Movie review: A Silent Voice

I was fortunate enough to save money so I can watch A SILENT VOICE.  The movie was based on the popular manga of the same title.  It follows the tale of a kid who bullied his deaf classmate, his regret was so great that he tried to make up for his mistake.

What made the movie resound for me is the Deaf disability as a theme.

Most of the signs done in the film are easily understood as it is based on American Sign Language but some sign may cause a few non JSL (Japanese Sign Language) users to chuckle.  Case in point is the Japanese sign language for friends.


For Filipino and American Sign language users, that sign means MARRY.  You might accidentally ask someone’s hand in marriage.

The movie’s slow piano and background music added more emotion in the film.  It becomes more profound in the final moments of the film.

Overall it is one of the best movies that showcases the hardships of being deaf, as a hard of hearing person I can attest to these difficulties.  Go watch the movie on its limited theatrical run in the Philippines starting on May 10, 2017


Teaching is a noble profession.

Teaching is a noble profession as one must step back, facilitate the students and see magic unfold, most of the time it does not work but when you see students having fun, following through the basic instructions and making some better out of it.  It just makes you feel so proud of them and not of yourself.  Sometimes I feel jealous of them, jealous that I never went out of my way to be close to people as I focused on academics over socialization and sports yet here I am teaching them.

So let me share to you some of the works of my students they seems to be having fun.

Credits go to them

Plagiarism: The modern academic termite

Tertiary schools are facing a problem on academic dishonesty.  You have students “pasting” an article online and submitting it only to put their names on top of the paper, it may even be as innocent as copying a classmates home work.  During the Press Freedom week 2015, their speaker made a suggestion that tertiary schools ought to develop a culture of accountability.

How can this culture of accountability be made? Ager (2015) reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer narrated an incident where a student committed suicide as his teacher made him wrote a letter of apology for plagiarizing a line or two.

As an educator, this is a paradox of problems.  A teacher can merely guide but in so doing many unexpected variable may arise.

Here is a few suggestions from my experience.

  • Devote a session entirely for the purpose of discussion what plagiarism is and how students can avoid it.
  • Discussion how they can avoid plagiarism.
  • Be responsive, be quick to rectify attitude problems.
  • You may refer to the guidance center but in doing so you may appear like a villain in a disney movie.
  • Reflect on your student-teacher relationship, Are you perceived to be a terror?

Feel free to post suggestions in the comment section.


This post is for my students under the UV Graduate School.

Final Exam Questions:

  1.  Select 3 topics from the reports and make a matrix on their similarities and differences.
  2. Illustrate at least 3 principles from the reports.
  3. Give 3 situational examples of how some of the topics were applied you.

NOTE: Topics selected for questions 1-3 should be different and not redundant.
All answers must be sent to Subject ED616 Before August 30 late submission will be demerited.  INDICATE YOUR NAMES.


I will be attending an activity for Persons With Disability on April 18, as I am hearing impaired.  Thus I am printing the questions for the final for my students.  You may submit documents that you lack to the CAS OFFICE 2nd floor UV Main Building and leave it at my office.


Bring home final exam:

1. Draft a feasibility study for acquisition of a ten Filing Cabinet for your institution.

2. The Feasibility study must have the following:
-Reference list using 6th APA Stylistics
-Cite properly
-Review of the market
-Price Comparison with existing competition.

3. Why are Student services often included under the Guidance Office of an institution.

NOTE: No’s 1-2 should be in one text document while the last should be a seperate file.





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The following are the general instructions for this short home based exam:

  • Kindly cite authors to support you answers
  • Provide a reference list
  • Observe 6th APA format stylistics
  • Submit answers on April 4, 2015
  • Manually write your answers on a yellow pad (no print out, please)
  • Refrain from copy-paste stuff that are not YOURS (Mark me I will know and have a hitman go after you… I am joking)


  1. Identify the various student services offered school where you are employed? How are they used?
  2. Explain the importance of having a filing system
  3. Do you think having all documents on an electronic format to be beneficial to educational institution?

Rejection is part of life.

That escalated quickly!

Well, That escalated quickly!

Rejection – 2
Accepted –  2
Published – 1

So far this is my output for the year 2014-2015.  Not bad, all things considered.    Rejection is a normal phase of writing.  All great writers had their work rejected.  Jose Rizal had his rejected too.  So did J.K. Rowling

But what people don’t tell you is that rejection is the starting process of something good.  It is the mark that you did something good, a starting point to evaluate ourselves by answering the following nagging questions:

  • Did I make a mistake?
  • I was not good enough?
  • In what areas can I improve my writing?

The first two questions are the bitter pill to swallow.  I believe that with perseverance anything is possible.  Keep on writing, reviewing you work and hopefully the day will be better and brighter.

Randy pausch said in best in his book “The last Lecture”

The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.

After publication of your research, what’s next?


So my research was published by the Journal of Human Research and Sustainability Studies of Delaware, USA.  If you have missed the post, you can download the study at Journal of Human Resource and Sustainability Studies.

Once your paper has been published, what’s next? 
Expect spam mails from various research journals urging you to contribute.  The journal which published your work may request you to act as a “peer reviewer”.

What is a Peer Reviewer?
Peer Reviewer is someone who works in the the academic / research / industry that will review your work to see if the research traditions of either Quantitative, Qualitative or Mixed Research designs was preserved in your work.  If he is not known by the researcher, the peer reviewer is classified as a “single blind”.  If both the researcher and the peer reviewer do not know each others identity until the paper is published, he is classified as a “Double blind peer review”

How long does it take to reviewer a research?
Peer reviewers are generally given a maximum of two weeks to go over a research paper.  Some peer reviewers work fast such that the paper submitted for review was immediately reviewed within a day.

Do you earn money from peer reviewing?
SADLY NO however you do get non-monetary benefits like seeing your name being credited as an editor to a paper, it may also mean academic exposure to the international community.

What do you get as a peer reviewer?
If your review is satisfactory your may be appointed as a guest reviewer (see link below) other than that you just feel good of helping someone make a better paper and hopefully it will challenge you to read and study more about the methods of research.
Aljoriz M. Dublin JHRSS Appointment letter –Reviewer

Finally a published journal.

Here is a link to my published paper JHRSS_2015022714323939.

University of the Visayas shouldered the $200 publication fee.

All amount went to the publication fee.

All amount went to the publication fee.

The feeling of having your own work published it’s so good that it makes all the effort worth it.  I have learned the following:

  1. Writing takes time
  2. There are times when I was about to give up but still continued writing.
  3. It is good to have someone else, like my wife, to proof read my work.

I hope to be able to write more academic papers in the future.