Posts Tagged ‘disability’


Table Tennis – Therapy of Polio Victim 2016 Paralympics Bronze Medalist

September 14, 2016

A P1-MILLION cash incentive awaits Josephine Medina who gave the Philippines a bronze medal in women’s class 8 table tennis competition of the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her feat ended the 16-year drought of the country in the Games.


Josephine Medina [Photo from

This was bared by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez to SunStar Davao in a text message Tuesday, September 13.

“We are happy of Josephine winning a bronze. The signs of the time for Philippine sports and the momentum is good. She will receive P1 million and we plan to give allowances to all the Paralympics delegates during our board meeting tomorrow,” Ramirez said, adding that from Hidilyn Diaz, a Rio Olympics silver medalist, to Medina and preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics seem encouraging with the support of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

Medina scored an 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 upset victory over Germany’s Juliane Wolf, a 2015 European Para Championships silver medalist, to improve her fourth finish in the 2012 London Olympics.

Medina, in an International Table Tennis Federation report on its website, said table tennis became her therapy as a polio victim. She used to compete with able-bodied athletes and qualified to the national team but she was then rejected having been told that she was disabled, thus, could not be part of the national team. [This reminds me of our hero, Apolinario Mabini who could have been the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court but was similarly rejected because of an article in the Law dated  1899 disbarring a person with disability to hold the office – an important segment in my documentaries “The Sublime Paralytic” and “Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon”]

“The rejection has become my inspiration and I train hard and I just want to prove that disability is not a hindrance in achieving your goal. It’s just an instrument in reaching success in your life,” Medina told ITTF.

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Model Born Without a Right Forearm Set to Walk in New York Fashion Week

September 4, 2015

Rebekah Marine, a model born without a right forearm, is set to walk in New York Fashion Week.  Despite being told when she was younger that modeling was the wrong career choice for her, the 28-year-old has defied the odds and is about to strut her stuff in front of the fashion world in the FTL Moda show on September 13.

Rebecca Marine

[Photo: Instagram/Rebekah Marine]

At the age of 22, Marine had an i-limb quantum prosthetic hand fitted, which a friend suggested she model. It was at that moment she realized she could turn her “disability” into something extraordinary, Marine explains on her website.

And she’s never looked back. Marine’s modeling career has gone from strength to strength and she’s now one of the most recognisable models in the amputee community – as well as an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, which aims to raise awareness for those with an “upper limb difference.” [To read the full article, click Model with Bionic Arm]


“Before this film, kulang ang alam ko about Mabini. Now I understand.”

August 19, 2015


The Blind Architect, Jaime Silva with Febe Sevilla, hearing interpreter. [Grabbed frame from The Sublime Paralytic; Segment on Mabini disability]

“...Mas naintindihan ko yung hirap ni Mabini as a writer, the policies that he did for the government para alam natin yung magiging direksyon ng Pilipinas, and the problems na hinurdle nya with his disability…Hindi rason yung kanyang disability, his love for [the] nation, his love for what he is doing was really something that the nation benefited from. Before this film, kulang ang alam ko about Mabini. Now I understand. Ni hindi ko alam na naexile pala sya sa Guam. These are some things that I’ve learned ngayon sa aking napanood,” says Architect Jaime Silva after “watching”, rather listening to the story of Mabini as my documentary, Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic screened last Friday, August 14. A special preview was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of their 2015 Post Celebration of NDPR Week. Arch. Silva is United Architect of the Philippines Chair on Disability Affairs. Known as THE BLIND ARCHITECT, he is the subject of a 14-min documentary with the same title that I made for APCD, JICA, NCDA and the UAP.

Interviewed for The Sublime Paralytic, Architect Silva talks about the discrimination Mabini must have experienced as a Persons with Disability [PWD]. The only difference then and now, he said was the fact that during Mabini’s time, there were no assistive technologies for PWDs and there was no law that protected the rights of PWDs. The Philippine Accessibility Law was enacted only in 1983, or 87 years after Mabini contracted paralysis in 1896.

A segment on disability matters and the causes of Mabini’s paralysis forms an important part of the film. The latest findings of Dr. Jiggs Gilera contests the pronouncements in the 80s that polio was the cause of Mabini’s paralysis. Guillain Barre-Syndrome [GBS] he says caused it. Incidentally, the reader of El Verdadero Decalogo / Ang Tunay na 10 Utos, Abner Manlapaz was crippled by GBS at the age of 16.

PREMIERE Showing on August 27, 2015 at DLS-CSB ARG Theater, 5th floor, 4 pm. Taft Campus, Manila. Contact DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies for more information.

Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic’s Filipino-narrated version, PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon is now in post-production. Mabini was the Chief Adviser of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, First President of the Philippine Republic [1898] and his First Secretary of Foreign Affairs [1899].