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Showing of PULE Moved in Time for Apolinario Mabini’s Birthmonth

July 9, 2016

The original plan to show PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon /Brains of the Revolution in Metro Manila College, Novaliches, Quezon City was reset to an earlier date by Gawad Metronian Educational Institute, Inc. [GMEFI]. Intended to be shown in time for the Celebration of 2016 National Heroes Day in August, it was moved instead to last week of July.

Apolinario Mabini [1864-1903] was born on July 23, 1864. Hailed as a PWD icon, himself physically disabled, the National Disability Rehabilitation and Prevention Week is held in the Philippines annually from July 17-July 23 to serve as a tribute to the man.

MidYear Meet1

Explaining my proposal to show the educational docu for the benefit of Gawad Metronian Scholars and Persons with Disability of Bo. Kaligayahan, Novaliches. Present were the Board Officers and Members of GMEFI, Inc.

Metro Manila College will sponsor the showing with the hope of sparking nationalism in their students and for them to know who Mabini really was. Though an important figure who helped shaped the destiny of our nation, not so many people, especially young students are aware of his contribution as a hero.


PDigong, Our 16th President, and VPLeni’s Inaugural Speeches

July 1, 2016

Based on the two short inaugural speeches made by our newly installed President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo, I am quite hopeful and sees a brighter future for our country’s poor. At least, the new government will refocus its agenda from one that best serve the interests of the elite and the oligarchs, to the interests of the majority of people, especially the poor. Both the new President and the Vice-President seem to genuinely care for the future of the impoverished that largely consist the Filipino population.

President Duterte delivered a short, meaningful, and straight to the point speech. What he wanted done for the country, and the people were told in more or less 15 minutes. The speech was bereft of cussing, and the usual profane words commonly heard during his campaign. Well, after all, he has to be presidential not only to the people present in Rizal Hall but to the entire world, including the UN which he rocked because of his controversial statements.

With hundreds, now thousands of drug pushers and users surrendering even before PDigong took his oath of office yesterday, June 30, the signs of the promised change largely manifests through such unexpected action by drug dependents, and criminals. He won largely because he centered his campaign on the issue of change, including primarily the wiping out of drug lords and illegal drug trades; on believing that Peace between the legitimate Muslim separatists and factions is possible, and having an inclusive society that will recognize even the Communists, and would give attention to the plight of displaced indigenous peoples, especially those affected by irresponsible mining activities.

It was noted that during the yesterday’s oath-taking, zero crime rate was reported in Metro-Manila, an occurrence that only holds true when boxer Manny Pacquiao competes in world championships.

[Note: Dean of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies Nicky Perez served as sign language interpreter for VP Leni. See inset]


“The Yellow Shawl III [1944]” Reconstructed for Tomorrow’s Play

May 24, 2016

In 2010, I made a short film that formed part of the UP Chamber Theatre’s performance of Francisco Arcellana’s “The Yellow Shawl.” Last week, or six years later, long-time friend, Dr. Belen Calingacion, former Chair of the UP Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts emailed me to ask for a copy since she lost it in the fire that gutted the UP Faculty Center.

I found the coverages of both performances she directed made in celebration of their 50th year: The Yellow Shawl and May Day Eve. Unfortunately, I did not find the original copy of the film, then about two minutes and 15 seconds long. It’s the character’s flashback about her mother.

Luckily, I found a DVD read-only copy of the film’s footage. Not all shots used in the original were there however. They were also uneditable in my computer. Up to now, I cannot recall, and still wondering why I have that copy since the original was shot using mini-DV camera. I still have the tapes, but I do not normally save exported clips. Anyway, I had to reformat it to MPEG 4 using another editing software program before I could finally re-edit and reconstruct the whole thing again. I was able to give the copy to Belen last Saturday.

The re-edited copy has become by the way a little longer – two seconds less than three minutes. The Yellow Shawl is one of the four plays slated to be shown tomorrow, starting at 5 pm., May 25. Venue is UP Palma Hall, 4th floor.

[Notes: When projected, the film unfortunately did not have the same impact as when used the first time in 2010. It wasn’t dim enough for the film to be properly viewed. The mic stand blocked the scene, and as the audience are seated too close to the performers, the area of vision was quite limited. Anyway, of all the performances, I liked Flowers of May and Wings of Madness. Congrats to my friend, Belen, the play director!! – June 2, 2016]


St. Mary Magdalene Church, Kawit, Cavite

May 2, 2016

More on Kawit Heritage Sites, this one focusing on St. Magdalene Church, also known as Kawit Church. It is located in Cavite.

