The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

03 November 2010

Majal and Melandrex Foundation donates to Autism

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary


ASP National Office received a generous donation of thirty thousand pesos (Php30,000) from Trustee Mariter Jalandoni Macapagal during the 3rd Chapter Leaders Conference August 28, 2010. The donation was a pledge made by the Macapagal Family during the “Our Andrei: Living with Autism,” book launch at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club last May.


Ma. Therese Jalandoni, better known as Mariter, is married to Arturo, second child of the late President Diosdado Macapagal. Mariter is executive directress of St. Joseph Cupertino School for Special Children and a senior professor at Miriam College. She has a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate degree in education administration from the University of the Philippines. She is currently serving ASP as Board of Trustee.


The gala dinner-book launch was a way to celebrate Andrei’s autism. Andrei, a trained artist, is often invited to exhibit his private collections in ASP events such as the Autism Consciousness Week and World Autism Awareness Day. Aside from the numerous paintings that were raffled off by the family, guests were also treated to a musical number by Andrei. The activity was attended by ASP Board of Trustees.


(from left) ASP Trustee Mariter Macapagal, ASP President Mary Grace Adviento,

ASP Treasurer Evelyn Go, ASP Trustee Gina Bermudo, ASP Secretary Tiffany Tan

and ASP Trustee Fredeswina Javier during the launch of Book Andrei


Our Andrei”, a first of its kind in the Philippines, is a biographical book about the Macapagal Family’s struggle with autism. Arthur and Mariter Macapagal, together with their two other children, Alex and Melissa chose Autism Society Philippines as beneficiary of the Majal and Melendrex Foundation. Mariter, who co-chairs ASP’s Advocacy Committee, intends that the donation be the seed money for ASP’s Endowment Fund.


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Do your Christmas Shopping early! Order you “Our Andrei: Living with Autism” book and help Build Dreams for Autism. Proceeds of the “Our Andrei” Book brought from ASP National Office will go to ASP’s Endowment Fund. Call now at 926-6941 or 9298447. Order now while supplies last!

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