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Finally! The Pizza Treat…

February 24, 2016

Simple treat, and simple joy of being together with the Silent Steps, and the other participants of Pule production…unfortunately without Giselle Montero whom we missed a lot also during the launching of Pule , our docu on Apolinario Mabini. Organized by Joyce Dalawampu, and Leah Osido, the members of the Silent Steps group was finally gathered by Myra Medrana, Deaf choreographer. Thank you so much for your cooperation and participation!

With Silent Steps

Members of the Silent Steps who interpreted Apolinario Mabini’s  “El Verdadero Decalogo / The True Decalogue” [1898]; With Myra Medrana [Deaf Chreographer], Joyce Dalawampu, Leah Osido, Eugene Sordilla, hearing interpreters Bayani Generoso, Febe Sevilla, Susan Abad and me.

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A Day to Remember: PULE Screening

February 10, 2016

This morning, the premiere screening of my educational documentary on our hero Apolinario Mabini, PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON was finally held. It was quite successful based on the remarks of the people who watched it. Viewers reaction is my gauge in knowing the impact of my works. And I would like to share with you one of them. I just received it tonight from a friend, Retired Professor of UP Manila, Fernando Sison, M.D. who attended the film’s launching. In his email, in part I quote:

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Poster and Tarp Designed by Leah Osido [Deaf]

“Your work is critically significant because it shares history in an enlightening and engaging way because it uses gracefully choreographed body movements of PWD [Silent Steps–MM], clarifying interviews with knowledgeable people, well-researched historical records and documents, authentic battle scenes, and the musical scoring of the PWA was inspiring (awesome God-given talent).

More importantly, Mabini’s Sampung Decalogo [Ang Tunay na 10 Utos /El Verdadero Decalogo–MM] reminded me of how times have not changed – foreign power domination under the guise of big brother concern, the flawed political system, the low regard for women, factionalism / regionalism, crab mentality, etc.

Your film has enriched me as a person and as a Filipino. I feel honored to know you. You deserve the accolades earlier given by your invited guests. “

Before the screening: Registration and Waiting Time

NHS_Agnes group

Novaliches High School Deaf Students and Hearing Teachers Led by my former classmate under the FSLLP Program of DLS-CSB SDEAS, Agnes Dizon [wearing white blouse]. They trooped down from Nova, Quezon City to CSB ARG Theater in Taft Avenue, Manila

Program Proper
Our Special Guest Speakers who all gave wonderful and inspiring messages: Mr. Jayson Septimo of the NCCA Monitoring and Evaluation Department; Dr. Paul Dumol, historian-playwright, and Ms. Maite Gallego of MyRizal website, great grandniece of Maximo Viola, the man who saved Noli Me Tangere. Dean Nicky Templo-Perez of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies gave the welcome remarks sans voice.

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After the Program

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[L-R]: Jayson Septimo of NCCA, Mr. Miko Liwanag, Ms. Maite Gallego, Classmate Pet Almazan-Robles with Hubby Gideon, Mirana

I would like to thank our Production Coordinator Joyce Dalawampu, Leah Osido, graphic designer, Maria Elena Lozada who emceed for us, FSL Interpreters John Baliza and Febe Sevilla, Myra Medrana and the Silent Steps, Thristan Mendoza and his mother, Belina Regalado, all the technicians of SDEAS, personnel from PEN lab, volunteers and all those who came to watch the film I started working on sometime mid-2014 — like my ever-supportive FSL classmate Agnes Dizon, [second from the last photo] now a sped teacher at Novaliches High School who came with her students and co-teachers, and my high school classmate Pet Almazan who shared her precious time with her husband just to be with us [last photo]!

Lastly, thanks to your never-ending support: DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Photo credits: Jala Louise Santiago, Mikee de Leon, Leah Osido, and other Deaf student volunteers


A Wonderful, Wonderful Inspiring Woman!

January 22, 2016

Be inspired by Kanya Sesser!!! A great example of non-disabled person with disability. She has shown “THISability” or her ability to the max! [From fb / drama]


Sidelights offstage: Angels Walk for Autism 2016

January 21, 2016





GMEFI, my group – a fledgling NGO – Walks for Autism


Met friends from the Hard of Hearing Group [Extreme left: Agnes Dizon, my former FSL classmate beside Rose Panlasigue who also used to teach me FSL, Raph Torralba [center] who works now at DFA, Patrick, former SDEAS student]


Nearing the Finish Line

January 21, 2016

What I temporarily titled “IndepenDeaf” is nearing the finish line as I find more and more materials that I need for this docu on Deaf leaders of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and Discovering Deaf Worlds. Yesterday, I was finally given footage that I have been looking for.

Version 5 is on-going… Target date: February.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Reduced Weight Coins

January 9, 2016

I retrieved these coins from the fire that burned down our house in 1998. My mother used to keep them as part of her collection. I value them as much, simply for sentimental reasons. They were just blackened by fire but as you can see, they did not melt. Minted over a hundred years ago, they must be of interest to collectors by now, and therefore weighty to them though those dated 1907 and 1908 were reduced in size and weight. The coins were minted by the United States for use in our country, the Philippines.

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Philippine Peso Coins – The size of the coins dated 1907-1912 and their weight were reduced because the price of silver had risen. Notice the bigger size of the coin dated 1904.

“The One Peso was designed by Filipino artist Melicio Figueroa. The obverse design features a young Filipino woman standing to the right in a flowing dress while striking an anvil with a hammer held in her right hand. Her left hand is raised and holding an olive branch. In the background is a billowing volcano. The obverse carries the inscriptions “One Peso” and “Filipinas” (Spanish for Philippines). The reverse design depicts an eagle with spread wings perched atop an American shield. The reverse carries the inscription “United States of America” and the date.

On December 6, 1906 the U.S. Congress passed an Act “for the purpose of preventing the melting and exportation of the silver coins of the Philippine Islands as a result of the high price of silver”. The Act reduced the weight and fineness of the four denominations of USA/Philippine silver coins. It also granted authority to recall all USA-Philippine silver coins from banks and circulation and ship them back to the United States for re-coining into pieces of lesser fineness.

Under the new standards the silver One Peso coin was reduced from 26.95 Grams (416 grains), of .900 fineness silver (ASW .7800 oz.) to 20.00 grams (308.64 grains), of .800 fineness silver (ASW .5144 oz.). The size of the Peso was also reduced from 38 mm to 35 mm. The first year of production for the new “Reduced Size and Weight” silver coins was 1907.

1908 was the last year of production for Philippine Proof coins and the only year that the reduced size and weight One Peso was struck in Proof. The 1908 (P) One Peso is a PROOF ONLY ISSUE with a mintage of 500 coins.” [For the complete article, here is the url: Posted by ]

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