Posts Tagged ‘Eleanor Dominguez’

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KIDS THREE 21 To Receive We Care Filmfest Award in India

September 9, 2015

Last Sunday, I received an email from We Care Film Festival Director Satish Kapoor of New Delhi, India that KIDS THREE 21, was chosen to receive an award under the 60-minute category. It is a documentary film on Down Syndrome that I made for my niece, Eleanor Dominguez, then UP M.A. student of Sped Education. The news came in as a surprise.

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Scenes from KIDS THREE 21

The docu features geneticist Dr. Carmencita Padilla and nutritionist-dietician Eleanor. It gives the audience an overview of Trisomy 21 or what Down Syndrome is, the maternal risks involved, the plight of parents, and the realities of having a Child with Down Syndrome. A segment focuses on the importance of nutrition awareness and intervention – an element oftentimes neglected because of the conventional stress and attention given to physical and occupational therapies and special education.

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Nutritionist-Dietician Eleanor Dominguez and Geneticist Dr. Carmencita Padilla, now UP Manila Chancellor

We Care Film festival is aimed at creating awareness about disability issues through the medium of films and to foster integration in society by spreading the message of ability. The festival also aims at giving a fillip to the rights-based approach where persons with disability are considered persons first. We Care strives to remove the myths, misconceptions, prejudices, and stereotypes about disabled and disability among society through the medium of films. They have demonstrated that short films and documentaries are a powerful medium for educating the public promoting a new approach to disability which guarantees equal rights, opportunities and equal access.

Last but not least, acceptance level of community at large has increased towards persons with disability as a result of We Care Film Festival. Being a powerful medium, these films … proved that psychological acceptance comes much before physical acceptance and which is the first step towards inclusive society. [Click to read the full article about The IMPACT of WE CARE Film Fest]

Jury was headed by Mr. Lov Verma (Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India), Mr. CK Khaitan (Joint Secretary & CEO, National Trust of the Govt Of India), Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman (Director, United Nations Information Centre, India and Bhutan), Prof. Ashok Ogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communicatiion,Dr. Rajeev Lochan (Director, National Gallery of Modern Art), Mr. Anwar Jamal (National award winning film director), Mr. BrIj Bakshi, (former Addl Director General, Doordarshan) and Mr. Deepak Parvatiyar– Satish Kapoor – See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=60052#sthash.H5TXD63x.dpuf

According to Mr. Kapoor, the Award ceremony of the 12th Edition of We Care Film Festival will be held on TUESDAY, 29 September 2015 at the Auditorium of the Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, Institutional Area, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi at 11.00 am.

Last year 2014, Ronald Lim wrote an article about it: With Down, But Not Out

To see the photos when shown during the Cellebration of Down Syndrome Month in 2013, click KIDS Three 21 Premiered at the UP Film Center.

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With Down, but not out_on Kids Three 21

August 31, 2014

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Scenes from “KIDS THREE 21” featuring Geneticist Carmercita Padilla and Nutritionist-Dietician Eleanor Dominguez. Except for Jeremy Lapena [2nd inset], all the children come from Zambales

I was surprised to see for the first time the online article of Ronald Lim posted last May…on facebook entitled “With Down, but not out.” I rarely check it except during these past few days when I started posting about Jojo’s death, my production assistant in the making of my sped docus starting from Silent Odyssey.

Mr. Lim writes:

For filmmaker Mirana Medina, doing a documentary on children with Down Syndrome (DS) isn’t such a far-fetched thing.

After all, Medina has already made “Alyana,” a documentary about her grandniece which has autism. Initially intended to be just a 30-minute documentary, the film grew to two and a half hours, and has been screened in schools and at international film festivals.

For the complete article, click

http://www.mb.com.ph/with-down-but-not-out/

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Deaf Summer Camp 2014_Castillejos in Zambales

April 22, 2014

A Deaf Summer Camp will be held for the first time at the Municipality of Castillejos in Zambales in collaboration with DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS] starting Thursday, April 24. The five-day Deaf camp is a follow-up activity of the whole day Orientation on Deaf seminar held last January 22, 2014 in Castillejos.

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Mackie Calbay teaches some FSL signs

Giselle Montero, SDEAS Center for Partnership and Development Director led the group. Mackie Calbay, Youth Section President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and Leah Osido, also from the same office conducted the seminar using Filipino Sign Language [FSL].

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Giselle Montero interprets for Mackie

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Leah Osido’s turn to orient the participants on Deafness

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Sharing my FSL learning experience to the community of Castillejos

Giselle served as their interpreter while Leah and I documented the event. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with focus on Deaf rights were discussed. The participants during the morning session consisted of hearing individuals who were mostly the staff of the different departments in the municipality, PWDs of Castillejos, and family members of Deaf persons. They all enjoyed learning some basic Deaf signs. In the afternoon, only the Deaf and their families together with the members of the PWD group were asked to attend as further discussion on Deaf rights were taken up. Questions and answers followed.

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Members of Castillejos Police Force and the other staff of the municipality learn FSL

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The Deaf seminar last January was held on the third floor of Castillejos Municipal Building in Zambales [Photo above]

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The Organizers from SDEAS and the Municipality of Castillejos including some Deaf children and their family. Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez is seated in front. Giselle Montero and Eleanor Dominguez  [standing 1st and 6th from left respectively]

This summer, a 14-member delegation — largely consisting of Deaf students with their hearing coordinators, Bea Francisco and Agnes Canayon of SDEAS’ Center for Deaf Esteem and Formation— will facilitate the program which is still being finalized by SDEAS and the PWD group of Castillejos. Eleanor Dominguez, featured resource person and the one who initiated the production of KIDS THREE 21, a docu on Down Syndrome serves as coordinator between SDEAS and the LGU of Castillejos. She is the wife of the Mayor.

Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez [a cousin of Alyana – subject of my autism docu] will welcome the participants with his message. Expected audience consist not only of Deaf children and their families but also of barangay health workers, barangay kagawad on health, teachers — both day care and sped teachers, and all interested parties from the community.

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Deaf children enjoy shadow play

 

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KIDS THREE 21 at the UP Film Center in Celebration of 2014 Down Syndrome Consciousness Month

February 9, 2014
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Rowena Ulayan, Universal Kids Film Festival Founder

A small social and special gathering of old time friends with very special guests was held on February 6, 2014 at Bernal Gallery, UP Film Center through the initiative of Rowena “Weng” Ulayan-Martinez, founder of the Universal Kids Film Festival in Turkey. KIDS THREE 21-international version was premiered here with PELITULA KAY MAYPAG-ASA.

KIDS.. was first shown last November 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Opposite in nature and content — the former is a film on Trisomy 21; the latter, a film on Andres Bonifacio that shows the Philippine High School for the Arts student’s insights on the hero and the activities they readied in celebration of his 150th Birth Anniversary. Both films are timely  since in the Philippines, the National Arts Month and the Down Syndrome Consciousness Month are both being celebrated in February. 2014 is also the Sesquicentennial Year of Bonifacio.

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Weng Ulayan welcomes the guests

Weng gave the opening remarks with tone of nostalgia followed by my introduction of the above docus. Present were the featured resource persons in KIDS: Dr. Carmencita Padilla, geneticist and Eleanor Dominguez, nutritionist-dietician. Both saw the film for the first time.

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KIDS THREE  21 shown in celebration of 2014 Down Syndrome Month features
Dr. Carmencita Padilla, top geneticist in the Philippines

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PELITULA KAY MAYPAG-ASA, a film I made in collaboration with Vim Nadera, director, Philippine High School for the Arts; shown in Celebration of National Arts Month and the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio

KIDS THREE 21 gives an overview on Trisomy 21 or what Down Syndrome is, the maternal risks involved, the plight of parents, and the realities of having a Child with Down Syndrome. A segment focuses on the importance of nutrition awareness and intervention – an element oftentimes neglected because of the conventional stress and attention given to physical and occupational therapies and special education. The film was made possible because of Eleanor Dominguez, then M.A. student of the UP Sped Area. There are two versions of the film: the thesis version which is about 13 minutes longer than the copy shown last February 6.

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Reunion photo with Direk Tikoy Aguiluz; our last film was Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story/ photo courtesy of Janus

Other special guests were my colleague, producer-director Tikoy Aguiluz, co-founder of the UP Film Center [with Ms. Virgie Moreno]; balikbayan Ed Tamondong, one of the center’s original staff cameraman; CHED Legal Counsel Head Atty. Carmencita Yadao-Sison and her husband, Atty. Roberto Sison who described KIDS.. as “a film that introduces and comprehensively treats the subject of Down Syndrome…Opened my eyes on this ‘accident of nature’ that happens to one out of 800 births worldwide. With the current population of 100 million Filipinos, that’s a lot!”

Weng’s friends who joined us were Romanlito Austria, UP Fine Arts Professor and former head of the Graduate Studies at the UPFA, Princess Nemenzo, UP professor and wife of former UP President, Fides Bagasao, UN International Consultant for Urban Poor and Human Settlements, Cora Despabiladeras, book writer for children, Ephraim Despabiladeras of USAID, Kuya Bogie, lead character of the TV program for children, “Batibot”, Avic Ilagan, filmmaker, Marili  and Boni Fernandez, Eliza  Quiambao and Ben Agunod.

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Weng and Belen

Of course, the affair wouldn’t be complete without longtime friends, UP KAL Professor and former Chair of the UP Department of Theater Arts and Speech Communication Dr. Belen Calingacion, writers Roshan Jose, Rochit Tañedo and Corito Llamas, artist Alma Quinto, environmentalist Minnie Crouse and writer-filmmaker Janus Victoria, now with Channel 7. Joseph Lena, the KID’s cameraman, formerly with ANC Channel recorded the event.

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[R-L]: Castillejos Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez and Mom Evelyn, Vice-President of Metro-Manila College; Fides Bagasao, UN Consultant for Urban Poor and Princess Nemenzo, UP Professor; [Extreme right behind: Ed Tamondong

And in support of Eleanor’s effort, her husband, Castillejos [Zambales] Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez with Mom Evelyn, Vice-President of Metro-Manila College, and her friend, Clarisse de Leon, a daughter of Angat, Bulacan Mayor and the town’s municipal administrator also attended the event.

Sadly, no representative from Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines — the film’s target audience — joined Dr. Padilla because of other priorities. Nevertheless, the latter’s presence, as one of its founding members made the occasion complete. She entertained the questions re the matter. [See the photos below]:

The event ended with the sumptuous Turkish cuisine prepared by no less than Weng Ulayan-Tuzcuoglu who is leaving the country today, February 9.

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Entree White cheese rolls, Green and black olives with red pepper, Sarma (spiced rice wrapped in grape leaves), Dolma (stuffed tomatoes and eggplants), Pita bread with hummus, Kisir Salad (bulgur and red lentils)

Main Dish: Green beans with ground beef, Buttered Chicken, Pilav (buttered rice with peas), Borek (Turkish Pie stuffed with potato & minced meat), Pasta (with Olive oil, white cheese mint and hazel nuts)

Dessert: Turkish Delight, Irmik Tatlisi (Semolina), Dried Fruits, Çorek (twisted cookies with sesame seeds). Pishmaniye

Drinks: Ihlamur Tea (Linden Tea), Kushburnu Tea (Rosehip Tea)