The first fundraising event of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] in partnership with the UP Special Education Council was successfully held last August 25, 2017 at the UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Q.C. in connection with the celebration of the National Heroes Day, History Month and the National Language Month. The historical documentary highlighted the talents of Persons with Disabilities [PWDs] – Deaf, Person with Autism and the Physically-Disabled who significantly formed part of the film production team. They helped in retelling the story of one of our great heroes, Apolinario Mabini, first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Chief Adviser of the President of the First Philippine Republic, icon and inspiration of PWDs.
Here are some of the reactions to the film:
“Dahil sa “Pule,” mas nauunawaan ko na ang “big picture” ng pakikipaglaban ng ating mga bayani para sa kalayaan at kasarinlan. Napagtagni-tagni nito ang dati’y magkakahiwalay at kinakabisado lamang na kaalaman ukol sa ating kasaysayan.” — Neil Penullar, De La Salle University
“… an innovative and engaging way to present Mabini’s biography and the country’s history.” — Cecille Sicam, Autism Society Philippines Board of Trustees
“It was an eye-opening experience for me. There is no such thing as “dis-ability.’ I realized how big your advocacy is and how it truly makes a difference in the lives of the Deaf and the PWDs.” –— [emailed to GMEFI Board Member Mirana]
Photos courtesy of UPSEC