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Monday, May 17, 2010

Benildean Deaf Association

The Benildean Deaf Association (BDA) was accredited by the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Office for Student Affairs-Student Involvement Unit (OSA-SIU) last October 30, 2008. BDA aims to promote the rights of Deaf people to be mainstreamed in the hearing society, to seek for opportunities for full access to information, and to become self-reliant as student leaders.

Any BAPDST student who is interested in the promotion of the purposes of the Benildean Deaf Association may become a member by presenting himself or herself to any of the Executive Board. S/he should maintain his/her cumulative grade average of 2.0

Activities of the Benildean Deaf Association include the Deaf Literacy Program, the Filipino Deaf Studies Program, and full support to the multi-sectoral committees in charge of the annual Deaf Festival. BDA Vice President Raphael Domingo chaired both the first Deaf Festival in 1995 and the 15th year celebration of the festival last November 16-21, 2009 at DLS-CSB campus.

BDA started its operation in the School Year 2008-2009 under the guidance of Student Organization Faculty Adviser Ms. Teresa Buenaventura. The first batch of Deaf officers included Ana Kristina Arce (President), Raphael Domingo (Vice President), Anna Salvador (Secretary), Carmilyn Octavo (Treasurer). Board members were John Alexis Abad, Nadine Calagos and Ma. Anaditha Angcay.

For School Year 2009-2010, the current officers are: Ma. Anaditha Angcay (President), Raphael Domingo (Vice President), Anna Salvador (Secretary), Nadine Calagos (Treasurer). Board members are Mark Kelvin Marical, Beverly Sapno and Basil De Leon.

The Benildean Deaf Association also consistently made a mark in the annual Bahaghari Awards in which recognition is given to deserving student leaders, student organizations, student projects/activities, student volunteers and student organizations faculty advisers under the OSA-SIU who have excelled in the field of extra-curricular activities, rendered service and has exemplified the Benildean Core Values.

In the recently concluded Bahaghari Awards last March 26, 2010 held at Plaza Villarosa, Taft Campus, BDA was at the top of the three best organizations and current Vice President Raphael Domingo was one of the top five student leaders, the same award then President Ana Kristina Arce received in 2009. Ms. Marian Patricia Bea Francisco was also nominated in the Most Outstanding Student Organization Faculty Adviser category.

With reports from Ana Kristina Arce, Ma. Anaditha Angcay, Marian Patricia Bea Francisco, and the Office for Student Affairs-Student Involvement Unit

Deaf student wins Best New Actor award - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Deaf student wins Best New Actor award - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:22:00 05/15/2010

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.”

‘Shocking’ triumph

In an e-mail interview, Mallari told Inquirer Entertainment that he found his triumph “shocking.”

He admitted that he felt “nervous” accepting the trophy onstage.

“My first reaction was: ‘Whoa! I can’t believe it. It’s awesome. Thank God!’ My mind was flying.”

He considers the award “a dream come true … ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be an actor.”

He hopes the award would lead to new projects, but he also regards it as an inspiration to do better.

“My wish is to be a good example for the Deaf community,” he said. “It makes me want to work harder. It proves that there is hope in spite of life’s hardships.”

He related that he plans to keep the trophy in “my room in the dormitory.”

He had to put his thesis on hold to attend the Star Awards, he said, but he’s now finishing it.

Mallari is taking up Bachelor of Arts in Applied Deaf Studies, specializing in Multi-Media Arts in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies.

He is now busy reediting his thesis – a music video that helps Deaf people appreciate popular music.

He plans to volunteer in Deaf community programs like workshops and work full-time after his graduation in October, he said.

Honored, too

He shares the honor with his director Sandejas and the rest of the “Dinig” team – which also won the Sound Engineering (Ronald de Asis and Mark Locsin), Musical Score (Francis “Brew” Reyes) and Original Theme Song (“Sana Ako ay Marinig” by Reyes and NiƱa Sandejas) trophies in the Digital section of the Star Awards.

Said Sandejas of Mallari’s victory: “Not only can Deaf people dream to be actors, they can dream about becoming award-winning actors, too. I told Rome that he has to grow up a bit more because he’s now carrying the flag for the Deaf everywhere.”

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Listening to the Deaf

By: Rica Espiritu

"I was once more invited to sit in the thesis defense panel of some deaf students. Theywere to present their projects and they needed people in the industry to give these students the proper feedback needed. The projects ranged from websites, books, online tutorials, product packaging and marketing collaterals. The topics range from short stories for deaf children, a website for sexually abused deaf children, helping the deaf tour manila, explaining the bible through stories for the deaf..and creation of mythology involving deaf characters.

One can't help but admire the perseverance and ideas that came from these students. All one has to do is look at their works to see how much talent and potential these students have."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Celebration of the Different Faces of the Daughters of Eve

By: Maria Jesusa Charisma Nofies

Last March 15-26, the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) celebrated “Women’s Month,” with the theme “Ang Pagdiriwang ng Iba’t-Ibang Mukha ng mga Anak ni Eba” (Celebration of the Different Faces of the Daughters of Eve) to pay tribute and give respect to women in different aspects and status in their lives.

