The film features Architect Jaime Silva of United Architects of the Philippines; Jacket Design by Mirana

I would say that it was only yesterday that A BLIND ARCHITECT, the short video docu (14 min) I was commissioned to do by APCD and JICA was truly finished. 700 copies were ordered for distribution. I was tasked to show and share 100 copies of it. My plan is to show it preceding all the future screenings of my feature-docus ALYANA and SO starting next week, July 21. Because it has options as sign language interpretations for Deaf accessibility—both in FSL (Filipino Sign Language) and ASL (American Sign Language) it would greatly help our Deaf brothers and sisters to understand faster the concept of Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) which hopefully would ripple in our country. Two projects are now being undertaken here—in Opol, Misamis Oriental and in Lucena in Iloilo.

[For photos of Arch. Jaime Silva, the Blind Architect,  see July Archives (July 14m 2009 entry) — “Alyana and SO with Blind Architect”]

The film was first shown on July 2, 2009 to APCD and JICA representatives from Thailand, SM personnel and UAP representatives and other PWD stakeholders.

[Only this week of July 2013, after more than a year had I known that APCD uploaded it]


(Last week [July 2010], Mr. Sano of APCD sent me the list of access talkshops conducted by United Architects of the Philippines where the film was presented, largely in the presence of Architect Jaime Silva. (Click to see the list below)

8. accesstalk2009report (UAP)


The sign language interpretation for the film was adeptly done by Febe Sevilla (see below) , one of the best interpreters in the country.



The PRODUCTION STAFF are as follows:

Direction / Editing: Miranamedina

Script: Mirana and Janus Victoria

Camera: Joseph Leña, Dennis Balan (Deaf)

Music: Owel Alvero

Sound Editing: Sherwin Castillo

Sign Language Interpretation: Febe Sevilla

Voice [Narrator]: Nana Caragay

Assistant Direction / Prod. Manager: Janus Victoria



  1. Dear Sir,
    I have seen the film on PIID’s recent congregation and I only wish to share it with my students in Mapua. The film is about everything they sould know about accessibility design in the Philippines and I am sure that this will greatly awaken their awareness as they start they design careers. I would like to inquire how to request for a film showing of “A Blind Architect”.
    Thanks so much and I will be looking forward to your reply.

  2. Hi!
    A similar request from the UP Sped Area is now pending at APCD, the film’s producer. I am still waiting for their reply. However, Arch. Silva has no problem re sharing it with anybody interested in showing it. Since you are addressing your message to, I guess Arch. Silva, I will forward it to him, although I can, as director, show and share the film on behalf of the producers for awareness purpose in case no one is around to share it with you. It is the film’s aim to spread the concept of Non-Handicapping Environment asap!

    Thanks for your interest in the film.

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