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.

10 December 2009

Let’s Get Together To Get There

By: Cathy Genovia

The Archdiocese of Manila Office for Persons with Disabilities Ministries or AMO-PDM celebrates its 10th PWD Anniversary at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati City, last December 6, 2009.

ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon, together with ASP Angels Cathy Genovia and Abby Mendoza, joined the celebrations. As early as 7:00 am, donors lined up to register for the Blood Letting Activity. And by 1:00 pm, PWD participants, their caregivers and visitors also registered.

The performers and the crowd during the 10th PWD Anniversary

The afternoon Eucharistic Celebration started aptly with this year’s theme, inspired by Romans 12:4-5, “We, Though Many, Are One Body In Christ.” And after the mass, the festivities commenced.

Kuya Bodjie of the 80’s children TV show Batibot, joined the celebration. Special needs children showcased their talents in singing and dancing. Kapamilya star Dimples Romana rendered a song number and encouraged special kids to dance with her on stage; while another Kapamilya, Eric Santos rocked the house down.

Magic and puppet shows, face painting, clay dough, paintings/drawings booths for children, filled their day with fun and excitement. For caregivers, homemakers, parents, volunteers, and NGO workers, even our very own Executive Director, Ranil, enjoyed a well deserved, almost one-hour, free massage by volunteer therapists.

After going around and seeing angelic smiles of the children, I knew in my heart AMO-PDM was able to achieve its goal. We would like to thank AMO-PDM for inviting us to celebrate with our PWD brothers and sisters in the Annual International Day of PWDs which is celebrated every December 3. Click here to know more about International Day of PWDs.


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