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Documentary on Special Needs to Screen at Inclusive Education Summit

Yakap - the documentary on special needs

The Center for Possibilities is scheduled to show its documentary on special needs entitled “Yakap” on February 22, 4:00 pm. I got to watch the film and I must say that it’s a must-watch. I also shared my thoughts on the blog about Yakap. The screening will be at the SMX Convention Center Manila, providing those who missed last year’s premiere an opportunity to view the much-lauded documentary which follows the lives of three families of children with special needs. The screening will be part of the international leadership summit on inclusive education organized by the social enterprise, The Teacher’s Gallery. With the theme, “I Am You – Opening Minds, Opening Hearts: Putting Values into Action”, the summit which will run from February 22 to 24, aims to to spearhead a movement that will advocate for the right of the individual with disability to be educated in the regular classroom. ...

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The Arts and the Children with Special Needs

Samantha with coach Kenn Sioson

For me, the arts have always been the great equalizer in the society. Age, educational background, economic standing, and even if you have special needs, it really doesn’t matter, as long as you have the talent. It is, therefore, a fitting event for the arts and the children with special needs as the Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) stages a back-to-back event on January 28 at the RCBC Plaza in Makati. At 5:30 in the afternoon, the self-titled exhibit of 19-year-old special artist Samantha Kaspar will open to the public. At 7:00 in the evening, the Manila Symphony Orchestra will take center stage. This will be an event worthy of attending, one that I don’t want to miss, especially upon learning about the artists during a press conference. Art Auction The art exhibit entitled “Samantha” will showcase around 40 artworks. Some of these on fabric to be used as fashion ...

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The Film Yakap is a Call to Embrace Our Differences

Film Yakap calls to embrace differences

I attended the media screening of the film Yakap that gives the audience a glimpse of the lives of three special people. They are Evangeline “Gelli” Aventajado, a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome; Aaron Joshua “AJ” De Quiroz, an 8-year-old with epilepsy, Autism, and Global Developmental Delay; and Kevin Avelino, a 45-year-old with Global Developmental Delay. Emotional that I am, I ended up crying despite efforts not to let my tears roll down my cheeks. And who wouldn’t? I found myself admiring, and empathizing with them and the people around them. Their stories were told without script, and simply from the points of view of their parents. Because everything is natural in the film Yakap, you end up appreciating life and the people in the film. Everyone adored Gelli with her bubbly personality. I admire how her parents, Michelle and Nino Aventajado were accepting of their little girl’s condition. I am ...

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