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 February 2010

NACW Celebrations Around the Country

Carrying the torch of autism awareness, ASP Chapters embarks on their week long 14th Autism Consciousness Week Celebrations.

ASP Cebu Chapter

“One for Autism” This is the theme chosen by Ms. Sandra Espina, ASP Cebu Chapter President. With only a few days after the merry making of New Year, Cebu Chapter geared up on 2009 to 2011 with a revival of commitment, setting new directions for its members.
Cebu had a busy week with their first Angels Walk for Autism; followed by Art Exhibits and Colors of A Spectrum Photography Exhibit; Fashion Show; Autism Hour and Autism Chat.

ASP Cebu Chapter Angels Walk for Autism at SM Cebu City

Fashion Models during the Finale

An autism forum was held at the SM City Cebu, Entertainment Plaza. Panelists were headed by guest of honor, ASP National President, Grace Adviento

ASP Cebu Chapter VP, Haidee Fajardo (in white) and ASP-Cebu President, Sandra Espina (in black)
during the SM City Orientation on Autism to all SM frontlines, staff and tenants

To show team spirit, Sandra leads ASP Cebu officers Haidi F. Fajardo, VP; Socorro Deligero, Secretariat; Cyril Borja, Auditor; were joined by Mark Saballa, Events Coordinator, Atty. Donabel Bilocura and Jerry Roa, parent.

Other partners were Meanne A. Solomon – Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente and Rheybie Nipas, SM Committee on Disability Affairs.

Chapter members also had radio guestings at DYRF Radio – “Oras sa Jaycee’s” anchored by Charmaine Ong and Fred Quinio. Local media entities, Cebu Sun Star and Cebu Daily News covered the whole week’s celebrations. Click here to read more on the celebrations.

ASP Cavite Chapters

Inspired by the just concluded Autism Beyond Borders Conference, ASP Cavite Chapters spearheads the 1st Regional Conference on Autism. With the Caviteños and nearby Chapters in mind, ASP Cavite “Gobernadora”, Jan Peña created a more affordable and localized version of ABB, she dubbed the conference “Autism Within Borders”. The conference was held from January 9 to 10 at the De La Sallle-Health Science Institute, Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

“Bigatin at Sariling Atin” speakers filled the two day lectures.

On family empowerment: Ms. Rosalyn Marie Sorongon, ASP EDEIP trainer, focused on “The CWA and the Family: Empowering Parents and Siblings”. Ms. Alyssa Ann Lungay, Speech Pathologist, gave a talk on “Communicating with CWA: “Empowering Family and Community”; while ASP Trustee and SPED Teacher, Ms. Noemi Viado spoke on “Empowered Care Living: The Family as Interventionist”.

Believing that society plays an important role in the lives of PWAs, advocate and former Carmona Mayor, Dr. Dahlia Loyola, lectured on her city’s experience on “Empowering LGUs towards Empowering PWDs”; while Ms. Katherine Lopez, ASP Laguna Vice President presented one of ASP’s pilot projects on " Empowering Community towards Empowering Adults PWAs". Click here to read more about the project.

ASP Bacoor Chapter President and Gobernadora ng Cavite Ms. Jan Peña and Head, Neurodevelopmental Center DLS-HSI, Dr. Madeleine Grace Sosa

Health is wealth. Dr. Madeleine Grace Sosa, Neurologist, Head-Neurodevelopmental Center-DLS-HSI, lectured on “Seizing Seizures: Knowing and Overcoming the Red Flags”; Mr. Arnold Alegre, Director of Hope Intervention Center lectured on “Empowering Body Against Developmental Blocks: A Dietary & Drug Free Option” and dentist, Dr. Katheryn Laguilles, on “Dentally yours: Empowering Families against Decay”.

Show of force from the ASP Cavite Chapters: Bacoor, Carmona, Dasmariñas, Molino, Tanza, Trece Martirez, and Cavite-North were seen during the 2010 Angels Walk, January 27 at SM Mall of Asia, having the largest number of chapter participants!

