Valentine's Day came early this year! The Autism Society Philippines was invited to Splendour 2015 organized by Ateneo SPEED on 7 February 2015.
There were musical performances, photo booths, dances and games. Participants were given special sashes with "Best Date", "Mr. Energetic" and the like, as a fun way to recognize how special people with exceptionalities truly are. ASP's Andrea Alviso, Kenrick Cheng, Gio Koe, Ian Lopez, Mico Ramos, Angelo So, Patrick So, Carl Veluz and their dates enjoyed the evening very much. Even our chaperones (aka mommies) seemed to have enjoyed themselves.
I am looking forward to our next "prom"!
About the contributor. Carl Veluz was non-verbal at the age of 5, when he was diagnosed with autism. With perseverance and hard work, he graduated from high school in 2010. He continued his education at the Entrepreneurship School of Asia and most recently, at the Independent Living and Learning Center in Mandaluyong. Carl works as a staff assistant for his father's business and works part-time at Puzzle Gourmet Cafe in Quezon City. He continues to tend his on-line business called "Gregarious Gifts".