Autism Society Philippines showed its support to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI) during its annual celebration of the Down Syndrome Consciousness month by joining the Happy Walk last February 23, 2013. As mandated by Proclamation 157, the Down Syndrome Consciousness month aims to raise the awareness of society on Down Syndrome and the provision of programs and services for persons with Down Syndrome and their families.
The walk which was participated by about two thousand delegates coming from Metro Manila and nearby provinces started at the Sky Dome of SM City North EDSA going to the SM Annex then to the Main Building and back to the Sky Dome for the formal opening and program. Mr. Hans Sy, the president of SM Prime Holdings, was among the special guests who joined the walk. SM Mall tenants waived their flaglets to signify their support as the contingents led by the SM Marching band passed by their stores. Some even gave candies and tokens to the children who took part in the walk. As always, Engr. Bien Mateo, the Director of SM Programs on Disability Affairs, and its members guided the contingents for the smooth flow of the walk.
Ms. Mary Janette Peña, National President led the delegation of ASP. She was joined by the families of Dang Koe, Grace Adviento, Ranil Sorongon, Abby Mendoza and Cricel Elises. ASP members from Commonwealth, Lagro and Munoz, Quezon City and Cavite chapters also attended the event.
Other parent support organizations like the AD/HD Society of the Philippines, Parents Advocate for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIC) headed by their respective officers were present too as their way of showing their support to DSAPI.
Congratulations to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines headed by Mr. Tony Pasia, Chairman, and Mr. Elmer Lapeña, president, for staging another successful event!
See you all in the 2014 Happy Walk!