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.

18 December 2015

ASP Diliman brings "au-some" Christmas cheer

ASP Diliman, for the 3rd year now, held caroling activitis in Christmas 2015. The teens and parents braved the holiday traffic of Metro Manila to give yuletide cheers to their co-parents, government workers, university students and golfers.

ASP Diliman PWAs singing with piano music

The ASP Diliman carollers were Vincent Benoza, Andrei Gaban, Ishihara Mojica, Marcus Palomares, Ruel Pascual, Thannielle Tan and Rupert Valera. They started practicing early November to fine-tune their repertoire of Christmas songs that included: O Come all ye Faithful, Hark the Herald, The First Noel, Christmas in our Hearts. Vincent had a solo rendition of “What a Wonderful World” with the parents of the carolers; while Marcus was the pianist. The Dilliman caroling group sang to the homes of their co-parents and relatives, to the President and employees of National Power Corp and to the Education college students of UP-Diliman.

The Diliman teens look forward to caroling every Christmas time. These teens are always eager to come to week-end practices as it means seeing their friends and bonding with their Moms and their friends’ moms. They were not at all intimidated with the wide variety of audience they had to face; instead they all feel proud and confident every after performance. Although they do not care much on the money they received, they all look forward to the yummy meals that were served every time they finished their singing. For the parents, there is no greater feeling than to give this experience to their kids with autism... for after all they may be different but not less.

About the author: Josephine Palomares has long been the face of autism advocacy for ASP Diliman chapter. After serving as the President of the chapter for multiple terms, she continues to serve the disability community as she leads the Kaakibat ng ASP Quezon City Credit Cooperative; and contributes as an active member of the Association for Adults with Autism. She owns and personally manages a thriving model airplane export business in Bulacan. Her son Macky is on the spectrum.


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