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.

10 August 2011

The Launching of ASP Novaliches Chapter

By: Abegail Mendoza, Program Assistant


ASP Novaliches Chapter officially launched their chapter with their 1st Angels Walk for Autism at the Activity Center of SM City Novaliches. The said event was attended by almost 250 participants with supporting contingents from sister chapters in Diliman, Lagro, Commonwealth, Muñoz, Proj. 4 Cubao. ASP Novalichez chapter is headed by Maricel Agustin.


Participants of the ASP Novaliches Chapter 1st Angels Walk for Autism


“Maswerte ang ASP Novaliches Chapter dahil kapitbahay lang nila ang SM City Novaliches kung saan equipped ang mga personnel nila in handling special children” said Ms. Grace Adviento, ASP National President during her testimonial speech and thanked SM City Novaliches for supporting the new chapter.


ASP National President Grace Adviento


SM City Novalichez Building Administrative Officer, Mr. Paolo Razon welcomed the participants and congratulated the new ASP Novaliches Chapter. SM City Novaliches showed a short documentary “SM Cares” Program for persons with disabilities.


ASP gave several autism orientations to the managers, frontliners and guards as part of ASP’s “Orientation on Handling Special Customers Program” of SM Malls, particular here in SM City Novaliches.


On behalf of Vice Mayor of QC, Hon. Joy Belmonte, Mr. Randy Robles came to support the new chapter. Director Renato Cada of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities in Quezon City (FPDAQC) gave his Angelic Message and expressed his gratitude for existing programs of the QC government for PWDs, especially PWD Employment Programs.


FPDAQC Director Renato Cada


ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon gave the opening remarks during the program proper. The doxology was led by the ASP Novaliches Kids and a Drum and Lyre Group led the National Anthem. To entertain the audience, PWAs students from Bagbag Elementary School and Saints and Angels School captured the live event through songs, dance and declamation numbers. ASP Commonwealth Chapter kids, parents and teachers also offered a special dance number to the tune of “Waka-Waka”.


ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon


The event was supported by the following partner schools, Commonwealth Elementary School, Saints and Angels School, University of Caloocan, St. Catherine School of Novaliches, Gulod Christian Academy, Bagbag Elementary School, Gulod Elementary School, Quezon City Polytechnic University, Alternative Learning System, Brgy. Commonwealth, Commonwealth SPED, San Antonio School, Mount Charmel School for Achievers, Susano Elementary School, San Bartolome High School and St. Patrick School of Novaliches; and Cathy Genovia, ASP Program Assitant and this author.


ASP Novaliches Chapter President thanked all the participants who attended their special event. She also encouraged the participants to sign-up for membership to help families spread autism awareness and for professionals to help advocate for children with autism.


ASP Novaliches Chapter President Maricel Agustin



SM City Novaliches Representatives with ASP Diliman Chapter President Josephine Palomares (2nd from left), ASP Novaliches Chapter President Maricel Agustin (3rd from left) ASP National President Grace Adviento (3rd from right), ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon (2nd from right), FPDAQC Director Renato Cada (seated) and SM City Fairview Mall Manager Dennis Martel (right)


Special thanks to SM City Fairview Mall Manager, Eng. Dennis Martel; SM City Novaliches Marketing Officer, Maryjo Arugay; ASP Commonwealth Chapter President, Bing Taroy; ASP Diliman Chapter President, Josephine Palomares and Brgy. Kaligayahan, Brgy. Captain Rey Miranda.


(from left-right) FPDAQC Director Renato Cada, ASP National President
Grace Adviento and Brgy. Captain Rey Miranda


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Contact ASP Novaliches President Maricel Agustin at 0922 8535187 or 936 4021.


Be an Angel for Autism. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Donate to Autism Society Philippines Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2. Email us at autismphils@gmail.com or call 9266941 / 9298447.

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