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At Gallaudet University on October 25: DDW’s “Signs of Change…”

October 12, 2017

The Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. has scheduled to show my latest documentary produced by Discovering Deaf Worlds USA and USAID on October 25, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. [Details below]

Signs of Change at Gallaudet

Photo above shows Yvette, one of the 10 Deaf leaders featured in the film

Source: https://my.gallaudet.edu/intranet/announcements-archive/discovering-deaf-words-to-show-signs-of-change-deaf-campaign-for-equality-film-on-october-25

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Conference on 100 Years of Philippine Cinema

September 5, 2017

The two-day Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference will be held next week on September 14 and 15 at the UP Film Center and CSB School of Design and Arts respectively in celebration of 100 Years of Philippine Cinema. The affair is sponsored by UPFI, Film Development of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and DLS-College of St. Benilde. Below is the schedule of activities. Entrance is free.

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Through the Eyes of my Deaf Teacher

August 31, 2017

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Foreground: my Deaf teacher Rey Alfred Lee. Behind him are members of the Silent Steps, Faculty staff of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, as well as GMEFI and UPSEC officers. Also in the photo is PULE film scorer Tumtum Mendoza [in white t-shirt with eyeglasses], a Person with Autism, standing between GMEFI President and me. 

Last August 25, PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON, a documentary on our hero, APOLINARIO MABINI was shown for the benefit of the scholars of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI]. The film participants include Deaf students and members of the Deaf playgroup, SILENT STEPS. They interpreted in Filipino Sign Language for the first time after 1898, one of the popular writings of the docu’s subject entitled El Verdadero Decalogo/The True Decalogue.  It was voiced by a man paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome who read Mabini’s writings. The film was scored by a twice-exceptional Person with Autism, his first time to do  so.

The screening was held at the UP Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City. Members of the Deaf community from DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies where I studied Filipino Sign Language came to attend the screening. One of them was my Deaf teachers, Rey Alfred Lee, former President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. Below are some of the photos he took.

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Photos from UPSEC: Screening of PULE, August 25

August 29, 2017

Photos courtesy of UP Special Education Council on the showing of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Q.C., a benefit film screening of a historical documentary about one of our great heroes, Apolinario Mabini sponsored by Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. and UPSEC, August 25, 2017 in connection with the Celebration of the National Heroes Day, History Month and National Language Month

Here are some of the reactions to the film:

“Dahil sa “Pule,” mas nauunawaan ko na ang “big picture” ng pakikipaglaban ng ating mga bayani para sa kalayaan at kasarinlan. Napagtagni-tagni nito ang dati’y magkakahiwalay at kinakabisado lamang na kaalaman ukol sa ating kasaysayan.” — Neil Penullar, De La Salle University

“… an innovative and engaging way to present Mabini’s biography and the country’s history.” — Cecille Sicam, Autism Society Philippines Board of Trustees

“It was an eye-opening experience for me. There is no such thing as “dis-ability.’ I realized how big your advocacy is and how it truly makes a difference in the lives of the Deaf and the PWDs.” –— [emailed to me]

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The SILENT STEPS started the program with a Prayer and interpretation of the Philippine National Anthem in Filipino Sign Language

[R to L]: Guest Speaker Myra Medrana [Deaf], GMEFI President Evelyne Dominguez, Historian Dr. Bernardita Churchill and Mirana Medina, PULE filmmaker

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PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon in Celebration of the 2017 National Heroes Day

August 11, 2017

Apolinario Mabini was appointed as Chief Adviser of the First President of the Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898. He also became the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs [1899], and could have been the First Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines were not for the law at the turn of the century which stated that physically disabled persons could not be elected to the post. Despite that, he earned the monikers “Brains of the Revolution / Utak ng Rebolusyon” and “The Sublime Paralytic / Dakilang Lumpo.” He was most adamant against American sovereignty over the Philippines leading to his exile to Guam in 1901. My documentary PULE tells who he was, and what he actually did for the country. The film, intended for both hearing and Deaf hopes to inspire the audience by sparking patriotism in their hearts, and love of country above Self as exemplified by Mabini.