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Hmmm! Same as my initials…



Angel entry

Mon photos2


Central Altar

Main Altar

Side altar view

Left Transept Side of the Church with the Statue of Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene2

Close Shot of Mary Magdalene as shown in the previous shot

Right cornerside

Retablo on the Right Transept Side of Kawit Church

Shot from the Altar side

The nave, shot centrally from the Altar side

Side view interior

Another angle of the church


The Belfry Tower; the architecture of Kawit Church is described as Baroque in style.



Photos taken during our Heritage Tour to Kawit last April 16, 2016, a project of Cavite El Viejo Heritage Tourism Association, NHCP Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, Fundacion Santiago and the Municipality of Kawit.
Visit St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church Official facebook page at


Blacksmithing – A Dying Industry in Kawit, Cavite

April 19, 2016

Last Saturday, April 17, we met Panday [blacksmith] Walden “Waldy” Cabigona,  in Kawit, Cavite. Part of the itinerary of Cavite El Viejo Tourism Association’s “Explore Kawit FREE HERITAGE TOUR,” we were brought to Panday St., where “Pandayan” or the blacksmith’s shop is located. Owned by Mrs. Germinia Santulan, it is one of the only three remaining blacksmith’s shop in Kawit. Forging bolos and knives was then most popular to the people, our country being agricultural. They were also commonly used as weapons by our revolutionaries during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. Nowadays, less and less young people want to engage in it.

The Heritage Tour project was in partnership with NHCP, Kawit Tourism, Fundacion Santiago and the Municipality of Kawit. We commend and thank all the people who were behind this project. [Will later post the complete blog about this tour…].


Working with “The Voice”

April 10, 2016

I am working on a documentary for the Philippine Federation of the Deaf [PFD] and Discovering Deaf Worlds [DDW]; in fact, I have been at it for over a year now. It is about the Expanding Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines. Waiting for interpretations takes time especially if there are lots of them for interpretation. Who is who to do the voicing has not yet been decided. It is not easy to work on a Deaf film — that I know because of the translation processes involved in its making.


Interview with Yvette Apurado, Vice-President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf

But the voice over for its narration was already done yesterday. I asked the same man who did the voicing for my Project Rizal. What I find myself amusing — is I have never met in person THE VOICE, or the man doing the voice over for me. We have already worked on several projects in the past, and to think that we have worked so smoothly and harmoniously only through email and text messages??? Yes! that is what is wonderful about it. We do not lose time on chatting. We deal directly about the work to be done.

Bottomline is: it is possible to work together — for as long as there is trust, confidence, commitment, and understanding of one’s work. I always give him the script, not just the texts for voicing to have an idea of the content, and give specific instructions when revisions are to be done.

What is most important is of course, giving his talent fees on time. I always keep my word anyway. Trust begets trust. Above all, I love his cool voice, and his professionalism. He also works fast so meeting deadlines won’t be a problem. The man’s name is George Castro.

[Note: Today is April 28. A week ago or two, a decision to have a female voice instead was made by DDW. The Voice sounded “dramatic” they said…Hahaha! I charge that to experience. That’s how flexible I am! So next month, we are recording again].


UPFC Burned Down on April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2016


UP Faculty Center during the early morning hellish moments [Photo courtesy of]

Learning that the UP Faculty Center burned down to ashes today pained me. I walked down its corridors countless times for many years even after the death of my brother Prof. Isagani R. Medina of the History Department who occupied Rm. 2020. Our Humanities Classes were held at Palma Hall but I worked and had great time with several friends from the UP CSSP and CAL Faculty until recently. I was there last February to meet Dr. Apo Chua and Dr. Ruby Alcantara who were part of my team on Project Apolinario Mabini.

I could easily emphatize with all the fire victims.  Six years before my brother passed away in 2004, we ourselves lost our house and everything in it to a fire, including the research materials for the history book my brother and I were then working on, and my own researches and materials on Vicente Salumbides, a film producer in the 20’s, and Atang de la Rama. [In fact, one of my brother’s books was launched at the UPFC garden under the auspices of CSSP.]

It is difficult to find words to describe how I feel … “panlulumo” is the closest I could think of.

It was no joke to lose everything. But as a consequence, it made me gained Courage to rise above the loss. My faith in God became stronger, and I was so full of gratitude to realize that I was not quite attached to things I possessed, [except perhaps for irretrievable family pictures and research works!!! But I have learned to let go of them anyway. I had to. Otherwise, I’d wallow in self-pity perhaps, and waste my time crying for things that can never be replicated after all]. Though the material loss was great, I did not cry then or shed a single tear because everyone in the family were spared — my then disabled brother, my octogenarian mother, and my child. In an event like this, the lives of our loved ones matter more than anything else.