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Nominations for the 2017 Apolinario Mabini Awards has been extended to April 30

March 16, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Apolinario Mabini Awards has been extended to April 30, 2017.  Categories for nomination are:  Presidential A. Mabini Award, Person With Disability (PWD) of the Year, PWD Group of the Year, Local Government Unit of the Year, Rehabilitation Volunteer/Group of the Year (Volunteer/Group Advocate for the Empowerment of PWDs of the Year), Employer of the Year, PWD Friendly Establishment (deadline March 31, 2017), PWD Media Advocate of the Year, and the Website Accessibility Award. Anyone can nominate individuals or groups to any category provided they meet the criteria.

The Mabini Awards, named after one of the country’s foremost hero,  Apolinario Mabini, recognizes individuals, groups and/or agencies that have made outstanding contributions to improve the welfare of Persons With Disability.   The award is inspired by Mabini’s creative genius that provided inspiration to the Philippine revolution.

The Award is spearheaded by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled  (PFRD), the oldest non-government organization in the Philippines  to address needs of Persons with Disability.

The awards will be presented in July 2017  in Malacanang Palace. The exact date will be announced later.

Please visit https://goo.gl/JGS5pB  for more information and to download forms.

You may also call Liza  at (632) 725-0093 or email  belardo_flordeliz@yahoo.com for more information.

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The Search for Nominees for the 2017 Apolinario Mabini Awards is ON!

March 13, 2017

NOMINATING PROCEDURES FOR ALL CATEGORIES. (Deadline of Submission is March 31, 2017) http://bit.ly/2mCwenp

Any recognized institution in the public or private sector can submit a nomination in any of the categories. The nomination should be endorsed by a high official of that institution.

Any individual can submit a nomination in any of the categories.

Former nominees who have not won an award may again be nominated.

Nomination forms, which are available from the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. shall be accomplished properly and submitted with all the supporting papers, documents, certificates,, etc. together with three (3) postcard-size, full view, glossy black-and-white photographs of the nominee.

Two sets of properly accomplished nomination forms with the required supporting documents shall be submitted to the PFRD Office Suite 27, 2nd Floor., The Columbia Tower, Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City no later than March 31, 2017.

For more information, please contact Ms. Liza Belardo at Tele/Fax No. (632) 725 00 93. You may also submit your nomination online through this form http://bit.ly/2mCwenp.

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Walking with Nameless and Countless Angels with Autism

February 16, 2017

February 5, Sunday. The annual gathering of Autism Advocates and Angels with Autism was held once again at Mall of Asia in Pasay  City in celebration of the 2017 Autism Consciousness Month. It should have been held in January but with the holding of the Miss Universe Pageant at the same place where the program had to be done, the event moved to February.

I was there for the nth time to witness the ever-growing number of people joining the event each year. I focused my camera on ordinary people, on those without whose presence and support, the activity would not be that awesome and meaningful. From far and wide they excitedly came, and heeded the call to be there in solidarity with the advocacy of Autism Society Philippines. Even Persons with Disability [PWDs] joined the special celebration.

The 2017 Angels Walk for Autism

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Save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex!!!

February 13, 2017

save-rmsc2A plan to convert Rizal Memorial Sports Complex [RMSC] in Manila into a mall is underway. Protests from different heritage groups, concerned individuals and institutions started since last year. RMSC, built in 1934 is historically significant and culturally important. It was designed by Architect Juan M. Arellano.

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Last Saturday’s [February 11] action was a follow-up on an earlier protest jointly made by Advocates for Heritage Preservation and Dakilang Pamana ng Lahi, Inc. [PAMANLAHI]. I joined the group for the first time. I was “recruited” by Febe Sevilla, my Filipino sign language interpreter-buddy who is teaching at DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. It has been captioned to benefit Deaf Filipinos.

The event happened in front of Rizal Memorial. The woman on the thumbnail is Ching de las Alas-Montinola, daughter of RMSC’s recognized builder, Antonio de las Alas. It was through his initiative that the structure became a reality during the time of President of Manuel Quezon.

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Official Poster_2017 Angels Walk for Autism

January 24, 2017

JOIN THE LARGEST AUTISM ADVOCACY EVENT IN THE ASEAN REGION!

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Silent O to Screen at DLS-CSB SDEAS on February 3

January 20, 2017

SILENT ODYSSEY, my docu on Deaf Filipino history, language and culture has been scheduled for showing to students of Ms. Ana Arce, faculty staff of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies on February 3, Friday at Room M302 located at the 3rd floor of CSB Building in Taft Avenue, Manila.

Ms. Arce was still a student of SDEAS when I started making the film in 2007. She was also captured in the film. The film was finished and premiered in 2008.

Eight years had passed since then, but Deaf Filipinos continue to fight for their linguistic human rights. I do hope that Deaf issues tackled in Silent O completely cease to exist in the future, and that Filipino Sign Language be already recognized by the government. Nevertheless, having got involved with them as partners and participants in my film, I do feel that the society has become more accepting of Deaf people as time passes by. More people become aware of Deaf’s Being and their concerns. I also hope that hearing advocates would grow more in number.

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2017 Angels Walk for Autism

January 19, 2017

I have attended almost all the yearly Angels Walk for Autism event of Autism Society Philippines [ASP]. Last year 2016, my abridged edition featuring ASP’s previous Autism Walk events, “When Angels Walk for Autism” was screened at SM MOA Arena. It shows and tells the historical background of Autism Walk in the Philippines. Chair emeritus Dang Koe related the story. [See below].

Fellow advocates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to the Philippines attended last year’s event bringing to the core how autism advocacy has become a genuine global movement.

Traditionally, it is held every month of January in compliance with Proclamation 711. Because of MOA’s preparations perhaps for the Miss Universe Pageant to be held there in January 30, the ASP event has to be moved to February 5.

The Autism Society Philippines Angels Walk for Autism is an annual advocacy event that has been held since 2007. It has grown from 200 to 15,000 participants in 2016. Over the last 10 years, it has become the kick-off event of the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week — an observance made possible by Philippine President Fidel Ramos’ Proclamation 711 of 1996.

The ASP’s Autism-OK Philippines campaign serves as a springboard for public awareness, private sector involvement and inclusion of the autism agenda in government social development initiatives.

Join the “Angels Walk for Autism 2017” and uplift and make time for people with autism.

Event Details:

What: Angels Walk for Autism 2017
When: February 5, 2017 (6:30 a.m.)
Where: MOA Arena, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Ticket Details: This is a first-come first-served basis
You may get register first at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angels-walk-for-autism-2017-tickets-27827575026
[Source]: Angels Walk for Autism 2017