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Learners with Special Needs compete in fashion show and headdress tilt in Tayabas

by Annadel Gob
July 27, 2019

Learners with Educational Needs (LSENs) showcase their talents and beauty in a fashion show. (Photo by Loida Arceta)

TAYABAS City- Learners with special educational needs here tried to outdo each other in a fashion show and headdress competition as part of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week on July 17-23, 2019.

Young girls and boys with genetic disorder called Down Syndrome took part in a fashion show filled with infectious positive energy. Glamorous lights, sweet perfumes, laughs and beautiful dresses filled the Silungang Bayan ng Tayabas where the event was held.

“In an interview of Sentinel Times, Mildred Galleno, Education Program Supervisor for Special Education (SPED) said that the Schools Division Office supports the NDPR trough participation in activities organized by the LGUs and Association of Person with Disability.

“Ang mga ganitong klaseng okasyon ay tunay na nakatutulong upang maging aware ang mga mamamayan ukol sa mga suliraning kinakaharap ng mga may kapansanan. Kaya sa sa pamamagitan ng mga ganitong gawain, ipinakikita ng ating Kagawaran katuwang ang lokal na pamahalaan na may active role tayo upang itaas ang kalagayan ng mga PWDs sa ating pamayanan,” she said.

This year’s NDPR celebration carries the theme “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan.” The theme highlights and focuses on the realization and freedom and rights of PWD as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.


The annual celebration pays tribute to some 15 million Filipinos with disabilities and honors Apolinario Mabini, known as the country’s Sublime Paralytic, and whose disability did not deter him from doing exemplary and dedicated heroic acts during the Philippine revolution. Mabini has become an outstanding icon for person with disabilities (PWD) through his great deed for the country.

The City Government, according to Liza Macabenta, the focal person of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWDO) promotes the welfare and a way of recognizing and integrating them in the mainstream of our society.

The activity started with a Mass followed by a parade showcasing the best headdress of the participants. The learners together with their parents and the PWDs from Tayabas City attended the Flag Raising by the Local Government Unit (LGU).

Galleno led the Panunumpa ng Tagapagtaguyod ng mga Karapatan ng mga Kapansanan at the event while Raymond Hugo, a SPED teacher, and a polio victim graced the occasion as a Guest Speaker.

“Ang PWD para sa akin ay Person with Dignity not with Disability,” Hugo said, adding that PILAY means Panginoon Ikaw Lamang Ang aking Yaman.”

Mary Joyce N. Zaracena, a SPED teacher of Tayabas West Central School III noticed that the children with special needs were afraid of the policemen. They requested the policemen to befriend the children by shaking hands.

“These kinds of activities boost the self-confidence of the children and tell them that they can do anything like anyone else,” she added.

Calumpang Elementary School bagged the First place for recycled headdress competition with a prize of Php 7,000.


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