Posts Tagged ‘Nina Padua’


Hearts Full of Joy and Hope at CBR-SMILE Center, Payatas

September 5, 2016
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Patti Rivera with the participants

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Teacher Ana with Bryan Bautista, son of CBR-Smile President Sanny Bautista

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[L-R]: Teacher Ana Rivera with daughter Patricia

It was quite exciting to see Children with Disabilities gathered together accompanied by their parents/caregivers to undergo sessions in Dance Movement Therapy [DMT] last Saturday, September 3 at the CBR Center. The Heart at Play Foundation led by Teacher Ana Rivera and her daughter Patti were there to train them.We witnessed varied expressions of anticipation from the participants of CBR-SMILE [Samahan ng mga Magulang na Iniingatan ang Lahat ng batang Espesyal Inc.] as they wait for the program to start. Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] is co-sponsoring the project].GroupAs GMEFI’s Community Education Fund Assistance Programs Head, I joined the group led by our president Even Dominguez,  Administrative Staff Nina Padua, and Grace, an MMC student who is about to write a thesis focused on Persons with Disability. When we arrived, Mr. Ranil Sorongon, former ASP Executive Director, and currently the PPCWD Convenor and Norfil Foundation Consultant was giving the group a warm up talk, so to say.

The program started with the singing of the National Anthem led by a low-vision child, Perlyn Brevano followed by a prayer by Renea Leyva, mother of Terrenz Lukas Leyva, a child with cerebral palsy. The opening remarks was delivered by CBR-SMILE coordinator, Nitz Caliwan, in behalf of their president, Mrs. Sanny Bautista who came late because she had to attend another important meeting. GMEFI President Even Dominguez was the Guest speaker while Ranil Sorongon gave an inspirational talk. When Ms. Bautista arrived, she thanked GMEFI and all those who extended their hand to make the project possible like The Heart at Play Foundation, GMEFI and Norfil. Her voice cracked at one point.

An intermission dance was amazingly performed by CBR SMILE KIDS, namely: Bryan Bautista, Levilyn Bendal, Marie Claire Yeong, Teza Carl Cervantes, and Judy Ann Goyala. They danced and swayed their bodies gracefully and with gusto. They visibly enjoyed dancing; their talents, honed by patient teachers, and/or parents evident.

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Patti Finally, an introductory lecture on what Dance Movement Therapy is – as a combination of science and art — was explained by Patricia “Patti” Rivera who was aiding her mom, Teacher Ana. The Dance Movement Therapy session then started. THP prepared an IEP-Based Movement Teacher A about to beginGrading Sheet to serve as their tool to gauge the development of the individual participating child. Their main criteria, physical baseline has percentage of 40%, while the Elements of Dance were set each at 12%, as follows: Direction, Size, Level, Speed, and Balance.

Indeed, it was “heart at play” [to borrow from THP’s acronym] that we, as outside observers witnessed. For only committed hearts and soul could make such a unique activity happen in the name of love and in embrace of Persons with Disability.

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Unfortunately, we had to leave early so we were not able to watch the entire session. Sayang!! Hoping for the success of the project, joy for the participating children and their parents!


[L-R]: Ranil Sorongon, Even Dominguez, Mirana, Nitz Caliwan, Sanny Bautista, Nina Padua

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Soroptimist International of San Jose del Monte Leaders with GMEFI Officers and Members Previewed “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon”

June 21, 2016

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Last Saturday June 18, Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] board members welcomed the leaders of Soroptimist International of San Jose del Monte [SI of SJDM], Bulacan. The latter tagged along with them some high school students to have a preview of an educational documentary entitled PULE:Utak ng Rebolusyon. The screening was held at the audio-visual room of Metro Manila College [MMC] in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Soroptimist Kids

The film is about one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini whose life is unfortunately not as well known to many Filipinos as Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. GMEFI plans to screen the documentary in celebration of the 2016 National Heroes Day come August. It aims to make MMC students aware of who Mabini really was and what he did for our country. It eventually hopes to spark nationalism in the viewers, and raise awareness on the potentials and talents of Persons with Disability, majority of whom formed part of the film production team.

SI of SJDM leaders, inspired by what they came to learn about the Interviewlife of Mabini concluded upon watching the film the need to share it to more students to expand their knowledge about him. Dr. Rosalyn Cabuco, an obstetrician, said: “Na-appreciate ko. Maganda po … inspiring po talaga and natouch po ako at hindi man po ako maging hero siguro, pero I’ll try my best na ma-impart po sa mga kabataan…”

Likewise, its president, Ms. Corazon Flores added: “… na-inspire din po ako. Being the president, gagawin ko din po yung ano, parang kay Apolinario Mabini. Kailangan marami pong matutunan. Kailangang mag-aral pa! Kumbaga di po dito natatapos yung buhay natin… Maganda po yung napanood natin! Bilang president, gagawa po tayo para magkaroon ng malawak na kaalaman [tungkol kay Mabini] ang mga estudyante.”

