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.

24 February 2015

Artismo: Kulay at Himig ng Autismo

The National Autism Consciousness Week culminated with "Artismo: Kulay at Himig ng Autismo", celebrating the artistry of young adults with autism at The Podium in Ortigas last 31 January 2015. The Atrium was transformed into an art gallery featuring the visual art of JA Tan, Thomas Perez Diaz and the PWAs of ASP Baguio.

Despite the string of events that week, the leadership of the Autism Society Philippines and supporters came to the event in their Filipiniana best, a fitting honor to the young people with autism who have inspired our 26-year old advocacy.

The autism-inclusive Philippines National Anthem opened the event, followed by a solemn prayer from one of our featured artists Thomas Perez Diaz. Hon. Carmen Zubiaga, NCDA Executive Director, welcomed the guests and gave a perspective on how the week has made an impact not just on the cause of those with autism; but of other marginalized PWDs.

Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President then introduced the credentials of the featured visual artists JA Tan and Thomas Perez-Diaz who both garnered a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd. Ms. Vell Baria, a young lady with autism garnered much admiration for her rendition of traditional Filipinos songs. Ms. Lilet Lavina emceed the morning's affair.

The Autism Society Philippines Baguio chapter gave special recognition, not only to their pool of talented photographers; but also the angels who have helped ensure the success of ASP's Colors of A Spectrum Workshop over the years -- Mr. Ompong Tan, Mr. John Chua, Canon Philippines and SM Cares.

The "Artismo: Ang Kulay at Himig ng Autismo" ran from January 31 to February 1, 2015 at The Podium, Atrium.

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