Family, friends and fellow advocates gathered for a benefit concert, presented by ASP-Diliman and Kaakibat ng ASP-QC Credit Cooperative last 20 March 2015 at Conspiracy Bar, Quezon City with Noel Cabangon as the lead performer and the teens of ASP Diliman doing the front act. The musical numbers showcased the versatile talents of teens with autism (TWA), in singing, and the use of instruments.
The night of music started at 7 p.m. and ended past midnight. The boys’ talents shone brightly, and their disabilities were hardly discernible. Songs were sang beautifully, and instruments were expertly played. Marcus “Macky” Palomares played like a professional pianist, entertaining the audience with his piano pieces. The Front Act numbers was started by a piano piece “Arabian Dance” performed by Andrei Gaban.
Then Vincent Benoza and Joshua Cana rendered a very inspirational performance as they sang “You Raised Me Up” to the accompaniment of Macky on the piano. A father and son Jun and Vico Cham as they sang “Can’t help Falling in Love”. Joseph, played the song “Canon” on flute with Macky on the piano. The Segui Family (mom Dra. Marie and Frederick, with Paula on the guitar and Gabby on the piano) performed the song “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko”.
During the main act, the guest star, Noel Cabangon sang many different songs that everyone enjoyed, such as “Ako ay Mabuting Pilipino.” For that night, he specially sang “ I Want to Live” by John Denver. He also shared a musical number with the ASP Diliman teens and parents with the song “Kanlungan.” One special teen Buddy Castro, had duet songs with his idol, Mr. Cabangon. A budding musician, Bolo Pascual shared his original song composition and entertained everyone as he sang and played the guitar. Bolo also shared that his special brother
is now learning how to play the piano.
It was a special night of music. It was made extra special with the presence of family members and friends, who boosted the morale of the special teens. The Board of Trustees of ASP also graced the occasion -- Dang Koe, Peng Koe, Evelyn Go and Grace Adviento. President Mona Veluz. Ms. Veluz also officiated the Oath Taking of ASP Diliman officers.
That night was another success for ASP Diliman. It highlighted the musical talents of ASP Diliman teens. Despite the challenges imposed by autism, these special teens are evolving as good musicians. That night also successfully raised seed funds for the Autism Center of Kaakibat ng ASP Cooperative.
About the contributor : Vania is 10 yrs old, Grade 4 in St Mary's College, Quezon City. She is a proud sibling to her Kuya Vincent who is on the spectrum.