My sincerest greetings to the Registry of Interpreters for Deaf
Empowerment as you stage a concert dubbed as "RIDE Around the Globe –
A Concert in Sign Language 3" on February 28, 2004 at the Philam Life
Theater. I extol RIDE's unwavering commitment to train and produce
competent and qualified sign language interpreters in various fields
to serve as the voice for the hearing-impaired and deaf individuals.
Indeed, your contribution to their welfare and development is
indispensable. Moreover, you have made possible the breaking of the
communication barrier between the hearing and the deaf. Truly, you
deserve our people's highest commendation and recognition. As you all
gather and offer your skills to provide quality entertainment to the
hearing-impaired, allow me to thank you for having the City of Manila
as your venue of choice. I welcome all your guests and special
friends, all of whom so generously offer their time and resources to
further your worthy cause. The people of Manila hope for the success
of this milestone event. As Father of the City, I pray that the
Almighty continue to bless your works generously as only He could and
that it be filled with LOVE: a language that needs no interpretation.
MABUHAY ang RIDE!
The Registry of Interpreters for Deaf Empowerment continues its
commitment of providing services to the deaf and the hearing community
when it staged a very successful concert on February 28, 2004 at the
Philamlife Theater, United Nations Ave. in the City of Manila.
Sign Language is definitely a universal language among our deaf
brothers and sisters. Thus, conceptualizing a concert in sign language is
original concepts, which RIDE has painstakingly created to give
entertainment to both the hearing and the Deaf.
Dubbed as "RIDE Around the Globe - A Concert in Sign Language 3". This
was already the third concert produced by RIDE which aimed to raise funds
for RIDE and for the Foundation for Disadvantaged Children, Inc. (FDC), a
non profit foundation that gives scholarship to special children.
RIDE's registered sign language interpreters and resident artists
poured out their sweat and blood in making the concert a successful one.
With Michael Potian at the helm, the audience was all enthralled with the
performances. Young actress/singer Karylle of GMA Channel 7, the MAUI Boyz
, the GAIL Sign Choir and the Power Appeal Boyz were the special
The audience were up on the their seats from beginning to end as they
watch the big production numbers as they unfolded on stage. The likes of
"Let's Get Loud", "Manila", "I Will Follow Him", "Nothing Else Matters",
"Mister Suave", "Walk Like an Egyptian", and "Together Again" were well
Not to forget the solo performance of Maureen Caigoy as "Evita" which
moved the audience and herself to tears. Direk Mike and Maureen
transported the audience to a magical world when they performed "A Whole
New World" from the movie Aladdin. The audience also journeyed around the
globe through the different songs and dance interpretations. The numbers
like "Turning Japanese", "Cha Cha Cha", "Can't Stop the Music", "Pearly
Shells", "On Ne S'aimera Plus Jamais" really entertained the crowd. They
were also impressed by the performances and the colorful costumes of the
Shigners who interpreted the songs "I Feel the Earth Move and Gotta Pull"
by the Nolans. The solo performances of Vanessa Israel, Emelie Gentalian,
Judith Delgado and Maureen Caigoy really showcased the exemplary talents
as RIDE's sign language performers. Who would forget Sir Jun Celada and
Ma'am Letty Uy who gamely entertained and delighted the audience with
their great performances?
It was indeed a successful night for RIDE Performers. It was well
attended by the different Deaf Agencies and Organizations, family,
friends, colleagues, guests and sponsors.
Kudos to the organizers and the people behind this very successful
concert. We are looking forward for more concerts in the future…GO!GO!