Infinix Hot 10 Play Unboxing in Sign Language

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.

Unboxing of a gadget the Deaf Way

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Congress files bill declaring FSL and Deaf Week every September

House Representative Alfred Vargas of Quezon City recently filed House Bill No. 7753 declaring the last full week of September of every year as the “National Week of the Deaf” and September 23 as “Filipino Sign Language Day.”
On its official Facebook post, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf announced this news and offered its sincerest gratitude to Congressman Vargas who authored this bill.

Congressman Alfred Vargas

The bill was filed in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and the international advocacy of the World Federation of the Deaf.  It’s purpose is to
instill public awareness of the human rights situation of the Filipino Deaf, in line with the International Week of the Deaf… and for the purpose of promoting recognition and acceptance of Filipino Sign Language as a symbol of the need of the deaf for inclusion and as a reminder of individual’s and the state’s duty to accord due respect to people who are deaf and their linguistic and cultural identity, in line with the International Day of Sign Languages.
The bill is now pending with the Committee on PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES since September 29. You may get the full text of the bill by going to the official website of the Philippine House of Representatives here in PDF Format.
This humble blogger salutes Cong. Alfred Vargas for recognizing us and our cause. Let us support him by thanking him for this advocacy by commenting to his official Facebook page. Mabuhay po kayo!

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World boxing champ greets everyone on sign language day

Philippine Senator and eight-time World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao sends his greetings on the International Day of Sign Languages through a video message.

On his Official Facebook Page, he posted this message,

In celebration of the International Day of Sign Language, I join the Global Leaders Challenge that seeks to promote the use of sign languages. This pandemic, let us learn the importance of linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. How about starting with the basic sign language?#GlobalLeadersChallenge

Here is the entire video message greeting of Senator Manny.

Mabuhay po kayo, Senator Manny! Thank you very much for supporting the cause of the Filipino Deaf. Happy International Day of Sign Languages 2020!

Philippine’s Media Network and Law of Classroom Explained in Sign Language

Since 2019, one of the hottest issues that hogged most of my Facebook feed is the imminent end of the franchise of the Philippines’ largest broadcasting network, ABS-CBN Corporation. Then it reached its peak when the National Telecommunications Network (NTC), the country’s regulatory body on matters of allotting frequencies to telecommunications companies, issued a “Cease and Desist Order” on May 5 to ABS-CBN demanding them to return to the government the airwave it allowed to be used for 25 years. The network immediately stopped broadcasting on both their TV and radio channels on the same day.

Naturally, there was outrage coming from both the pro and anti groups. Those who made loud noises are the network’s stable of popular artists like Coco Martin, Judy Ann Santos, and Daniel Padilla. Then the (in)famous “Law of Classroom” vlog rant of reality contest winner Kim Chiu went viral and created many parodies, memes and even song-and-dance videos.

However, I observed that our Filipino Deaf community was not completely informed about the true reason why the sudden closure of their beloved station. Not even the sign language inset interpreting on TV newscasts cannot fully explain the events that happened.

So our school decided to create a short (15-minute) and very simple explainer video complete with picture-in-picture and simple animation on the issue. Our resident Deaf graduate, Kennel Alonzo did the sign language explanation. Our objective is for our deaf people to have a more clear understanding of the issues including the function of an airwave and the Philippine Franchise Law. It was uploaded in MCCID Facebook page yesterday (May 26) as well as in Kennel’s own wall. As of this writing, there were already more than 2,000 views and nearly 50 shares.

The video was also uploaded on MCCID’s YouTube Channel.  Here it is:

Update:

Due to requests from followers of  MCCID College Official Facebook page who can hear,  I added a computer-generated voice that reads and captions aloud in English. The purpose of this is so that they can easily understand the signs even without reading the sub-titles. Here it is:

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