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Sanctions sought for Mocha Uson, blogger over offensive sign language video

September 19, 2018

(As an advocate on the use and recognition of Filipino Sign Language in the Philippines for more than a decade now, it is quite irritating to see people unmindful of the plight and feelings of our Deaf brothers and sisters. Please read the report below courtesy of ABS-CBN – MM)

MANILA – The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has urged government to penalize Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Andrew Olivar for making fun of sign language in a video.

The school, in a statement, said the video was a “clear violation of RA 9442, which penalizes verbal, non-verbal ridicule and vilification against persons with disability.”

“The mimicry of sign language and of the Deaf’s voice, as well as the statements of incitement and insult from a government official and a blogger are definitely discriminating against the Deaf, their culture, and language,” it said.

In a video shared by Uson to her 5.7 million followers last Thursday, Olivar can be seen mimicking sign language and making sounds in an apparent imitation of hearing-impaired people. Uson, who filmed the clip, can be heard laughing in the background.

The school also called on the government to consider the removal of Uson from office.

“We call on the government to take action against Mr. Olivar and Asec. Uson, and impose the appropriate penalties as provided by law,” it said.

“Furthermore, the acts of Asec. Uson are deemed unbecoming of a government official who, according to RA 6713, is expected to have a high standard of ethics in public service. We urge this government to consider the removal of Asec. Uson.”

The school is an advocate for the deaf community and houses a School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the Benilde Deaf School.

Uson and Olivar on Monday posted separate videos of apology to the deaf community.

However, Deaf groups on Monday rejected the apology, saying they would still need to consult with their 55 member organizations, as well as the National Council on Disability Affairs. They are thinking of lodging a complaint, as well as coordinating with the government for deaf awareness seminars.

They also want the public to be more aware of how they value sign language, which is their main form of communication. They hope the issue will help promote the proposed law on Filipino Sign Language, which was recently approved by the Senate.

Uson and Olivar’s offensive use of sign language was featured in a clip promoting their noontime radio show. The video has garnered 150,000 views.

The duo earlier drew flak for a controversial video featuring the jingle “pepedederalismo” – a play on the term federalism – on Uson’s Facebook page. – with reports from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News 



PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon sa Dasma, Cavite

July 21, 2018

The film screening of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon, a documentary on Apolinario Mabini was shown yesterday as part of the 40th Celebrations of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Venue was the Audio-Visual Room at the Pagamutan ng Dasmarinas located in Barangay Burol II. The program was initiated by Dasma DSWD in collaboration with Jan Pena, former National President of the Autism Society Philippines [ASP}. PULE was participated in by Deaf performers who interpreted Mabini’s El Verdadero Decalogo, and was music scored by a twice exceptional Person with Autism, Thristan Mendoza.

Two screenings were scheduled in the morning. from 8:00 to 12 noon. Viewers were CFDI Presidents, officers and members of ASP, SPED teachers and parents. Another viewing was held in the afternoon to accommodate more SPED teachers and parents. According to the text message of Jan Pena, the film was well-received by the stake holders probably because of their having learnt more about a man who is taken for granted as just one of those images of heroes in the Philippine coins nationally in circulation.

Below is the Calendar of Activities by DSWD Dasma up to July 31

Note: PULE will be shown again but in the province of Rizal on Monday, July 23, Apolinario Mabini’s birthday. Venue on Monday is SM Angono.


Persons with Disability ENTRE-PLOYMENT EXPO – June 28-29

June 20, 2018

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), through the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) and the Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Training Institute (SBJHI), with De La Salle University and funded by the US Embassy, will conduct a 2-day economic opportunity fair for persons with disabilities (PWD) to promote employability and generate business opportunities for the sector. Dubbed as PWD Entre-ployment Expo: Bringing together the community to empower PWDs, this event will be on June 28-29, 2018 at the Henry Sy Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila

Expo Features

The PWD Entre-ploment Expo will be characterized by

*booth-exhibits featuring government services, training institutions, employers, and disability organizations;

*seminars and workshops on employment, business skills and PWD-employers fora;

*photo exhibit;

*plenary program;

*consultation sessions on business and employability

*networking opportunities

The Exhibition of the Expo will take place at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila while the plenary session and main seminar session will happen at the 5th Floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.

