Tuesday, November 18, 2014

20th Deaf Festival: Deafinitely Disthinctive

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies will be celebrating the 20th Deaf Festival from November 17 to 22, 2014 at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Taft Campus.

With this 20 year's theme, "DEAFINITELY DISTHINCTIVE " the Deaf Festival has always been a major celebration for Benilde. One of the objectives of the celebration is to show an interconnected Deaf community by means of festive activities which will be participated by different Deaf schools. Please see attached schedule for activities that are open to the public and the whole Benildean community including:
  • Deaf Festival Bazaar (November 17 to 21, 8:00am-6pm, Greenway)
  • Free Filipino Sign Language Class on November 20, 1:30pm-3:30pm (Auditorium)
  • "The Role of the Deaf in the church: Focusing on the Right to Minister and Serve the Church" By Fr. Dennis Soriano, MA Liturgy (November 20, 9:00am-12nn, ARG Theater)
  • Cultural Show (November 22, 2:00pm-5:00pm, ARG Theater)
The Cultural Show during the Festival's last day on November 22, 2014. Tickets priced at 100 pesos each are available at the Deaf Festival Bazaar in the Taft Campus Greenway

For more details, you may contact SDEAS Center for Deaf Esteem and Formation, (632) 230-5100 loc 1646, 0917-8698224 or email deaf.formation@benilde.edu.ph
Thank you and join us!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ReDEAFine 2014: Creative Inspirations in SM City North Edsa

ReDEAFine 2014: Creative Inspirations in SM North

ReDEAFine: Creative Inspirations 2014

September 26, 2014 Ribbon Cutting 6PM
September 27-28, 2014 10AM to 9PM

The Block 3rd floor @ SM City North Edsa

Faculty supervision and Advisers by
Teresa Quintanilla (Hearing),Diana Pria BaƱa (Deaf) and Judith Leong

Featuring the works of

Computer Graphics Arts and Technologies
Emanuel Alemania l Jessica Aquion l Christina Betito l Janile Bustamante l Patricla Caguimbal l Joanna Canuto l Jennifer Capili l Tiffany Caracas l marie Justine Castro l Jane Loraine Conano l Chonel Delena l Nikka Diancin l Roejen Fernandez l Irish Jane Gindap l Daryl llustre l Lan Kimura l Rastamn Landero l Rowin Lunar l Chiellsea Manimbo l Jenell Mariel Manuel l Benedick Muyong l Mark Gil Punzal l Adrian Raga l jarellyn Ramos l Jon Reuel Santos l Jozef Serrano l Arnel Talatas, Jr. l Relvic Joseph Taray l Shiela Tenorio l Donna Karla Tolentino l Marvin Velasco l Kenneth Paul Yadan

Business Entrepreneurship
Joan Rae Batulan l Ervin Joseph Bautista l Edelberth Bonquin l Fidel Miclat Carullo l Camelle Crebillo l Mark Aldrin Encarnacion l Neil Lorence Gratuito l Jennifer Gonos l Carla Lorilla l Nerliza Miranda l Michael Lester Mistiola l Nica Nabong Monteron l Doryna Gayle Penetrante l Jessica Mae Pineda l Leonard Joseph Quinones l Raniel Delos Reyes I Jennifer Tumamao

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

President Aquino's SONA 2014 with FSL interpreters

SONA 2014 with FSL interpreters 

Mr. John Baliza

Ms. Tess Buenaventura

Mr. Jojo Esposa Jr.

Ms. Joi Villareal

Mr. Jun Sevilla

Ms. Febe Sevilla

Benildean students watching the SONA 2014 live in the campus. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To Fulfill a Dream: Graduate Study at Gallaudet University

By Ana Kristina Arce

It had always been my dream to study at Gallaudet University, an academic institution known for its prestige as an institution committed towards excellence in Deaf education and the first and only Deaf University in the world. My dream finally came true when I became the first Filipino to be awarded the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship to study at Gallaudet in 2012. I completed a master's degree in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies and graduated in May 2014. I would like to share a brief story with you on how I lived and survived the academic challenges at Gallaudet as a graduate student.

Ana received the University diploma with Gallaudet University President Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz

My initial expectation about Gallaudet is that it is just like my school in college from our home country. I was surprised to find out that Gallaudet had all these video relay service booths, round tables in the cafeteria, and that the University is an ASL/English bilingual environment. The University's facilities from the cafeteria to the classroom were all the way of deaf beings. The University is a wide campus of accessibility for deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and deaf students with disabilities. I did not expect that there would be a lot of written assignments and projects. I lived in the campus dormitory for four semesters and I saw that everyone including the staff, faculty, and students use sign language. I felt like I am one of those who belong to the majority because I did not experience any communication barrier. I also learned that hearing students are accepted in some programs such as Deaf Studies and Interpreting undergraduate programs as well as other graduate programs in the University but they have to learn sign language because professors in all courses taught students in American Sign Language (ASL). If I may exaggerate a bit, speaking people or those who use verbal communication in the campus are frowned upon by Deaf students.    

