THE Philippine Institute for the Deaf (PID)—the pioneer and premier oral school for the deaf in the country—through its Miracle Theater presented its annual musical recital, Cinderella on March 5 at the RCBC Theater in Makati City.
The play is an adaptation of Broadway’s musical scripted and directed by PID’s founder and executive director, Julie Esguerra. It presented by major sponsors the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC).
Starring in the titular role was PID’s pride, Jasmine Concepcion, who despite being born profoundly deaf, overcame not only her oral communication difficulties. Not only can Concepcion converse with people, she also emerged as the school’s first deaf singer.
Besides Concepcion, PID has also produced its first deaf ballerina, Denisse Limcuando, and the first deaf rapper, Dexter Belandres.
Compassionate Filipino Stars joined the cause of PID by performing alongside the deaf students including Jaya, Vina Morales, Mark Neumann, Chris Leonardo, and Empoy.
Their performances created scholarship grants for deaf students who need financial assistance to the costly “One on One Speech Therapy.”
Dr. Cynthia Mamon, PID Chairman of the Board, expressed her pride at the successful staging of Cinderall, as well as the achievements of the deaf students achievements.
For more information on how to support PID, call 703-1819 or visit www.pidmanila.com.