Deaf Revenge Horror Video Part 1

Guys! It’s Halloween time once again! What better way to feel the creepy mood and eerie frights of spook than to let you view a scary amateur video. This is a five-part fictional horror film made by our MCCID students and directed by their multi-talented deaf instructor Sir Ervin Reyes. The video’s total run is 38 minutes. But YouTube only allows 10 minutes maximum so we divided it into five. This is the first part. I will post this series for five days installment.

I hope you like it, or hopefully get scared. hehehe 🙂

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Mini Web Design Conference on October 30

A team of seasoned Filipino Web Designers (including me heheh) banded together and plans to have a great Web Design Conference slated April of next year.

To while away the time, we will be holding our Mini Web Design Conference, bar camp style on October 30, 2008 (Thursday), 6pm at Tech Bar/G2VC Innovation Center, 5th Floor, The Orient Square, F. Ortigas Road (formerly Emerald Ave.), Ortigas Center, Pasig City (view map).

Dubbed “< form> function() .class “, only 50 slots are reserved. Tentative Speakers and their topics: Rico Sta. Cruz – Grid Layouts, Marco Palinar – Interface design, Aja Lapus – Design & Web Standards and yours truly will be discussing about Philippine Laws Supporting Web Accessibility.

Aside from blogging for the deaf, my other passion is web designing. These two passions are actually interrelated since I’m advocating for barrier-free access to information on the web where the deaf are one of those sectors who are disadvantaged. Designing websites that are accessible to everyone has been my battle cry for many years now.

So, here’s to the success of the event! What are you waiting for? Sign up here! Oh by the way, did I mention that it’s free? 🙂

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Nido (Mido) TV Commercial Spoof Deaf Way

This is a 50-second spoof of Nido Milk TV Commercial shown in the Philippines using deaf amateur actors who are MCCID students. This is part of their digital video editing subject. It was only uploaded in YouTube a few months ago. Yet it has already received nearly 15,000 visitors and 15 comments and rated 3 1/2 stars! I hope you find this amusing. 🙂

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Happy 15th Anniversary to Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf!

MCCID 15th Anniversary Logo
Today, our school for the deaf will be celebrating its 15th founding anniversary. We have a special activity at Town and Country Hotel this afternoon to mark this important event. Although the occasion focused mainly on showcasing our deaf students’ talents in drama and comedic arts, the centerpiece of the activity will be our gratefulness in reaching this great milestone.

Fifteen years ago in 1993, two young Christian computer professionals, one hearing and one deaf, dreamed of an educational institution that can concentrate on the needs of the deaf through the use of computers. This field of work is fitted to them because it needs minimal supervision and communication skills.

Fifteen years later, MCCID is now a well established organization in the field of computer education for the deaf that is recognized both here and abroad. Although we may not claim that we are the first post secondary school for the deaf in the Philippines, still we are one of the pioneers in computer and technical education. We also take pride in providing access to job opportunities for our qualified deaf graduates. Although this information can be disputed due to lack of prior records, MCCID claims to produce the first deaf graduates who landed a job in the highest Philippine official, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at Malacanang Palace. We also have the most number of deaf graduates working as encoders at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

MCCID is a non-sectarian, post-secondary, Christian foundation school for the deaf in the Philippines. It has trained and graduated more than 250 Filipino deaf since 1993. Noteworthy alumni received Presidential awards as well as international accolades and participations.

We have also capitalized on the huge popularity and success of the Internet by being the first school to add courses on web page designing, Flash animation and digital photography. We are the first institution for the deaf that went online in 1997. Our graduate won an international award in Web Page Designing in 2003. Our website is the first recipient of “Disabled Friendly Award” for being accessible to Persons with Disabilities. We are also the first advocate of Web accessibility among deaf organizations in 2004. We are the first institute that published a book on Web Accessibility. Our students were able to design websites for Filipino foundations free of charge.

Among significant MCCID contributions to the field of Philippine deaf education are:

  1. Became the first technical school for the deaf that is recognized by the Philippine government;
  2. Offering the first sign language course approved by the government;
  3. Including Deaf culture as part of the curriculum;
  4. Strongly promoting the use and propagation of Filipino Sign Language as part of the fourth wave including documentation of FSL in technical terms;
  5. Advocating and teaching closed captions on videos played on the Internet;
  6. Strengthening IT programs by participating in national and international skills competitions and
  7. Submitting Deaf students to government’s competency certification examinations in IT.

MCCID expects better things and bigger blessings to come as it reaches more milestones. We believe that the Deaf can do many things if given the right opportunity. To Christ be the glory! 🙂

To know more about MCCID, visit its official website and Wikipedia article.

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Deaf Pantomine Fundraising Show of PFD

Laugh to Sawa Deaf Pantomine Show
Laugh to Sawa Deaf Pantomine Show

To all my blog readers, may I again promote to you another event? This is a deaf pantomine show entitled “Laugh to Sawa” presented by Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD). It features Deaf Pantomine Duo from Japan. The event will be held on November 23, 7:00 pm at Girls Scout of the Philippines Auditorium, Padre Faura St., Manila.

Tickets are priced at Php300 for regular patrons and Php250 for students and senior citizens. For details, please contact PFD at Cell Nos. 639274038348 (Racquel), 639277947747 (Julius) or email them at philfedeaf@yahoo.com. PFD’s past president, deaf coordinator of CAP College School for the Deaf and one of my closest friends and brother in Christ, Pastor Julius Andrada went to MCCID to personally invite us. He also requested us to promote the event. Our school promised to support this worthwhile activity.

Here is the message of appeal posted by PFD’s current president Ms. Racquel Corpuz addressed to members of this_able_phils Yahoo Group.

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, financially struggling to maintain its operation, will be holding a Fund Raising Show with title “Laugh-to Sawa, Deaf Pantomime Show” slated on November 23, 5:00pm at Girl Scouts of the Philippines Auditorium in Padre Faura St. Manila, for the benefit of PFD to defray the cost of office rent and to maintain the day to day operation in serving the Deaf community and representation in the society especially in the government functions, monitoring and protecting the human rights of Filipino Deaf. The Filipino Deaf Women Health & Crisis Center also housed at PFD office.

Due to lack of project to sustain the office rent we are in danger of losing office or shelter…the only source of PFD fund is selling the Filipino Sign Language, Part 2 Book. But this not enough for monthly rent. By watching our forthcoming show your paid tickets proceed to the maintaining PFD operation.

The Two Deaf Japanese Mime Artists will voluntary offered their help. They shouldered their own airfares and accommodation. There will be mime workshop for Filipino Deaf on the 24th November, 2008.

I’m voluntarily working as sole staff and caretaker of PFD to keep its door open for service.

Attached is the poster of mime and some pictures of our meaningful activities.

Donation are welcome. Hope to see you on the event.

Maraming salamat po! (Thank you very much.)

In service,

Marites Racquel “Rack” Estiller-Corpuz
President, PFD

Guys, please support all of the activities of Philippine Federation of the Deaf. They took off in 1997 from what was left by Philippine Association of the Deaf which became inactive many years ago. Now, PFD is the only national organization that represents and services the concerns of Filipino Deaf. 🙂

Bro. Julius reiterated that proceeds of this show will fund for PFD’s survival. I wonder if the organizers of the recent docu-film presented at UP Theater at least offered a token amount to the federation for their active participation and support of the movie? hmmm….

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