Alyana in Pasay

July 30, 2009

Pasay audience4_Aly(On screen, my niece Eileen Cruz and her daughter Alyana, now 15 yrs. old)

At long last  on July 21, Tuesday, Alyana was shown in her area, our own area! Alyana and I both live in the city of Pasay. Although I wanted to have it shown right after its premiere in 2006, it took 3 years before it was finally shown here.

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Over a thousand viewers came— mainly composed of barangay health workers who attended the four-day Early Detection Intervention Program (EDIP) workshop of Autism Society Philippines (ASP), students and teachers of Philippine School for the Deaf, DSWD personnel and some parents of children from Pasay Sped Center who approached me with gratitude in their eyes after the screening. Some tagged along their child with autism to view Alyana which is a film salute to parents with special children.


Pasay City Sports Complex is located at Derham Park, which used to be a playground and the place where we actually used to play during our high school days at Pasay City High School (PCHS). Though not an ideal venue because of daylight source from the roof and the acoustics problem [it wasn’t designed as a movie theater afterall] and the seats were not enough because only about 350 viewers were initially expected, the bleachers served as good alternative to seat the viewers that tripled before the screening finally started at 3.30 pm.

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Produced by APCD Foundation and JICA “A Blind Architect…” which presents the Non Handicapping Environment (NHE) history, concept and importance of the Philippine Accessibility Law (BP344) preceded the screening of Alyana. With sign language inset options (FSL or ASL) that interpret the sound dialogues, it got the full attention of the Deaf audience as well.

Pasay audience

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The event was coolly and successfully managed by Cristy Castañeda, PWD focal person of Pasay City Social Welfare Department who like me was a product of PCHS with all out support from DSWD heads and officers who were all present.

The following day at noon time, July 22 I flew to Tacloban City en route to Eastern Samar for the showing of ” Silent Odyssey” on July 23.


Below is Autism Society Philippines’ official report on “Alyana Comes Home to Pasay”

ASP news Pasay

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