The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

03 August 2009

Manna from Heaven

By Ian Ferdinand Lopez, ASP Laguna autism self-advocate

Unlike other days, on June 1, was a blessed day. We received a blessing like a flood of manna from heaven from our friends at United Parcel Service. As implementers of the project: “A sustainable work-live-play program for young adults with autism” UPS grants the amount of USD 40,000 or approximately Php 1.8 million. The ceremonial turnover held at the Autism Resource Center in Los BaƱos, Laguna.

ASP National President Dang Koe, (left of photo), UPS Country Human Resource Manager Rolando Nierva (middle of photo) and ASP Laguna President Riza Cansanay

ASP National President Dang Koe, (left of photo) Vice-President Grace Adviento, ASP Treasurer Evelyn Go and ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon , Jun Montemayor from the Batong Malake Barangay Council , UPS Country Human Resource Manager Rolando Nierva (middle of photo) and his companions were the special guests.

The exciting event was started with a thanksgiving prayer led by Emman Zamora. Master of ceremonies David Michael Lopez gave the line-up of activities. Mr. Jun Montemayor of the Batong Malake Barangay Council gave the welcome remarks.

After the introduction, a slide presentation showing the trials, triumphs and goals of Laguna chapter was shown to the guests/visitors and friends.

ASP-Laguna Chapter President Riza C. Cansanay (right of photo) delivered an inspiring speech which moved some of the guests into tears.

The ceremonial turnover was done in the presence of ASP National President, Dang Koe with Mr. Rolly Nierva, UPS representative handing the mock check. Afterwards he gave a short message, Mama Dang followed with words of gratitude. Intermission numbers were rendered by Ian Ferdinand Lopez and Wilbert Rola and tokens of appreciation were distributed by Michael Cansanay and Ian Cruz. ASP-Laguna Vice- President, Cathy Lopez gave the closing remarks. After the program, the guests were treated to finger foods prepared by the young adults with autism working in the Enabling Community Food Service. The affair ended with a photo session.

We are surely expected to handle the blessings effectively and safely. After the guests had left, it rained. The rain reminded us that that we prayed for blessings and manna came pouring today.

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