SO in Valenzuela City
Students not only of the Bible Institute for the Deaf, parents, teachers, relatives, visitors and friends of the Deaf came to watch Silent Odyssey. Some were visibly touched:
A hearing mother is seen wiping her tears off as she comes out of the theater hall while Deaf students showed joy and excitement. One of them told me:
“I like the film because it’s beautiful. It makes the people aware of Deaf world [deafness]. Thank you for making the film.”
The President of the Parents-Teachers Association of BID, Mrs. Babes Mendoza commented: “[The film is a] very, very good documentary. It’s very helpful for the Deaf people…It’s very inspiring especially for us special parents and our special children…”
On the other hand, her calm later emotionally-charged husband, Mr. Noel Mendoza said: “…Sana kung pupwede sa Congress nyo ipanood para ‘yung awakening…We have the same views kasi ang problema natin yung rights nila. Ako nga lang sa simpleng discount card na ibinigay ng school nakikipagtalo ako sa mga establishments…Sabi ko, I am not begging for it. Karapatan ito ng anak ko. Ibigay mo sa akin. Kundi mo alam yung batas…mag-aral ka!!! Nandyan ka sa position na yan…tapos sasabihin mo sa akin di mo alam kung bakit may discount ang disabled? Dapat mag-aral ka!!”
With her teachers, staff and Ms. Aida Musa, BID Member of the Board of Trustees, Sister Ellen finally succeeded in having the film shown which she had been trying to do since last November ’08.