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.

20 December 2015

The AIEF-HK Autistic Talent Gala 2015

The AnAn International Educational Foundation Hong Kong opened its doors to a musical contest for the autistic talents in Asia with a knack for singing, dancing, or playing musical instruments. Participants from all over Asia -- 79 in all -- joined, uploaded their videos and received votes from the advocates from all over.

The entries were trimmed to 19 finalists who travelled to Hong Kong to participate at the Autistic Talent Gala 2015 at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 18 December 2015. Ten countries -- China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan -- competed in Group and Individual Categories.

Thara Santiago with family

Ms. Thara Marie Santiago, the lone finalist from the Philippines, gave a heartfelt rendition of “All by Myself” for which she received the coveted Most Touching Voice Award.

“The competitors were very talented, so we had to change her song two months before finals.” share Mommy Geeta. “The experience was memorable. Our children are not perfect but with opportunities like this, they can all be stars.”


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