My fellow MA classmates

Two things I found difficult to adjust to were the new environment and American culture where I experienced a cultural shock. In the past four semesters, I reflected on why I choose to study there. I had to learn ASL, adjust to the new academic environment, educational system and American culture. Being a new student in a diverse, multicultural academic institution, I had to do self-reflection and learned to embrace and appreciate other diverse cultures. I also learned a lot of new perspectives on social justice and listened to people of color’s voices, which led me to teach “Dynamics of Oppression” course for my graduate internship under my South African professor Lindsay Dunn who had experienced in his Social Justice movement.

South Korean Seung Shin, Ana Arce's classmate and South African professor Lindsay Dunn

From Left to Right: Allara (Chad), Dae-Kun (South Korean), Ana,
-Kun's friend, Ikumi (Japanese) and Dana (Mali)

In graduate school, writing academic papers drove me crazy, plus a big project like the MA thesis. There were tons of scholarly articles, journals, and other publications from the course requirements I have to read to write papers and other written assignments. I fell in love with the Gallaudet library and archive and frequently visited them to do reading, writing assignments and projects.  Time flew fast, and I now completed the two-year graduate studies. Before the end of the program, I had mixed feelings-happy for I am now armed with an M.A. degree but sad because I left the campus, a place where I lived and learned and where signing is a way of life. I benefited a lot from the program, seminars/workshops, mentoring and trainings at the University. I also acquired a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Deaf ways-of-being. I went home with the aim to help improve the lives of the Filipino d/Deaf in my home country. The count down began after my graduation.

Graduate Class of 2014
In the University’s Graduate Hooding and Awards ceremony, I was totally surprised to receive two awards –  the George W. Veditz Award, which recognized the impact I have made and will continue to make in the field of Deaf Studies and the Graduate Writing Research Award for having completed an outstanding research study in my academic program. Both awards were presented by the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies and Graduate School. I told myself, “Incredible, I made it, dint  I?” with my big eyes when receiving the awards. I also joined the University’s Sesquicentennial Commencement Exercises and marched proudly carrying the Philippine flag.

Ana received two awards - George Veditz and Graduate Writing Research Award.

Ana Arce received a Master's hood from the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies.

I am deeply thankful to the Nippon Foundation of Japan and Gallaudet University for the WDL scholarship. It is an amazing opportunity for me to prove my worth studying at Gallaudet to further enhance my skills and help improve Filipino d/Deaf lives – in education, employment and preservation of deaf culture in our home country.

International Coordinator of WDL team Danilo Torres presented the certificate of achievement to Ana Arce from Nippon Foundation of Japan making me part of the Nippon Foundation Group Alumni Society.

I also wish to thank Dr. Rosalinda Ricasa, my WDL mentor and Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman, thesis adviser and graduate academic advisor for the awesome mentorship. 

World Deaf Leadership (WDL) mentor, Dr. Rosalinda Ricasa (first Filipino sign linguist) who mentored me in my WDL project for the Philippines to improve lives of Filipino d/Deaf people.

My parents, Ana Arce and Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman, chair of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies

My special thanks to my friends Seung Sook Shin, Thuy Tien Nguyen, Lindsay Dunn, deaf Friends, Arlyn Penaranda, Peter Ji, Le Toudjida Allara, professors of Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, fellow WDL scholars, WDL team of Gallaudet University, my parents’ friends Gani Penaranda, Leny Santos, Victoria Vaughan and Jeffery Bowden for their wonderful encouragement and support. 

My fellow MA classmates, MA Cohort 2012-2014

Ana Arce with Dr. Gemma Gabor (former SDEAS teacher)

My deepest gratitude to my loving parents, Ramon and Vilma Arce for their wonderful support and inspiring me to strive for excellence in everything I do.

From Left to Right: Tita Leny (my mom's best friend), Ana, Ramon, and Vilma (my parents).

Ana Arce carried the Philippine flag that represented the "Proud Filipino"
and wore the special graduation stole with the national flag and Nippon Foundation logo. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Removing barriers, bridging gaps for deaf people #28storiesofgiving

The first Filipino to be awarded the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship to study at Gallaudet in 2012, Ana Arce plans to teach deaf undergraduate students as her way of ‘giving back.’

