Last Saturday June 18, Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] board members welcomed the leaders of Soroptimist International of San Jose del Monte [SI of SJDM], Bulacan. The latter tagged along with them some high school students to have a preview of an educational documentary entitled PULE:Utak ng Rebolusyon. The screening was held at the audio-visual room of Metro Manila College [MMC] in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The film is about one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini whose life is unfortunately not as well known to many Filipinos as Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. GMEFI plans to screen the documentary in celebration of the 2016 National Heroes Day come August. It aims to make MMC students aware of who Mabini really was and what he did for our country. It eventually hopes to spark nationalism in the viewers, and raise awareness on the potentials and talents of Persons with Disability, majority of whom formed part of the film production team.
SI of SJDM leaders, inspired by what they came to learn about the life of Mabini concluded upon watching the film the need to share it to more students to expand their knowledge about him. Dr. Rosalyn Cabuco, an obstetrician, said: “Na-appreciate ko. Maganda po … inspiring po talaga and natouch po ako at hindi man po ako maging hero siguro, pero I’ll try my best na ma-impart po sa mga kabataan…”
Likewise, its president, Ms. Corazon Flores added: “… na-inspire din po ako. Being the president, gagawin ko din po yung ano, parang kay Apolinario Mabini. Kailangan marami pong matutunan. Kailangang mag-aral pa! Kumbaga di po dito natatapos yung buhay natin… Maganda po yung napanood natin! Bilang president, gagawa po tayo para magkaroon ng malawak na kaalaman [tungkol kay Mabini] ang mga estudyante.”
[Right to Left Standing]: Nina Padua [GMEFI Administrative Assistant], Marian Villanueva, [MMC student aide], Gil Reoma [GMEFI Executive Director], Karen Aquino, unnamed student, Yolanda Delos Santos, Dr. Evelyn Dominguez [GMEFI President], Corazon Flores [SI of SJDM President], Mirana Medina [PULE filmmaker], Dr. Rosalyn Cabuco, and Ms. Natividad Villano. On the extreme left is MMC Head Librarian Zosima Balulot with high school students from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Meanwhile, one of the Soroptimist members, Ms. Yolanda Delos Santos, English teacher at San Jose del Monte National High School said: “I am grateful that I was given a chance to watch this film…kasi it is an eye-opener, different from what we reading from the books. I think the students will be interested in watching this… Syempre nowadays yung mga students medyo bored na sila magbasa but if they watch this talaga papasok sa kanilang puso…” Ms. Delos Santos added: “Ngayon ko lang talaga nakilala si Ka Pule… Saka inspiring talaga yung kanyang life pati dun sa mga Persons with Disability hindi dapat maging hadlang ang kapansanan….Pati pagka-Pilipino [ko] natouch din.”