My beloved country is celebrating its 123rd Independence Day today, June 12. We have been under the Spanish colony for 333 years and on that fateful day, our heroes decided that enough is enough. We need to break away from the slavery of the colonizers and establish our own identity.
Some leaders of each country greeted the Filipinos on its important day, one of whom is the personal greeting of current American President Joe Biden. After Spain, its the United States who took over and colonized our country until 1941 when the Japanese invaded us during World War II.
This year, Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf made a special message greeting and posted it in our Official Facebook and Instagram pages.
The oversized head of a small girl donning an “I-Love-You” sign is designed by our deaf teacher Ervin.
Last year, we created two special greeting image posts.
As part of the Philippines’ annual celebration of “Deaf Awareness Week” from November 10 to 16, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) conducted the Online Training on Smartphone Photography for the Deaf.
This activity is one of the latest ones spearheaded by the newly appointed Executive Director and my good friend, Sir Emer Rojas.
The online training was held on November 19 and was published live on Facebook. You may catch the more than three-hour lecture with sign language interpreting by clicking on the video below. Cheers!
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Last week, I got hold of this image being shared on Twitter and eventually on Facebook which landed in the Filipino deaf community pages and groups. It was, I guess, owned by a certain @cargel_nation2, as what appeared on the bottom of the image. After a careful search, I found out that the owner of this image did not say who he/she is. Only that he/she is a Carlo Aquino – Angelica Panganiban Loveteam Fan. But I am pretty sure the original image was taken from the Black Sheep Production, the producers of the movie “Isa Pa With Feelings” which I and my deaf students/alumni are excited to watch for free this October 18 courtesy of “Lawyers and Friends for Maine”. 🙂
However, I noticed that the signs were incomplete. These signs were not a one-hand movement but a combination of two actions. People who want to learn sign language might get confused and understood this as a static sign. So, I went to my dusty old Adobe Fireworks software and created an animated version (GIF) of the signs. The movements are not that complex. I simply copied the hand, used the Rubber Stamp and Blur tools and pasted it meticulously to generate the second sign. Lastly, I combined the two using the State command to create an illusion of movement.
To my dear readers, introducing, the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) of the words Deaf and Hearing!!!!
The FSL sign for “deaf” is very much the same as American Sign Language. The index finger first points on the lower part of the ear lobe. Then, the finger touches the side of the lips. As far as I can remember, this is the only sign the Filipino deaf uses to introduce themselves. Pointing both the ear and lips might describe that they cannot hear and speak. Even though we know that there are many deaf who can speak, this sign has been deeply rooted in their culture that any variations or changes on this sign never became widespread use.
Carlo Aquino plays the deaf tutor in the movie. He is a hearing person in real life.
This FSL sign for “hearing” is the one being used by the majority of the Filipino deaf. The first handshape is like a bent “C” near the ear without touching it. The second hand-movement is elongated or long-shaped “O”, also near the ear. The movement needs to be done many times and in quick successions. The sign means a sound can pass through a person’s ears and reverberates or in continuing effect.
The FSL sign for hearing is different from ASL. In ASL, the emphasis is on the person’s ability to talk or speak, so the sign points to the mouth or lips. To compare below is the ASL sign for a “Hearing Person”.
In the movie, Maine Mendoza plays the hearing person who wants to learn sign language. Happy signing!!!!
PS: I did not personally ask the permission of the image uploader to use his photo. I hope he won’t mind. 🙂
Our school Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf was fortunate to be selected by a group of lawyers and friends of Filipino Actress Maine Mendoza to watch her forthcoming movie for free this October 18.
The “Lawyers & Friends for Maine” group through one of their members Atty. Christine Lejano emailed our school inviting 50 deaf students and alumni to watch “Isa Pa With Feelings (One More Time With Feelings)” including free rides from our selected pick-up point going to the movie theater at Power Plant Cinema at Rockwell Mall in Makati City.
Isa Pa With Feelings is an upcoming Filipino romantic-comedy film starring Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino, directed by Prime Cruz. It set to be released on October 16, 2019, under Black Sheep Productions. It stars popular young TV and Movie Actress Maine Mendoza who is learning sign language and being tutored by Actor Carlo Aquino. Mendoza is from GMA-7 while Aquino is from rival ABS-CBN 2 which also produces the movie.
MANILA, Philippines — Popular Philippine actress Maine Mendoza has cleared a common misconception that deaf people have no voice.
In her Twitter account, the “Eat Bulaga” host reposted an infographic about deaf people.
“YES YES! Let me just clear this common misconception about deaf people. DEAF PEOPLE HAVE VOICES; but many prefer to sign (using FSL: Filipino Sign Langauge) because it is their first language and their right. Therefore, the term Deaf-Mute is not right dahil HINDI PO SILA PIPI, (because they are not mute)” Maine wrote.
Maine stars as a sign language student in the upcoming film “Isa Pa With Feelings” with Kapamilya actor Carlo Aquino, who plays a deaf character.