Archive for the ‘Philippine history’ Category

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Up North in Aparri Where Cagayan River Meets South China Sea

October 26, 2017

AparriAparri5For four days — from October 18-21, we were away from the madding Manila crowd. Up North of the Philippines, we attended the 38th National Conference on Local and National  History held at the Audiovisual room of the Lyceum of Aparri. Philippine National Historical Society President Bernardita Churchill invited us via Metro Manila College. The group was welcomed by no less than the Most Rev. Sergio Utleg, Archbishop of Tuguegarao and President of Lyceum of Aparri, their EVP Rev. Fr. Joel Reyes, and the Governor of Cagayan himself, Hon. Manuel Mamba, brother of Pat, my co-teacher at Don Bosco Technical Institute who became a close friend. We joined the school almost at the time. Sad to know that she died two years ago of breast cancer according to the Governor.

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Anyway, it was good to learn a lot of things about Northern Luzon in particular. Experts from different fields and discipline delivered their papers with enthusiasm including two foreigners. Papers on precolonial matters interest me the most and the one about the contemporary literature of Sulu. Papers supplemented with visuals proved to be interesting unlike those that are purely textual. Hopefully, video documentation would be in the future used as supplement to their lectures.

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Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba welcomes the group

It was my first time to be in Aparri and my first time as well to  join the PNHS conference. My brother, a historian, friend and colleague of Dr. Churchill used to speak in the said conference. It was through him that I became familiar with it. I went there with my niece, Oying Villafuerte as an observer. And since I am into making historical video documentaries, I immediately acceded to MMC’s invitation to join it in their behalf. Dr. Churchill by the way was my guest speaker when PULE was shown in UP Film Center last August.

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[L-R]: Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, Lyceum of Aparri EVP Rev. Fr. Joel Reyes, PNHS President Bernardita Churchill, Archbishop of Tuguegarao Archdiocese Most Rev. Sergio Utleg and NCCA Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division Head Mr. Bernan Joseph Corpuz who delivered the message in behalf of NCCA Chair National Artist Virgilio Almario

On our first day in Aparri, or the day before the conference we visited the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Lady of the Rosary. I was quite happy to know that Mama Mary is their patron saint. Day after finding a chance to go to the place they say is “where Cagayan River meets South China Sea or West Philippine Sea” we hurriedly went to take a peek at the place.

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Conference on 100 Years of Philippine Cinema

September 5, 2017

The two-day Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference will be held next week on September 14 and 15 at the UP Film Center and CSB School of Design and Arts respectively in celebration of 100 Years of Philippine Cinema. The affair is sponsored by UPFI, Film Development of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and DLS-College of St. Benilde. Below is the schedule of activities. Entrance is free.

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Photos from UPSEC: Screening of PULE, August 25

August 29, 2017

Photos courtesy of UP Special Education Council on the showing of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Q.C., a benefit film screening of a historical documentary about one of our great heroes, Apolinario Mabini sponsored by Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. and UPSEC, August 25, 2017 in connection with the Celebration of the National Heroes Day, History Month and National Language Month

Here are some of the reactions to the film:

“Dahil sa “Pule,” mas nauunawaan ko na ang “big picture” ng pakikipaglaban ng ating mga bayani para sa kalayaan at kasarinlan. Napagtagni-tagni nito ang dati’y magkakahiwalay at kinakabisado lamang na kaalaman ukol sa ating kasaysayan.” — Neil Penullar, De La Salle University

“… an innovative and engaging way to present Mabini’s biography and the country’s history.” — Cecille Sicam, Autism Society Philippines Board of Trustees

“It was an eye-opening experience for me. There is no such thing as “dis-ability.’ I realized how big your advocacy is and how it truly makes a difference in the lives of the Deaf and the PWDs.” –— [emailed to me]

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The SILENT STEPS started the program with a Prayer and interpretation of the Philippine National Anthem in Filipino Sign Language

[R to L]: Guest Speaker Myra Medrana [Deaf], GMEFI President Evelyne Dominguez, Historian Dr. Bernardita Churchill and Mirana Medina, PULE filmmaker

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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…

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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.”