Mabini_Pule_for Posting2Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] is sponsoring its showing at the UP Film Center in UP Diliman on August 25, 2017 to help raise funds for the Scholarship Programs of GMEFI. It features the SILENT STEPS, DLS-CSB SDEAS’ All Deaf Performing Group and the first film scoring work of THRISTAN MENDOZA, a Person with Autism. The film is trilingual — narrated in Filipino, subtitled in English and interpreted in Filipino Sign Language.

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“SIGNS OF CHANGE” MAKES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

July 28, 2017

From:https://www.dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/13461-signs-of-change-makes-successful-debut-in-washington-d-c-2 dated July 27, 2017

From left: Founder of High Bridge Foundation Inc. and renowned community leader Mencie Hairston; Discovering Deaf Worlds President Shane Feldman; Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Pauline Spanbauer; Deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha and; Discovering Deaf Worlds Program Director History Estill-Varner at the film screening of Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 20 July 2017.

27 July 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Philippine observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the Philippine Embassy in cooperation with Discovering Deaf Worlds, Inc. (DDW) hosted a free screening of the documentary, Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in the evening of July 20.

More than 80 guests, majority of whom came from the deaf and hearing communities in the Metro DC area, attended the film screening.

Signs of Change is a film made by Manila-based documentary film maker Mirana Medina that tells the story of 10 members of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) and their journey of personal and organizational growth through a capacity building program administered by DDW and funded by the USAID/Philippines from 2013 to 2016.

Vice Consul Darell Artates opened the event by briefly sharing the activities of the Embassy and initiatives of the Philippine Government in line with NDPR week.

“We have vowed to be advocates, to be part of the solution, and to be part in making sure that our fellow Filipinos who are persons with disabilities (PWDs) are integrated into the mainstream society and included in our social development,” said Ms. Artates.

“The Philippine Government established a framework that helps promote the inclusion and empowerment of PWDs, not just the deaf community but all sectors that are covered by the PWD group,” she further added.

Prior to the screening, Mrs. Mencie Hairston, founder of High Bridge Foundation, Inc. and renowned community advocate, gave a background of the documentary film by providing a brief history of the Filipino deaf community and updates in their progress.

“In 2012, Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW) and the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) established a partnership with the intention of strengthening PFD through organizational development,” introduced Mrs. Hairston.

An engaging panel discussion followed the screening of the documentary.

Those who led the panel were advocates from the deaf community, including DDW President Shane Feldman, first deaf Peace Corps Volunteer serving the Philippines Pauline Spanbauer, and deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha. Mrs. Hairston moderated the discussion.

Panelists highlighted the positive impact of the program in the Philippines, particularly in empowering and inspiring the Filipino deaf communities to build on and expand what DDW started.

The brief Q&A touched on the livelihood programs and trainings for the deaf community, how DDW embeds local cultures in program development, resources allocated by the Philippine Government to similar advocacies, and potential contributions of the U.S. government agencies to connecting deaf communities all over the world to the American deaf community, and the next steps for DDW.

DDW provided two professional sign language interpreters for the panel discussion.

For more information, visit http://www.washingtonpe.dfa.gov.ph / http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org or https://www.facebook.com/philippinesusa @philippinesusa on Twitter.

Panelists engage in a brief discussion and Q&A portion with the audience.

[Source of other photos:http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/news/5687/300/SIGNS-OF-CHANGE-MAKES-SUCCESSFUL-DEBUT-IN-WASHINGTON-D-C/d,phildet/%5D

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It’s PULE MABINI’s Birthday!

July 23, 2017

It is 11.30 pm. It is still Apolinario Mabini’s Birthday. I won’t say I am late in greeting him since the whole day today we have been talking about him, his presence with us as we worked overnight on Pule magazine at the office of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. Posting one of the flyers readied for him… in connection with our showing at the UP Film Center next month…

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