Posts Tagged ‘Nicky Templo-Perez’


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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A Day to Remember: PULE Screening

February 10, 2016

This morning, the premiere screening of my educational documentary on our hero Apolinario Mabini, PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON was finally held. It was quite successful based on the remarks of the people who watched it. Viewers reaction is my gauge in knowing the impact of my works. And I would like to share with you one of them. I just received it tonight from a friend, Retired Professor of UP Manila, Fernando Sison, M.D. who attended the film’s launching. In his email, in part I quote:

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Poster and Tarp Designed by Leah Osido [Deaf]

“Your work is critically significant because it shares history in an enlightening and engaging way because it uses gracefully choreographed body movements of PWD [Silent Steps–MM], clarifying interviews with knowledgeable people, well-researched historical records and documents, authentic battle scenes, and the musical scoring of the PWA was inspiring (awesome God-given talent).

More importantly, Mabini’s Sampung Decalogo [Ang Tunay na 10 Utos /El Verdadero Decalogo–MM] reminded me of how times have not changed – foreign power domination under the guise of big brother concern, the flawed political system, the low regard for women, factionalism / regionalism, crab mentality, etc.

Your film has enriched me as a person and as a Filipino. I feel honored to know you. You deserve the accolades earlier given by your invited guests. “

Before the screening: Registration and Waiting Time

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Novaliches High School Deaf Students and Hearing Teachers Led by my former classmate under the FSLLP Program of DLS-CSB SDEAS, Agnes Dizon [wearing white blouse]. They trooped down from Nova, Quezon City to CSB ARG Theater in Taft Avenue, Manila

Program Proper
Our Special Guest Speakers who all gave wonderful and inspiring messages: Mr. Jayson Septimo of the NCCA Monitoring and Evaluation Department; Dr. Paul Dumol, historian-playwright, and Ms. Maite Gallego of MyRizal website, great grandniece of Maximo Viola, the man who saved Noli Me Tangere. Dean Nicky Templo-Perez of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies gave the welcome remarks sans voice.

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After the Program

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[L-R]: Jayson Septimo of NCCA, Mr. Miko Liwanag, Ms. Maite Gallego, Classmate Pet Almazan-Robles with Hubby Gideon, Mirana

I would like to thank our Production Coordinator Joyce Dalawampu, Leah Osido, graphic designer, Maria Elena Lozada who emceed for us, FSL Interpreters John Baliza and Febe Sevilla, Myra Medrana and the Silent Steps, Thristan Mendoza and his mother, Belina Regalado, all the technicians of SDEAS, personnel from PEN lab, volunteers and all those who came to watch the film I started working on sometime mid-2014 — like my ever-supportive FSL classmate Agnes Dizon, [second from the last photo] now a sped teacher at Novaliches High School who came with her students and co-teachers, and my high school classmate Pet Almazan who shared her precious time with her husband just to be with us [last photo]!

Lastly, thanks to your never-ending support: DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Photo credits: Jala Louise Santiago, Mikee de Leon, Leah Osido, and other Deaf student volunteers


A MI PATRIA Event Fotos_in Celebration of the 151st Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal

June 20, 2012

We had a successful screening of A MI PATRIA yesterday June 19, 151st Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, at SDA Theater, DLS-CSB Sch of Design Campus. Rizal descendants [Saturnina Rizal branch] Ms. Lisa Bayot and Atty. Ramoncita Reyes; as well as Ms. Maite Gallego, the descendant of Maximo Viola, the man who financed the publication of Noli graced our event. Dr. Apolonio Chua, Dr. Belen Tangco, Prof. Anna Marie Yglopaz, Dr. Beatriz Tardio-Alvarez and Mr. Fons Guardiola of Instituto Cervantes attended.

Presentation of the Production Staff Members and Deaf Performers-A MI PATRIA

A MI PATRIA Guests: [L to R] SDEAS Dean Nicky Templo-Perez, Dr. Vim Nadera, Atty. Ramoncita Reyes [Rizal descendant], Ms. Maite Gallego [Maximo Viola descendant], me, Ms. Lisa Bayot [Rizal descendant], Dr. Beatriz Tardio-Alvarez [Spanish reader], Snr Fons Guardiola of Instituto Cervantes and Mr. Tan of DLS-CSB Vice-Chancellor Bob Tang

[L] Ms Lisa Bayot and Ms. Maite Gallego of MyRizal, A MI PATRIA Film Screening Guest Speakers

Other Guest Speakers: [L] Dr. Therese Bustos [UP Sped Area / Project Consultant] and Leo Sulse [Deaf, Head CSB-SDEAS, Academic Affairs]

Before the screening

Before the Screening

Some members of the Production Staff After the Showing

Q & A / Open Forum

After the Open Forum of A MI PATRIA [Seated on the Front Row – L to R]: Giselle Montero, Febe Sevilla,Anna Marie Yglopaz, MM, Lynn Cappal [Deaf], Myra Medrana [Deaf], Joyce Dalawampu and John Baliza

My thanks to DLS_CSB SDEAS for sponsoring the event and the NCCA for its support in the production of the project! And of course to all the participants in the film, volunteers, the institutions and all those who helped us in one way or the other to make a dream come true! Above all, to Dr. Jose Rizal for his inspiration!


Breaking the Silence, Hearing the Deaf

February 14, 2012

ANC TALKBACK with TINA MONZON-PALMA is an interactive current affairs program tackling political and social issues. It airs every Monday 7:00-8:00pm on the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Last February 6, 2012, guests Rep. Teddy Casino, Author, Sign Language Inset For News Programs Act; Dr. Liza Martinez, Founder/Director, Philippine Deaf Resource Center; Nicky Templo-Perez, Dean, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies; and Mackie Calbay, Representative of the Deaf Community discussed Deaf Rights. Interpreters were Ms. Febe Sevilla and Ms. Therese Bustos. [anc-talkback-breaking-silence-hearing.html