Best Actor trophy Goes to the Deaf!

Romalito Mallari
Dinig Sana Kita Movie Poster

NO ONE was more surprised than Rome himself.

Romalito “Rome” Mallari, the Deaf actor in the Cinemalaya entry “Dinig Sana Kita,” scored an “unexpected victory” at the Star Awards, handed out by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC).

Mallari won Best New Movie Actor, beating ABS-CBN’s current fair-haired boy Enchong Dee (who was nominated for “Paano Ko Sasabihin?”).

“Dinig” director Mike Sandejas commended the PMPC for choosing “a Deaf boy with no real future prospects in the industry over an upcoming popular actor … They simply believed that he deserved it. It was a leap of faith.”

Read the complete news article from

This blogger is truly proud of your accomplishments, Rome! 🙂


Yay! First 100,000 Visits!

My blog has already reached its first 100,000 visits! Hooray for me!

Happy 100000th Visits
Actually it reached the 100,000th mark last April 4, roughly three weeks ago. But I wasn’t able to make a blog post. Not because I am busy. Heck I have been busier before but still I was able to post something. The culprit? FACEBOOK! 🙂

I spent more time playing Social City than visiting my real vicinity. I bathe my Fluffy pet in Pet Society many times than taking my real pet dog Fluffy on a cold shower. In other words, I was able to make more words in Scrabble than posting sensible words in my blog. 😦

I already created three Fan Pages in Facebook. The first one was for our college for the deaf, the second one was for Liliane Foundation Philippines, while the third one was for the first Filipino Sign Language Font which can be downloaded and installed for FREE!

My WordPress dashboard says that I already posted 211 blogs with 543 approved comments and 486 tags. My top landing page after this main page is my blog about Gov. Padaca of Isabela which was seconded by the Deaf Icons Heather and Marlee. My retrospect on Philippine deaf education remains at third. I am again humbled by some of my readers who are using my blog posts as a credible reference. remains my top referrer followed by our school’s site. However, it’s interesting to note that in the past weeks, my top referrer is now, you guessed it right, Facebook!

My blog is now ranked 11th worldwide among deaf related topics according to, up from 13 last week. My top searched word is still my favorite deaf icon, Ms. Marlee Matlin followed by the movie “Dinig Sana Kita“. I changed my WordPress theme to Dark Wood but I’m not sure if it improved my blog’s popularity.

Thank you very much my dear readers, whether you are hearing or deaf! After this, I will be celebrating every 20,000th visits! On to my first 120,000th visitors!

“Dinig Sana Kita” 2nd Top grosser

Mike Sandejas’ “Dinig Sana Kita,” featuring his daughter Zoe and deaf performer Rome Mallari became the second top grossing film behind Dennis Trillo’s “Astig”.

The movie, about a deaf boy who loves to dance and a troubled rocker girl who abuses her hearing, sold a total of 2,080 tickets, amounting to P125,480 as against 2,512 amounting to P137,890 of this year’s top grosser. Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, released on Friday the unofficial results by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) sales and accounts division.

Incidentally, “Dinig Sana Kita” won three awards. These are the “National Council for Children’s Television Award”, “Audience Choice (Full Length)” and “Best Musical Score”.

The awarding ceremonies of Cinemalaya Cinco took take place earlier tonight, July 26, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This marked the end of the 10-day film festival that kicked off last July 17, 2009.

View the complete list of winners here.

To Mike and Zoe together with Romalito, mabuhay po kayo! Salamat at itinaguyod ninyo ang kapakanan ng mga taong may kapansanan sa pandinig!

“Dinig Sana Kita” Screening Schedule

Guys, here is the screening schedule of the indie film “Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said)“.

18 July/Sat, 6:15PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Sun, 12:45PM at CCP Little Theatre
21 July/Tue, 9:00PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Wed, 3:30PM at CCP Main Theatre
23 July/Thu, 6:15PM at CCP MKP Hall
24 July/Fri, 12:45PM at CCP MKP Hall
25 July/Sat, 6:15PM at CCP Main Theater

This film is a touching love story between a deaf dancer played by Romalito Mallari and a rocker girl (Zoe Sandejas) who became close to each other while staying in a Baguio camp. Learn more about deaf performers from Dulaang Tahimik ng Pilipinas (Silent Theater Philippines) and featuring a special appearance of the band Sugarfree. The Cinemalaya foundation chose this film as one of the Top 10 Finalists for this year’s Full-length feature category megged by award winning director Mike E. Sandejas.

Here is the theatrical trailer:

Let us support our very own Filipino Indie films. 🙂

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