“If I Knew What You Said” starring deaf actor now available online

Hello, guys! I know that this lockdown and quarantine is really wearing us down. We experienced more than two months of STAY-AT-HOME activity due to COVID-19 pandemic and most of our countrymen are under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).  This May, most of us are now entering the phase of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) although most metropolitan areas are still under the ECQ. So many of us are still at home.

You might be tired of watching Netflix or other streaming videos and cable TV movies. So may I add one more full-length film for you to watch? It’s about the struggles of a deaf boy in finding his mom while discovering his love for music. Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) is a 2009 Filipino drama/romance film directed and written by Mike Sandejas. I have been promoting this movie here, here and here. In fact, this has been one of my top search terms. I am also very much familiar with its lead actor Romalito Mallari. We have been friends many years back and I have always admired his talent as an expressive dancer and actor.

Wikipedia says the movie is about

The romantic film revolved around a rocker and a deaf boy. One lives in silence while the other in noise and fear. The two met in a Baguio camp where hearing kids were mixed with non-hearing kids to find their common ground, which is their love for music. Link

I have been wishing for this movie to be available online for free so that many can watch this! My wish has finally granted! My personal friend, fellow sign language interpreter and kumare Dean Nicky Templo-Perez of College of St. Benilde posted a link of the complete movie uploaded in Vimeo (not YouTube) in our common Facebook group chat. At first, I was doubtful about the link privacy because it is not searchable in Vimeo, the URL has two-level links (a /number/number) and there is a lock icon before the video title. So I posted a comment on the page requesting Director Mike if he can allow me to share it in my blog. He replied, “Go ahead”.

But there is a minor catch. Unlike unlocked YouTube or Vimeo videos, this one cannot be embedded here. So you need to go directly to the site by clicking on the link below or the screenshot image. Happy viewing guys and please share this video so that many people can watch this romantic advocacy movie!!!

Vimeo Video Screenshot of the Movie


  • Thank you very much Direk Mike, Romalito and Dean Nicky for sharing this to me. 😉


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 Inquirer.net

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.

Deafread.com 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 Postrank.com, 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!

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