Issues, activities, experiences and technologies about Deaf People in the Philippines
I am a Filipino born-again Christian. I am also a hearing person and a sign language interpreter. I have been teaching the deaf since 1991. I use and teach Filipino Sign Language and help in the promotion of Filipino deaf culture. I head a technical post-secondary school for the deaf which trains them in any computer applications (web design, operation, pc assembly and repair, networking, programming, etc.)
Happy International Women’s Month, everyone! What better way to celebrate this month than by knowing the Top 10 Deaf Women in History!
Here are the “Top 10 Deaf Women in History” by Deafniche. I was pleasantly surprised when I shared this in our Facebook feed. It was re-shared more than 50 times with more than 1000 people reached! Click on the image below to view the entire page. Cheers!
I never dreamed of being engrossed with the deaf, much less being near them. But I was fascinated by their language. It’s soo beautiful. Every movement has meaning. The graceful flow of hands, the moods of body, the flickering of fingers; all suggest a variety of definitions. I believe most of my hearing colleagues would agree with me that we all started to love the deaf by loving their language first.” <- an inspiring quote/experience to end the love month. Cheers!
I have been designing websites since 1997. During my early web designing years, I dabble only with popular free hosting sites back then like Geocities and Tripod, both of which are still existing as archive pages. Self-hosted websites were very expensive during those times.
Then in early 2000, I started paying shared hosted providers from companies that offer locally. I understand that most of them are just resellers of international hosting sites because I often receive warnings of “unusual bandwidth activity” and upload slowdowns due to the overwhelming of their systems even though I was only updating my websites in active mode. These experiences were very frustrating on top of that having a super slow internet connection.
By the mid-2000s, after learning WordPress and advocating for accessible websites, I started looking for international web hosting providers. GoDaddy was aggressively promoted here in the Philippines thru TV Ads and the like. But the price was in USD which is so expensive. SiteGround was another viable option because the price is a little less compared to GoDaddy. But still, it’s too prohibitive. Then in 2014, I tried Ionos by 1&1, a German-based hosting provider. At first, it was very enticing because you only pay $1 for one year (Php50 in Philippine currency which I paid a little over Php500 due to currency conversion, taxes, etc.) But after a year, I decided to look for a new provider since the Ionos renewal will be USD10/month or USD120/year (roughly Php6,000).
Enter, Hostinger, a Lithuanian-based company. I started getting their service in 2019 although I have tried using their site in 2013 via their free 000webhost.com. I won’t be doing an in-depth review about their performance and features because they’ve already done that here, here and even comparing it with Ionos here, and here. All of these review sites gave very high recommendations for Hostinger. What I would do is to list down my personal experience in using Hostinger service and how I definitely would give this a “two-thumbs up” recommendation. Here they are
1. Insanely Low Price
Hostinger.com has a dedicated Philippine site Hostinger.Ph. Although they are just identical sites when it comes to content and features, the price range is very different. The first thing why I was enticed to get Hostinger as my web hosting company is because of their localized site approach. The web hosting plan is already converted to our Philippine currency (Pesos). This proves to be very attractive especially if I will market this to our Philippine customers. Converted to pesos, the price per plan is relatively cheap compared to other web hosting companies offering local currency.
If you compare the two prices above and focus on the Single Web Hosting, the identical features offer a different price when converted. At Php 50 = $1 exchange rate,
$0.99/month x 12 months = $11.88 x Php 50 = Php 594
Php35 x 12 months = Php 420
You’ll get a discount of Php 174 or $3.48
The discount is even insanely huge when you renew their service. $2.99 x 12 x 50 = Php1,794 <=> Php79 x 12 = Php 948 for a discount of Php 846 or $16.92! That’s a lot of money for us Filipinos!
