Dinig Sana Kita (If I knew what you said) Part 2

 Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) by Jojo Armenta

               As I promised last time, I will blog my insights about this beautiful film by Sir Mike Sandejas. Students were all privileged to have Sir Mike, the director of the film, when the film was shown in our school. Dinig Sana Kita was released 2 years ago and I heard about it but I didn't get to watch it because the screening was too far from where I live. I didn't know that this film features Deaf and Mute people, but now they don't want to be called Mute because they could read lips when we talk.

               First of all, this movie is not a love story. Sorry to spoil you but I just want to clarify this because people focus more on the romantic scenes than what the real message of this movie wants to say. I want you  to look deeper more on the meaning of every scenes that you will see in the film. Everything has a meaning and every meaning made the story and the movie itself complete and amazing. Honestly, when I first saw the trailer of this film, I thought it was concentrated on the love story between a deaf guy and a rocker girl. I became excited because the trailer was romantic and we could relate on what the movie is all about.

             The film actually revolved around mostly with Nina and Kiko. They both longed for care and understanding. Kiko was abandoned by his mom when he was still young and was brought to an orphanage where he met his new family who took care of  him until he learned how to become independent. He knew where his mom lives but he never get to know her personally. In this world, I think it is really common for people who are disable to experience unfortunate things because they are disable. The fact that they're disable, some people also look at them as "walang pakinabang" which worsen their "being" disable. Gets? People are too judgmental and passive. Kiko doesn't want his mom to leave him but she still did because she was ashamed of her child who is deaf.

             Kiko strived hard. He was so passionate about dancing and teaching kids who are also deaf and mute. How can he dance? he's deaf. Well, that's the power of vibration. They could feel the rhythm of the song using vibrations. Amazing isn't it? That's why we should not under estimate people who are disable because they could do more that the things that we can do. Even though the're not perfect physically, they're very thankful and appreciative of the things that they have. That is what we should learn form them.

            After Kiko, let's talk about Nina. This girl is really interesting. Btw, the girl in the film who played the role of Nina, was the daughter of the director of this Film. Her name is Zoe Sandejas. Let's go back to Nina, the rocker. She always listens to LOUD music. Literally LOUD! When I first saw her, she was singing as the vocalist of their band, I asked myself, as the usual story there is something wrong with Nina. She looked pale and dry while performing her song. I think you could just count the smile that she did in the movie. I finally found the answer to my curious mind when she got home. She was verbally abused. Now I got it, why she rebelled from her parents and from every opportunities that comes her way. She became tired of listening and following her parents. Nina has a strong personality and yet she can't even explain fluently her side to her Dad,
who always punish and give her lessons. Nina is always brave outside but actually, broke inside.

            I hope this movie will open your mind and straight those narrow thinking. Especially to those parents who doesn't care and don't know how to understand the situation of their child who is disable. This blog is just an insight based from my perspective and own understanding of the film. If you have comments, please feel free to comment.

Thank you for reading this and God bless!=)


Dinig Sana Kita (If I knew what you said)


The film is a love story between a Deaf boy who loves to dance and a troubled rocker girl who abuses her hearing. One lives in the world of solitude and silence, the other in noise and fear. Crossing paths in a Baguio camp that mixes Deaf and hearing kids, both find that they have more in common with each other including a love for music.

DINIG SANA KITA is the first Filipino film to have a Deaf Actor in a Lead role. Romalito Mallari is a Deaf performer that has played several stage productions as actor and/or dancer. It also features several Deaf actors in the cast and ensemble.

Awards: DINIG SANA KITA" won the Audience Choice Award, Children's Award & Best Original Music Score for Cinemalaya Cinco 2009. Cinemalaya 2009 --- Best Original Music Score , Audience Choice Award and National Council of Children's Television Award, Brussels International Film Festival --- Grand Prix-Deaf Cinema and 8th Gawad Tanglaw --- Presidential Jury Award For Film Excellence

          *This film by Sir Mike Sandejas is indeed a wonderful movie. Dinig Sana Kita featuring deaf people really amazed me. I didn't know that deaf people can dance. How is that possible? Well, watch the movie. I can't say anything further but I will definitely blog about this movie again so watch out for it. I will gather first all my thoughts and opinions about it. 


The House-bands

The House-bands by Jojo Armenta

Again, I wrote this blog because I was inspired by our discussion yesterday in Women's Studies and this blog that I wrote is different from what you think because I mentioned my subject. This is not about us, women. This is about them, the Husbands with a new name -- The House-bands. Our discussion yesterday was fun yet very informative especially for us who grew up closely with our moms.

Most of the girls that I know are more enjoyable when they're with their mom like when it comes to shopping, boys, etc. Before, yeah it's true because the society labelled men as busy persons. They should work and work because Fathers are the so-called "head of the family".They really can't put so much time on spending it with their children because they come home late because of work but I am not saying all Fathers don't have time for their family. The society gave men a heavy responsibility to take because they're men. That's why I wrote this blog to change the perspective of the readers about them. 

Men are always known for being tough. They can't cry because they're men. They should always take control because they're men. They should always decide because they're men. There are a lot more to say how society define men but did you ever consider them as the opposite one? Because not all can do these huge responsibilities. I guess, even the small ones who are still asking about the environment they belong to would already carry these responsibilities because they were born men. 

Let me now go to the meaning of my title "The House-bands" and as we go to this discussion, please open your mind and way of thinking to this "not so" sensitive topic about men. Remember we are promoting gender equality and fairness. Before, women were considered uneducated, controlled by men and the doer of all the chores at home but now, a lot of women work abroad and make money for their family. What is the implication of this? Meaning men stays at home while women are working.

They cook, wash the dishes, do the laundry and  lot more and seeing them doing these things makes them cuter and funny. (Laughs)

Let us not focus too much on what they can't and can do cause well let's face the fact that men are not just tough but also flexible as well. So going back to the title of this blog, we should not underestimate the abilities of men when it comes to household chores because they can do it better than you could ever imagine. Staying at home and letting their wives to work doesn't mean they're inutil or useless.

I entitled my blog with House-bands because I want to emphasize the role that men are taking nowadays, though not everyone agrees and accept this new concept of what men are right now, I think it's good to change the heavy role that the society gave to the so called "head" of the family.