On behalf of MyRizal, Ms. Maite Gallego accepted our invitation to be one of our three gracious guest speakers last February 10 when we premiered “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon.” The film is about Apolinario Mabini, Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Liga Filipina founded by Dr. Jose Rizal. Ms. Gallego’s presence made our simple event extra special I told her. I thought that finding the time to be with us, and with the audience largely consisting of Deaf people was simply amazing.
Ms. Maite Gallego of MyRizal with John Baliza interpreting in FSL for the Deaf Audience
Her speech inspired us all:
“Kayong lahat, Mirana, Silent Steps at Tum Tum [Mendoza], ay nagpatotoo sa Ikatlong Utos ni Apolinario Mabini sa kanyang Decalogo: “Linangin mo ang mga sadyang katangiang kaloob sa iyo ng Diyos, sa paggawa at pag-aaral ayon sa iyong kakayahan…upang matamo ang sariling kadalisayang ikatutupad mo sa tungkuling bigay sa iyo ng Diyos sa buhay na ito.”
Together with you, we celebrate not your DISabilities, but rather your ABILITIES! We salute you!
Decalogo 3 Read by Abner Manlapaz
Retired U.P. Manila Professor Fernando Sison, M.D., one of my guests, in his “Personal Thoughts on the Film Presentation PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon” wrote: “Maite Gallego, a great grandniece of national hero Jose Rizal’s contemporary, Maximo Viola … consistent with the theme of the film, “Love Your Country After God And Honor, And More Than You Love Yourself”, exhorted the audience to conscientiously apply the lessons of this film in their current lives, specifically, during the May 2016 presidential (and other national elective positions) elections, by voting for candidates with integrity, honesty, and with the needs of the people foremost in their hearts.”
I do agree that the coming Presidential Election in May is quite crucial, and the leaders must be properly chosen. With so many corrupt, greedy and self[I]sh politicians who in their hearts are bereft of nationalism and true love for our country, our future is truly at risk. The right choice must be made indeed. One good vote is critically important.
In her rousing and relevant speech, Ms. Gallego said:
“Noong isinulat ni Mabini ang Decalogo, ang kalaban ay ang mga dayuhang sumusupil sa ating Bayan. Ipinaglalaban ng ating mga bayaning si Rizal, Bonifacio, at Mabini ang ating KALAYAAN.
Ngunit ngayon ang ating ipinaglalaban ay ang ating KINABUKASAN. Ang kalaban ay KATIWALIAN.
Alam ba ninyo na ang ating susunod na Pangulo ang pipili ng sampu sa labinlimang Justices ng ating Korte Suprema? Tanong ko sa inyo: Sino ang talo kung corrupt ang ating mga corte? Sagot: ang mahihirap, dahil wala silang pambayad sa pagsuhol ng huwes, at ang mga matitino at tapat na taong nasusuklam sa mga gawaing ito.
Because of the importance of the upcoming elections, I say to you that we are at a TIPPING POINT in our country’s history. This is a MAKE OR BREAK election.
Do we move forward and build on the reforms that were already started, or do we move backward, reversing the gains of the past six years, going back to a government steeped in corruption, or worst of all, to the darkest period in my living memory, the Martial Law years?
The answer is up to you. I am entreating you: please choose wisely. Many people vote based on an agenda, or based on a tribal mentality: “sino ang kilala ko? Sino ang matatawagan ko? Sino ang magpapayaman sa akin?”
Hinihikayat ko po kayong lahat na sundin natin ang Ikalimang Utos ni Mabini: “Pagsumikapan mo ang kaligayahan ng iyong bayan bago sa sarili mo.” Bayan bago sa sarili.
Ipaglaban natin ang ating kinabukasan. Maraming salamat po.”
[Excerpts from the Congratulatory Speech on the Premier of Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon, February 10, 2016 by Ms. Maite Gallego]
The film was produced by Miryad Visyon in collaboration with DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was launched at DLS-CSB ARG Theater.