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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.


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:

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.


Kids Three 21_Final Final

April 26, 2014

Finally! I got the list of some “clips” to be deleted from Kids… It took three months before the list was given to me. Been wanting to clear my hard disk of raw footage from the project. Nevertheless, I still have to wait for the re-edition to be approved. And that means waiting for another month since Yeye is out of the country.

This year I will most probably turn my focus back to my brother’s collection of writings for publication… the fifth and last volume of his writings in case. It will be for the collection I call the MGA ANI NI GANI Series. If and when published, my “obligation” will be over; my promise accomplished. Sana nga! Sana!


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


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)



November 5, 2013

Kids Three 21, a docu on Down Syndrome and Ultimo Adios / Last Farewell in FSL were shown to the Filipino community in Istanbul last Sunday, November 3. Philippine  Consul based in Ankara, Turkey  Leilani Feliciano opened the event with her opening remarks.

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Consul Leilani Feliciano delivered her opening remarks to the Filipino audience who attended the showing of Ultimo Adios and the premiere screening of KIDS THREE 21 in Istanbul, Turkey

With Don Bosco students

Group photo with Don Bosco students. [Front row]: Members of the organizing committee of the event including Rowena Ulayan, UKFF founder and Chairperson [4th L-R] and Consul Feliciano [4th R-L]. By the way, I [3rd L-R] – used to teach Art Education in Don Bosco, Makati City

Am now at the Philippine Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Went to Ataturk Museum yesterday and the Ankara Castle.


“Kids Three 21”

August 29, 2013

Now, it’s “KIDS THREE 21”! It’s my latest title for the Down Syndrome film that I am currently doing. The title keeps on changing. Not until the film is finished, expect changes.