Posts Tagged ‘The Sublime Paralytic / Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon’


Alay ng Sektor sa Kaarawan ni Apolinario Mabini

August 6, 2015

It was on July 23, 2015 when the 151st birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini started. He is the subject of my two educational documentaries [The Sublime Paralytic / Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon]. Primarily aimed at giving Deaf access to information, they are at the same time intended to help promote the use and recognition of Filipino Sign Language in the country and showcasing Deaf talents.

SM Aura_tiketOn that day, the Philippine Foundation on the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, SM Cares, PAGCOR and AKAP-PINOY sponsored a musical event they called “Isang Gabi ng Musika: Alay ng Sektor sa Kaarawan ni Apolinario Mabini.”

SM Aura_Excerpts

Scene from the Documentary: Interview with Dr. Paul Dumol, historian; Filipino Sign Language Interpreter Febe Sevilla.

I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen. But I had an arrangement with Jan Peña, President of Autism Society Philippines-Dasmariñas City chapter that I would ready excerpts from the documentary that I am working on – in fact until now – since the program is a tribute to Mabini. I was busy working at that time with the docu’s sound designer. Jan was quite keen in her invitation for me to attend the event. Anyway, since I wanted to see how the excerpts would fare when shown to the public, I went to SM Aura [my first time], but stayed for only an hour or so. Our sound designer was waiting for me at home. Met a few friends, watched my work with the audience who were receptive the way I observed them, enjoyed the first group who sang songs during the 60’s, and  yes! heard my name read before the program as one of the Mabini awardees. I earlier thought the names of the nominees would be announced.


Meet the Silent Steps!!! FSL Signers in Mabini’s “The True Decalogue”

April 23, 2015

The True Decalogue [El Verdadero Decalogo / Ang Tunay na 10 Utos], written more than 100 years ago in 1898 by one of our great heroes, Apolinario Mabini was interpreted in Filipino Sign Language [FSL] by the Silent Steps, an all-Deaf student playgroup of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. It is aimed at showing the talents of Deaf performers, promote FSL, expose the hearing audience to the beauty of FSL as a visual language, and to give the viewers — both Deaf and hearing — information and knowledge about one of the most popular writings of Mabini. The hero wrote it for our revolutionary leaders to serve as their guiding principles. He believed that a person’s “internal revolution” is important to the success of the country’s “external” revolution.

Deca 1

Gess Michael Abrenica Jr.

Deca 2

Lorhen Sumili

Deca 3

Ryan C. Revilleza and Bryan Santos with reader Abner Manlapaz

Deca 4

Marvin Pagtalunan

Deca 5

Alissa Salinas and Dinah Fe Jason

Deca 6

Brion King Lasutaz

Deca 7

Mark Joseph Albert

Deca 8

Nicole Mae Magpayo

Deca 9

Charlotte Punzalan

Deca 10

Mary Rose Gozon

Their performance was filmed as one of the highlights in the 50-minute biographical docu on Mabini entitled The Sublime Paralytic / Pule: Utak ng Rebolusyon. Myra Medrana [Deaf] choreographed the movements. Only half of the total time performed by the group is featured in the docu. Abner Manlapaz [PWD] read the Pilipino verson of the Decalogue.

The segment was shot by Dennis Balan [Deaf], Rem Vocalan, Yuka Eucasion and Mirana Medina. The film is produced by Miryad Visyon and SDEAS with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts [NCCA]; Direction and Editing by Mirana.