Ms. Maria Veronica Templo-Perez or Ms. Nicky, our SDEAS Dean encouraged all Bachelor in Applied Deaf Studies (BAPDST) students to attend the different kinds of workshops and seminars prepared for us in line with the celebration so we can learn, be aware, and have more knowledge about the issues women face today. Various workshop topics include “Empowered Women,” “Cervical Cancer Awareness,” “Deaf Human Rights,” “New Baby, New Mommy,” and “Personal Health Awareness.”

We, the first year BAPDST students from different sections, were also given a project to do by our teachers in our Aesthetics subject (DAESTHE) to draw about “Deaf Womanhood.” After we finished our projects, our teachers along with the help of other multimedia staff members planned and displayed all of these drawings in the boards and placed them near PEN-MLC as an exhibit. Everyone in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was invited to come and view it.

At the Closing Program of SDEAS’ Woman’s Month Celebration last March 26 which was hosted by Ms. Mary Jane Puson and Mrs. Jennifer Balan, Deaf Life Skills Development Program Facilitators, the winners of the Dear Womanhood exhibit were announced. Winners include Angelica Michelle Abayan and Rodolfo Jimenez.

This Women’s Month celebration’s purpose was to empower women and let people know, particularly the Deaf Benildean students, faculty, and alumni, the value of women in our lives. We must protect women’s welfare, especially the Deaf woman. Many Deaf and Hearing people have women in their lives too. They are our mothers, sisters, friends, grandmothers, aunts, and teachers.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

UP CASP Celebrates Women’s Month 2010

UP CASP Celebrates Women’s Month 2010
By: Julienne Angela B. del Rosario

In celebration of Women’s Month, the UP Collegiate Association of Speech Pathologists conducted a forum with the theme “Babae, Tagumpay Sa Kabila ng Kapansanan,” last March 16 at the Little Theater of the University of the Philippines Manila.

The forum featured three speakers: Ma. Anaditha Angcay, Mutya Montoya, and Lalaine Guanzon. All of them spoke of how they conquered the odds of having disabilities and eventually became successful individuals.
Ms. Anaditha Angcay of College of Saint Benilde- School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (CSB-SDEAS), gave an in-depth story of how she lived with her disability. She shared how there were times when she had to support herself because of her difficult family situation and how hard it is to be forced to do things you really cannot do with your disability. But she also proudly spoke of her achievements despite not only her disability but also her numerous hardships in life. She showed that being a woman, disabled and young does not necessarily make you powerless. Her life story is proof that women can indeed succeed despite disability. Ms. Angcay was also able to impart some knowledge on the sign language counterpart of some common phrases and also discussed what terminologies actually apply to them. She gave the audience some insight on how persons with disabilities feel when they are given labels that do not actually pertain to them.
(to read her full speech, please visit: http://deaf-e-news.blogspot.com/2010/04/up-collegiate-association-of-speech.html)

The audience, which was mainly composed of both male and female students from the College of Allied Medical Professions, was very receptive to the speakers’ words since the experiences shared by the speakers were highly inspirational and their words were very insightful. Some members of the audience raised substantive questions to the speakers, like if there were times when they felt like they were being discriminated. To these questions, the speakers eagerly gave their own share of experiences. There was also one question raised to Ms. Angcay on which sign language system she was using, and she willingly informed the audience that she was using Filipino Sign Language and even explained why this system is more convenient to use.

Before the program ended, two students from CSB-SDEAS gave a heartwarming dance performance that left the audience with the impression that disabilities are really no obstacles to the expression of one’s self.

The UP Collegiate Association of Speech Pathologists (CASP) is an academic organization of undergraduate BS Speech Pathology students at the College of Allied Medical Professions in the University of the Philippines Manila. It has, for its primary goal, the active and meaningful involvement of BS Speech Pathology students towards causes aimed to help individuals who have difficulties or handicaps in communicating.

This school year, the organization was able to conduct many activities that helped raised people’s awareness on persons with disabilities. During the Speech Pathology Week, there was a film showing of “Silent Odyssey,” and there was a symposium held to discuss laryngectomy and the perils of smoking. This coming year, the organization plans to further help and empower groups of persons with disabilities, as well as make more people aware of the profession.

*Julienne del Rosario is the current Vice President of the UP Collegiate Association of Speech Pathologists

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mylene Cruz's house was burned earlier in the Leveriza fire.

Photography by Ryan Jay Bernardo

Calling for your help: needs house things (eg kitchen, eating utensils), clothes for 3 women, 1 man, 1 2-week old baby boy and 4 year old boy. Please bring to SDEAS CPD office, PEN office, DLS-CSB. Mylene is the Merchandizing Clerk of YES-Deaf, SDEAS. For Financial help, you can deposit in her account Mylene Cruz UCPB San Andres S/A: 120-128470-6