Last Saturday June 18, Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] board members welcomed the leaders of Soroptimist International of San Jose del Monte [SI of SJDM], Bulacan. The latter tagged along with them some high school students to have a preview of an educational documentary entitled PULE:Utak ng Rebolusyon. The screening was held at the audio-visual room of Metro Manila College [MMC] in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The film is about one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini whose life is unfortunately not as well known to many Filipinos as Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. GMEFI plans to screen the documentary in celebration of the 2016 National Heroes Day come August. It aims to make MMC students aware of who Mabini really was and what he did for our country. It eventually hopes to spark nationalism in the viewers, and raise awareness on the potentials and talents of Persons with Disability, majority of whom formed part of the film production team.
SI of SJDM leaders, inspired by what they came to learn about the life of Mabini concluded upon watching the film the need to share it to more students to expand their knowledge about him. Dr. Rosalyn Cabuco, an obstetrician, said: “Na-appreciate ko. Maganda po … inspiring po talaga and natouch po ako at hindi man po ako maging hero siguro, pero I’ll try my best na ma-impart po sa mga kabataan…”
Likewise, its president, Ms. Corazon Flores added: “… na-inspire din po ako. Being the president, gagawin ko din po yung ano, parang kay Apolinario Mabini. Kailangan marami pong matutunan. Kailangang mag-aral pa! Kumbaga di po dito natatapos yung buhay natin… Maganda po yung napanood natin! Bilang president, gagawa po tayo para magkaroon ng malawak na kaalaman [tungkol kay Mabini] ang mga estudyante.”
Meanwhile, one of the Soroptimist members, Ms. Yolanda Delos Santos, English teacher at San Jose del Monte National High School said: “I am grateful that I was given a chance to watch this film…kasi it is an eye-opener, different from what we reading from the books. I think the students will be interested in watching this… Syempre nowadays yung mga students medyo bored na sila magbasa but if they watch this talaga papasok sa kanilang puso…” Ms. Delos Santos added: “Ngayon ko lang talaga nakilala si Ka Pule… Saka inspiring talaga yung kanyang life pati dun sa mga Persons with Disability hindi dapat maging hadlang ang kapansanan….Pati pagka-Pilipino [ko] natouch din.”
Ms. Natividad Villano, one of the founding members of SI of SJDM, and currently Fund Campaign Head of GMEFI when asked for her comment on the film retorted: “Reaction ko? Parang nalulungkot ako’t kaawa-awa ang Pilipinas. Nakipaglaban sila tapos hanggang ngayon tayo hirap na hirap pa rin. Kaya sana mamulat ang kabataan ngayon para naman maging malaya tayo, at hindi tayo laging nagkakagulo, nag-aaway-away. Maganda! Napakaganda!”
On the other hand, GMEFI Executive Director Gil Reoma said: “Maganda! Very historical at the same time very personal. Ang nagustuhan ko dun yung Decalogo at saka yung kanyang [Mabini] sinasabing inner transformation. Napakahalagang elemento ng rebolusyon: Inner Revolution [kalooban]…” His companion, Karen Aquino also a teacher from Bulacan added: “Napaganda!…nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa mga kabataan, and challenging, hindi sabagal ang kapansanan tungo sa success ng isang tao.”
The documentary, produced by Miryad Visyon in collaboration with De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was directed and edited by Mirana Medina, GMEFI Board Member and Educational Assistance Program Head.