My educational documentary on the Life of Apolinario Mabini [1864-1903], one of our great heroes is scheduled to be shown tomorrow afternoon, July 22 in time for the Launching of the 29th Apolinario Mabini Awards. Mabini was the first Prime Minister of President Emilio Aguinaldo and the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs . An inspiration and Icon of Persons with Disability, himself paralyzed at the peak of his career, the celebration of his 152nd Birth Anniversary will be on July 23. The film was first publicly shown in time for the end of his Sesquicentennial Birth Anniversary in July 2015. It was held at the Mabini Shrine in Tanauan, Batangas – Mabini’s birthplace.
What makes the film significant is the involvement of more PWDs than non-PWDs in the making of the film. Mabini’s El Verdadero Decalogo / The True Dialogue written in 1898 was interpreted in Filipino Sign Language for the first time. A twice exceptional person with autism, Thristan Mendoza scored the film music — his first!!!
The event coincides with the celebration of the 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week [July 17-23].