PWDs CAN! Film Festival – July 23, 2018

July 7, 2018

(Antipolo – Taytay – Cainta – San Mateo – Angono)
in partnership with the

PWDs CAN! Film Festival
a special screening for the 40th NDPR (with a cast of multi-talented PWDs)

Saliksikin ang mga Kakayanan at Kasanayan ng Filipino PWDs
sa mga makasaysayang dokumentaryong likha ni Mirana Medina,
2015 Apolinario Mabini Media Advocate Awardee

July 23, 2018, Monday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SM Center Angono Events Center

P r o g r a m
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:00 Opening Ceremonies

Film Fest Proper
9:00 – 10:00 #1 PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon

10:00 – 11:30 #2 Silent Odyssey (Deaf)

11:30 – 11:45 #3 Hand in Hand (Deaf Employment)

11:45 – 12:00 Open Forum

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:30 #4 RIZAL: Mi Ultimo Adios

1:30 – 2:00 #5 The Blind Architect (Accessibility)

2:00 – 4:00 #6 ALYANA: A Study of Autism in the Philippines

Open Forum
4:00 – 5:00 Closing Ceremonies



Persons with Disability ENTRE-PLOYMENT EXPO – June 28-29

June 20, 2018

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), through the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) and the Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Training Institute (SBJHI), with De La Salle University and funded by the US Embassy, will conduct a 2-day economic opportunity fair for persons with disabilities (PWD) to promote employability and generate business opportunities for the sector. Dubbed as PWD Entre-ployment Expo: Bringing together the community to empower PWDs, this event will be on June 28-29, 2018 at the Henry Sy Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila

Expo Features

The PWD Entre-ploment Expo will be characterized by

*booth-exhibits featuring government services, training institutions, employers, and disability organizations;

*seminars and workshops on employment, business skills and PWD-employers fora;

*photo exhibit;

*plenary program;

*consultation sessions on business and employability

*networking opportunities

The Exhibition of the Expo will take place at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila while the plenary session and main seminar session will happen at the 5th Floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.

Email: pwdentreployment@benilde.edu.ph Call: (632) 230 5100 local 1661
Text : 0917-8698231

For complete details, click PWD Expo General Description


On LEVEL-UP – Invitation from ChildFind Learning & Play Center

April 20, 2018

Dr. Edilberto I. Dizon, SPED-Diagnostician-Counselor & IEP Specialist and SPED Professor, and a Pillar of SPED in the Philippines is currently conducting a series of classes for students, professionals, parents and other support-persons/stakeholders involved/interested in the education of learners with special education needs (LSEN).

LEVEL-UP has been designed for a small group of participants – a maximum of 35 – who are committed to helping LSEN achieve the BEST they can. They have systematically and professionally planned this series specifically for participants who can effectively, conscientiously and emphatically make a significant contribution as practicing/prospective trainers and practitioners. Thus, such intimate classes ensure training with provisions of better interactions and focused skill-building utilizing a wide range of small- group strategies.

The series which commenced last April 7 and will end on October 20 with one or two topics per scheduled session. Click this link for details: Trainings for 2018

The Venue for this series of classes is UNIT 210, CHILDFIND, The Tower at Emerald Square, J.P. Rizal St. cor. P. Tuazon St., Project 4, Quezon City (across the emergency gate of Quirino Memorial Medical Center).

Helpful handouts are provided, and a certificate of attendance is awarded at the end of the training for each of the training program.

Each training session provides flowing water and coffee! You may bring your packed-lunch/snacks or you may want to dine at the canteens during lunch break.

A team of highly qualified and dedicated practitioner-lecturers are led by Dr. Edilberto I. Dizon, a Pillar of SPED in the Philippines.



Post-World Autism Awareness Day in Rizal 2018

April 20, 2018

The presidents of Autism Society Philippines [ASP] – Rizal Chapters: Barbara De Guzman of ASP Taytay, Laarni Francisco of ASP Cainta, Esperanza Marzo of ASP San Mateo and Victoria Cabason of ASP Marikina in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Government and ASP National represented by former ASP National President Mary Janette Pena will be conducting the “1Rizal Auto-Sympo” on April 27, 2018, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. The event will be held at the Provincial Multipurpose Center, Antipolo City, Rizal to raise the level of awareness, understanding and empowerment of parents, professionals, and government on urgent agenda relevant to the autism community of Rizal.

As part of the Understanding and Advocacy for Autism program slated from 8 – 10 a.m., my documentary ALYANA – A Study of Autism in the Philippines shall be screened. It will be followed by lectures on “Nutrition and Autism” and the “Philippine Health Circular on Benefits for Children with Autism” in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

ASP hopes that the documentary will be able to enlighten and educate our community on the nature of persons with autism and provide helpful guides in overcoming the challenges of autism


The Amazing Life of Joan Baez

April 1, 2018

Joan Baez is a folk singer I have long time admired. Her rendition of the song “Amazing Grace” turned me into one of her fans. I loved it the first time I heard it. Since then, it has become my favorite. Up until now it mesmerizes me whenever I hear it.

Unbelievably perhaps, it is just tonight that I had a glimpse of her life both as a singer and a political activist. This beautiful documentary all the more made me appreciate this stunning and wonderful woman. Her life is quite inspiring and impressive. Her songs meaningful and relevant. Thanks to artfrob who posted it via Youtube. [To watch, click this — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQRAGIZybiA%5D

Inspiring acceptance speech of JOAN BAEZ’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction award during the 2017 Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in New York City.


Visita Iglesia 2018

March 31, 2018

It’s a tradition many Filipinos still observe — Visita Iglesia or visiting of seven churches every Maundy Thursday. Noticeably, all images were covered with purple-colored cloth. This year it fell on March 27, 2018. It is supposed to be done after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper where the washing of the feet by the officiating priest happens. This year, Pope Francis washed the feet of some prisoners in Italy.

Since it would be difficult for us to commute at night, we hopped from Church to Church starting at 1 pm. Good enough decision, since those who did their visitations at night had to cut short their walk because of the rain.

FIRST STOP – Sta.  Rita de Cascia Church in Baclaran

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2. Our Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine in Baclaran

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3. Our Lady of Sorrows – F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City

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4. Church of Nuestra Señora de Guia – Ermita, Manila

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5. Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz – Binondo, Manila

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Next to Binondo Church is this small chapel called the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary under the Binondo Chinese Mission Parish. It was our first time to enter the worship place.

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6. Sta. Cruz Church – Manila

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7. Shrine of the Black Nazarene – Quiapo Church

Our last destination… We waited for the 5 p.m. Mass that would last until 6.30 p.m. but we had to leave earlier than planned as I experienced dizziness inside the Church while the washing of the feet was going on. Everything became blurred around me, though  the sounds were still clear enough to be heard. I felt so weak I was on the verge of collapsing when a wheelchair was brought to take me out of the crowded church. It was my first time to be wheel-chaired…though not my first time to get dizzy in crowded places. I thank all those who had helped me especially my niece, Susan Abad who was more anxious than I was when my senses got back to normalcy. She wouldn’t want us to finish the Mass anymore. It could have been my first time to hear full Mass in Quiapo Church…

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For more information, click: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Churches_Visitation


To Light a Fire

March 13, 2018

To learn to read is to light a fire. So true!!!

Steve McCurry's Blog

Ujjian, India


To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
– Victor Hugo



Rome, Italy

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mumbai, India

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!
When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
–  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Venice, Italy

Uttar Pradesh, India

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested.
– Francis Bacon

Istanbul, Turkey

Near Al Hudaydah, Yemen

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.

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