Posts Tagged ‘Ana Arce’

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Rendezvous with Deaf Students

February 5, 2017

February 3, Friday, Noon Time. CSB Bldg., Rm. M510. “Silent Odyssey” [2008], a documentary on Deaf Culture, History, and Filipino Sign Language [FSL] origin was finally ana shown to Fourth Year students of Ms. Ana Arce upon her request. An arrangement since last year was made to have it shown during this semester. Ana is now a faculty member of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. I used to see her when she was still a student of SDEAS. That was a decade ago. I was making Silent O while at the same time studying FSL intended for hearing people under SDEAS’ FSL Learning Program. In fact, she was captured in one of the forums that I shot during that time for Silent O.

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Ms. Ana Arce with her students

Anyway, some of her students who viewed the film are members of the Silent Steps, the school’s playgroup. I have worked with them in my documentaries on Mabini. After the screening, I have asked them: “What’s the most important thing that you have learned from the film?” “FSL!”, they retorted in unison. [Oh yes! I managed to communicate with them without an interpreter. Sounds unbelievable but my little knowledge of FSL signs helped a lot. I am not daily exposed to sign language so without practice, my receptive skill is honestly poor. Nevertheless, I survived the day].

I was happy of course because one of the main objectives of the film — to make Deaf appreciate their language, and know its origin has been met. Hoping too that with that understanding they would fight and advocate for its use and recognition. Moreover, I have seen again the timelessness and value of the content. It is as important as when I first showed it to the public nine years ago. I am sure the interest and significance won’t diminish for as long as FSL is not recognized here, and Deaf continues to experience discrimination. For sure, the interview with the World Federation of the Deaf President Markku Jokinen by Raphy Domingo greatly helped in making the students understand better the importance of sign language in their life, culture and identity as Deaf individuals.

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Watching the interview with World Federation of the Deaf Markku Jokinen

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As for me, the fight to advocate for the use of Filipino Sign Language and highlighting PWD’s abilities through my films has not yet ended. Currently, I am preparing for the showing of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon. It is participated in by the Silent Steps, and music scored by a Person with Autism [PWA]. It is intended for hearing people so that they would get exposed to FSL, and hopefully get to appreciate and have an interest to learn it; in addition, to be able to listen to the first music scoring work of a PWA. Primarily meant for Deaf audience to give them full access to information about our hero, Apolinario Mabini, it was largely interpreted in FSL and fully captioned in English. DLS-CSB SDEAS and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts collaborated in its making. The latter must have been convinced by my rationale that Deaf’s culture and language should be respected as much as the Indigenous Peoples’ culture and language. After all, like the IPs, Deaf should be considered as a cultural-linguistic minority group.

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May you all succeed!!!

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Silent O to Screen at DLS-CSB SDEAS on February 3

January 20, 2017

SILENT ODYSSEY, my docu on Deaf Filipino history, language and culture has been scheduled for showing to students of Ms. Ana Arce, faculty staff of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies on February 3, Friday at Room M302 located at the 3rd floor of CSB Building in Taft Avenue, Manila.

Ms. Arce was still a student of SDEAS when I started making the film in 2007. She was also captured in the film. The film was finished and premiered in 2008.

Eight years had passed since then, but Deaf Filipinos continue to fight for their linguistic human rights. I do hope that Deaf issues tackled in Silent O completely cease to exist in the future, and that Filipino Sign Language be already recognized by the government. Nevertheless, having got involved with them as partners and participants in my film, I do feel that the society has become more accepting of Deaf people as time passes by. More people become aware of Deaf’s Being and their concerns. I also hope that hearing advocates would grow more in number.

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Ana Arce [Deaf], others to Receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People

February 10, 2012

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People  will hold an AWARDS CEREMONY for 78 participants from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Ticket to Life and the De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. SDEAS’ awardees include Ana Arce for  silver award,  Bea Francisco for Gold and 8 other Deaf students for the Bronze. Ticket to Life will have 18 Bronze recipients  and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines will have 51 Bronze recipients.

It is my pleasure to invite you to the AWARDS CEREMONY on  February 13, 2012, 3:00 pm  to be held ARG Theater, 5th floor, DLS-CSB Taft Campus. Let us witness and give recognition to our young people who were able to achieve their goals.  Usec. Leon Flores III of the National Youth Commission with Mae Paner aka Juana Change are our guest speakers.

The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 25 year olds. Over 7 million young people worldwide have taken up the Award challenge and this is the first batch of awardees in the Philippines. The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

Doors to the ARG theater will open by 2:00 pm.  If you need parking will email me back. parking is available at the SDA building, V. Cruz. You make enter through the back gate of the Taft campus. I will need your confirmation and the names of your guests/delegation for the gatepass.