ASP Baguio Chapter

Second servings satisfied ASP Baguio Chapter members as they had back to back second takes on the following projects. ASP Baguio Chapter is headed by Jennifer Gundran.

Professional photographer Ompong Tan and 30 photo enthusiasts, joined 19 children with autism and other special needs kidsfor the second “Colors Of A Spectrum” workshop on January 10. The event took place at Baguio Centennial and Botanical Garden, was organized by the chapter, in cooperation with Play & Say Therapy Clinic. The collection of photos is currently on exhibit until February 28 at the SM City Baguio Basement Gallery.

Alvin and the Chipmunks, ASP Baguio Chapter’s 2nd Sensory Friendly Movie, was organized by Ms. Jane Rose Teodoro of PMA Bantay Laya’ 94 Ladies Club and Justine Paluo, speech pathologist and manager of Play and Say Therapy Center. The film was shown last January 30, at SM Cinema 4. Baguio City also sponsored 100 tickets which were discounted at 20%, as per PWD benefit. Snacks were also distributed to the children.

ASP Cagayan de Oro Chapter

Answering the text brigade messages of “Please come in Angel Costumes,” all co-officers and members converged at SM City CDO for the January 23 Family Fun Day. Little angels looked like they just came down from heaven and brightened the mall’s atmosphere as they toured around the mall, in their version of the Angels Walk.

A short program followed with Dayanah Gandamrah of Procare Foundation rendering a dance and song number. Engr. Jiryn O. Encong and Ms Cons Arce, manager and assistant mall managers awarded Renzo Orias of Theralinks Asia School with the “best angel” award.

A swimming party was held on in honor of ASP Family Members, supporters, sped teachers, therapists and friends at the Bethany Retreat House. The activities were headed by ASP-CDO Chapter President, Ms. Angie Abellanosa.

ASP Iloilo Chapter

An inspirational talk by mom and dad; a simple program of song and dance; a simple walk around the mall – autism awareness was generated, inspiring other members of the community for understanding and compassion on children with autism. SM Iloilo City in partnership with ASP Iloilo Chapter headed by Edith Jardeleza, continues to Share Hopes and Build Dreams.

Officers and members of ASP-Iloilo Chapter

ASP Lagro Chapter

Celebrity guest Kapuso Alfred Vargas joined ASP Lagro Chapter in celebrating the 14th National Autism Week at the Block of SM Fairview. He entertained the members with songs and soon children swarmed up to have photo-ops with him. ASP Lagro Chapter is headed by Marieta Tan in partnership with SM Fairview.

ASP Metro South
Balik-ASP Trustee and ASP Metro-South Chapter President, Evert Malapad collaborates with the Ann Arbor Montessori in Parañaque and ASP EDEIP Trainer, Teacher My Sorongon to talk on the different struggles of siblings of children with autism. The seminar was attended by 35 parents and professionals.

ASP Mandaluyong

Having been used to hearing the Mandaluyong City theme song, Cid, a child with autism suddenly played the City March on an electric organ. Surprising even his caretaker cousin, other Chapter members and even the mayor, it was discovered on that day, that Cid can widow (play music by ear).

Cid, a child with autism is also the third placer of On-the-Spot art contest this year, which was held at DENR. He also inspired other children to show off their talents in drawing as they filled blank pages with colors and wonderful drawings for their parents.

The event also paved way for Discussion on Autism during the Flag Ceremonies. ASP Mandaluyong Chapter also called the office about renewing its commitment in empowering members in the community.

ASP Laguna Chapter

“Save the best for last,” as the saying goes, ASP Laguna Chapter held their traditional Laguna Friendship Games. The event was participated by different nearby schools of Laguna. ASP Chapter President Riza Cansanay called the office today that they are organizing the first prom for teens with autism. Stay glued to the blog for more updates.

Now with 42 Chapters and counting, ASP Chapters remains committed to the same mission, working hand in hand, going beyond limits, and surpassing all obstacles to make this world a better place for our loved ones with autism.

We continue to take giant leaps and transcend boundaries for autism. To know more about the ASP NACW Celebrations, click here. To know more about the Angels Walk for Autism outside Metro Manila, click here.


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