July 2015

Isang Gabi Ng Musika | Jun Polistico Concert Caps 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Celebration

Story courtesy of Mr. Rain de Ocampo at http://www.raindeocampo.com/2015/07/28/isang-gabi-ng-musika-jun-polistico-concert-caps-37th-national-disability-prevention-and-rehabilitation-week-celebration/

In celebration of the 151st birth anniversary of the brains of the first Philippine revolution and sublime paralytic APOLINARIO MABINI last July 23, the Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-PINOY) in partnership with SM Cares, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD), held a special concert for the benefit of the Filipino PWDs featuring JUN POLISTICO and his Rockin 60’s band.

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The concert entitled “Isang Gabi Ng Musika: Alay ng Sektor Sa Kaarawan ni Apolinario Mabini” was held at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier in BGC, Taguig.

The event serves as the culminating activity for the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 17 – 23) and as a platform for the announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards.

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The Apolinario Mabini Awards recognizes groups and individuals and/or agencies that have made outstanding contributions to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). It is inspired by Mabini’s creative genius that provided inspiration to the Philippine revolution. The Award is spearheaded by the PFRD, the oldest non-government organization in the Philippines to address the needs of PWDs.

The categories for nomination are: Presidential A. Mabini Award, Person With Disability (PWD) of the Year, PWD Group of the Year, Local Government Unit of the Year, Rehabilitation Volunteer/Group of the Year (Volunteer/Group Advocate for the Empowerment of PWDs of the Year), Employer of the Year, PWD Friendly Establishment, PWD Media Advocate of the Year, and the Website Accessibility Award. The awards are traditionally presented in Malacanang Palace and by the President of the republic.

Engr. Bien Mateo, the Chairman of SM Program on Disability Affairs gave the welcoming remarks.

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The concert was divided into three sets with the Rockin’ 60’s band doing the opening act which gave the crowd a full concert experience already, JUN POLISTICO heats up the night performing solo during the second set and caps the the whole event by joining with the band for the closing set.

In between the sets, funny man Jun Urbano comes out as his famous Mongolian alter ego Mr. Shooli to entertain the crowd with his antics.  He even invited Senate President Franklin Drilon, who was supporting the benefit concert, to go on stage with him.  Mr. Shooli burns the senator’s handkerchief for the comic presentation but it was all in the spirit of good fun.

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Senator Drilon attended the concert with his wife.  I also spotted Mr. Henry Sy’s wife Felicidad Tan Sy during the concert, I am not so sure if any of her children were present because there were a lot of people inside the Samsung Hall, the concert was jam-packed so-to-speak.  However, I did saw some very familiar faces like Boboy Garovillo of the APO Hiking Society, actress Boots Anson Roa, AKAP-Pinoy’s Manuel Agcaoili of course and many others.

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Jun Polistico and the band played hits from the past and some of his most memorable original songs.  He even sang his own version of the iconic Frank Sinatra song “My Way” tweaking the last part and changing the line to “God’s Way”.

It was fun event of music and laughter that is both memorable and meaningful since proceeds of the said concert will help Filipino PWDs through AKAP-Pinoy.

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The Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy) Foundation, Inc. is a cross-disability federation of organisations of and for persons with disabilities in the Philippines. Its mission is to serve as the voice of persons with disabilities in promoting a rights-based, barrier-free and inclusive society, and to unite and strengthen the sector through partnership, capacity development, behavioural change, communication, enterprise development and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR).

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To this date, more than 400 Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPO) are affiliated with AKAP-Pinoy; and 51 Provincial/City Chapters have been formed nationwide. There are 13 trained broadcasters with disabilities who are regularly airing disability issues on different radio stations across the country. The formidable challenge to AKAP-Pinoy is to change the societal negative attitude which remains as the major impediment to equality and full participation of persons with disabilities.

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) on the other hand, is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns. As such, the NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector.

SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc., is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. The advocacies of SM Cares include Programs on Disability Affairs, Senior Citizens, Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth Development, OFWs and Sustainability and the Environment.

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SM Cares works with various organizations, corporations, shareholders and people from the community in coming up with innovative solutions that pave way to living more sustainable lives.

Green film festival for students at SM malls

by Freddie C. Velez
July 8, 2015

Marilao, Bulacan – Here’s a piece of good news for young learners. The SM Malls in this town as well as the ones in Baliwag, San Fernando, Clark and Olongapo will hold a series of film festivals featuring environmentally themed movies and documentaries for grade school and high school students.

Dubbed the Green Film Festival (GFF), the project aims to educate and raise awareness on the current state of environment. It also hopes to encourage positive action towards preserving the ecosystem through the visual information campaign.

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Films up for viewing are station-produced documentaries such as Ground Zero and Pagbangon. The short film Ground Zero features natural disasters here and abroad. It will also tackle about issues about the Philippines being located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, detailing the cities and provinces that are exposed to the natural hazards.

Pagbangon, on the other hand, is an award-winning documentary on the effect of super-typhoon “Yolanda” on survivors. It tells about the story of Filipinos recovering from the devastation brought by  “Yolanda” as documented by Filipino broadcast journalists.

Apart from the films and documentaries, the Green Film Festival likewise includes the Climate Change Commission’s five-minute info video on the 15 ways to LEDS (Low Emission Development Strategies).

The free screenings started on July 7 and will be held every third Tuesday of the month until March 2016.

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Gladiz May Latiza, mall relations officer here said, the Green Film Festival is one of the many programs of SM Cares, the CSR arm of SM Prime Holdings Inc. under the Environment Committee.

SM and COMELEC partner for 2016 elections

Staying true to its commitment to give its customers convenience and full accessibility, SM Supermalls today announced that it is offering its 52 malls all over the country as voting precincts for next year’s elections.

The announcement was made by SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia after a meeting with COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista.

Bautista in a statement said that COMELEC and SM Supermalls share the aspirations of the Filipino people for credible, orderly and peaceful elections. In furtherance of such efforts, SM is willing to offer its malls as voting centers in the forthcoming elections. “Responsible voting leads to credible elections.” Bautista said. This is also part of COMELEC’s desire to improve the voting experience of the public.

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“SM Supermalls has always been supportive of the COMELEC’s efforts at ensuring credible, peaceful and orderly elections. In line with this and as part of our commitment to give all the convenience to the public, especially to the mall-goers, we would like to tell COMELEC that our 52 malls will be made available as voting centers in the 2016 national elections,” Garcia said.

She added that SM Supermalls’ accessibility, senior citizens and People with Disability (PWD)- friendly facilities, air-conditioned facilities will make it an ideal place for people to cast their votes.

Garcia noted that in the last October 2013 barangay elections, four SM malls had been used as voting precincts for senior citizens and PWDs. “We have done this before, being the first mall to have been made into a voting center in the last elections and this is another opportunity for us to give our customers all the convenience especially at a most crucial period in our country,” Garcia said.

SM Supermalls is currently hosting COMELEC’s biometrics registrations in all its 52 malls all over the country under the No Boto, No Bio program.