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.

25 June 2012

SM MOA Arena personnel oriented on autism

By Abegail Mendoza, ASP Program Assistant.


Photo credit:  Engr. Bien Mateo


True to their vision of making SM a PWD-friendly environment, SM extends its AutiSM partnership from their growing number mall branches to their residential buildings, and now, to the SM Mall of Asia Arena – the country’s latest ultra-modern, world-class sports and entertainment venue.

Trustee Peng So gave an Autism Orientation to 200 new personnel at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema Premiere, last 14 June 2012. The orientation is part of SM’s “Handling of Special Customers” Project which aims to prepare the new environment for the special customers.

Other invited speakers were Ms. Agnes Lapeña of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI) and Arch. Jaime Silva, a.k.a. the Blind Architect, of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAAP).

With the continuing partnership between ASP and SM Program on Disability Affairs (SM-PDA), headed by Director Eng. Bien Mateo, Peng So said she is now more confident in bringing her two sons with autism to enjoy bonding moments with the family at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Patrick, who is now a graduating student of Life Science in Ateneo de Manila, can now watch the upcoming UAAP Games; while younger brother Angelo, will come for future events and concerts. Peng So looks forward to seeing new personnel becoming more equipped in addressing unique and special customers.

ASP extends a special thanks to SM-PDA Director, Engr. Bien Mateo, and SM Regional Operations Manager, Engr. Rheybie Nipas for their continuous support and partnership.

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