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January 4, 2016

“IndepenDeaf” is my working title for a docu that is currently occupying my time, as New Year kicked off  – with the hope that I finish it soonest – latest next month. It is about Discovering Deaf Worlds’ program to empower Deaf leaders of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf to make them independent, and lead without the dictates of the hearing authorities because they are as capable as hearing individuals, maybe better.

Want to wrap up all my remaining works – “When the Angels Walk for Autism” is done, as well as “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon,” an educational documentary about one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini. But I need to write a terminal report for submission to NCCA;

Will then hibernate probably for a while; perhaps force myself to go back into oil painting activities; climb up the mountain with my niece…report to doctors for medical check ups — these are not New Year resolutions though. Some are just dream thoughts, but then listed in my bucket list despite. If not realized,

Will pursue with “Bahay ng Kasarinlan,” an audio material from Aguinaldo Shrine. For long, I am haunted by that house somewhat. I want to document it for reason I do not what, except that I simply like the house. Ganun kababaw! Will rework on it to update the data, and make an audio-visual presentation instead of just being an audio stuff. All must learn from it, Deaf included. “Education for All!” I adhere to that for their inclusion. I have actually started encoding the content. But had to stop for the moment. First things first.


Ibang Pagtingin_an I Witness Docu on Aleeia Maclit [Blind] and Partially Blind Sajid Imao

December 27, 2015

A must-see docu shared by my friend Janus Victoria – episode executive producer and writer – about a very inspiring blind girl, and achiever named Aleeia Maclit who can do better and much more than the so-called abled individuals in our society. Her fighting spirit is amazing. Surely, the sculptors she met, especially Sajid Imao, son of Natonal Artist Abdulmari Imao must have saluted her fortitude, and her will to succeed to prove that despite her blindness she can do what others can. Thank you Howie Severino for focusing on them! For showing “their way of seeing”, and for putting the abled shoes in theirs. They only become different because of distorted and condescending views about PWDs. Once welcomed, and attitudinal barrier breaks they will be most welcome in our society. My salute to her sped teacher as well. She reminds me of Teacher Sally Calabucal of Pio del Pilar School who handles blind person with autism.

I just hope that the docu be subtitled for universal access.


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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