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.

02 February 2010

PWA talents abound

By Cathy Genovia

Despite their differences, children with autism will sometimes defy logic and topple neurotypicals, as seen in the individuals, who exude with artistic talents and academic excellence.

Art and Painting Contest

This year’s Art and Painting contest was held at Social Hall of DENR. The participants were divided into two categories, the self-contained class and the mainstream category.

For the self contained category, the winners are: Miel Red Perocho of The Child World- A Growing Center School as 3rd Prize winner, 2nd prize winner is Selcon Sobremonte of Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School, Mandaluyong City and for the 1st Prize winner is Jerome Neil Bravante of Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School, Makati City.

PWAs participants with their artwork during the Art and Painting Contest

For the mainstream category, the winners are: 3rd Prize is Jeffrey Co of Take the Nations for Jesus Christ Academy, 2nd Prize is Allan Brylle P. Gonzales of P. Villanueva Elementary School, Pasay and our 1st prize winner is Kim Lawrenz Esperanza of P. Gomez Elementary School, Manila.

Judges of the said contest were Mr. Ruben Arcilla, Ms. Yna Nakpil-Roxas and Teacher Baldwin Kho.

Truly Artistic and Proudly Autistic

(from left) Chairman SM Disability Affairs Mr. Bien Mateo, Mr. and Mrs. Macapagal with Andrei (in polo stripes), Ms. Luli Arroyo, Kenrick Cheng with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Cheng, ASP National President Ms. Mary Grace Adviento and ASP Chair Emeritus Ms. Dang Koe

The opening of the painting exhibit of Truly Artistic and Proudly Autistic followed after. Private collections of PWA artists Kenrick Cheng and Andrei Macapagal were exhibited at SM The Block, as well as that of Vico Cham, another aspiring artist, whose artworks were displayed at SM Markina, in cooperation with Shine Intervention Center. The art exhibits ran from January 17 to 24 at the said SM Malls. Click here to watch an excerpt of the activity. Special thanks to GMA7 for the coverage.

Vico Cham (seated) with his family and SM Committee on Disability Affairs (in blue)
(from left) Mr. Dennis Martel, Mr. Rheybie Nipas and Mr. Bien Mateo

Quiz A

Have you ever heard of Quiz A? A counterpart of Quiz Bee, Quiz A is ASP’s version of meeting of brilliant minds with autism. On January 21, contestants come from participating Public Schools that mainstream students with autism.

Quiz A had two categories, mainstream of the Elementary and High School level. Winner of the Elementary category are: 4th Jose Phrix Arabit of Commonwealth Elementary School- SPED Center, 3rd Rommel Lopez of P. Gomez and Charles Joshua Castro of Sta Ana Elementary School, 2nd Joseph Garcia Destura of Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City and 1st Prize winner is Mark Allen Robles of Sta Ana Elementary School High School Category winners are: 4th Wilbert Ong, 3rd Brian Julian Borleo, 2nd Martin dela Cruz of Take the Nations for Jesus Christian Academy and 1st prize winner Jeffrey Ryan Co of Take the Nations for Jesus Christian Academy.

Participants of the said Quiz A contest

Ms. Ming Minalang was the Quiz master and panel of judges were Arch. Rizal Morales of DOTC, Dr. Redante Basas of CHR and Mr. Zaldy Sanchez of NCDA.

Still not convinced? Click here to read the essay of Patrick, Math Wizard, person with Aspergers. Be inspired and tell others.

ASP continues to work hard, sharing hopes and building dreams to empower people on the spectrum. Keep checking for more amazing stories, activities and events on this blog. Tell us your stories. Write us at or call us at 7-903-5496.


Anonymous said...


More on Andrei Macapagal; he now has a book!

In lieu of a wedding, a book on autism

BusinessMirror Life
Saturday, 15 May 2010 18:26

I FELT THAT IT was my responsibility as a mother to my autistic son. This guy cannot give back love because he’s not capable of loving back, so we might as well celebrate this book with him, for a wedding would not happen,” said Mariter Jalandoni-Macapagal at the soiree launch of Our Andrei: Living with Autism, her first-born son’s biography as told to the authors, the late Reynaldo G. Alejandro and the living Vicente Roman S. Santos.

The celebration and book-signing at a rather large yet intimate cocktail party at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City on April 15 opened the hearts of many to the book’s underlying themes of love, life, society, power, family and the mentally handicapped. It also coincided with the commemoration of World Autism Day.

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