UPDATE AS OF March 1, 2021: The MONTHLY PRICE has been INCREASED TO Php 49.00. So the discount has been reduced to Php 6.00. I don’t know why they increased it. Probably because of this blog. (sigh)
But migrating sites would always entail issues. I’ve had a huge one with pwag.org. The previous domain registrar is giving me a hard time transferring the site. Fortunately, Hostinger Customer Service gave me a walk-through of the process. Also, the email address of mccid.edu.ph is freely hosted by Google under the Google Apps for Education service, now Google Workspace for Education. I’m having difficulty connecting their service to Google. Fortunately again, they assisted me in changing my MX Records and pointing me to links to Google Services.
I also find this response very nice. Emily, the CS Operator, when she felt that her reply is taking a bit long, assured me that,
If you need to be away from your device, don’t you worry. We’ll email you the reply.
Also another cute Signature Comment I received,
P.S. To make my life easier, so I can make your life easier, please include your domain name
Btw, they emailed me the conversation notes as soon as we completed the interaction that’s why I was able to save their replies.
3. Incredibly Fast
I don’t need to put some performance metrics and bandwidth speed test measurements here. Take my word for it. Their servers are very fast with no downtime!
4. Everything Unlimited!
I selected their Premium Shared Webhosting Plan so I am currently receiving:
UNLIMITED FTP ACCOUNTS
“UNLIMITED” WEBSITES – Well, I consider 100 as already unlimited because why would you store 100 websites on one account?
“UNLIMITED” SUBDOMAINS – Again, 100 subdomains are almost unlimited.
“UNLIMITED” TRAFFIC – Their service says, 25,000 visits/month. But it’s not a restriction but merely a point of reference. It depends on how you optimize your website and resource usage.
They even threw in these freebies!
FREE SSL CERTIFICATE
FREE DOMAIN FOR ONE YEAR
FREE GOOGLE ADS CREDIT
FREE WEEKLY BACKUPS
5. User-Friendly Dashboard
Ah, the CPanel Webhosting Control Panel. Sorry! Hostinger does not have one. Instead, they have an even better and more user-friendly dashboard where you can find everything you need in one location. In it, you can track logins, update billing information, manage your domains, and monitor emails from your dashboard. The control panel isn’t a traditional cPanel, but large icons make it simple to find exactly what you need and when you need it.
Deaf people around the world have found communication during Covid-19 times quite challenging. Dr. Robert Adams of Cambridge University discusses sign languages, the impact Covid-19 has had on deaf people, and how we can help by making small changes in the English language classroom. I have summarized his post by listing the checklist here:
Do they have better access to the internet?
Do they know how to use online platforms?
Is a sign language interpreter needed?
Can the students see each other clearly?
Can the students participate and interact?
Is there a live captioning and is it accurate?
Do videos used as visual aids accessible?
Do students and interpreters have access to preparation materials?
I have created a simple infographics which you can freely download here.
Unboxings and first tries by many video bloggers have been flourishing on many social media sites. Some of them became famous and have earned respect from other people due to their in-depth and creative insights about the gadgets that they explain to the public. Some became “experts” in these fields. They help us make wiser decisions whether we purchase them or not by making them “try first before we buy“.
Now, what about the deaf community? I am not aware of anyone from the sector who tried this. I tried googling it and found no one even in the international scene. I hope, our Filipino deaf can start the trend.
So without much fanfare, may I introduce you to the second unboxing of a smartphone by our deaf student, Kennel Alonzo… He will be explaining first hand Infinix Hot 10 Play, the latest budget phone of Infinix Mobile, a Hongkong based smartphone company . Launched last January 23, this phone was unboxed, tested, and reviewed. This YouTube video is shorter (more than 6 minutes) than the first one, yet packed a more complete information including sample camera photos and video tests.
Here it is:
Subtitle is already embedded while the voice is in our local Tagalog language. Still, Kennel signs using Filipino Sign Language.
To all my blog subscribers, please support our deaf video bloggers by watching this video and sharing it to your friends. To watch the first unboxing video, you may go to my blog link below.