Summer Deaf Bible Camp, April 27 – May 1

The Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, Inc. (DEAF) together with Capitol City Baptist Church Deaf Ministry (CCBCDM) will be holding its 5th SUMMER DEAF BIBLE CAMP 2009. It will be held from April 27 – May 1, 2009 (5 days) at Luzon Baptist Camp, Km. 146, Brgy. Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan.

This event is hosted by the Korean Deaf Mission Society together with Deaf Pastor Cesar Castro of DEAF and Ptr. Julius Andrada of CCBCDM. CAP College SFD and MCCID College form part of the academe that supports this activity.

Each participant is entitled to FREE MEALS, ACCOMMODATION and USE OF LOBBY, AUDITORIUM and SWIMMING POOLS. They only need to pay a registration fee of P100 with a voluntary donation from P50 – P100. They will also have to pay for their own transportation fare (P437.00 two-way for Special PWD Discount). They must bring their own clothes (good for 4 days), Bible, pen, paper, notebook, towel, toothbrush, soap, mat, blanket, swimming attire and slippers.

During their five-day stay, the deaf will experience learning about God’s Word through preaching, singing and dramatizing. They will also be having fun and games as the group celebrates its 5th year of serving Christ through the Deaf people.

More than 100 deaf youth are expected to attend this event. 🙂

Deaf encoders pass government exam

Deaf Encoders at Department of Foreign Affairs (MCCID Alumni in blue box)
Deaf Encoders at Department of Foreign Affairs with MCCID Alumni in blue box (Photo courtesy of Nova Foundation Website)

In my previous post entitled “More Deaf people are given chance for work“, I congratulated all of our deaf alumni who are currently working as encoders in the passport division of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). I also encouraged them to be more patient and faithful with their work because opportunities like this are very rare.

To give you some updates, last Friday (April 17), I visited DFA again. This time, I was with MCCID students Jerome Marzan and Joanna Teves. I was there to assist them in getting their passports. They will be using it in order to participate in the World Deaf Conference this August. They were chosen among the schools for the deaf in the Philippines. I’ll give more details about it in my future posts. I also used that time to know about the latest from our deaf alumni Rona May Savares, Ma. Teresa Vicente, Nonito Visagar Jr., Renato Moran Jr., Emmanuel Cruz and Rumijae Alfred Bubon.

As usual, we were accorded well by the DFA guards. I’m happy that they are slowly adjusting to deaf people. I specifically told them that I cannot assist my deaf students. I need to introduce them to one of their deaf employees and to help them with the processing of their passports. They allowed us to enter the building without much restrictions.

We first saw Rona May. She immediately greeted us and as soon as she was free, she escorted us to the proper authorities. I asked her if we can meet Renato because we will request him to assist my deaf passport applicants. I was told that he transferred to another division located in the 2nd floor of the building. Rona May gladly brought us to Renato’s office.

After some exchange of pleasantries, Renato promised to assist them the following Monday. Rona May also proudly gave us the good news that all of the deaf encoders passed the Competency Based Examination for Data Encoders given by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last November. This government examination is given to persons who finished any computer course and wants to receive a certificate indicating that they already possessed
the minimum skills and knowledge required in a workplace. If the worker/student passed the assessment, they are issued TESDA
Certificate of Competency (COC) or National Certificate (NC). The certificate outlines the knowledge and competency of the individual in that particular trade or job.

This examination may also be used by the individual as a replacement for the Career Civil Service Examination issued by the Civil Service Commission. Passing this test is an important requirement in order for the rank and file government employee to have a secured job tenure. Since all of the deaf examinees passed the test, they are now eligible to work in any Philippine government agency so long as their position and/or duties include data encoding.

So to all MCCID Deaf alumni and the rest of the employees, congratulations and may you remain faithful with your work. 🙂

Gadgets Madness Part Deux

In my previous post, I made a litany of all the electronic gadgets I bought with cell phones in particular. I also included my reasons why I compelled to buy them.

In that post too, I mentioned about my problem with Nokia N80 conking out. I did follow Jhun’s instruction of resetting my phone. The trouble was that I forgot to save some cell phone numbers of my recent acquaintances. It turned out just what he said. The phone was now able to warn me whenever I receive incoming text messages. But all the contents of my phone book was erased. That’s when I decided to buy a new one. What a lame excuse! 🙂

Off to Greenhills!

Nokia E66
Last Thursday, armed with a budget of only Php16,000 (roughly $340), I together with my deaf buddies Ervin and Owen trooped to cell phone bargain-hunting haven, the second floor of Virra Mall Shopping Complex in Greenhills, San Juan City. Although I already had a brand and specs in mind, (Nokia with large but not touchscreen, WiFi and 3G), I had no idea what model to look for. After making some rounds of around 20 or so stalls and haggling with the predominantly Muslim vendors, we decided to purchase Nokia E66. It has all the features I want including some bells and whistles of high end Nokia models. The grey steel casing looks sturdy enough yet very lightweight and thin (13.6 mm). The phone has a smooth sliding action, a larger screen and 2 GB microSD memory card. But my price range doesn’t match. Models like this cost P18,000 up.

