Posts Tagged ‘Philippine Federation of the Deaf’


At Gallaudet University on October 25: DDW’s “Signs of Change…”

October 12, 2017

The Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. has scheduled to show my latest documentary produced by Discovering Deaf Worlds USA and USAID on October 25, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. [Details below]

Signs of Change at Gallaudet

Photo above shows Yvette, one of the 10 Deaf leaders featured in the film



Through the Eyes of my Deaf Teacher

August 31, 2017

UP Advoc4

Foreground: my Deaf teacher Rey Alfred Lee. Behind him are members of the Silent Steps, Faculty staff of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, as well as GMEFI and UPSEC officers. Also in the photo is PULE film scorer Tumtum Mendoza [in white t-shirt with eyeglasses], a Person with Autism, standing between GMEFI President and me. 

Last August 25, PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON, a documentary on our hero, APOLINARIO MABINI was shown for the benefit of the scholars of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI]. The film participants include Deaf students and members of the Deaf playgroup, SILENT STEPS. They interpreted in Filipino Sign Language for the first time after 1898, one of the popular writings of the docu’s subject entitled El Verdadero Decalogo/The True Decalogue.  It was voiced by a man paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome who read Mabini’s writings. The film was scored by a twice-exceptional Person with Autism, his first time to do  so.

The screening was held at the UP Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City. Members of the Deaf community from DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies where I studied Filipino Sign Language came to attend the screening. One of them was my Deaf teachers, Rey Alfred Lee, former President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. Below are some of the photos he took.



July 28, 2017

From: dated July 27, 2017

From left: Founder of High Bridge Foundation Inc. and renowned community leader Mencie Hairston; Discovering Deaf Worlds President Shane Feldman; Embassy Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Artates; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Pauline Spanbauer; Deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha and; Discovering Deaf Worlds Program Director History Estill-Varner at the film screening of Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 20 July 2017.

27 July 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Philippine observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the Philippine Embassy in cooperation with Discovering Deaf Worlds, Inc. (DDW) hosted a free screening of the documentary, Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in the evening of July 20.

More than 80 guests, majority of whom came from the deaf and hearing communities in the Metro DC area, attended the film screening.

Signs of Change is a film made by Manila-based documentary film maker Mirana Medina that tells the story of 10 members of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) and their journey of personal and organizational growth through a capacity building program administered by DDW and funded by the USAID/Philippines from 2013 to 2016.

Vice Consul Darell Artates opened the event by briefly sharing the activities of the Embassy and initiatives of the Philippine Government in line with NDPR week.

“We have vowed to be advocates, to be part of the solution, and to be part in making sure that our fellow Filipinos who are persons with disabilities (PWDs) are integrated into the mainstream society and included in our social development,” said Ms. Artates.

“The Philippine Government established a framework that helps promote the inclusion and empowerment of PWDs, not just the deaf community but all sectors that are covered by the PWD group,” she further added.

Prior to the screening, Mrs. Mencie Hairston, founder of High Bridge Foundation, Inc. and renowned community advocate, gave a background of the documentary film by providing a brief history of the Filipino deaf community and updates in their progress.

“In 2012, Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW) and the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) established a partnership with the intention of strengthening PFD through organizational development,” introduced Mrs. Hairston.

An engaging panel discussion followed the screening of the documentary.

Those who led the panel were advocates from the deaf community, including DDW President Shane Feldman, first deaf Peace Corps Volunteer serving the Philippines Pauline Spanbauer, and deaf community advocate Shilpa Hanumantha. Mrs. Hairston moderated the discussion.

Panelists highlighted the positive impact of the program in the Philippines, particularly in empowering and inspiring the Filipino deaf communities to build on and expand what DDW started.

The brief Q&A touched on the livelihood programs and trainings for the deaf community, how DDW embeds local cultures in program development, resources allocated by the Philippine Government to similar advocacies, and potential contributions of the U.S. government agencies to connecting deaf communities all over the world to the American deaf community, and the next steps for DDW.

DDW provided two professional sign language interpreters for the panel discussion.

For more information, visit / or @philippinesusa on Twitter.

Panelists engage in a brief discussion and Q&A portion with the audience.

[Source of other photos:,phildet/%5D


Senate Bill Pushes to Recognize Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language

May 25, 2017

Senator Nancy Binay has filed SB1455, the Filipino Sign Language Act, to recognize Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Philippines. The bill includes comprehensive provisions on the use of the unique visual language of the Filipino Deaf community in access to health, employment, justice, broadcast media, and culture and the arts. It supplements landmark legislation already recognizing FSL in education through R.A. 10533 (K-12 law) and R.A. 10410 (Early Years Act) in 2013. The Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy of the DepEd would implement FSL as the mother language of deaf learners, and the development of literacy in second/ third languages.

fsl-banner2The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, the national umbrella organization of over 55 Deaf member organizations has advocated for the national recognition of FSL for over two decades. It led the Deaf community in a rally in 2011 to lobby for FSL legislation. In the 16th Congress, the House of Representatives passed on 3rd Reading HB6428, the Filipino Sign Language Act. It is refiled currently by Rep. Antonio Tinio as HB2094.

Though historically influenced by American Sign Language, research by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and the Philippine Deaf Resource Center have established FSL as a true and linguistically distinct language. Evidence of signing in the Philippines is documented in Leyte since the 1590s, over three centuries before the entry of American Sign Language in the Philippines.

The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino supports legislation that shall promote the Filipino Deaf identity. Senator Binay sees the recognition of Filipino Sign Language as ensuring that deaf Filipinos enjoy their human, legal, linguistic and cultural rights.

