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.

12 October 2009

Butterflies in my stomach

By: Cathy Genovia

Behind the scenes of the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards:

It all started with a simple suggestion of “Go girls! Sali tau sa blog awards.” A few months later we are standing here at the lobby of PETA-PHINMA Theater.

"See, nasa gitna ng tarp yung sa atin, kasi winner tayo!" kidded our ASP National President, Dang Koe, while taking pictures.

Cocktails were served first as we were not yet allowed to enter the theater. I personally enjoy eating, but I had so much butterflies “flying” in my stomach. Before the main event, PBA gave away so-called appetizer awards, top ten most influential bloggers and other special awards that were given.

Autism Blogger Angels Cathy Genovia and Abegail Mendoza

As I was praying on my seat, while documenting the announcements, the presenters suddenly announced… ”And for our Best in Advocacy, the winner is AUTISM SOCIETY PHILIPPINES….” To my excitement, I jumped for joy and accidentally pressed on the wrong button!

Our gracious president asked me and my co-office angel Abby (who refused to go up on stage) to receive the award, “Wow! Ang sarap pala ng feeling!” Oops, wait. I was not given a chance to make a speech after receiving the trophy.

Anyway, here is the speech that I prepared in advance….

“I can’t thank Bro (Papa God) enough for this wonderful, wonderful gift, for the talents He gave us and for the Patience we had during that time of waiting. On behalf of the Autism Society Philippines, we would like to thank the PBA for this chance, the judges for taking time to read and appreciate our work and to all our ASP Angels/followers in our blogsite.”

This award is for all of us… Mabuhay ang Autismo! Mabuhay ang ASP!


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