Archive for the ‘Philippine history’ Category

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In Preparation for the 2017 National Heroes Day

August 16, 2017

In August we celebrate the National Language Month, the History Month and the National Heroes Day.

We are all celebrating the three—in one film. I wasn’t thinking of showing it this month for all three reasons but for the last. However, when I come to think of it, in this educational documentary, I used Filipino, our National Language for the narration. And as the film promotes the use and recognition of the Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos, the timing is just perfect. They too have the right to celebrate the National Language Month afterall. Most fittingly, the subject is a historical figure and is considered one of our greatest heroes; paying him a tribute within the History Month, and as part of the celebration of the National Heroes Day [though days ahead because August 28 is a legal holiday] is seemingly pre-arranged.

Above is a grabbed frame from the one minute trailer that I have just finished now. The film is about Apolinario Mabini, the Brains of the Revolution. This is in preparation for the screening that we are going to hold on August 25 at the UP Film Center in UP Diliman, Q.C.

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PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon in Celebration of the 2017 National Heroes Day

August 11, 2017

Apolinario Mabini was appointed as Chief Adviser of the First President of the Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898. He also became the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs [1899], and could have been the First Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines were not for the law at the turn of the century which stated that physically disabled persons could not be elected to the post. Despite that, he earned the monikers “Brains of the Revolution / Utak ng Rebolusyon” and “The Sublime Paralytic / Dakilang Lumpo.” He was most adamant against American sovereignty over the Philippines leading to his exile to Guam in 1901. My documentary PULE tells who he was, and what he actually did for the country. The film, intended for both hearing and Deaf hopes to inspire the audience by sparking patriotism in their hearts, and love of country above Self as exemplified by Mabini.

Mabini_Pule_for Posting2Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] is sponsoring its showing at the UP Film Center in UP Diliman on August 25, 2017 to help raise funds for the Scholarship Programs of GMEFI. It features the SILENT STEPS, DLS-CSB SDEAS’ All Deaf Performing Group and the first film scoring work of THRISTAN MENDOZA, a Person with Autism. The film is trilingual — narrated in Filipino, subtitled in English and interpreted in Filipino Sign Language.

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It’s PULE MABINI’s Birthday!

July 23, 2017

It is 11.30 pm. It is still Apolinario Mabini’s Birthday. I won’t say I am late in greeting him since the whole day today we have been talking about him, his presence with us as we worked overnight on Pule magazine at the office of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. Posting one of the flyers readied for him… in connection with our showing at the UP Film Center next month…

GMEFI_UP Pule

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“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” – Reshowing at the Department of Foreign Affairs

July 18, 2017

“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” will be shown again tomorrow, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Department of Foreign Affairs Bldg. located in Pasay City as part of their annual celebration of the 2017 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. It was first shown in 2015. DFA’s interest in Mabini of course lies in the fact that he was the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic. He was appointed in January 1899.

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Announcement Used by DFA the First Time “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was shown in 2015

According to the letter of request made by DFA’s Human Resource Management Office: “The film showing  is the Department’s fitting tribute to Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, whose heroism is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people notwithstanding his physical disability.” They describe the film as a “documentary that truly reflects cultural and political significance and underscores the noble heritage of the Filipino race.”

The Sublime Paralytic will be preceded by a 10-min AVP entitled “Inclusion.”

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“Signs of Change” Screens at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

July 11, 2017

SIGNS of CHANGE is the last documentary that I made for Discovering Deaf Worlds and the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. It is scheduled to be shown next week July 20 in the U.S. [See the Philippine Embassy’s announcement below].

Meanwhile, on July 19, or  a day before that, my other docu about the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs Apolinario Mabini entitled “The Sublime Paralytic” will be shown at the Department of Foreign Affairs Bldg., in Pasay City, Metro-Manila. It is sponsored by DFA’s Human Resource Management Office. Both advocacy films are to be shown in celebration of the 2017 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

SIgns of Change

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2017 Visita Iglesia

April 15, 2017

It is Black Saturday today. Last Thursday, we visited seven churches, one of the traditional customs that is still being observed here in the Philippines. We first went to San Sebastian Church in Manila, and glided down to Baclaran Shrine in Paranaque City where we attended the 6 pm Mass. The priest washed the feet of the relatives of the victims of extrajudicial killings. “The biblical story of the feet-washing ceremony is mainly interpreted as an act of humility and service, a recurring message in the observance of the Holy Week.” [from Rappler News]

BASILICA MENOR DE SAN SEBASTIAN, (SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH), Quiapo, Manila

MINOR BASILICA OF THE BLACK NAZARENE, (St. John the Baptist Church / QUIAPO CHURCH)

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STA. CRUZ CHURCH

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THE MINOR BASILICA and METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (MANILA CATHEDRAL)

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SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH

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OUR LADY OF REMEDIES (MALATE CHURCH), Ermita, Manila

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SHRINE OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP SHRINE, BACLARAN, Paranaque City

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Visita Iglesia is a Holy Week practice where devotees visit and pray in at least 7 churches. It was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries. [To read about its origin, click http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/55546-origins-visita-iglesia)