did you have to sit on the mountain edge? Kakatakot!!!

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The triumphant look, no less!!! And for me? the triumphant feeling of conquering fear, if I were the one who was standing there. Haha! Wish ko lang!

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In Nepal at Mt. Everest Base Camp upon reaching the altitude of 17,600 ft. praising the Lord!

The ascent via the southeast ridge begins with a trek to Base Camp at 5,380 m (17,600 ft) on the south side of Everest in Nepal. Expedition members usually fly into Lukla (2,860 m) from Kathmandu and pass through Namche Bazaar. (Source: Wikipedia) Who would have thought that someone in the family would one day be able to go up the mountain we only used to read about as the highest on earth? Nadie!

Though I am someone who fears sliding down hillsides, it excites and thrills me no end to think that if I were to escape the city jungle like those mountaineers, I would be able to wallow in the beauty of natural landscapes, be awed by different mountain forms, shapes and colors, perhaps even perceive beyond what they actually are; trek and walk past river streams, breathlessly gasps in seeing the variety of floras, anxious in encountering not-so-familiar faunas perhaps while passing through forest trees, seeing beauty even in treeless mountain parts, and in wondering at mounds of all sorts, etc. New sights and experiences in every trip!!! OYes!! Photos of Oye’s adventures that she shares are for me enough to enjoy as much in being with Mother Nature…

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Up the mountain summit, I imagine the touch of the gentle breeze; hear the whistling winds; wonder at the vastness and beauty of Nature; feeling God and glorifying His greatness. For feeling tiny against the greatness of His creations makes God’s presence even more real just as when I was once traveling by sea at the midst of which I could see no horizon line that divides the land and the sea. During those moments, I drowned in feeling like a speck of sand and at one’s nothingness; at the same time, how great God is.

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Oye rests awhile at Mt. Buntis in Maragondon, Cavite

Anyway, in between mountain climbing, Oye finds time on the ground to do volunteer work with the Library Hub Philippines, whose advocacy is to introduce interest in reading, update educational resources of children, and build libraries for members of the marginalized communities. To reach a Dumagat community in Tanay, Rizal, which is not that remote from Manila but not easily accessible, the group consisting of nine members including Oye went to Nayon Sta. Ines armed with books to read for the Dumagat children. As there were no straight paths leading to the place, they had to cross 12 rivers.

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As Library Hub Philippines’ volunteer, animated Oye interacts with the Dumagat children as she reads stories for them.

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Look at the attentiveness of the children, and the joy of innocence on the boy’s face!

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Eirene “OYE” Bautista (3rd from right, front row) and the other volunteers of the Library Hub Philippines with members of the Dumagat tribe residing in Nayon Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal led by its Chieftain Tatang Amang Lope

Only last year in 2018 that two individuals formed a volunteer organization called the Library Hub* Philippines “to help, serve, and make a difference.” One of the founders is Oliver Pe, a mountain hiker like Oye. Believing in their advocacy, Oye joined their initiative and volunteered to share her time to help in advancing their mission that will benefit children from the marginalized sectors. It was getting exposed to the needs of communities inaccessible to services that they should be receiving from the government, that the library hub was formed.

According to the Library Hub Philippines: “Our cause aims to tackle the inequalities borne out of conflict, misrepresentation, discrimination, calamities, and the disparity of the social conditions in the nation. By engaging and building relationships with these communities, in a deliberate manner, we try to address their specific needs and dreams by giving the youth access to equalizing and updated educational resources. By re-/constructing these Library Hubs we are creating safe spaces and incubating environments that fosters the spirit of community.

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Our advocacy also deals with human capital. We have realized the power of the individual to make a difference. Every peso, every book, every second of service through volunteering, and every talent offered can be made to a good use. Our advocacy has led us to connect with a diverse representation of society all sharing the commonality of wishing to help, serve, and make a difference.”

*Due to lack of libraries, the “Library Hub Project” was first initiated in 2006 by the Department of Education. It aims to establish a library hub in every public school division across the country. Its target is to set up at least 300 hubs in 184 school divisions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao by the year 2010. (Read more at https://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2006/10/30/366212/lack-libraries-deped-pushes-library-hubs#AfYtT2oPG8oEUO0f.99)
The Institutionalization of DepEd Library Hub Project in All Regions and Schools Divisions Nationwide was finally formalized on June 15, 2009 under DO 64, s. 2009 (https://www.deped.gov.ph/2009/06/15/do-64-s-2009)