Group Photo1[Right to Left Standing]: Nina Padua [GMEFI Administrative Assistant], Marian Villanueva, [MMC student aide], Gil Reoma [GMEFI Executive Director], Karen Aquino, unnamed student, Yolanda Delos Santos, Dr. Evelyn Dominguez [GMEFI President], Corazon Flores [SI of SJDM President], Mirana Medina [PULE filmmaker], Dr. Rosalyn Cabuco, and Ms. Natividad Villano. On the extreme left is MMC Head Librarian Zosima Balulot with high school students from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Meanwhile, one of the Soroptimist members, Ms. Yolanda Delos Santos, English teacher at San Jose del Monte National High School said: “I am grateful that I was given a chance to watch this film…kasi it is an eye-opener, different from what we reading from the books. I think the students will be interested in watching this… Syempre nowadays yung mga students medyo bored na sila magbasa but if they watch this talaga papasok sa kanilang puso…” Ms. Delos Santos added: “Ngayon ko lang talaga nakilala si Ka Pule… Saka inspiring talaga yung kanyang life pati dun sa mga Persons with Disability hindi dapat maging hadlang ang kapansanan….Pati pagka-Pilipino [ko] natouch din.”

Ms. Natividad Villano, one of the founding members of  SI of SJDM, and currently Fund Campaign Head of GMEFI when asked for her comment on the film retorted: “Reaction ko? Parang nalulungkot ako’t kaawa-awa ang Pilipinas. Nakipaglaban sila tapos hanggang ngayon tayo hirap na hirap pa rin. Kaya sana mamulat ang kabataan ngayon para naman maging malaya tayo, at hindi tayo laging nagkakagulo, nag-aaway-away. Maganda! Napakaganda!”

On the other hand, GMEFI Executive Director Gil Reoma said: “Maganda! Very historical at the same time very personal. Ang nagustuhan ko dun yung Decalogo at saka yung kanyang [Mabini] sinasabing inner transformation. Napakahalagang elemento ng rebolusyon: Inner Revolution [kalooban]…” His companion, Karen Aquino also a teacher from Bulacan added: “Napaganda!…nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa mga kabataan, and challenging, hindi sabagal ang kapansanan tungo sa success ng isang tao.”

The documentary, produced by Miryad Visyon in collaboration with De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was directed and edited by Mirana Medina, GMEFI Board Member and Educational Assistance Program Head.


Gawad Metronian Awarded Educational Fund Assistance to Autism Society Philippines

November 28, 2015

Last November 25, I witnessed the signing of the MOA between Cecile Sicam, Secretary and former president of Autism Society Philippines (ASP), and Evelyne Dominguez, Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. (GMEFI) President in support of ASP’s proposal entitled: Educational Assessment and Formulation of Individualized Educational Programs for Indigent children with Special Needs.

MOA Signing

[Seated L-R]: Cecile Sicam representing ASP and Dr. Evelyne Dominguez representing GMCFI; [Standing L-R]: Dr. Menandro Magculang, Dr. Ramon Garcia, Thelma Jadraque, Mirana, Dr. Erlin Dal’ag, Annalissa Pennullar

Dr. Anna Blanca, formerly with DepEd Special Education Unit, NCR and Mr. Jason Reyes later joined Ms. Sicam. They will be working with ASP in the implementation of the project which aims to:

  1. Increase the effectivity of special education intervention being given in public schools by providing a model for appropriate assessment and IEP formulation.
  2. Improve the capability of public school special education teachers to assess and formulate Individualized Educational Programs and thereby implement appropriate interventions for their special needs students.

Project implementation will last for four months.

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[R-L]: Thelma Jadraque, Dr. Evelyne Dominguez, Mirana, Dr. Erlin Dal’ag, Dr. Anna Blanca, Cecile Sicam, Dr. Ramon Garcia, Jason Reyes, Annalissa Penullar, Dr. Menandro Magculang, Nina Padua

A non-stock and non-profit organization duly organized and existing under Philippine laws, Gawad Metronian office is located in Metro Manila College, U-Site, Brgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches, Quezon City. The so-called Katipunan Tree is found inside the campus.

The Centennial-old Katipunan Tree inside Metro Manila College used to have luxuriant foliage. Under its shadows, Melchora Aquino treated wounded Katipuneros; a place ideal for resting and holding of clandestine meetings of the “revolucionarios” led by Andres Bonifacio. The historical marker was installed at the instance of National Historical Institute Director Esteban de Ocampo.