Posts Tagged ‘First Secretary of Foreign Affairs’


“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” – Reshowing at the Department of Foreign Affairs

July 18, 2017

“Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” will be shown again tomorrow, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Department of Foreign Affairs Bldg. located in Pasay City as part of their annual celebration of the 2017 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. It was first shown in 2015. DFA’s interest in Mabini of course lies in the fact that he was the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic. He was appointed in January 1899.


Announcement Used by DFA the First Time “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was shown in 2015

According to the letter of request made by DFA’s Human Resource Management Office: “The film showing  is the Department’s fitting tribute to Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, whose heroism is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people notwithstanding his physical disability.” They describe the film as a “documentary that truly reflects cultural and political significance and underscores the noble heritage of the Filipino race.”

The Sublime Paralytic will be preceded by a 10-min AVP entitled “Inclusion.”


PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon Screens on February 10

February 7, 2016

DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS] scheduled the premiere screening of my educational and multilingual documentary, PULE: UTAK NG REBOLUSYON / Brains of the Revolution on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9 am. It is narrated in Filipino, subtitled in English and interpreted in Filipino Sign Language.

The film is about our revolutionary hero and political thinker, Apolinario Mabini, the Chief Adviser of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, First President of the Philippine Republic. It is about his adamance against American sovereignty over the Philippines at the turn of the century. Mabini was also the First Secretary of Foreign Affairs. A paralytic, he is considered the icon of Persons with Disability in the Philippines. A twice exceptional Person with Autism music scored the film while Deaf performers interpreted in Filipino Sign Language one of Mabini’s famous writings: El Verdadero Decalogo, for the first time after it was written more than 100 years.

Admission is FREE! The National Commission for Culture and the Arts also collaborated in the making of the film. Details are on the poster below.



The Sublime Paralytic Previews Today at the Department of Foreign Affairs

August 14, 2015

In 1899, Apolinario Mabini was already paralyzed by the time he was appointed as First Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First President of the Philippine Republic, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. As a tribute to Mabini on his Sesquicentennial Year, we made “The Sublime Paralytic”. A special preview will be held this afternoon at 3 pm at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Roxas Blvd. as part of their Post Celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Disability Week.


Apolinario Mabini’s Statue Graces the Hall’s Front Lobby  of the Department of Foreign Affairs  in Pasay City

Icon to Persons with Disability, he is revered as one of our great political thinkers. Also called the Brains of the Revolution, he was recognized as the one who “shaped the destiny of our nation.” A Filipino narrated version is now in post-production. It is entitled PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon.

The general public screening of The Sublime Paralytic will be held on August 27, 2015 at 4 p.m., 5th floor, DLS-CSB ARG Theater, Taft Campus in Manila. DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies co-produced the video docu.


“The Sublime Paralytic” in Tanauan

July 21, 2015
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One of our film posters; The docu is about the First Prime Minister and First Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic

It is July. In Tanauan City, Batangas Province, the celebrations of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which culminates on July 23, birthday of Apolinario Mabini, subject of my current documentary is very well observed. Despite the declaration of July 17 as a national holiday, the people of Tanauan proceeded with their scheduled event. We went there to preview the docu. Ms. Pelagia Mabini and another kaanak watched the film. Despite the busy schedule, the accommodating curator of the shrine Ms. Olga Palacay, who was also interviewed for the docu managed to see the segment where she is in. Responses were quite positive.

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Scene on the way to Mabini Shrine in Talaga, Tanauan Batangas – July 17 – a PWD Race

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They were actually coming from the grounds of Mabini Shrine, in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas, our destination…


…Where my docu “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was previewed for them


Guests Line up to Register


Tanauan Film Viewers in the Audio-Visual Room of the Mabini Shrine-Tanauan


These three ladies were victims of polio. They came all the way from Cainta to celebrate with the PWDs of Tanauan.


A PWD is being Readied for the Duyan Race


The People Manning the Event; Shrine Curator, Ms. Olga Palacay [Standing 2nd from Right]


Mga ka-field trip and members of the production team: [Front]: Janus Victoria, co-writer; Febe Sevilla – Filipino Sign Language interpreter, and Bert de Santos – Sound Designer

The first two shots were taken by Janus Victoria; the photo below by Bert de Santos; I shot the photos in between them.


While testing the sound and picture projection…Ms. Pelagia Mabini, 3rd generation descendant of Apolinario Mabini in blue blouse looks on