Email: Call: (632) 230 5100 local 1661
Text : 0917-8698231

For complete details, click PWD Expo General Description


Post-World Autism Awareness Day in Rizal 2018

April 20, 2018

The presidents of Autism Society Philippines [ASP] – Rizal Chapters: Barbara De Guzman of ASP Taytay, Laarni Francisco of ASP Cainta, Esperanza Marzo of ASP San Mateo and Victoria Cabason of ASP Marikina in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Government and ASP National represented by former ASP National President Mary Janette Pena will be conducting the “1Rizal Auto-Sympo” on April 27, 2018, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. The event will be held at the Provincial Multipurpose Center, Antipolo City, Rizal to raise the level of awareness, understanding and empowerment of parents, professionals, and government on urgent agenda relevant to the autism community of Rizal.

As part of the Understanding and Advocacy for Autism program slated from 8 – 10 a.m., my documentary ALYANA – A Study of Autism in the Philippines shall be screened. It will be followed by lectures on “Nutrition and Autism” and the “Philippine Health Circular on Benefits for Children with Autism” in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

ASP hopes that the documentary will be able to enlighten and educate our community on the nature of persons with autism and provide helpful guides in overcoming the challenges of autism


Visita Iglesia 2018

March 31, 2018

It’s a tradition many Filipinos still observe — Visita Iglesia or visiting of seven churches every Maundy Thursday. Noticeably, all images were covered with purple-colored cloth. This year it fell on March 27, 2018. It is supposed to be done after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper where the washing of the feet by the officiating priest happens. This year, Pope Francis washed the feet of some prisoners in Italy.

Since it would be difficult for us to commute at night, we hopped from Church to Church starting at 1 pm. Good enough decision, since those who did their visitations at night had to cut short their walk because of the rain.

FIRST STOP – Sta.  Rita de Cascia Church in Baclaran

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2. Our Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine in Baclaran

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3. Our Lady of Sorrows – F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City

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4. Church of Nuestra Señora de Guia – Ermita, Manila

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5. Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz – Binondo, Manila

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Next to Binondo Church is this small chapel called the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary under the Binondo Chinese Mission Parish. It was our first time to enter the worship place.

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6. Sta. Cruz Church – Manila

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7. Shrine of the Black Nazarene – Quiapo Church

Our last destination… We waited for the 5 p.m. Mass that would last until 6.30 p.m. but we had to leave earlier than planned as I experienced dizziness inside the Church while the washing of the feet was going on. Everything became blurred around me, though  the sounds were still clear enough to be heard. I felt so weak I was on the verge of collapsing when a wheelchair was brought to take me out of the crowded church. It was my first time to be wheel-chaired…though not my first time to get dizzy in crowded places. I thank all those who had helped me especially my niece, Susan Abad who was more anxious than I was when my senses got back to normalcy. She wouldn’t want us to finish the Mass anymore. It could have been my first time to hear full Mass in Quiapo Church…

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2018 Angels Walk for Autism

November 10, 2017

Already got my ticket!!!! Join us!


My nth year to join Autism Society Philippines’ annual event! Similarly, I shall be joining DLS-CSB SDEAS’ Celebration of their 23rd Deaf Fest’s Cultural Show next week. Happy to celebrate with these groups a special event they annually hold to raise awareness to the public re their respective advocacies.


Celebrate the 2017 Deaf Festival at DLS-CSB SDEAS!

November 5, 2017

De La Salle – College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies will celebrate starting November 7 this year’s Deaf Festival. This is part of the annual celebration of Deaf Awareness Week. As always, I am looking forward to their Cultural Show scheduled after the ASEAN Summit on November 18. The show will start at 5.30 pm.

It was exactly 10 years ago when I first witnessed a Deaf Cultural Show. I was amazed watching them dance to the tune and in sync with the beat of the music. As students of Filipino Sign Language under the FSL Learning Program [FSLLP], we were encouraged to watch it. No regrets!!! In fact, that was the time when I got inspired to include Deaf performers, specifically the SILENT STEPS in my films. FSLLP by the way is intended for hearing students.

Below is the program. Please double click to enlarge.