MANILA, Philippines - This is a story of love, hope, courage and sheer determination: the life of Ana Arce, a woman who relentlessly pursued her dreams despite being born deaf.
She is the first Filipino to be awarded the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship at the Gallaudet University in Washington, where she completed her master’s degree last May. She is back in the country to share with the deaf community what she has learned. She wants to teach and help them become empowered individuals.
“I was born Deaf. When my parents discovered this, like most hearing parents of Deaf children, they felt that the only way for me to survive was if I learned to speak, and so they enrolled me in different oral schools where I had to wear hearing aids and learn how to lip read. I tried my best in these schools but still it wasn’t easy for me to adjust,” 27-year-old Arce told The STAR.
Eventually, her parents thought of moving her to another school for the Deaf where sign language is used as the medium of instruction.
“I quickly adjusted and started doing well in my academics,” she said.
But still, life wasn’t easy for her both in school and at home. Arce recalls struggling to find her place in college. She went to a school that mainstreamed Deaf and hearing students.
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“In this format, teachers would be speaking, alongside an interpreter for the Deaf. But the classroom atmosphere for me was quite difficult, not because most of my classmates were hearing, but because we didn’t know how to communicate with each other, and there was some sort of discrimination. My hearing classmates would opt not to include me in class projects and activities even though I want to participate. I felt stuck and disappointed,” she said.
At home, during her younger years, she felt out of place when family members spoke to each other.
“My family members spoke with each other, and as a Deaf person, I could not understand what they usually talk about so I often have to ask them about it. I then hoped that they could sign whenever I was present. But over time, some of my family members learned some Filipino sign language. Yet, outside of those experiences, I am still happy to belong to a very loving family,” Arce says.
Arce would later move to the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies.
“At St. Benilde, which I call a second home, not only did I find an academic institution, but I also found an environment where teachers and other members of the community welcomed us. I felt loved and cared for and I felt that the school was like a family. I learned the true meaning of a Deaf person and that the word Deaf is spelled with a capital D which means that I am not only a Deaf person but I am someone who is part of the Deaf community, partaking in its unique language and culture,” Arce says.
After graduation, Arce worked as a graphic artist with hearing colleagues for almost three years. It was during this time that she realized she wanted to pursue a master’s degree.
“I realized the Filipino Deaf community’s need to improve their lives and empower them, which led me to pursue a master’s degree. It had always been my dream to study at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., an academic institution known for its prestige as an institution committed toward excellence in Deaf education. It is also the first and only Deaf University in the world where I experienced a truly signing environment,” Arce says.
In 2012, her dream came true.
“I am the first Filipino to be awarded the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship to study at Gallaudet in 2012. I completed a master’s degree in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies in May 2014,” Arce says.
Still fresh from completing her degree, Arce is already planning to “give back” by teaching Deaf undergraduate students in Benilde this year.
More than teaching, she hopes to help society become aware of the needs of the Deaf community.
“I hope to not only help them go through college, but also make them good researchers, and active advocates in their respective communities. In my advocacy, I’m looking at opportunities to bring the needs of the Deaf into the consciousness of society, especially the hearing people. I aim to help integrate the Deaf and the hearing together in unity, bridge the communication gap, increase awareness of the Deaf culture, and raise the respect for the natural sign language of the Filipino Deaf - the Filipino Sign Language,” she says.
To put it simply, she says, she wants to tell the world that Deaf people can do just about anything that hearing people can.
“I want to let the world know that the Deaf people can do anything, except hear,” Arce says.
(Editor’s Note: The Philippine STAR’s #28StoriesOfGiving is a campaign that turns the spotlight on 28 inspiring stories of people and organizations who devote their lives to helping themselves or others. Everyone is encouraged to post or “tweet” a message of support with the hashtag, #28StoriesOfGiving. For every post, P5.00 will be added to The STAR’s existing ‘give back’ anniversary fund. For comments and suggestions to #28storiesofgiving, email contactus@philstar.com.ph follow @philippinestar on Twitter or visit The Philippine Star’s page on Facebook.)


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kung Paano Maghiwalay [Play with FSL Interpreter]

Dulaang Filipino Advanced Acting Intensives showcase presents the first act of Kung Paano Maghiwalay by Palanca Award-winning writer, Mr. George de Jesus III, directed by Mr. Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz on June 13, 2014 (Friday), 7pm (with FSL Interpreter) at the Augusto Rosario Gonzales Theater, 5th floor, DLS-CSB, Taft Campus.

The play is a poignant masterpiece comprised of stories on love and relationships. Hearts split and promises were broken. But remnants of their past love will continue to weave through the fissures of their broken hearts. Ultimately the question remains, how do you truly move on?

Limited number of tickets are on sale at a discounted price of P100 (for SDEAS students), while faculty can watch for free. Students who wish to buy tickets may look for Sir John Baliza or Ms Bea Francisco.