The Learning

PBS Premiere: Sept. 20, 2011Check the broadcast schedule »


Directed, Produced, & Written by
Ramona Diaz

Executive Producer
Tony Gloria

Edited by
Leah Marino

Grace Gonzales-Amper
Rhea Espedido
Angel Alim-Flores
Dorotea Godinez

Cinematography by
Gretchen Hildebran
Gabriel Goodenough


Miguel V. Fabie III

Associate Producer - Production
Tag Gieselman

Associate Producer – Post Production
Cucillo Consad

Original Music by
Graham Reynolds

Location Sound by
Paul Flinton
Ruel Amorsolo
Nel Sabiano
Rick Angelella

Philippine Line Producers
Veronica Velasco
Noemi Peji
Jaff Flores

Editing Consultant
Mary Lampson

Assistant Camera
Errol Afed
Jun Bual
Paul Tanedo

Additional Camera
Cucillo Consad
Eric Blair

Production Assistant
Toffee de Guzman

Service Vehicle Driver
Val Espinosa

Executive Post Producer for Video Arts/San Francisco
David O. Weissman

Ed Rudolph

Online Editor
Loren Sorensen

Dialogue Editing for Studio Unknown
David West, MPSE
Kevin Hill

Sound Designer
David West, MPSE

Re-Recording Mixer
Kevin Hill

Title Graphics
Will Hornaday

Opening Title Animation by
Castleview Productions

Subtitles by
Ida Anita del Mundo
Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.

Copyright Clearances
The Rights Workshop


Accounting Services
Brantner and Associates

Insurance Services
D.R. Reiff & Associates

Production Manager for ITVS
Cheryl Hirasa

Producer for Unitel Productions
Tito Velasco

"I Am A Filipino"
Poem by Dr. Ruth S. Mabanglo

Written by P. Barry, E. Iglesias, M. Taylor

"I Will Survive"
Written by D. Fekaris, F. Perren
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

"I've Never Been To Me"
Written by R. Miller, K. Kirsch

"Tell Me Where It Hurts"
Written by Diane Warren

"Silent Night, Holy Night"
Written by Josef Mohr
Translated to English by John F. Young
Music by Franz X. Gruber

"I'll Be There"
Written by Berry Gordy Jr., Willie Hutch,

Hal Davis, Bob West

Special Thanks

The Alim Family
Anjilou I. Flores
Joseph, Gaddiel, and Gavriel Amper
Mary Joy Gonzales
Gloriosa Bendula
Emmanuel, Justine and Carlo Espedido
The Lastica Family
Roselyn Funa
The Godinez Family
Matilde Oporto

Independent Television Service
Claire Aguilar
Richard Saiz

Center for Asian American Media
Stephen Gong
Sapana Sakya
Donald Young
Ellen Park

Sundance Documentary Institute
Cara Mertes
Rahdi Taylor
Kristin Feeley
Win Sie Tow

For American Documentary | POV
Cynthia Lopez
Chris White
Yance Ford
Anne Del Castillo
Andrew Catauro

Jaime Horrigan

Kim Salyer
Sharon Nichols

Sundance Documentary Story and Edit Lab Advisors
Kate Amend
Jean Philippe Boucicaut
Robb Moss
Laura Poitras
Jean Tsien

Baltimore City Public School System

Vanessa Pyatt
George Duque
Cheryl Curtis
Hannah Mazo

Polytechnic Institute of Baltimore
Dr. Barney Wilson
Jacqueline Williams
Dennis Djutris

Renaissance Academy
Karl Perry
Janet Lattie

Harlem Park Community School

Teresa A. Lance
Meagar Young
Maggie Stokes

Lockerman Bundy Elementary
Cynthia Cunningham

The Students

Cynthia Johnson

Shelby Halliburton
Vanessa Oguamanam
Candace Jackson
Saadiqa Bint-Ali
Bronte Billy
Adrian Nelson-Blake

Javan Simpkins
Aisha Hawkins
Ronald Butler
Jonathan Mayfield

Picard Beane
Lachelle Fisher

Keishawna Fields
Marvin Howard

Christian Kendall
Shawna Webb
Keisha Dantzler
Nicole Dantzler

Ningeria Freeman
Jeremy Reed

Demarco Meekins
Brandon Smith
Stacy Harrington
Ely Gary
Thomas Grant
Allen Darius

Robert Joyner
Melissa Manigo

Markese Teachy
Geneva Williams

Teshawna Brooks
Adonica Chisholm
Irby Iman
Terrel Rey Smith

Keishawna Smith
Parquita Hicks

Timothy Borum
Constance Carter

Brittany Byrd
Darian Mackey

Andrea Ross
Jade Randolph

Luis Arroyo
Sterling Actie

Richard Woodson
Tywon Bynum
Muktass Rowland
Jerell Williams
Antoinette Williams
Reynaldo Stokes

Anthony Bell
Jerrid Sampson

Antoinne Scott
Donte Scruggs
Michelle Bessicks
Terrell Jarrett

Idea Manning
JR Miller
Shantae Michaels
Troy Fenwick
Charles Couser
Daquan Hunt

Ronald Shaw
Marcelis Bradford

Davon Gunther
Tyreek Porter

Donae Frasier
Deon Grave

Dawuan McWhite
Mathew Smith

And all the other students who participated in the production of this film

The Filipino Teachers
Aileen Mercado

Rowena Edrolin
Judie Desulo-Siao

Fe Bolado (RIP)
Aireen Samson

Analee Carlos
Arlyn Braga-Elorde

Arturo Tanjuakio
Beth Lapa
Cecile Tabaniag
Celia Chanderamani

Corazon Balagot
Dan August Erfe

Dominga Chao-Ayan
Dr. Ma. Loreto Avila
Edna Negru
Emida Palo

Eva Eva
Eva Gapulan

Evelyn Redrico
Hazel Marcelino

Herminio Lagat
Isabela Mangonon

Jasmine Castillo
Jessica Longboan

Jomar Saguibo
Jun Erfelo

Khenny Bandas Agnapan
Kim David

Lourdes Ferrer
Lourdes Velasco

Mariella Calalang
Marlyn Gesmundo

Nelson Hubilla
Ranni Paras

Rodolfo Erfelo
Rose Gamboa

Rose Ramos
Ruben Alturas
Ruby Agbuya
Russell Caber

Sherwin Alconis
Teresita Totanes

Virginia Lodias
Willy Herrera

Marietta English

Jed Deitz
Hannah Byron
Jack Gerbes
Felix Andara
Patrick Wright
Ferdie and Lani Conda
Bob Hedrich

Evelyn Quintos

Ligaya Avenida

Margaret Steiner
Rachel Shaw
Jessica Johnson
Julie Mackaman

Sara Neufeld

Karen Schmeer


Rajiv Rimal
Sabina Diaz-Rimal

For Mom

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

Executive Producer for American Documentary | POV
Simon Kilmurry

Funding provided by a grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program
Production support provided by Unitel Pictures.

The Learning is a co-production of CineDiaz and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), with
funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB),
and American Documentary | POV.

The Learning was produced by CineDiaz, Inc. which is solely responsible for its
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