Posts Tagged ‘Mi Ultimo Adios in Filipino Sign Language’


UP Film Center Reunion with Ms. Virginia R. Moreno on Rizal’s Birthday

June 22, 2017

Last January 19, Jose Rizal’s birthday J.Moreno Foundation hosted through its President Virginia R. Moreno, Founder of the UP Film Center the reunion of the former and current staff of the UP Film Center. Supposed to have been a celebration of the 41 Aprils of Cinema Artists, it has been moved to coincide with Rizal’s birthday. Because of that, I have had the chance of screening my film MI ULTIMO ADIOS, the first-ever interpretation of the poem in Filipino Sign Language, and the 123rd version of the poem. Aldrin Gabriel, the Deaf actor attended. Cannes Palme d’Or winner Raymond Red was present.

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Aldrin Gabriel [Deaf actor], UP Film Center Founder Ms. Virginia R. Moreno, and me, original staff of UPFC

After the screening, Aldrin thanked all those who watched our film. He said he was very happy to see hearing people watching a Deaf film. Rizal descendant Ms. Lisa Tinio-Bayot was as happy for having the film shown. She was unable to come because they also celebrated the birthday of her lolo Jose.

[Note: Preparing the exhibit with Clare Salaverria and Sheila Red was fun and quite reminiscent of what we used to do decades ago at the Film Center. All photos here were courtesy of Aldrin except for the poster]


Asian Spectacles-Featuring the Best of Asian Deaf Films

January 11, 2012

Behind the Scene_Rehearsal_ULTIMO ADIOS with Aldrin Gabriel

Just read this morning the schedule of the Second HongKong International Deaf Film Festival to be held at HongKong Arts Center from February 24-26, 2012. Our entry, MI ULTIMO ADIOS [in Filipino Sign Language]  is sked under Programme I [See below] of the festival.

節目一:亞洲專題 /Programme 1: Asian SpectaclesFeaturing the Best of Asian Deaf Films

日期及時間 /Date & Time: 24/02   8pm
彩色 /Col /DVD /103mins
As the Tribute Film of the 20th International Day of Disabled Persons in China, Love Before Sunrise features the young Chinese Deaf actor Sung Xiubo in a love tragedy.  Mi Último Adiós (in English “My Last Farewell”) is the Signing version of the farewell poem written by Filipino national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal before his sacrifice to the brutal colonial rule.  

愛在日出前 /Love Before Sunrise
中國 /China /2010 /57’02”
普通話對白,中國手語,中文、英文字幕 /In Mandarin & Chinese Sign Language with English & Chinese Subtitles
導演:熊皓 /Director: Xiong Hao

永訣辭 /Mi Último Adiós
菲律賓 /Philippines /2011 /14’31”
菲律賓手語,中文、英文字幕 /Fillipino Sign Language with English & Chinese Subtitles
導演 /Director: Mirana Medina

Music and the Sea, The $10,000 that Did Not Exist and Minority within the Minorities are winners of the Film Competition of the First Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival.  Feeling the vibration of the sound from loudspeakers, a Deaf girl imagines dancing with her cyber-dating boyfriend in Music of the Sea. Two devils want to destroy the trust between a hard-of-hearing couple in The $10,000 that Did Not ExistMinority within the Minorities is a delicate twist between a Deaf girl and a Hearing girl.  In Whispering Hands, the Deaf waitress Glory with supernatural power wants to help a spirit called Carrie.  In Pelita Hati, Deaf guy Kelana visits a village and teaches a Deaf Aboriginal villager Damak the Sign language.

(For the complete list of films, click HKIDFF Schedule)


The Language of Heroism

December 3, 2011

Zarah Escueta, Curator of the Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago blogged about the coming showing of our film, MI ULTIMO ADIOS [Filipino Sign Language version] at the Rizal Shrine on December 29. In part she wrote:

As part of the celebration of Rizal @ 150 and the 115th Commemoration of Rizal’s Martyrdom, “Ultimo Adios” in Filipino Sign Language will have a special showing at the Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago as it where it was originally written on the date, December 29 of this year, 3:00 p.m. part of the period when he wrote this poem.
As Jose Rizal was a linguist who spoke 22 languages including local dialects, it implies that he was a very interesting conversationalist and communicator thus he would also probably learn the sign language as it is the language of the deaf whom he wanted to know and understand the life they are living and to convey his message of inspiration.” [ To read the full article, click]

Launching of Project Rizal

June 18, 2011

In connection with the launching of Project Rizal which features the premiere showing of my short film MI ULTIMO ADIOS [in Filipino Sign Language], RJ of DLS-CSB SDEAS designed a beautiful poster for the activity this coming Tuesday June 21.