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.

26 August 2011

2011 Apolinario Mabini Awards given to Autism Angels

By: Cath Genovia, ASP Program Assistant


Autism Society Philippines fervently prays to meet Autism Angels that will help, guide and support the advocacy of the organization. Through Divine Providence, our prayers were answered. Therefore, we are proud to announce, this years’ winners for the 2011 Apolinario Mabini Awards.


Rehabilitation Volunteer Awardees for Government and Private sector winners are Arch. Rizal C. Morales and John K. Chua respectively.


Arch. Rizal C. Morales is a government employee of Department of Transportation and Communications. He has been helping ASP and other PWD organizations. He is always present and giving support in all PWD activities. DOTC is a member of the working committee of Autism Consciousness Week Celebration every 2nd Sunday of January.


Arch. Rizal C. Morales


John K. Chua, Ace photographer, opened the Photography for a Difference to children with autism and other disabilities. Through Johh, the Colors of “A” Spectrum Photography and Exhibit was born. This is now a special event in every chapter of ASP. John is also known as “Certified Autism Angel” in the ASP Community.


John K. Chua


AutiSM the coined the word for the ASP-SM Supermalls partnership, for how many years now, ASP has been training SM’s front liners, managers, tenants on autism. And because of this, PWAs are at home and feel safe every time they visit the different branches of SM Malls.


Disabled-Friendly Establishments SM Tarlac bagged the Gold Award; SM Marikina, SM Calamba, SM North EDSA Annex, SM San Pablo, SM Novaliches and SM Rosario got the Silver Award; SM Bacoor, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Lucena, SM Muntinlupa, SM Pampanga, SM Pasig, SM Valenzuela, SM Batangas, SM Cebu Annex, SM Iloilo, SM Megamall, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, SM Rosales and SM North EDSA (Inter Zone, Sky Garden, The Block) for the Bronze Award.



Mapagmahal sa May Kapansanan” Special Award goes to Mall of Asia and SM Program on Disability Affairs. Engr Bien Mateo, the Chairman of SM Program on Disability Affairs, heads the committee.


Lauro L. Purcil, ASP’s friend and Ninong, bags the Special Award for “PWD Rights-Based Advocacy”. Ka Lauro has been regularly seen with ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon in every local and even international activity that advocates the rights of PWDs.


Mr. Lauro Purcil


Capt. Oscar Taleon president of AKAP-Pinoy got the special award for “Leadership in PWD Sector Unification” ASP is also a member of AKAP-Pinoy.


Capt. Oscar Taleon


Another Special Award for its Pioneering Spirit in Hiring Persons with Developmental Disability goes to Mann Hann. Unknown by many, the Mann Hann group of companies has forged a strong advocacy for youth with developmental conditions by providing them with work opportunities.


The company partnered with the Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC), a school for youth with special needs in Mandaluyong City and an Institutional Member of ASP headed by Teacher Archie David, Occupational Therapist. The supervisory staff underwent training from the ILLC in order for them to more effectively work with people with special needs. To further expand its advocacy, MannHann took in three more workers with developmental conditions such as Autism to work as assistant bar tender and food checkers in Mann Hann MegaMall and in Mann Hann Trinoma and Mabini St., San Juan.


We pray for more Autism Angels in the future to be recognized by National Council on Disability Affairs and to all our Autism Angels, Congratulations! We are proud of you!


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ASP Chair Emeritus Erlinda "Dang" Koe was a member for the last 2011 Apolinario Mabini Awards Screening Committee.

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