The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

10 February 2014

ASP Naga‘s heartfelt walk for a genuine cause

The Autism Society Naga Chapter paved the road for a genuine cause to celebrate the 18th National Autism Consciousness Week with an “Angels Walk for Autism” in the vibrant city of Naga. The walk started at Plaza Rizal, proceeded along Panganiban Street and headed towards SM Naga City. Parents, teachers, therapists, students with autism and representatives from different organizations and schools such as Naga SPED Center, Nabua Pilot Elementary School, LanceYuri KIDSPOT Center, HELP Learning Center and The Persons With Disability Affairs Office joyfully celebrated the yearly event, with a cheerful stride. SM Naga officials Joel T. Villeza and Ms. Crisanta Sara Golez joined, while carrying their banner ‘SM Cares.”

During the walk of Angels Walk

The fun walk was followed by a Eucharistic celebration. A special intention and blessing from the officiating priest was given for the children with autism, other children with special needs and their parents.

Teacher Ingrid Gunda,PTRP welcomed the participants of the program with an enlightening message. She emphasized the implication of having faith and hope in facing the challenges when handling persons with autism and the value of embracing the mission as advocates geared towards creating meaningful lives of children with autism. Jerick S. Reforba, an adolescent student from Naga SPED Center was her enthusiastic co-emcee in the activity.

Since the event aimed to promote awareness, Ma. Girlie O.Maristaza, a SPED teacher for adolescents with special needs, gave an informative lecture about the nature of autism which was highlighted by a poem presentation.
It was followed by an intermission number from selected male students with autism of Naga SPED Center. They happily danced in the tune of a modern music.

Ms. Edna San Jose shared her inspirational message for the participants. SM Mall Manager Engineer Christian Westley Villanueva gave his message as well. Mr. Jhad Adaque, the SM Marketing officer, earnestly showed his support all throughout the event.

To all who extended their support for the success of the activity (especially the SM Naga Management and Persons with Disability affairs Officer–in–charge Mr.Christopher Molin) and to all who became part of the celebration, we would like to thank you and we pray that you will be unceasingly showered with God’s abundant blessings. You have joined the Autism Society Philippines in embracing an infinite and immeasurable mission. We shall always be part of God’s wonderful purpose. Let our feet continually take a heartfelt walk. Let our lips share a heartfelt talk. Let our hearts pound endlessly for a genuine cause.

(This article is a contribution of Mildred Briguera-Serra, OTRP, ASP Naga Secretary)


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