The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) joined forces with SM Cares and other partner agencies (Deaf Blind Support Philippines, AKAP Pinoy, Philippine Blind Union, National Council on Disability Affairs, and Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled) to hold an audience-empowering event dubbed as Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf.
The special movie screening took place at Premiere Cinema, SM Mall of Asia on 20 September 2016, and was attended by more than 900 participants, mostly students from the Philippine School for the Blind and Philippine School for the Deaf and members of Resources for the Blind.
The participants, many of whom were accompanied by family members and teachers, enjoyed the animated film, “Frozen,” which was presented with both closed captioning and audio descriptive features.
Chairperson Toto Villareal emphasized in his message that through this special event, the second in three years, our blind and hearing-impaired brothers and sisters are given equal opportunity and access to media content. The initiative, he added comes at the right time due to the recent passage of the closed captioning law for television championed by former MTRCB Chairperson and now Senator Grace Poe.