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.

18 December 2012

ASP QC Chapters Christmas Party




ASP Quezon City chapter members braved the rain on 16 December 2012, Sunday, to attend the first Christmas Party of ASP Quezon City chapters at Batino Elementary School in Project 3, Quezon City. Around 130 children with autism and related disabilities together with their siblings, parents and relatives gathered at the covered gym of the school for an afternoon of learning, singing, dancing, sharing of food and gifts.

Executive Director Ranil Sorongon took the opportunity to educate the parents as well as the children on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) before the party began. The parents and children were very attentive listening and participative during the question and answer portion on identifying their rights as well as their responsibilities.

The lecture was followed by the presentation from the different chapters, Ton Jake Millare from Project 3, Batino, Miel Perocho from Munoz and Arnie Vinuya from STAC entertained the group through their songs while the parents from Project 4 and Muñoz chapters rendered their respective dance number. The students with disabilities from Commonwealth chapter came up with their dance number. A special rendition of some Christmas carols from the children of Diliman chapter accompanied by an organ was the high light of the program. The children has been doing their caroling to raise fund for the chapter’s sibscamp activity this summer.  Teacher My Sorongon, the afternoon's MC, kept the programme flowing.

Congressman Irwin Tieng of Buhay Party List and the various chapters contributed to the snacks which the group shared after the program. Each child and family received a gift courtesy of Disney, SM Supermalls and ASP National Office.

The joint Christmas Party was part of an effort to unify and strengthen the seven chapters of ASP in Quezon City namely, Diliman, Commonwealth, Muñoz, Project 3, Project 4, Novaliches and Lagro. The chapters adopted the Stimulation and Activity Center (STAC) of Quezon City as part of the group. STAC parents, children and therapists are regular participants of ASP activities and some are also members of ASP National.

It was indeed and afternoon of good cheer and great company!

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