- Posted November 8, 2012 by
San Juan City, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Veterans in focus
I Can See Better
Mr. Romualdo C. San Pascual is popularly known as the “Bulagkaster” ('blind broadcaster - 'bulag' a Filipino word, means blind) in the Philippines.
San Pascual was a part of the Philippine army's military intelligence before he became a broadcaster.
On duty, while undercover, driving a car and gathering important information, he was ambushed. Another driver deliberately hit his car. It was so intense that his head collided against the stirring wheel. This permanently damaged his cerebral cortex, also referred to as the primary visual cortex.
He stayed in the hospital for 3 months. He was discharged blind and unemployed.
But immediately he attended numerous trainings and went back to school to study computer and broadcasting.
San Pascual is currently a DWDD Armed Forces Radio broadcaster and a chief Reporter. He has a degree in AB Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communication.
He is one of the board of directors for the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) (Association of Philippine Broadcasters)’ and Kapisanan ng Sundalong May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc. (Association of Disabled Soldiers).
In 2009, San Pascual was named one of the Revolutionary Heroes of the Armed Forces of the Philippines awarded by the Philippine Secretary of National Defense, Gilberto Teodoro.
He is highlighted at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
I met him in June of 2012 when he invited me and Natasha Navarro as representatives of Project Michelangelo Foundation (Illinois). We were promoting a project to support children with disabilities that month. Since then, he became a very good friend to me and our group.
"I want to help people through broadcasting." San Pascual said. "Since I went blind. I can see better." He added.
San Pascual never lost hope. Everyday, he works hard to survive and support his family.