Posts Tagged ‘DLS_CSB SDEAS’

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For Bringing Issues and Concerns of PWDs to Light through the Medium of Film

September 10, 2017

dsc_0087-e1504584195787.jpgThat’s what’s etched on the plaque of appreciation handed by De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies last August 30 when I attended their lunch treat supposedly meant for their partners during their 25 years of existence.

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Me [second from right] in between Febe Sevilla who received the award for TV5 interpreting and Dean Veronica “Nicky” Templo of SDEAS who gave a touching closing remark.

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Quite unexpected from an institution whose people I have worked with for 11 years now — from the time I studied Filipino Sign Language to learn and understand their concerns. I also met Yeye Dominguez, wife of my grandnephew, Mayor Angelo Dominguez of Castillejos, Zambales for supporting annual Deaf seminars led by SDEAS staff — both hearing and Deaf. It is usually being held during their school break, an activity we actually started some years back with Giselle Montero, and when Mackie Calbay was still around and connected with SDEAS.

[For more info about the event, click: http://deaf-e-news.blogspot.com/2017/09/fun-food-and-camaraderie-at-sdeas.html%5D

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Save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex!!!

February 13, 2017

save-rmsc2A plan to convert Rizal Memorial Sports Complex [RMSC] in Manila into a mall is underway. Protests from different heritage groups, concerned individuals and institutions started since last year. RMSC, built in 1934 is historically significant and culturally important. It was designed by Architect Juan M. Arellano.

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Last Saturday’s [February 11] action was a follow-up on an earlier protest jointly made by Advocates for Heritage Preservation and Dakilang Pamana ng Lahi, Inc. [PAMANLAHI]. I joined the group for the first time. I was “recruited” by Febe Sevilla, my Filipino sign language interpreter-buddy who is teaching at DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. It has been captioned to benefit Deaf Filipinos.

The event happened in front of Rizal Memorial. The woman on the thumbnail is Ching de las Alas-Montinola, daughter of RMSC’s recognized builder, Antonio de las Alas. It was through his initiative that the structure became a reality during the time of President of Manuel Quezon.

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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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Ang DAW!

November 6, 2008

DAW is an acronym which stands for Deaf Awareness Week. This year, the METRO MANILA FEDERATION OF AGENCIES FOR THE DEAF celebrates DAW from November 9 to 15. It is being hosted by Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. (Please see on the right column the complete schedule of DAW activities)

On the other hand, DLS-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) will celebrate it from November 16 to 22. Silent Odyssey is scheduled to show at the CSB SDA Auditorium on November 18, 20 and 21. (Full Schedule to follow)

Incidentally, I have added a page that contains the promotional materials used for the preview and premiere screening of Silent Odyssey—synopsis, etc.—to give you an idea about the contents of the film. I will soon do the same for Alyana. It will be a slow reorganization yet worth it, on my part at least as it will force me to organize my thoughts as I start to organize the materials that I need.