Posts Tagged ‘PWDs’

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“The Sublime Paralytic” in Tanauan

July 21, 2015
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One of our film posters; The docu is about the First Prime Minister and First Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the First Philippine Republic

It is July. In Tanauan City, Batangas Province, the celebrations of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which culminates on July 23, birthday of Apolinario Mabini, subject of my current documentary is very well observed. Despite the declaration of July 17 as a national holiday, the people of Tanauan proceeded with their scheduled event. We went there to preview the docu. Ms. Pelagia Mabini and another kaanak watched the film. Despite the busy schedule, the accommodating curator of the shrine Ms. Olga Palacay, who was also interviewed for the docu managed to see the segment where she is in. Responses were quite positive.

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Scene on the way to Mabini Shrine in Talaga, Tanauan Batangas – July 17 – a PWD Race

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They were actually coming from the grounds of Mabini Shrine, in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas, our destination…

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…Where my docu “Apolinario Mabini: The Sublime Paralytic” was previewed for them

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Guests Line up to Register

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Tanauan Film Viewers in the Audio-Visual Room of the Mabini Shrine-Tanauan

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These three ladies were victims of polio. They came all the way from Cainta to celebrate with the PWDs of Tanauan.

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A PWD is being Readied for the Duyan Race

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The People Manning the Event; Shrine Curator, Ms. Olga Palacay [Standing 2nd from Right]

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Mga ka-field trip and members of the production team: [Front]: Janus Victoria, co-writer; Febe Sevilla – Filipino Sign Language interpreter, and Bert de Santos – Sound Designer

The first two shots were taken by Janus Victoria; the photo below by Bert de Santos; I shot the photos in between them.

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While testing the sound and picture projection…Ms. Pelagia Mabini, 3rd generation descendant of Apolinario Mabini in blue blouse looks on

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move_Men on Wheelchair

May 9, 2015

Literally, on the Move — these two people are miles away –Manila and New York City — yet they surely share and practice the philosophy of independent living… They do not confine themselves in the comfort of their homes, nor in their shells. Afterall, they are part of us, and should be treated like anyone else in an enabling society.

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This is Abner Manlapaz. I first met him in an Indignation rally of Persons with Disability [PWD] demanding the government to respect the rights due to them. He is the President of Independent Living Foundation. He is one of the participants in the docu that I am currently doing on Apolinario Mabini, our hero who himself was a PWD. Mabini was the Prime Minister, First Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Chief Adviser of Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippine Republic in 1898. This photo was shot at Mall of Asia, Pasay City in Metro Manila where Autism Walk was held a couple of years back.

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I do not know this man. But he caught my attention because in the crowd, he was the only one going around on wheelchair. And since I advocate for PWDs, I felt quite happy for him because he could move like anyone else around him. This was shot in Times Square St., New York City.

Great coincidence!!! I just realized now that aside from being on wheelchairs, look at what they are wearing! Red t-shirt and blue jeans; both wear eyeglasses, and their heads?? Aren’t they nearly the same?

The Non-Handicapping Environment is a must in all places in the world. Here in our country, NHE has been introduced but the idea should ripple around, especially in Southeast Asia where PWDs should be given as much importance, priority and equality as any of the so-called abled individuals. They should be given opportunities, chances to prove their ability and capacity, and the right to co-exist with others.

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World report on disability

December 11, 2010

The World report on disability will be launched on 9 June 2011. Mandated by the World Health Assembly Resolution 58.23, and jointly published by WHO and the World Bank, the World report summarizes the best available scientific evidence on disability and makes recommendations for action to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)…

The World report on disability addresses the need for better research and data on disability. It will include the first update of WHO’s disability prevalence estimates for more than thirty years. The Report also explores evidence about discrimination and barriers, identifies needs and provides an analysis of what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the areas of health, rehabilitation, support services, information, infrastructure, transportation, education and employment.

To read the complete article, please click the following link: en

In this connection, I would like to share with you the email sent to me last week by Noriko Saito of JICA incidentally forwarded to her by McLeod-MacKenzie, Rachel Zaria <mackenzier@who.int>:

“On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, preparations begin for the launch of the World Report on Disability on 9 June 2011 in Geneva.  This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of people with disabilities, and identifies ways of removing barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in their communities.

We want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers. To start the debate, we asked Faustina Urassa, a woman with disabilities from Tanzania, “What’s disability to you?”

See what she told us at http://on.fb.me/fX1iN8 or at the World Report website, http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report.

Sign up at the World Health Organization Facebook page to join the debate and receive regular updates on the global and country launches of the World Report.  Facebook will be our main channel for disability dialogue.  In the months ahead, we will post three more films, featuring women with disabilities from Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Bolivia.

In the run up to the launch, we welcome your photographs, stories and short films on the theme “This is disability to me.” Please share the news with your disability community, and ask them to join ours.