1st Deaf Festival in Baguio City

To all the Deaf Community and their family, Deaf Schools, Deaf Organizations and its members, other NGOs, NGAs, LGUs; the New Media Services Cares (NMS-Cares) invites everyone to come join them. It will be held in Baguio City from May 19-21, 2017.

The 1st NMS-Cares Deaf Festival will kick-off with a grand parade by festival participants from all over the country starting from Session Road to Melvin Jones Grandstand, succeeding a motorcade
blast following Harrison Road towards Camp John Hay.

NMS Cares 1st Deaf Festival Logo May 19-21, 2017
NMS Cares 1st Deaf Festival Logo

The 1st NMS-Cares Deaf Festival with the theme “A community that DEAFinitely Cares” intends to provide a venue for the Deaf community to showcase their skills; gain knowledge, employment opportunity and personal development; at the same time promoting Deaf Awareness. This 3 day event will feature performance highlighting Deaf talent, art exhibit and trade fair, seminar, job fair, sports contest and film screenings all to foster and gain deeper understanding of the Deaf Culture.

Schedule of Activities for the Event are as follows:

  • May 19, 2017
    Morning – Assembly (8 AM), Parade (9 AM), Opening Program (11 AM – 12 NN)
    Afternoon – Caravan/Trade Fair (1-7 PM), Job Fair (1-5 PM)
    Evening – Breaking the Noise: Battle of the Bands Finals, Deaf Got Talent, Deaf Fashion Show (6 – 12 MN)
  • May 20, 2017
    Morning – Sports Festival (10 AM – 2 PM), Caravan/Trade Fair (10 AM – 7 PM), Cooking Competition (10 AM – 1 PM)
    Afternoon – Workshop 1 and 2 (2 – 5 PM), Dinner for a Cause (5 – 7:30 PM)
    Evening – Cocktail (7:30 – 8:15 PM), Red Carpet (8:30 PM), Gala Night (9 – 12 MN)
  • May 21, 2017
    Morning – Caravan/Trade Fair (10 AM – 3 PM), Workshop 3 and 4 (8 AM – 12 NN)
    Afternoon – Workshop 5 and 6 (1 – 5 PM), Closing Program (5 PM)

The NMS-Cares, Inc. is a local non-profit organization that aims to provide program and service in enhancing Deaf education, skills development, sign language training, scholarship grant and community support to Deaf children and their family; with the vision of Deaf children experiencing a full life in a barrier free society.

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For more information you can also check out their website at www.nms-cares.org and nmscares.deafestival.org and FB: NMS-Cares Deaf Festival. For further question and/or clarification, feel free to contact them through:
email: info@nms-cares.org;
Mr. Jerry Jericho L. Caballero at (074)620- 2730
Mr. George Lintag at (+63) 917 685 5518.

See you there!!!

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Join us! Bring Filipino Sign Language to the public schools!

*PLEASE SHARE / FORWARD / POST as widely as possible. Thanks!

To: Videographers / Editors / Animators / Storytellers / Writers / Actors / Artists / Producers / Designers / TV / Mass Comm students, networks Fine Arts students, alumni & organizations / Teachers / education students / language or culture students / Web designers / administrators / Lawyers / law students (interested specially in copyright, IPR) or any dynamic, resourceful team players, volunteers who want to be a part of Deaf History! :o)

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Greetings co-advocates / supporters / friends of the Deaf community!

After five years of having P100M in the Philippine budget authorized by law to be used for “Instructional Materials and Textbooks for the Handicapped“, the DepEd is FINALLY going to start to act and use this fund to develop materials together with civil society organizations!

This is based on two laws which require the use of Filipino Sign Language in the public school system:
Republic Act No. 10410 known as the “Early Years Act”: in Day Care Centers in all barangays
Republic Act No. 10533 known as the “K-12” law.

I, along with the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD), the DLS- CSB School of Deaf Education and Deaf Studies, (CSB-SDEAS) the Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf (MCCID) and the CAP College – School for the Deaf (CAP-SFD), the major institutions who have advocated for the use of Filipino Sign Language, have come together to start this challenging task: to bring FSL to the public schools of the Philippines, and FSL materials to the eyes and minds of deaf children all over the country.

In order to be able to use FSL as the “Mother Tongue” (or first language) for deaf children, there need to be Learner Materials (in video):
– in FSL as a subject (from K-3, or Kinder to Gr. 3; plus in the Day Care Centers)
– of all other subjects (Math, Araling Panlipunan, etc.) in FSL.

Some aspects of FSL may be taught in the classroom using print. But as a visual / spatial language, video will be the best medium. Video Learner Materials may be disseminated using TV.

Because of this, we will need volunteers, supporters, technical experts, education graduates, teachers, etc. who can assist the 4 institutions above.

Whether you sign or not, if you are willing and able to contribute to this historical undertaking, we would be happy to have you!

For any questions, pls email this address.
Thank you and we hope to hear from you!
In service of the Filipino Deaf community ~
Liza B. Martinez, PhD
PDRC (2001-2013) / Deaf Resources Philippines

Survey for Filipino Interpreters

PNASLI Interpreting Survey Form

To all my Filipino sign language interpreters, may I encourage you to answer this Interpreting survey form? This survey is being conducted by the Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI). The group would like to get in touch with with all its members soon for the next General Assembly meeting.

You may click on the image above or this link to go the the form. Thank you. 😉

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PagO5wUcFg-KGx1fFuYOZOOCoeyNvPVj21dgg7FcU8U/viewform

Filipina Deaf Passes the National Teacher’s Exam

Good news to all our Filipino Deaf friends out there. The very elusive board examination for teachers has been conquered by a lady! Her name is Mary Catherine Dela Torre. Most of the deaf after graduating from a bachelors degree in education, will land as teacher aide without any assurance of becoming a regular teacher, unless they pass the licensure exam. Now, it can be done!

I’m not saying that she is the first board exam passer. I know of two persons who successfully made it in the past. But one unique thing about Mary Catherine is that she came from a regular college in Iloilo City (Central Philippine University) without the aid of an interpreter although she comfortably communicates in sign language. Also, she broke the tremendous odds by enrolling in a good review school which had helped her a lot. But the best part of it all is the all out support of her loving mother which was always there helping her through her lessons and examinations.

Mary Catherine, thank you very much for inspiring other deaf that they too can pass the test. This blogger salutes you! 🙂

* – This Abs-Cbn breaking news video is in Filipino language without an English subtitle.

Deaf earthquake victims need our help

To my faithful Blog Readers:

Last October 15, a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the island paradise of Bohol and Cebu toppling homes, schools, hospital and the heritage churches which dated back to 16th century.

Bohol Deaf Academy Dormitories
Bohol Deaf Academy Dormitories

International Deaf Education Association (IDEA) has been serving the deaf community in Bohol for more than two decades. They have deaf schools in the two worst hit towns on the island, Sagbayan and Loon. Their dormitories have been badly damaged and are in need of repair or reconstruction. The are also in immediate need for drinking water and food.

You may visit their site at
http://www.ideadeaf.org to view the photos of devastation.

May I appeal to all my readers to please pray with us and help our deaf community there by giving donations either in cash or in kind. You may directly course your assistance to their organization or visit this link to give donation.

Let us continue to pray for the safety and comfort of our brothers and sisters in Bohol and Cebu…

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