Contact persons:
Carolyn Dagani, President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf
Mobile 0995.9964191 (text only); FB: PFDeaf
Liza Martinez, PhD, PDRC /Deaf Resources Philippines
Tel 9941441; email:


Nearing the Finish Line

January 21, 2016

What I temporarily titled “IndepenDeaf” is nearing the finish line as I find more and more materials that I need for this docu on Deaf leaders of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and Discovering Deaf Worlds. Yesterday, I was finally given footage that I have been looking for.

Version 5 is on-going… Target date: February.



2nd National Deaf Youth Camp 2015 in CDO

March 23, 2015


The 2nd National Deaf Youth Camp will be held in Cagayan De Oro on May 14 to 17, 2015. To be discussed are the role of Deaf Youth Leaders, Deaf Culture and the variations in Filipino Sign Language that are used in different regions in the Philippines. Make new Deaf Friends and network with all the participants from different cities and provinces. Hearing people can also join and have fun!! Everyone ages 18 – 35 years are welcome!!

Deaf Camp
For inquiries, contact: Jet Romo Love Agbay Chris Phyl Josephine Gardoce Dela Peña, Bella Calbay-Martin Mackie Calbay Bibo Lee Perey, Raymond J. Manding, Carmie Calingacion, Aj Matira

The camp is sponsored by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf Youth Section.


Fr. Cyril Axelrod, CSsR_Deaf-Blind Priest who Encouraged the Establishment of PFD

March 1, 2015
The Philippine Association of the Deaf [PAD] was first established in October 17, 1926 by Filipino Deaf leader, Mr. Pedro Santos. PAD was an official member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), an international non-governmental organization representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. WFD is recognized by the United Nations or UN. In 1990s, PAD and PAD Demonstration School were both closed due to internal mismanagement. PAD had no communication with WFD since its dissolution so WFD asked Fr. Cyril Axelrod, CSsR, the former director of Macau Deaf Association to check the status of PAD through the Catholic Ministry to Deaf People (CMDP) and its former Executive Director, Dr. Jandi Arboleda. He reported to WFD that the PAD was officially dissolved. 
Fr. Cyril Axelrod

Fr. Cyril Axelrod [Courtesy of DEAF Advocating News & Travels in the Philippines from fb account of CBDagani]

There was an informal community meeting in 1995 but did not push through. Fr. Axelrod, CSsR did not give up and push the community meeting with the assistance of CMDP. He proposed to the Filipino Deaf community to establish a new organization to replace PAD, In its stead, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf or PFD was founded on October 19, 1996. It was formally established the following year on May 18, 1997. This story was  shared by Raphy Domingo, former president of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf.

In Promotion of FSL as National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos_A MI PATRIA / To My Motherland/ Inang-Bayan

January 10, 2013

Sa pagsusulong ng Filipino Sign Language Bilang Pambansang Wikang Senyas ng mga Bingi sa Pilipinas

Inihahandog ng

 DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies

Philippine Federation of the Deaf

Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children

Filipino Deaf Women Health and Crisis Center


UP College of Arts and Letters





ni Miranamedina

3 p.m., Saturday /  FEBRUARY 2, 1013 / UP FILM CENTER THEATER

Diliman, Quezon City



Meeting this afternoon with Dr. Belen Calingacion, UP CAL Representative and Program Facilitator to discuss the program and related acitivites with Deaf org representatives led by Giselle Montero, SDEAS OPD Director.

2 pm., Faculty Center, UP Diliman


International Deaf Events

January 11, 2011

Herewith is the list of international Deaf Events to be held this year forwarded to me yesterday by Philippine Federation of the Deaf President Rack Corpuz.

1st International Deaf Lesbian Festival
Date: 22 – 26 June 2011
Place: Dublin Ireland
Contact: / Website:

WASLI Conference
Theme: Think Globally, Act Locally
Date: 14 -16 July 2011
Place: Durban, South Africa
Registration to the conference:

16th World Congress of the WFD
Theme: Global Deaf Renaissance
Date: 18 – 24 July 2011
Place: Durban, South Africa
Telephone: +27 11 482 1610 / Fax: +27 11 726 5873 / Email: secretariat(at)
personalassistant(at) / Website:

8th Deaf History International Conference
Theme: Telling Deaf Lives: Biographies & Autobiographies
Date: 24 – 29 July 2012
Place: Toronto, Canada
More information will be announced later

22nd Summer Deaflympics
Date: 31 July – 13 August 2013
Place: Athens, Greece

Deaf World Cruise 2013* along with *Miss Deaf International Events*
Date: July 2013 (prior to the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Athens, Greece.
More small exotic tours will also be offered prior very special Deaf World Cruise and after Deaflympics.) Contact: Michael Ubowski / Email:
By mail: Deaf Cruise / 14700 North Frank Lloyd Wright, Boulevard #157, PMB #379, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
Phone: +1 866 922 3090/ Fax: +1 480 657 0744 / Website:

If you know of any upcoming conference of regional or international interest, be sure to send PFD the information for publication in the Calendar of Coming events of the World Federation of the Deaf newsletter and also in their website.


Silent O Goes to Baguio_Tinig Ko…Dinggin Mo

November 9, 2009

Silent Odyssey poster

Silent Odyssey—about,  made for, and shot with Deaf Filipinos will be shown in Baguio City under the initiative of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf, led by its president Ms. Racquel Corpuz in Celebration of Deaf Awareness Week 2009 with the theme “TINIG KO…DINGGIN MO”. See the poster above for details.

For the schedule of activities of the 15th Deaf Festival at DLS-CSB School of Deaf and Applied Studies, please click below


For the proclamation of the Department of Education on the 2009 NATIONAL OBSERVANCE OF DEAF AWARENESS WEEK, click below