Jaryll Endino, a Deaf participant of the National Festival of Talents (NFOT) 2019, proved the power of working hard in silence.
His success in the Division and Regional Festival of Talents made noise, and he was honored to be given the rare opportunity to represent CARAGA region in the Technolympics event of the NFOT.
The sound of silence helps Jaryll focus on the task at hand and complete his work on time. In fact, he was one of the first three contestants to finish in the five-hour Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) skills exhibition held on January 30 at Dagupan City National High School.
His trainer, Frencita Monoy, found coaching Jaryll challenging, especially with their means of communication. Jaryll learned sign language in elementary at the age of 16 through the help of his Special Education (SPED) teacher, Sharon Rose Puyo.
Because Monoy saw in him a great potential, she decided to learn sign language herself so they can communicate effectively. They also converse through writing and drawing.
“Ma’am Monoy said she will teach me about NC (National Certification) II. She drew the things I have to learn and I understood them. I learned how to install for NC I and NC II,” Jaryll expressed in his written interview after the contest.
Monoy shared that even as an elementary pupil, Jaryll has always been interested in wirings. Through his diligence, he learned electrical wiring installation fast. Jaryll also recalled that his teacher, a certain “Sir Tambis,” helped him learn EIM while he did his own reading and research on it.
Currently a Senior High School student of Cabadbaran City National High School, the now 24-year-old Jaryll lives with his mother and sister in Magallanes, Agusan Del Norte. He also has a girlfriend. His father passed away last year, and he shared that he still dreams about him.
Michelle Mina Felstead
Bonuan Buquig National High School
Schools Division of Dagupan City