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My 2016 Wish List

December 25, 2015

Peace on Earth
No Killer Typhoons
Love not War
Welcome PWD’s into the Society
To Have the Best Philippine President Ever [May ganung creature pa ba?], as well as Thinking and Working Legislators – Para sa Bayan
Finish current dokyus
Start “Bahay ng Kasarinlan” or CP Film
Nature photography
And yes! Goodwill to All Men.
Happy New Year 2016 to ALL!

Peace on Earth

Juan Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila


PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON’s Final Cut Done!

December 24, 2015

It doesn’t necessarily mean though that changes are not welcome as of this stage. Next year — as if it is too far from now — I shall be watching it again. I have tendency to find the littlest of, well, not necessarily mistakes, but something I might find subject to change after distancing from it for many days than usual. For the record, the final cut was readied day before yesterday, Tuesday, December 22.

PULE, an educational documentary about our hero Apolinario Mabini, is the Filipino narrated version of his life. It is meant largely for the Deaf, but is not limited to them. Fully subtitled in English, it has interpretation in Filipino Sign Language, the natural and national sign language of Deaf Filipinos.

Dr. Apolonio Chua of UP Department of Filipino did the narration while the translation of the script was done by Dr. Ruby Alcantara from the same department.

Thanks to all participants to a film made from the heart! Thanks as well to SDEAS where I spent the last few weeks before end of school year to work on it and the NCCA for their support.



Awesome Schoolteachers of Corregidor Is. in the 30s

November 27, 2015

I interviewed Ms. Simeona Fragante in 2003 for my historical docu on prewar Corregidor Island. 89 years old at the time, she was one of my sibling’s teacher that included my brother, Prof. Isagani Medina, a historian. Given the lead when he recounted about their school life back then, I started to look for the teacher, starting from the Municipal Hall of Cavite City. It was Willie Pangilinan however, a local historian who finally introduced me to Ms. Fragante.

Ms Fragante 2003

Interview with Ms. Simeona Fragante, Corregidor Elementary Schoolteacher from 1931-1938

Coming from a teacher during the 30s, I was so delighted and awestruck when I heard her say: “We are comfortable with the earnings that we make. We are living comfortably with our expenses, with our needs, we don’t miss the help of a husband. We are women of independent needs. We don’t bother anybody. We don’t need anybody.”


Grabbed frame from my historical docu on prewar Corregidor, “Tiga-Isla.” Take note of the “planted bullets” — now in vogue at NAIA!

It was surprising because during the prewar years, Filipino women were largely dependent on their husbands. Women were usually left to take care of the house and the children. Working women were uncommon unlike today.

I last saw Ms. Fragante when she watched the film in Cavite City in 2004.


Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate

November 19, 2015

By Arthur Chatora on November 18, 2015 — Haben Girma was born deaf-blind but she had access to opportunities afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Girma is Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate and her academic achievements have catapulted her advocacy career, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities

Haben Girma poses with President Obama at a White House ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (White House photo/Courtesy of Haben Girma)

Eritrean-American Haben Girma, who is the first deaf-blind graduate at Harvard Law School’s story is a true inspiration.

Girma’s extraordinary story highlights her courage and determination despite physical challenges, and she is living proof that disability is certainly no barrier to achieving academic excellence.

Girma is an attorney who “advocates for the civil rights of persons with disabilities. A celebrated speaker, she provided the introductory remarks for the 25th Anniversary of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] at the White House”.

[Here is the URL to the full article:]



Sign Language Interpreters in the Philippines Information and Survey Form

November 9, 2015
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This Information and Survey Form is being collated by the Technical Working Group on the Sign Language Interpreting System of the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) with the goal of gathering information from the sign language users and interpreters (Hearing and Deaf Relay Interpreters) in the Philippines. Your responses to this survey will greatly help NCDA in its aim to create an Interpreting System in the country responsive to the needs of the Deaf for access to information and communication as well as addressing the issues and challenges being faced by the interpreters nationwide. NCDA encourages you to fill up this survey as complete as possible. Thank you for giving a little amount of your time in answering this survey form.
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Autism Advocates Make Their Mark in Recent National and International Awards

October 16, 2015

[This is a repost dated October 1, 2015 from Autism Society Philippines website.]

Autism is an “invisible disability” which is slowly coming to the fore, as advocates continue their active participation in the civil society community. This is apparent in how visible our humble community has been recognized for their involvement and contribution to the cause.

Apolinario Mabini Presidential Awards 2015

The Apolinario Mabini Presidential Awards 2015 were given at the Heroes Hall of Malacanan Palace on 29 September 2015. The ASP contingent was led by ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe, National President Mona Magno-Veluz and National Trustees Jan Pena, Grace Adviento, Gina Bermudo and Helen Cheng.

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[L-R]: Grace Adviento, Helen Cheng, MM, Mona Veluz, Gina Bermudo, Dang Koe, Jan Peña

The ASP, two years after our win as the Most Outstanding PWD Organization at the Gawad Gat Apolinario Mabini, was part of this year’s screening committee. Jan Pena, ASP’s immediate past president, served on the committee that helped refine the selection of candidates, before they were forwarded to the panel of judges.

Mirana Medina, the compassionate heart and creative mind behind “Alyana” (a documentary on her grandniece with autism), won the Gawad Gat Apolinario Mabini Media Advocate of the Year honors for her work on a film on deaf. On the same day, Mirana also bagged the second place honors for the under 60-minute category at the We Care Film Festival in India, for her documentary on Down Syndrome.

Unilab Foundation bagged a special award as a PWD Employer, for its work on Project Inclusion and for inspiring hiring of PWAs, such as Vico Cham. Incidentally, Vico, a gifted young artist on the spectrum, also received a special award as a PWD Advocate.

The City of Dasmarinas won the PWD-Friendly LGU honors; while the municipality of Carmona claimed a special award as a PWD-Friendly LGU — after having taken home the Apo Award multiple times in the past.

Jollibee Family Values Awards 2015

The Pena Family — Daddy Al, Mommy Jan, Kids Thea, Muneer and Milli — of ASP Dasmarinas, after weeks of screening, deliberations and interviews, were among the top recipients of the Jollibee Family Values Awards last 24 September 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Jan Pena and her family, who have fueled the growth of autism advocacy in Cavite, were among the six Filipino families selected by an esteemed panel of judges, composed of Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Congresswoman Leni Robredo, Professor Winnie Monsod, Ms. Boots Anson-Rodrigo, Ms. Audrey Tan-Zubiri, News Anchor Edric Mendoza and Ms. Ma. Isabel Dionisio.

[Click the link above to read the full article].


Apolinario Mabini Hindi Kilala ng mga Kabataan

September 28, 2015

Tonight, Thristan Mendoza, music scorer of my docu “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” sent me the link to a news report re interview with Epi Quizon who acted as Mabini in “Heneral Luna.” It is really sad how the youth of today either do not know who Mabini was or know so little about him. Problem in educational curriculum?

My wish is to have our film shown to as many people for them to know who Mabini really was and what the cause of his paralysis was. Our film on Mabini was actually shown before Heneral Luna was released. The main difference of course is the fact that ours is a small, documentary film made largely for Deaf access and PWDs. However, it is also meant for all Filipinos, including the hearing audience. Historian Paul Dumol found the interpretation of El Verdadero Decalogo touching. I already incorporated some of his comments to the final copy.