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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.

COINS - 1904-08

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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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.