First Filipina Deaf Beauty Queen

First Filipina Deaf Beauty Queen (Photo courtesy of ANC and Yahoo News)

A college student makes history as the country’s first deaf beauty queen.

17-year-old Princess Pura was crowned among the top three winners in the ‘Queen of the Philippines’ in Subic, Zambales.

Being deaf since birth, the Hotel and Restaurant Management student says winning a beauty pageant is a dream come true.

Princess will represent the country in the ‘Face of Beauty International’ competition in China this September.

She says she wants to be an inspiration to other disabled women to pursue their ambitions. Full video article below:

Congratulations, Princess Pura!! Your achievement is the first of its kind in the Philippine Deaf community. This blogger salutes your success!!! You are truly blessed.  :-)

 

Facebook has been a perfect place for people to mingle without being physically present. It gives them (me included) a chance to be or stay informed about the whereabouts of everyone.

However, this is also a place where some people tend to show off to others that they are better and had experienced the finer things in life. That’s when bullying comes in. When they see someone who is not within their level in life, it triggers their senses to make their status known by giving others a piece of their mighty minds.

Enter the Deaf. His name is Mininio Buhat. Here is his FB post:

Deaf's FB PostTo those who are natural English speakers, you might certainly experience a little headache in trying to decipher what the deaf meant. But for those who are familiar with the Filipino deaf’s way of writing, this would be a tad easier to understand.

Now here is where the Bullies come in. This head bully copy-pasted the deaf’s post and remarked insults about his English using our Filipino language while sharing it with others. Then his cohorts posted more insulting messages below.

Twenty one insults, 34 likes and 24 shares later, the post caught the attention of the Defender. Mr. Mike Sandejas, the director of Dinig Sana Kita, a story of a deaf person who was in love with a hearing felt that he needs to also say his piece about the matter. Having experienced the deaf and their culture, he then turned to the “bashers” and explained his side on the issue.

Here is what he aired in FB last August 2:

OF GREAT CONCERN! PLEASE READ THIS CAPTION FIRST! I saw this posted on facebook. I saw a pattern in the misuse of English that I have seen before in my dealings with Deaf people and I immediately looked up Minino Buhat. Yes, the person who wrote it is Deaf and according to Facebook is a student of College of St Benilde which has a School for Deaf. This is where I found my actors for Dinig Sana Kita If you look at the right side of the picture you will see how people have made fun of the English this Person with Disability has used. Deaf people rarely have a mastery of English Grammar because they only understand English as used in sign language which is shorthand in nature. The writing ability sometimes is still being developed while in college. I am outraged by how people are so quick to judge others by their use of English. This is why I made the film Dinig Sana Kita. To open the eyes of hearing people to the world of the Deaf so that they will not be insulted like this. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO POSTED THIS IN JEST! Just the same no one should judge people by their inability to use English, whether Deaf or non-Deaf. Feel lucky that I blotted out your names lest you now be judged the same way.

 

12,152 likes, 4,288 shares and 339 comments later; Direk Mike received tons of praises defending the deaf.  I was one of those who shared and posted “a piece of my miniscule mind”. Here is my FB status:

Even though I consider this to serve primarily as a wake up call for our deaf friends to polish their messages first before posting them in social media, I also greatly salute Director Mike E. Sandejas for understanding and defending them. Mabuhay po kayo

Then it went viral. As of this writing, here are the videos and articles posted by the mainstream and social media.

They even made a news-reply from the bullied Deaf.

PAHAYAG NG BINULLY SA FACEBOOK NA DEAF STUDENT

Having been with Filipino deaf education for more than twenty years now, I still find it amusing how they construct their sentences. While I am always on the defensive side whenever they are insulted, I still remind them, especially in my English class, that written English is the water as sign language is the oil. They should never mix the two because it would certainly wont.

To my deaf friends; admit it. Everybody can have access to your post whether you are deaf or not. I’m not saying that we should all be grammar policemen. I am definitely not siding with the bullies.  But at least our dear Deaf should also consider that they have hearing friends who read and try to understand their posts the best way they can. :-)

Although some hearing people have occasionally bully deaf people because they feel that they are more superior than them. Deaf people on the other hand tend to exhibit their “pity-me” effect to the hearing people in order to get concessions. But pitting them against each other is counter-productive and does not promote rights-based approach.

I got hold of this image from a Facebook page of my friend who got it from another friend. I felt amazed at how the image-maker compared the Deaf from the Hearing. Here it is:

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I don’t know where he got this view. Probably he is deaf.  But I believe most of the statements of comparison are true. Based on this I can summarize that deaf people are more open, blunt and straight-to-the-point while hearing people are more subdued, respecting and mind-your-own-business type.

Dear readers, what do you think?

I admit. I haven’t been blogging for more than a quarter of a year.  I had been busy. Although it’s not an excuse. But I was pleasantly distracted by other equally important matters… matters that have not deviated from my primary mission of helping the deaf. :-)

We were able to put up a new business for the deaf which are going through birth pains. But all of these are worth it.

There were times that I want to at least shut myself out of being involved with the deaf. Sure there are great times, and there are greater times. But there are more bad times and sometimes even worst. However you might view things, I accept that this is a fact of life.

Not that there are no ripples of activities involving the deaf and the Deaf here in the Philippines. One significant event happened last March when WFP President Collin Allen visited the Philippines and talked about Deaf Rights. Many Filipino Deaf leaders participated in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Still today, I celebrate my 280,000th visitors since I started blogging in 2008! Hooray! Actually it’s already 281,337 visitors. I just missed blogging it when the number was reached.

My WordPress dashboard says that I have 375 posts, 23 categories and 761 tags. It also says that I have 312 Blog Followers, 52 Comment Followers and 761 Facebook Followers.

My top post remained Former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca while my most commented post is about my retrospect on Philippine Deaf Education.

Thank you very very much dear readers for being patient with me! Thank you too to WordPress, the most wonderful blogging platform ever! On to my another milestone, 300,000th visitors! :-)

Here is a link on the interview in Filipino langauge of Luchi Cruz-Valdes to Dr. Liza Martinez of Philippine Deaf Resource Center and Rowena Rivera, Deaf Officer of Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children (SEADC) about the importance of right sign language interpreting. This is in connection with the interpreting fiasco during the funeral of South African Leader Nelson Mandela.

http://n5e.interaksyon.com/videos/502436652A91422/reaksyon-bakit-mahalaga-ang-tamang-sign-language

 

 

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