Posts Tagged ‘Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon’

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A Cultural Afternoon with Apolinario Mabini

March 16, 2017

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The historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan where the First Philippine National Assembly of the First Philippine Republic was held on September 15, 1898. [MM with Even / 2017]

It was on February 23, 2017 when the partnership presentation by the Provincial Government of Bulacan and Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] was held at the Maximo Viola Hall, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in Malolos, Bulacan. The Honorable Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado [photo below] graced the occasion. He welcomed the select audience consisting of educators, cultural officers, art and heritage advocates, and members of Bulacan provincial art and tourism board.

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Honorable Governor of Bulacan Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado delivers his Welcome Message to the Audience below

Audience“PULE: UTAK ng Rebolusyon” an educational documentary which features the life of Apolinario Mabini, Chief Adviser of the First President of the Philippine Republic was introduced before its screening by Mirana Medina, board member of GMEFI and the film’s director. She gave background information as to why and for whom the film was actually made giving stress on the film’s inclusivity as it has narration in Pilipino, with captions in English and largely interpreted in Filipino Sign Language. Participants in the making of the film are Deaf students, a Person with Autism and a wheel-chaired man.  Gil Reoma, GMEFI Executive Director later joined to talk about what GMEFI does and asked how the partnership between Bulacan counterpart could be made possible so as to make the film’s content widely known to Bulakenos. The Malolos Congress was highly given importance in the documentary. There were good exchange of ideas during the open forum [photo below] as viewers saw the importance of the film, and history for our young students.

W some of the participantsThe select Audience / participants with the organizers.

Bulacan-w GMEFI and OrganizersGMEFI staff: [L-R]: Gil Reoma on the extreme left, GMEFI President Even Dominguez, 3rd from left, Mrs. Natividad Villano and Mirana Medina, GMEFI Board Members with the co-organizers from the Governor’s Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office  led by Mr. Ely dela Cruz, 4th from left.

A repost from gawadmetronian.org

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Partnering with UP Special Education Council

February 18, 2017

The partnership between UP Special Education Council [UP SEC] and our foundation, Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] was finalized last February 9. They accepted our offer of collaboration in support of my educational documentary, PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon. I had several UP groups in mind to choose from as partner[s] but it was UP SEC that I gave priority to because the participants in this particular film are special, and my subject, Apolinario Mabini, one of our great heroes is the recognized icon of Persons of Disability [PWDS] in our country.

I know that sped teacher’s training would be to maximize a person with special needs’ potentials. It so happened that in this film, the talents and capabilities of Deaf students as performers, and a Person with Autism who is a music genius are showcased. Our objectives aligned.

Though I was a little disappointed in my last partnership with UP SEC some years back, I still reached out to this group, since this time, I know that there would be a new set of officers. Comparatively, they appeared to be quite a happy lot too as shown in the photo below.

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[L-R seated]: Joey Guardiano, Mela Mendoza, Cherry Nicdao, Lowe Crisostomo, Selina Sandiego, Mirana and Shaira Odono; Standing: Gil Reoma

Well, my first impression was that this batch is promising —and that they are going to be different. They initially showed enthusiasm and interest in the project, and I could feel that full COMMITMENT, unlike before would be there in their hearts. Still, I do hope that they would really put into practice good Service, awesome Excellence, and 101% Commitment to make our joint project a success.

I was referred to them by U.P. College of Education Dean Therese A.P. Bustos, my consultant in A MI PATRIA, a collection of Five Poems of Rizal in Filipino Sign Language. This is my fifth time to work with the UP College of Education – Special Education Area. The first time was when ALYANA was premiered in 2006.

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Rendezvous with Deaf Students

February 5, 2017

February 3, Friday, Noon Time. CSB Bldg., Rm. M510. “Silent Odyssey” [2008], a documentary on Deaf Culture, History, and Filipino Sign Language [FSL] origin was finally ana shown to Fourth Year students of Ms. Ana Arce upon her request. An arrangement since last year was made to have it shown during this semester. Ana is now a faculty member of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. I used to see her when she was still a student of SDEAS. That was a decade ago. I was making Silent O while at the same time studying FSL intended for hearing people under SDEAS’ FSL Learning Program. In fact, she was captured in one of the forums that I shot during that time for Silent O.

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Ms. Ana Arce with her students

Anyway, some of her students who viewed the film are members of the Silent Steps, the school’s playgroup. I have worked with them in my documentaries on Mabini. After the screening, I have asked them: “What’s the most important thing that you have learned from the film?” “FSL!”, they retorted in unison. [Oh yes! I managed to communicate with them without an interpreter. Sounds unbelievable but my little knowledge of FSL signs helped a lot. I am not daily exposed to sign language so without practice, my receptive skill is honestly poor. Nevertheless, I survived the day].

I was happy of course because one of the main objectives of the film — to make Deaf appreciate their language, and know its origin has been met. Hoping too that with that understanding they would fight and advocate for its use and recognition. Moreover, I have seen again the timelessness and value of the content. It is as important as when I first showed it to the public nine years ago. I am sure the interest and significance won’t diminish for as long as FSL is not recognized here, and Deaf continues to experience discrimination. For sure, the interview with the World Federation of the Deaf President Markku Jokinen by Raphy Domingo greatly helped in making the students understand better the importance of sign language in their life, culture and identity as Deaf individuals.

