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 August 2011

"A Special Symphony" for Autism

By: Cathy Genovia, ASP Program Assistant


July 31, 2011. After the long wait, eager fans of Christian Bautista converged in the special mall show of “A Special Symphony” at the Entertainment Center of SM City North EDSA. A red carpet event followed that same day at Robinson’s Galleria. Autism Society Philippines is one of the chosen beneficiaries, together with World Vision Int'l.


ASP Dreamgirls (Vell Barria, Nica EscasiƱas, and Thara Marie Santiago), front act for Christian Bautista, sang three powerful songs during the mall event. He was said to be amazed by the singing prowess of the three divas. Christian serenaded his numerous screaming fans with “I am Already King”, the movie’s theme song.


ASP Dreamgirls: Nica EscasiƱas, Thara Marie Santiago and Vell Barria


Christian serenaded his numerous screaming fans


Maribeth Pascual, the “Vilma Santos” of Indonesia also rendered one beautiful song from the movie. Maribeth, a true blooded Pinay who made it big in Indonesia, is Jaden’s (Bautista’s) aunt in the movie. Missy Hista of 90.7 Love Radio emceed the short event.


Gio Koe, a PWA with Ms. Maribeth Pascual


ASP Chair Emeritus, Dang Koe, who champions ASP’s 52 Chapters nationwide, gave a briefer on ASP Programs and Services, while ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon, thanked the sponsors for the opportunity to collaborate with Starlink Asia and gave a short info about the movie.


Missy Hista with ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe


A Special Symphony stars Christian Bautista, who portrays the role of a Filipino singer-actor named Jayden in the film. The character is a struggling singer whose quest for fame is not quite successful in the Philippines. With his Aunt Penelope’s help, Jayden decides to fly to his mother who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. There he takes on a job as a music teacher for special children.


A Special Symphony is distributed by Starlink Asia and A Production of Nation Pictures and Primetime Production. This is a film by Awi Suryad. Click here to watch the trailer.


A special screening is scheduled on August 10, 6pm at SM Megamall Cinema 8 for the benefit of Autism Society Philippines and World Vision. Ticket prices at P200 each. Call 929-8447 or 926-6941 now!


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In full support of the mall event were ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe; Grace Adviento (ASP-National President), Peng So (ASP-National Vice President), and Trustees Carmel Almendrala, Fredeswina Javier, and Ging Viado and her husband Nap; ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon with wife My Sorongon; contingent from ASP QC Chapters in Commonwealth and Novalichez; children with autism of ASP Trustees: Michael Almendrala, Conrado Javier, Gio Koe, and Angelo So; and ASP Angels, Lani Casalme, Abby Mendoza, Cricel Elises and this author.

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