Deaf Audition_Project RizalMarch 18, 2011
I have finally fixed our Deaf audition for next Saturday, March 26 to be held at Liw Caldito’s place in QC in connection with my project, Rizal’s Poems in Sign Language—specifically, excuse me!!! in Filipino Sign Language [FSL]. Yesterday, I had a meeting with Febe Sevilla [voice interpreter] and Myra Medrana [Deaf choreographer of Silent Steps] at CSB. This afternoon I met with Raphy Domingo [FSL Consultant] and Jennifer Balan [Deaf wife of Dennis – also Deaf – who will do the camerawork for Filipino Sign Language version]. I was very happy to have managed to “talk” with Raphy and Jenn without any interpreter. By Tuesday, they should be ready with the list of their “nominees.” I have asked them to do individual pre-judging based on their knowledge of the person’s capability. Said “nominees’ will then interpret a stanza or two from the poems in front of a panel consisting of the above, as well as Dr. Therese Bustos of UP Sped Area, and Ferdie Vizmanos if he is available.
My still very little knowledge of FSL, visual-gestural communication, and fingerspelling — was aided by writing –last resort when I could not really understand them, and vice-versa. Five years ago, that would not have been possible [I studied in 2006, start of my journey in Deaf world]. But that’s it! If one really wants to learn a language, even struggle with the intention of really wanting to communicate, nothing is impossible. Sign language is no different from learning a spoken language, it is even better because you learn to be expressive as you act, even make faces, to be understood. LOL!! Kaya mag enroll na at mag-aral ng FSL!!! You won’t regret it.