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“The Sublime Paralytic” in Tanauan

July 21, 2015
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One of our film posters; The docu is about the First Prime Minister and First Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic

It is July. In Tanauan City, Batangas Province, the celebrations of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which culminates on July 23, birthday of Apolinario Mabini, subject of my current documentary is very well observed. Despite the declaration of July 17 as a national holiday, the people of Tanauan proceeded with their scheduled event. We went there to preview the docu. Ms. Pelagia Mabini and another kaanak watched the film. Despite the busy schedule, the accommodating curator of the shrine Ms. Olga Palacay, who was also interviewed for the docu managed to see the segment where she is in. Responses were quite positive.

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Scene on the way to Mabini Shrine in Talaga, Tanauan Batangas – July 17 – a PWD Race

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They were actually coming from the grounds of Mabini Shrine, in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas, our destination…

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…Where my docu “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was previewed for them

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Guests Line up to Register

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Tanauan Film Viewers in the Audio-Visual Room of the Mabini Shrine-Tanauan

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These three ladies were victims of polio. They came all the way from Cainta to celebrate with the PWDs of Tanauan.

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A PWD is being Readied for the Duyan Race

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The People Manning the Event; Shrine Curator, Ms. Olga Palacay [Standing 2nd from Right]

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Mga ka-field trip and members of the production team: [Front]: Janus Victoria, co-writer; Febe Sevilla – Filipino Sign Language interpreter, and Bert de Santos – Sound Designer

The first two shots were taken by Janus Victoria; the photo below by Bert de Santos; I shot the photos in between them.

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While testing the sound and picture projection…Ms. Pelagia Mabini, 3rd generation descendant of Apolinario Mabini in blue blouse looks on

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