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.

14 May 2010

ASP Trustee Carmel Almendrala, Ulirang Ina 2010

By: Cathy Genovia, ASP Program Assistant

ASP Trustee Carmel Almendrala receives the Ulirang Ina 2010, Special Awards Category, under Special Citation at Century Park Hotel, Manila.

The annual Ulirang Ina Awards is an initiative of the National Mother's Day and Father's Day Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. which selects outstanding model Filipino Fathers and Mothers.

But Tita Carmel was hesitant to attend the awarding ceremony. Her husband, Tito Fred, was scheduled for a corneal transplant, one day before the event. Tita Carmel decided to cancel and told Tito Fred about her decision.

Being a prayerful wife, she turned to God for help. Her prayers for a successful surgery were answered. Tito Fred, who wanted so much to accompany his wife to the ceremony, was however not given a doctor's clearance.

Tito Fred and Tita Carmel at the Medical City

Happy Mother's Day

On May 9, Tita Carmel was instead accompanied by her son, Michael. The occasion was deemed fitting for it fell on Mother's day. Her unending love, care and support to her children, especially to Mike, is what she believed brought her to this recognition.

(from left-right) PWA Mike, Awards Chairperson Leticia Talag,
ASP Trustee Carmel Almendrala, Secretary Mona Valisno and
Foundation President Wilfredo Tayag

Mike is a loyal employee of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) since 1999. As a contractual employee, he worked his way to become a casual on 2002. In 2005, he passed the accreditation exam through TESDA and was a nominee for Apolinario Mabini Award, the first person with autism to win the eligibility for Civil Service. His permanent civil service position was accorded on November 2009 and assures him security of tenure. Mike is also a special Olympian, gold medalist power lifter.

"Our son Michael's journey is a 'saga' which we in the family share proudly. He was the 'family project', and what we unabashedly consider as our greatest trophy. Although I continue to watch over him, my days are now spent in my other advocacies: for people with disabilities; or the welfare of the elderly in our area; some church work; and generally thankful for Mike and my family who have helped me become what I am". (excerpt from Tita Carmel's essay)

Saludo kami! Congratulations Tita Carmel!


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