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.

24 March 2010

ALYANA Premiered in Rosales, Pangasinan

By: Thea Ann V. Cayaban, ASP Rosales Chapter Member

Finally the long wait has over. ALYANA, the Philippine’s first digital documentary on autism, was shown to 530 participants last March 11, 2010 at Cinema 3 of SM City Rosales, Pangasinan. And for the first time, 40 SM Rosales guards/frontliners also joined the participants as part of the SM Committee on Disability’s Orientation (SMCDA) on “Understanding Special Customers.”

Autism, in the past, has been regarded as a mental illness. But this film proved that persons with autism do not belong in the said category. With proper knowledge about the disability and appropriate intervention, persons with autism can lead functional and productive lives in the community.

The cinema was filled with high school students, college students of practical nursing and education (particularly those taking up special education) and caregivers. In addition, doctor supporters also came to the event. Dr. Polyana Escaño, STAC Pangasinan Center Physiatrist and Dr. Carlos Prudencio, husband of Dra. Mary Ann Prudencio, the only Neuro-developmental Pediatrician in the Northern part of the Philippines. Different rehabilitation centers in Pangasinan were represented by Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Special Education Teachers.

“I can say that this film is dedicated to all parents who have children with disabilities. Let this film be a reminder not to look on their disability per se, but to discover their children’s ability and potential; for them to search for professionals who can further cultivate and enhance their children’s abilities,“ said project organizer, Thea Ann V. Cayaban of STAC, Rosales.
(from left) Vladimir Patawanan (P.T II), Rhonna Ignacio (SWA), Thea Ann Cayaban (OT-In Charge),
Fatima Pilotin (Sped Teacher), Christine Edangal (PT II), Mirana Medina (Alyana Film Maker),
Mabel Yana (Focal Person) and Arnel Matias (Utility)


Film maker, Mirana Medina ; SM City Rosales, Pangasinan Team Assistant Mall Manager, Mr. Jersy Mendoza and Cinema Manager, Mr. Jose”Jojie” Ancheta ; SM Committee on Disability Affairs: Eng. Bien Mateo (Chairman) and Eng. Rheybie Nipas (Assistant) ; Gen. Hermogenes Esperon and Dr. Dominador “Jojo” Estrella Pajella Jr. ; STAC-15 Rosales (Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center-15) Mrs. Elsie Miemban-Operations Manager of Northgate Learning & Assessment Center; Filcanadian Training and Development Center for Caregivers ; Mr. Peter Villasista-OJT Coordinator of Skill Power Institute of Nursing, Urdaneta Branch; Mr. Glenn Rocile- School Director of St. Augustine School of Nursing; Fr. Dominador Ramos SVD- School President of Divine World College of Urdaneta; Dr. Mae Mina- Guidance Director of Urdaneta City University.

To request for the Alyana road show in your area, write to or call 7-903-5496 for more information. Click here to watch trailer. Click here to hear what they are saying about Alyana. As part of the Women with Disability Day Celebration, there will be a FREE showing of the film Alyana - a study of Autism in the Philippines on March 25, 2010 at 9am at Cinema 4, The Block, SM North EDSA.


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