Be a part of YouTube’s ‘Life in a Day’ documentary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2020   •   185

Be a part of YouTube’s “Life in a Day” documentary, which will feature what 2020 is like in different parts of the world.

“Australian bushfires. Civil unrest in Hong Kong. A pandemic that took precious lives and changed the way we live. Protests in every corner of America — and around the world — to demand that Black Lives Matter. But in the midst of these extraordinary events, everyday life still continues,” according to the website.

What if we captured all of it in a single day?

Film your day on July 25 and upload it until August 2 to take part in the historic global documentary. According to the project’s website, anyone can participate in the documentary as long as they follow the film requirements.

Requirements include permission from anyone who will make an appearance in your film and location permissions. Music should not be used in the video, filming trademarks or protected works is not allowed, and no law should be violated.

Life in a Day will be produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald, and will premiere in 2021 Sundance Film Festival. AAC

Istorya: A PWD’s journey to the Paralympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

Joey Eriga De Leon readies himself. Using his feet, he lifts one of the balls and throws it as near as he can to the white ball on the ground.

The goal of Boccia is to have as many balls possible to the target ball.

Joey is rigorously training for the upcoming 2020 ASEAN Para Games where the Philippines is the host country.

Having been born with cerebral palsy it has always been rough roads and limited opportunities for Joey.

Luisa, his mother, recalled how she fought numerous battles for her son.

She didn’t know any special education (SPED) schools back then and they lacked the money to provide a more comfortable life for Joey.

His first wheelchair was made of wood which his father made for him. Because of his condition, Joey had trouble making friends, so Luisa would take his son to the mall.

But she did not stop paving a better road for her son. She smiles now as she remembers
the time when Joey was just joining the tryouts for Boccia.

“Sabi niya ‘Nay papasok ako dito. Maglalaro ako sa international tandaan mo iyan’ (He said, ‘Ma, I will qualify here and I will play internationally, remember that),” Luisa said.

Joey cannot control his hands but he doesn’t mind. He picks up another ball with his feet and throws it.

Despite the wheelchair, his movement embodies a true athlete—no more self-pity.

Ever since Joey was introduced to the Cerebral Palsy Association of the Philippines, he became more aware of his potential.

He gained friends, and even became a board member of the Cerebral Palsy Association of the Philippines, serving as their treasurer.

Joey continued paving the road started by his mother.

“Kapag mino-motivate ko siya, mino-motivate niya rin ako. Tulungan kaming dalawa, (When I motivate him, he motivates me back. We help each other),” Luisa said.

Watch their full story on Istorya on November 16 at 5:00 p.m.

NYT documentary vs PRRD, a well-funded demolition campaign – Malacañang

admin   •   March 28, 2017

MANILA — Malacañang has slammed the 15-minute documentary published by US-based daily, New York Times, as a well-funded demolition work by critics of the President.

The video probes into alleged extra-judicial killings in the country.

Several articles have also been published by the paper discussing President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it is obviously sponsored by particular personalities and politicians who want to oust President Duterte.

He also said that the daily tries to create global outrage against the Philippines while the country is trying hard to resolve peace and order issues such as illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Malacañang has defended the recent statement of the President during the Kaamulan Festival.

“Well, I am sorry. I have to clean up and until such time mapatay ang drug lords. Mawala ni sila sa dalan pagka gabii mag lakaw-lakaw mahurot mo. I’m sorry (Well, I am sorry. I have to clean up until such time all drug lords have been killed. They will no longer be walking on the streets at night. I’m sorry),” Duterte had said in a speech at the celebration.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, this statement of the president acknowledges that his war on drugs is a war against the poor.

But Malacañang has refuted this and explained that President Duterte means poverty is not enough reason to buy and sell shabu.

Undersecretary Abella also said the HRW and similar groups should be more circumspect about meddling in the country’s domestic affairs.

He added that it just shows their insensitivity to the culture of others. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

WATCH: Malacañang challenges Human Rights Watch to prove allegations vs Duterte admin’s war on drugs

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