So I asked the vendor if she’s willing to meet my range. She said, she’ll try. After a few minutes, she went back with the original unit (Made in Korea with NTC sticker and complete accessories) with an asking price of P15,500. Great! It was a bargain. We had a deal. I also bought the plastic screen protector (P100) and pocket holder (P200) to go with it. I asked her why she gave in to my “tawad“. She replied that the unit was originally bundled with Smart Company. But they unlocked it so it can be used by any network. Owen, the former utility in our school, traded his own Nokia 6600 to the lower end but latest Nokia 2600 Classic.

Posing Problem

As we were riding jeep back home, I noticed something amiss with my phone. The back cover was unusually warm. I tried to dismiss it. It was probably because it’s new. But then, when I tried tinkering its menus and functions, it became uncomfortably warm. It’s very unnatural.

So the following day, we went back to the stall owner. She said it’s natural. I know she had all the reason to dispel my feeling that there’s a problem with my phone. She even escorted me to Nokia Service Center in another building to prove me wrong. When we went there, the receptionist told me the phone has no problem. The whole unit including the battery, is original. But just to make sure, he asked me if I’m willing to deposit the phone to them for further observation. Ugh! That sucks!

Problem Solved

I decided not to follow Nokia’s advice and observe it myself. The phone reminded me of a laptop computer. It generally heats up if the processor works overtime. It must be true with the phone. Normal functions like calling and texting as well as listening to music and using the camera don’t use too much process.

However, I noticed that the phone periodically scans for wireless connection every two minutes. That commands the phone to detect WiFi access points, thus draining its battery due to continuous work of the processor. So, I removed the scanning feature on the main menu and configure the phone to only look for WLan when needed. It worked! The phone cooled down fast.

Apple MacBook
Certified Gadget Freak

Facing with gadget dilemmas did not discourage me from buying more gadgets. On the last part of my previous post, I mentioned about me salivating on Apple MacBook being flaunted by web design speakers.

Last Saturday, Ervin and I did not go home without bringing one. So we canvassed from Greenhills, to Robinson’s Galleria, to SM Megamall and finally to SM North EDSA (PC Live). Again, armed with a budget of only Php55,000 ($1,156) of my hard earned money which I saved for half a year, I was able to buy the latest Apple MacBook, white 13-inch polycarbonate shell, 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR2 Memory, 120GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. The laptop has pre-installed Mac OSX and ILife 09. It also comes with free Belkin Laptop bag worth P2,500.

We went home past 10 pm sporting with full grin on our faces. I’m now a neophyte Mac User and a certified Gadget Freak! 😉

Who Will Call Him King of Kings?

This wonderful Easter song was sang by Ms. Sandi Patty which was included in her “Another Place, Another Time” Album.

Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

Here is the lyrics:
I
Their cold despair,
they’d laid Him in the tomb
the body of their master fair.
Third morning came as they returned to pray
light was shining every where
But Jesus body was not there

II
And as they gazed at an empty grave
the earth around began to shake
and they were so afraid
But voices of angels filled the air
Their shouts proclaimed “He is not here.”
And you could hear them say

Cho.
Who will call Him King of Kings
and Who will call Him Lord of Lords
Who will call Him Prince of Peace
Such a wonderful counselor, Mighty God
Who will call Him King

III
Their spirits soared as fear was turned to joy
standing there before their eyes
Jesus clothed in radiant white
and with a voice they they heard before
he told them to go and tell the world that I’m alive
They ran as fast as feet could fly
“The Lord is rise”, was their cry
and you could hear them say

Cho.
We will call him king of kings
We will call him Lord of Lords
We will call him Prince of Peace
Such a wonderful counselor, Mighty GOD

We will call him king of kings
and we will call him Lord of Lords
We will call him Prince of Peace
Such a wonderful counselor, Mighty God

Bridge
Just like he said
He’s risen from the dead
And the people say

Cho.
We will call Him King of kings
We will call Him Lord of Lords
We will call Him Prince of Peace
Such a wonderful counselor,

I will call Him King of Kings
and I will call Him Lord of Lords
I will call Him Prince of Peace
Such a wonderful counselor, Mighty God

I will call Him King
I will call Him King
I will call Him King

You might want to view this music video with clips from the movie “Jesus”.

Jesus and the Deaf Man

Jesus and the Deaf Man
Mark 7:31-37

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.

32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.

34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!” ).

35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” 🙂