“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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wooden Footbridge

July 8, 2017

Designed to be a part of interior garden — a footbridge to a kiosk meant for recreation, idling or chatting on lazy afternoons or moonlit nights.



I was Part of the Story

July 2, 2017

Last Friday, I was privileged to be invited by Giselle Montero of DLS-CSB SDEAS to  “Be Part of the Story” – a night celebrating De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s partnership and of culture-building as they aimed to collaborate and expand their story with the invitees. The event started at 6:00 and supposed to have ended at 9:00 PM on June 30, 2017 at the Axon in Green Sun, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. . But many came in late because of the traffic caused by the heavy rain downpour.

As such members of the Silent Steps performed without their lead choreographer Myra Medrana. They reached the venue right after the performance. I could not recognize anyone from the group I have always worked with because most of the members are new students of SDEAS. I got to meet several people from different disciplines and companies; also met old acquaintances, even a classmate in the Filipino Sign Language class 10 years ago. I got to be introduced and had a good chat with Film Director Mark Meilly about El Presidente. He teaches at CSB I was told.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde envisions building a just and humane society by fostering the spirit of inclusion and innovation. The College’s strategic direction is to initiate and sustain value-laden connections and partnerships with organizations that share in the advocacy of finding innovative and inclusive solutions to societal concerns and issues. They also acknowledge their role in society to address sustainable developmental goals through inclusive strategies, provision of experiential learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-sector partnerships, and the creation of social impact that can be scaled for greater reach.

The special event hopes to continue to seize the opportunities and embrace the challenges of transforming our society into a better and more responsive community of change agents.




June 27, 2017

I received this invitation from Asociación Gainditzen through Philippine Federation of the Deaf President Carolyn Dagani regarding the VIII FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE EN LENGUA DE SIGNOS [VIII THE INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL IN SIGNS LANGUAGE) to be held in TOLOSA, SPAIN.

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“I’m writing to you from “Gainditzen” the Deaf People Association of Tolosaldea-Goierri. We would like to inform you that we are organizing the International Cinema Festival in signs language.

It is the 8th edition of our festival and it will take place on October the 28th, in Tolosa (Gipuzkoa, Spain). We would like to encourage you to participate in our festival, you can choose between different sections:  Short-length films, Documentaries and Full-length films.

If you are interested, you can register in http://www.gainditzentolosa.com and in Facebook deaffilmstolosa. The term of inscription is opened until July the 20th. You can find the procedures and prizes of this festival in our webpage.

Please we ask you to spread this information.
Greetings from The Commission of International Cinema Festival Cinema in Signs Language”



UP Film Center Reunion with Ms. Virginia R. Moreno on Rizal’s Birthday

June 22, 2017

Last January 19, Jose Rizal’s birthday J.Moreno Foundation hosted through its President Virginia R. Moreno, Founder of the UP Film Center the reunion of the former and current staff of the UP Film Center. Supposed to have been a celebration of the 41 Aprils of Cinema Artists, it has been moved to coincide with Rizal’s birthday. Because of that, I have had the chance of screening my film MI ULTIMO ADIOS, the first-ever interpretation of the poem in Filipino Sign Language, and the 123rd version of the poem. Aldrin Gabriel, the Deaf actor attended. Cannes Palme d’Or winner Raymond Red was present.

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Aldrin Gabriel [Deaf actor], UP Film Center Founder Ms. Virginia R. Moreno, and me, original staff of UPFC

After the screening, Aldrin thanked all those who watched our film. He said he was very happy to see hearing people watching a Deaf film. Rizal descendant Ms. Lisa Tinio-Bayot was as happy for having the film shown. She was unable to come because they also celebrated the birthday of her lolo Jose.

[Note: Preparing the exhibit with Clare Salaverria and Sheila Red was fun and quite reminiscent of what we used to do decades ago at the Film Center. All photos here were courtesy of Aldrin except for the poster]


Senate Bill Pushes to Recognize Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language

May 25, 2017

Senator Nancy Binay has filed SB1455, the Filipino Sign Language Act, to recognize Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Philippines. The bill includes comprehensive provisions on the use of the unique visual language of the Filipino Deaf community in access to health, employment, justice, broadcast media, and culture and the arts. It supplements landmark legislation already recognizing FSL in education through R.A. 10533 (K-12 law) and R.A. 10410 (Early Years Act) in 2013. The Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy of the DepEd would implement FSL as the mother language of deaf learners, and the development of literacy in second/ third languages.

fsl-banner2The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, the national umbrella organization of over 55 Deaf member organizations has advocated for the national recognition of FSL for over two decades. It led the Deaf community in a rally in 2011 to lobby for FSL legislation. In the 16th Congress, the House of Representatives passed on 3rd Reading HB6428, the Filipino Sign Language Act. It is refiled currently by Rep. Antonio Tinio as HB2094.

Though historically influenced by American Sign Language, research by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and the Philippine Deaf Resource Center have established FSL as a true and linguistically distinct language. Evidence of signing in the Philippines is documented in Leyte since the 1590s, over three centuries before the entry of American Sign Language in the Philippines.

The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino supports legislation that shall promote the Filipino Deaf identity. Senator Binay sees the recognition of Filipino Sign Language as ensuring that deaf Filipinos enjoy their human, legal, linguistic and cultural rights.

Contact persons:
Carolyn Dagani, President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf
Mobile 0995.9964191 (text only); FB: PFDeaf
Liza Martinez, PhD, PDRC /Deaf Resources Philippines
Tel 9941441; email: deafresourcesphilippines@mail.com