Deaf Teacher-Painter Meets his Modern day Good Samaritan

This is a repost from National Council on Disability Affairs Website. Enjoy! 🙂

A local businessman-artist birthday gifted himself as a sudden inspiration, by inviting deaf teacher-artist and 2-time International Abilympics gold medallist Jose dela Cruz, to sketch friends and show his works in his party. As his wish, Jose’s genius easily got noticed, but in a big way, by one man in particular, This standout corporate young Good Samaritan (GM), from a super affluent family in the country, humbly told the interpreter after buying 2 paintings, “Please tell Lolo Jose not to forget me when he is already famous.”

Jose with Mr. Good Samaritan
Jose and Mr. Good Samaritan

His words so touched Jose and there was no stopping a mutual admiration society, sort of, between the two. Parting with his 2 most intricate and “cherished” works, Lolo Jose knew Mr. GM had the nose for masterpieces. Still reeling from the compliments, Jose was given yet another message. “Tell him I will hang his works next to my Juan Luna and other famed masterpieces, please.” This he did, when he invited Jose and the interpreter to his house weeks after.
The Interpreter, like Lolo Jose, was just as moved by the young man’s show of nobility and respect. Once more, there was proof, that disability is no barrier to excellence, and ingenuity.

Mr. GM was so moved by Lolo Jose and vows to help introduce his works to his friends.
Note: To keep Mr. GM’s identity, we are showing his blurred image beside Lolo Jose, until he decides it is time to come forward.

DFA’s Outstanding Employee Awardee is a Deaf!

Nonito with Renato also of MCCID, at work in DFA Processing Division.One of my former deaf students, Nonito Visagar Jr., tagged me in a few of his photos. I thought it was just a picture of him and his deaf friends or co-workers having an outing or get-together party. But when I clicked on the photos, I was pleasantly surprised that his was pictures of his plaque of appreciation as an Outstanding Employee of 2012!

Outstanding Employee Award Plaque given to NonitoHearing great news like this one is truly a breath of very fresh air. When Nonito graduated in MCCID College in 2008, he received 1st Honorable Mention Award. Although he was quiet and unassuming among his batchmates, he did excel in sports and academics. After he graduated among top of his class, he continued his training at Nova Foundation for the Differently Abled Persons.

Nonito awaits the receiving of award.During the training, he again showed his diligence and skills. That’s why the foundation selected him together with five other MCCID alumni to undergo trial work at the Department of Foreign Affairs. After passing the Civil Service Examination, they became regular government employees.

But Nonito did not remain contented. He again exhibited above average work attitude and enthusiasm serving clients, mostly hearing people, in the passport division. In 2011, he received his first “Certificate of Recognition”. This year, he upped his level by receiving the “Outstanding Employee of 2011”.

The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs is the government agency responsible for the pursuit of the State’s foreign policy and the nerve center for a Foreign Service worthy of the trust and pride of every Filipino. To know more about the awards, please visit this link.

To Nonito, this blog post is my special tribute to you! MCCID College Facebook page also created a special timeline photo honoring you. I hope that many deaf would emulate your success by serving as a good role model. 🙂

Mark 737 Designs 3D Logo Animation

Guys, please watch this 20-sec 3D Animation of Mark 737 Designs, a division of MCCID College of Technology. This upstart company is composed of deaf web designers/developers and animators. Want to try deaf web designers? They are skilled, at par or even better than regular web designers. Please try them. You may contact them at info@mark737.com, text at 639204656138 or like the company at http://www.facebook.com/mark737services. Enjoy 🙂

Note: In case you might ask, why the name Mark737? Well, you can look it up in the Holy Bible. The good book says,

“People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” – Mark 7:37

Discovering Deaf Worlds articles about the Philippines

I received this amazing article from an amazing person Ms. Naty Natividad of Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI). It’s about  this amazing group of advocates who are fighting the good fight to educate Deaf people in the Philippines about their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was posted online by Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW). I know that they are truly amazing because I have worked with them many times before until now. Here is the link.

Here are other links which I discovered from DDW:

  1. DDW’s Page about the Philippines including list of schools where our school MCCID appears – They also had a collage of beautiful places they’ve been to in our country. – http://www.discoveringdeafworlds.org/programs/where-weve-been-philippines
  2. An Article about Philippine Association of the Deaf which appears in their Newsletter entitled “A Coffee Shop, A Legacy, A Future” – You can view the online issue here.  – http://issuu.com/discoveringdeafworlds/docs/ddwsept10
  3. List of Organizations in the Philippines including links – http://www.discoveringdeafworlds.org/programs/gda/internationalnetwork

Thank you very much DDW for visiting our country and sharing your blessings and advocacy with us! You are amazing! 🙂

“Warrior is a Child” in Filipino Sign Language

Guys, please watch this heartwarming prayer song “Warrior is a Child” sung by Gary Valenciano in Filipino Sign Language by Ervin Reyes of MCCID. This video is part of the Instructional Video Collection made by the National Council on Disability Affairs. Happy 18th Anniversary to MCCID! 🙂