September 26, 2015, Vigan City — Highlighted by cultural presentations and inspirational messages, the NMSC team was able to gain a unique experience at the 5th Northern Luzon International Deaf Day 2015 held at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur last September 26.
This year’s theme is “With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can” and the event is made possible through the sponsorship of the Department of Health Region 1, as headed by their Focal Person for PWD Ms. Helen Posilero. Hosted by the Ilocos Sur Association of the Deaf in the country’s only UNESCO heritage site, Vigan City, the event was flocked by deaf from all over northern luzon as well as deaf advocates and supporters.
The event kicked off with a parade that circled the city center, with NMSC team members waking side by side with the different Deaf groups from all over Northern Luzon and with NMSC’s very own Maximillian Eyking assisting in the flow of traffic, with everyone convening at the Vigan Convention Center. Present during the program are representatives of the honorable City Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina and of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, along with a representative of DOH Regional Director III-RO1 Edwin V. Sanchez, MD. to welcome the delegates.
The event is also accentuated by the presence of key people in the Deaf community, specifically of Ms. Carolyn B. Dagani, President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and of Ms. Christine R. Balaguer, current Miss Manila 1st Runner Up 2015 and the first Filipino Deaf model & beauty queen. Also, President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf Youth Section Mr. Raymond Manding made a short presentation of his experience from his recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey for the XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf where he encouraged the deaf youth to join PFDYS and hopefully be able to gain the same experiences he had.
Moreover, as NMSC is given the rare chance to be included in the program, Partnership Manager George Lintag introduced NMSC through a video presentation that showcased all programs that the organization is currently running, with the hopes and getting more people involved and to partner with NMSC in delivering its programs to the deaf community.
With deaf representatives from all over Northern Luzon, NMSC is grateful to be given the opportunity to present the organization’s vision and mission, as well as its programs and services for the Deaf. The event allowed NMSC to re-connect and build new relationships with the different Deaf organizations from Northern Luzon as well as Deaf advocates all working together for the benefit of the Deaf community.