Yay! First 160,000 Visits!

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Wow! I reached 160,000th visitors after nearly one-half year! That’s too long! 😦

Since my last Yay! post in December 21, I was only able to blog twenty times. Within these months, I received the second (April with 70) and third (May with 76) lowest average daily visits per month.

Not that I don’t have anything to blog during these times. It’s just that I have no time blogging. These months were the busiest as far as travelling and activities are concerned. In January, I participated in disability related workshop in Ilolio City with an awesome sidetrip in Boracay. In February to March, we were all extremely on the move literally, because our school for the deaf transferred to a bigger and permanent home in San Mateo, Rizal. Also during those months, we were able to conduct sign language training to officials and employees of Monde Nissin Corporation. I was also truly grateful that they accepted eight or our deaf alumni for work.

I scheduled my provincial Home Visits during summer months because for the first time in the history of MCCID, many of our deaf students live outside Metro Manila. In April, together with Deaf Trainor Jerome, we went to the island of Samar to spend our Holy Week web design work and sign language training. Then we visited one of our deaf students in Leyte. Towards the end of April, we again had a one week marathon visit to our deaf students in Isabela. By May, we again spent our days visiting deaf students in Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Albay and Sorsogon. We also conducted a three-day health camp for our Pampanga deaf students held in Baguio City. See, I was so busy to blog.:-(

Anyway, my blog now has a total of 252 posts with 653 approved comments and 559 tags. My top referrer is still Deafread.com followed by WordPress direct visits to home page and third by Facebook. My most popular blog post is still about the most popular Filipino Person With Disability, ex-governor Grace Padaca while my most popular video log post (vlog) is about the Philippine National Anthem in Filipino Sign Language.

Thank you very much to my dear readers for staying patient with me! Now, on to my first 180,000th visitors hopefully not for another half-year! 🙂

GMANewsTV 11 Episode Featuring MCCID Deaf

Guys please watch this 3-min. video clip with English caption of “I Juander” in GMANewsTV 11 shown last Monday, June 27 where MCCID deaf students where interviewed focusing on the topic, “Why are Filipinos addicted to Facebook?”. Enjoy. 🙂

Christmas Share-a-Toy to Poor Deaf Kids

Famous cliche that you often hear during the Holidays are “Christmas is for kids!” and “Christmas is the time for giving”. But do we really mean it?

Children are often the center of attention during Christmas. But Deaf children? What about children with other disabilities or are abandoned and uncared for? Even children who are deaf understands and feels what its like to receive gifts. Although most of the time, their parents don’t explain to them the meaning of the season. Why? Because they don’t know how to sign. sigh 😦

Deaf students prepare toys on stage to be given to disabled kids.
Deaf students prepare toys on stage to be given to disabled kids in Tiaong, Quezon.
A Deaf child gives thank-you sign after receiving his toy.
A Deaf child gives thank-you sign after receiving his toy.

So the faculty and administrator of MCCID College of Technology decided to hold a Share-A-Toy Gift Giving Activity this December. Each student has a corresponding deaf/disabled/indigent partner of which he/she is assigned to give a gift. A total of 100 kids were the recipients of toys and other special fruits and candies. Two deaf teams were formed; one for Tiaong, Quezon area with 35 disabled kids, and the other one is in Silangan San Mateo Day Care Center with nearly 100 indigent kids as beneficiaries.

Tiaong, Quezon is 96 kilometers or three hours drive from Manila. It was the site where the first MCCID Community Based Rehabilitation Strategy Center was established. So on December 21, the first team visited the town donned with Santa Claus hats and distributed toys to the kids. The second one was in San Mateo, Rizal, a first class urban municipality 40 minutes away east of Manila. It is where the future MCCID College of Technology site will be erected.

MCCID Santa Clauses with Deaf Teachers' Mamerto and Psyde Cortez
From Left: MCCID Deaf Students' Kurt Patrick Galicha, Andrew Calaycay Jr., Sir Jerome Marzan, Sir Edmond Guzman Jr., Ptr. Mamerto Cortez and his wife Psyde (the proud parents of Sir Jeff Cortez), me, Sir Ervin and Lucky McGill Paltep. I'm the only hearing person here. 🙂
MCCID Santa Claus Team pose on top of future school site (From Left) Joanna Teves, Mark Angelo Reyes, Ariel Quibol, Sir Ervin, Sir Jojo, Jepa Kerena Basilio and Moises Libot
MCCID Santa Claus Team pose on top of future school site (From Left) Joanna Teves, Mark Angelo Reyes, Ariel Quibol, Sir Ervin, Sir Jojo, Jepa Kerena Basilio and Moises Libot
I teach the sign for happy new year to indigent kids of San Mateo, Rizal
I teach the sign for happy new year to indigent kids of San Mateo, Rizal.

Imagine a deaf child thinking of ways to make another deaf child happy. Are we exhausted? Definitely! But are we happy and fulfilled? Definitely too! To everyone, Happy Christmas and a Bountiful New Year! 🙂

For more details, visit our school’s official news article.

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