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Senate Bill Pushes to Recognize Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language

May 25, 2017

Senator Nancy Binay has filed SB1455, the Filipino Sign Language Act, to recognize Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Philippines. The bill includes comprehensive provisions on the use of the unique visual language of the Filipino Deaf community in access to health, employment, justice, broadcast media, and culture and the arts. It supplements landmark legislation already recognizing FSL in education through R.A. 10533 (K-12 law) and R.A. 10410 (Early Years Act) in 2013. The Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy of the DepEd would implement FSL as the mother language of deaf learners, and the development of literacy in second/ third languages.

The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, the national umbrella organization of over 55 Deaf member organizations has advocated for the national recognition of FSL for over two decades. It led the Deaf community in a rally in 2011 to lobby for FSL legislation. In the 16th Congress, the House of Representatives passed on 3rd Reading HB6428, the Filipino Sign Language Act. It is refiled currently by Rep. Antonio Tinio as HB2094.

Though historically influenced by American Sign Language, research by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and the Philippine Deaf Resource Center have established FSL as a true and linguistically distinct language. Evidence of signing in the Philippines is documented in Leyte since the 1590s, over three centuries before the entry of American Sign Language in the Philippines.

The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino supports legislation that shall promote the Filipino Deaf identity. Senator Binay sees the recognition of Filipino Sign Language as ensuring that deaf Filipinos enjoy their human, legal, linguistic and cultural rights.

Contact persons:
Carolyn Dagani, President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf
Mobile 0995.9964191 (text only); FB: PFDeaf
Liza Martinez, PhD, PDRC /Deaf Resources Philippines
Tel 9941441; email: deafresourcesphilippines@mail.com

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Art of Friendship

May 10, 2017

For those who LOVE and who value FRIENDSHIP, a must see—a must read!

Steve McCurry's Blog

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Luoyang, China

Myanmar (Burma)

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. 

– Thomas Aquinas

Loikaw, Myanmar (Burma)

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
– Jane Austen

India

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and
continues a friend unchangeably.

– William Penn

Afghanistan

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4

Pagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Katmandu, Nepal

Kashmir

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Kampala, Uganda

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile…

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Educational Strategies for ADHD Children and High Functioning PWAs

May 5, 2017

SEMINAR on “Effective Educational Strategies for Children with ADHD and High Functioning Person with Autism in the Regular Classroom: Teaching Beyond Borders”

DATE: May 7, 2016; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Hope for Street Children Through Sports

April 24, 2017

Sharing with you an invitation from Executive Director of Childhope Asia Philippines, DR. HERBERT Q. CARPIO and Resource Mobilization Officer, Miss MYLENE R. LAGMAN.

CHildhope sports fest

We would like to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of our 10th Annual Hope Sports Festival tomorrow, April 25, 2017 (Tuesday), 9am at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, P. Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) St., Malate, Manila. Elimination games will be held on April 26 and 28, 2017. Please click the link below to see ‘Program’ for your reference.

Program for the Opening Ceremony of 10th Hope Sports Fest_April 25 2017

This year, we expect 291 street children who will participate in basketball, volleyball, futsal (football on the streets) and badminton. We hope to continuously develop the street children’s self-confidence and self-worth through sports, while simultaneously motivating them to stay away from abusive and destructive behavior (e.g. substance abuse and street fights). Apart from engaging in healthy competition, the children will also have an access to a sports clinic conducted by Childhope.

We will also welcome volunteers to be part of our technical committee. Please see attached schedule of games for your reference. Should you have any questions or clarifications regarding our invitation, please feel free to call us at 02-5617118 or 02-5634647.

2017 Game Schedule_Hope Sports Festival

For photos in last year’s Sports Fest, click the following link: http://highfivehope.org/highfivehope/9th-annual-sports-festival-manila/

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2017 Visita Iglesia

April 15, 2017

It is Black Saturday today. Last Thursday, we visited seven churches, one of the traditional customs that is still being observed here in the Philippines. We first went to San Sebastian Church in Manila, and glided down to Baclaran Shrine in Paranaque City where we attended the 6 pm Mass. The priest washed the feet of the relatives of the victims of extrajudicial killings. “The biblical story of the feet-washing ceremony is mainly interpreted as an act of humility and service, a recurring message in the observance of the Holy Week.” [from Rappler News]

BASILICA MENOR DE SAN SEBASTIAN, (SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH), Quiapo, Manila

MINOR BASILICA OF THE BLACK NAZARENE, (St. John the Baptist Church / QUIAPO CHURCH)

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STA. CRUZ CHURCH

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THE MINOR BASILICA and METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (MANILA CATHEDRAL)

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SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH

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OUR LADY OF REMEDIES (MALATE CHURCH), Ermita, Manila

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SHRINE OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP SHRINE, BACLARAN, Paranaque City

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Visita Iglesia is a Holy Week practice where devotees visit and pray in at least 7 churches. It was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries. [To read about its origin, click http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/55546-origins-visita-iglesia)

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From Discovering Deaf Worlds …

April 11, 2017

Last April 7, Friday in Rochester, New York, U.S.A., [April 8, Saturday in Manila], Discovering Deaf Worlds USA gave me a most unexpected recognition called “Service Provider of the Year Award”. It is only given once a year they said, to an organization or an individual their Board and staff feel has gone above and beyond to have a pivotal impact on DDW’s work. In my case it was for making a 35-minute documentary covering their two-year presence and activities here in our country that benefited our Deaf leaders. It is entitled “Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality.” I was really surprised when I was informed via email about it because when I accepted the work, it was for me just doing another advocacy film meant to inspire Deaf Filipinos. I treated it as a personal work.

Anyhow, I am thankful for the recognition of the hard work we all exerted on it.  Thank you Davin Searls and David Justice! Had great time working with both of you!

David, by the way, emailed the day after the event to say that it was a HUGE success. Over 400 people came breaking their fundraising goal!

Thanks to my nephew as well, and his wife who flew all the way from Maryland to N.Y. to receive the award on my behalf.