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Watching the interview with World Federation of the Deaf Markku Jokinen

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As for me, the fight to advocate for the use of Filipino Sign Language and highlighting PWD’s abilities through my films has not yet ended. Currently, I am preparing for the showing of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon. It is participated in by the Silent Steps, and music scored by a Person with Autism [PWA]. It is intended for hearing people so that they would get exposed to FSL, and hopefully get to appreciate and have an interest to learn it; in addition, to be able to listen to the first music scoring work of a PWA. Primarily meant for Deaf audience to give them full access to information about our hero, Apolinario Mabini, it was largely interpreted in FSL and fully captioned in English. DLS-CSB SDEAS and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts collaborated in its making. The latter must have been convinced by my rationale that Deaf’s culture and language should be respected as much as the Indigenous Peoples’ culture and language. After all, like the IPs, Deaf should be considered as a cultural-linguistic minority group.

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May you all succeed!!!

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“PULE” Visited the Department of Foreign Affairs Today

July 26, 2016
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DFA Officers and Personnel who attended the special screening held at the CMOAS Conference Room, DFA Bldg.

The First Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Apolinario “Pule” Mabini visited this afternoon the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City through a digital documentary film about his life, PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon / Brains of the Revolution.

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The activity is part of the post-celebration of DFA’s 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. DFA’s HRMO-BWD, Wellness and Family Affairs Unit sponsored the screening. Some DFA personnel including Assistant Secretary Grace Relucio Princesa, Department Legislative Liaison Unit; Human Resource Management Office [HRMO] Executive Director Mardomel Celo Melicor, HRMO-BWD Administrative Director Lenna Eilleen De Dios-Sison attended the screening together with DFA Deaf employees from the Office of Consular Affairs. Director Melicor gave the welcome remarks in place of HRMO Assistant Secretary Maria Aileen H. Bugarin who wasn’t  able to come. Mr. Jose Mari “Knoy” Fedelicio of HRMO warmly welcomed us, and sent us off as well after the screening. He was served as coordinator re the film showing schedule. According to him, PULE is “a must-see for every Filipino who takes pride of our history and heritage.”

I was quite happy to observe the excitement Asec Princesa showed for having watched the docu as she pointed at the need for more personnel of DFA to watch PULE. She said: “This movie really makes me appreciate our First [Secretary]…” She ended up by giving encouraging words to the PWDs in the audience who found inspiration from knowing better their icon, Mabini, himself a person with disability: “…there is nothing to stop us from using our brain, our heart, as long as we have integrity, character. The sky is the limit for you, guys. So, I really hope that you will do more in the department, outside the department …and show the world that being Deaf is not a reason not to be successful…”

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DFA Assistant Secretary Grace Princesa, Department Legislative Liaison Unit addresses the audience after the screening of PULE at CMOAS Conference Rm., DFA Bldg.

To all those who have found the time to watch the film, I would like to say thank you!!

Incidentally, PULE was also shown in the morning and in the afternoon today at Metro-Manila College in Novaliches, Quezon City with the aim of raising awareness about Mabini’s life, and the hope of sparking patriotism in the hearts of their Grade school students. The screening there will last until August 2.

PULE was intentionally made for the general audience but it is more intended for the youth whose sense of history is becoming near to nil. I also had the personnel of DFA in mind when I was in the process of making it knowing that very few must be knowing Mabini’s real contribution to our nationhood. Who he was was my guide when I researched about him. I must admit that I know very little about him before I embarked on the project except the fact the he is known as “The Sublime Paralytic” and “The Brains of the Revolution.”

[Photos above and at the bottom by Knoy Fedelicio-HRMO-DFA; Mid-photo by MM]

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In Celebration of 2016 Philippine Independence Day, PULE Screens at Rizal Park Visitor’s Center

June 11, 2016

PULE at Rizal Park

I just came to know today, that the showing of our documentary PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon / Brains of the Revolution will push through tomorrow, June 12, as part of the nation’s celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has informed me this week about the National Parks Development Committee’s interest to show our historical film on Apolinario Mabini, first Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister.

It is unquestionably timely since a segment that led to the declaration and proclamation of the Philippine Independence in 1898 is part of the docu. Venue is at Rizal Park Visitor’s Center in Manila. Moreover, viewers can relate to the historical significance of Jose Rizal [after whom the park was named] as his martyrdom is also included in the film. Rizal’s death was a turning point in our history.

Incidentally, the day Apolinario Mabini was summoned to come to Cavite by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippine Republic was on June 12, 1898. Aguinaldo ordered the making of the first Philippine flag, and the composition of the national hymn by Julian Felipe in time for that celebration.

PULE was produced by Miryad Visyon in collaboration with DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) and the NCCA. It will be screened at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free!

For photos when first screened at DLS-CSB Theater, click: https://advocacine.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/pule-screening-photos/

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Finally! The Pizza Treat…

February 24, 2016

Simple treat, and simple joy of being together with the Silent Steps, and the other participants of Pule production…unfortunately without Giselle Montero whom we missed a lot also during the launching of Pule , our docu on Apolinario Mabini. Organized by Joyce Dalawampu, and Leah Osido, the members of the Silent Steps group was finally gathered by Myra Medrana, Deaf choreographer. Thank you so much for your cooperation and participation!

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Members of the Silent Steps who interpreted Apolinario Mabini’s  “El Verdadero Decalogo / The True Decalogue” [1898]; With Myra Medrana [Deaf Chreographer], Joyce Dalawampu, Leah Osido, Eugene Sordilla, hearing interpreters Bayani Generoso, Febe Sevilla, Susan Abad and me.

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