Posts Tagged ‘Febe Sevilla’


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


Best SDEAS Deaf Cultural Show that I’ve Seen

November 21, 2016

“Of signs and wonders: Jesus made the lame walk and the blind see. At the 22nd Deaf Festival, in His Name and for His Glory he made the Deaf dance! And that is truly a miracle…” – Susan Abad, a relative I tagged along with to watch the show texted this to me, a day after witnessing for the first time the culmination of the 22nd Deaf Festival held at the ARG, CSB Theater in Taft Avenue, Manila.


From Facebook – photo from CJ Patriarca of the Silent Steps

Last Saturday, November 19, I managed to find time to attend the 22nd SDEAS Deaf Cultural Show. I met old friends — both Deaf and Hearing. Many of them were members of the Silent Steps, the All-Deaf playgroup with whom I have worked with in several of my Deaf films, and the current faculty staff of the DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. I have seen Deaf theater presentation for the first time a decade ago in 2017 when I first enrolled as FSL student of SDEAS’ Filipino Sign Language Learning Program [FSLLP], a module intended for hearing persons.


Me [3rd from right] in between hearing interpreter Febe Sevilla [4th from R] and Susan Abad [in dark glasses]. The rest are Deaf Faculty Staff of SDEAS. Jenn Balan on the extreme right and Anna Arce [2nd from left]

This year is, I would consider the best Deaf Fest presentation amongst several other cultural shows that I’ve seen in the past. All the participating performers were highly charged, energetic and were visibly enjoying their performances. The only thing they should consider next time when presenting is the pace with which they change from one performance to the other. There should be no long breaks in between presentation. In film, it is called transition. There should be fast but smooth transition flow.


The Silent Steps with Myra Medrana, their choreographer on the extreme left [with eyeglasses]. Photo from her fb post. I recognize Mary Rose Gozon and Marvin [extreme right]

Myra Medrana’s choreography was great! The integration of film and theater which is something that I’ve done in several of my films for the Deaf was quite impressive, and really wonderful. A memorable performance that really touches the heart, and must have made some Deaf in the audience cried was the one that tackles Deaf issues on discrimination.

Even the video presentations highly leveled up in quality and form. Congratulations to SDEAS for the continuous support that they are providing their students!



Finally! The Pizza Treat…

February 24, 2016

Simple treat, and simple joy of being together with the Silent Steps, and the other participants of Pule production…unfortunately without Giselle Montero whom we missed a lot also during the launching of Pule , our docu on Apolinario Mabini. Organized by Joyce Dalawampu, and Leah Osido, the members of the Silent Steps group was finally gathered by Myra Medrana, Deaf choreographer. Thank you so much for your cooperation and participation!

With Silent Steps

Members of the Silent Steps who interpreted Apolinario Mabini’s  “El Verdadero Decalogo / The True Decalogue” [1898]; With Myra Medrana [Deaf Chreographer], Joyce Dalawampu, Leah Osido, Eugene Sordilla, hearing interpreters Bayani Generoso, Febe Sevilla, Susan Abad and me.

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In Celebration of the 2016 National Arts Month-PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon

February 3, 2016

Now busy preparing for the premiere screening next week of my latest educational documentary that is meant primarily to give Deaf access to information about one of our greatest heroes, Apolinario Mabini. He is currently considered an icon of Persons with Disability in the Philippines. Paralyzed at the age of 31 in 1896, the year Jose Rizal was shot to death, he worked while studying until he finished the Bachelor of Laws from UST. Mabini was the Chief Adviser of the First President of the Philippine Republic and the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs. The Americans tagged him as the “Insurgent’s Brains.”


Most importantly, the film is our vehicle to promote the use and recognition of Filipino Sign Language [FSL]. Signing Exact English continues to be used in the educational curriculum of the Deaf.


Talakasaysayan: Aguinaldo sa Pasko

December 9, 2015

Yesterday, I attended the 1-5 p.m. activity of Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Went there with Febe Sevilla and her daughter Alex aka “Ms Finland.” Angelo Aguinaldo, shrine’s former curator, and facilitator of the said event invited me. They called it “Talakasaysayan: Aguinaldo sa Pasko.”

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I actually thought the whole afternoon would only focus on Masonry, a subject I wanted to know more about. My father was a Mason I was told but he never discussed details about it. In my docu on Mabini, I used the El Verdadero version of the Masons for Deaf interpretation because of the simplicity of words they used.

I was happy and surprised to meet Dr. Manny Calairo, former student of my brother, and also Ms. Belen Nocon. They were in fact, members of the panel. The other panelists were Sergio Serpico Nepomuceno, Felix Ramos, Honey Palugod, Geronimo Esguerra, Wilfredo Lalimarmo, and Edwin Aborque. Students and teachers from several schools in Kawit and Imus, local DepEd officials, LGU staff of Kawit, Cavite attended.


Mr. Sumaquel Hosalla

Anyhow, I found interesting the topic on the military strategies used during the Filipino-American War as related by Mr. Sumaquel Hosalla, one of the panel members. A Consultant in the film Heneral Luna, he was right when he said that the line of firings used during his time should have been shown in the film. Not only were they cinematic and interesting the way I imagine them to be. It really would have shown how organized our military men were at the time. I have used photos showing the discipline our revolutionaries exhibited. Nevertheless, having been myself involved in film productions, I could offhand think that budget and time constraints must prevented them to pursue on having a scene like that. Noticeably segments in the fight scenes supposedly between the Americans and the Filipinos are quite limited. I was asked about Heneral Luna…but what can you say about a film that focuses on a historical figure but started with a disclaimer saying that it is a fiction film based on facts. I cannot question the artistic license of the director. It is his right. He can exag the scenes, make weak or strong a character based on treatment, his knowledge, sensibility and own sensitivity. I honestly liked the film as a film, especially Tarog’s music and the flashback into Luna’s childhood; but as a historical film, it cannot be judged as such. The disclaimer says it: it is a fiction film. The problem is: majority of the youth believed everything that they saw. [Related to this is my blog on El Presidente:

The rest of the topic  were already quite familiar to me especially the background events leading to the Filipino-American War because of my project on Mabini; also because of the books I helped my brother published. Characters and events intertwined.

The discussions were lively …going all the way to Cavite was worth it, especially since there was no traffic at the time we traveled to the place.

Before going to the Shrine at 1pm, we were led to eat at Edna’s Store located a few blocks away from the Shrine. We enjoyed walking down the road to and from the eatery but felt somehow depressed seeing largely neglected, and old houses lining up the main road. One day soon, they will be gone. At Edna’s, it was also worth our time waiting for the food to be prepared because they were quite tasty.


Magic Hour in Kawit – The Aguinaldo Shrine

We left the Shrine before 6 pm… All sold out, I missed the bibingka from Aling Lucy’s shop however! I should have bought instead from these boys and tasted what they were cooking. My first time to see them along the road! Probably because of demand for bibingka, with Simbang-Gabi nearing!