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.

07 April 2019

ASP colors our world Autism-OK!

The Autism Society Philippines commemorated World Autism Awareness Day through a collaborative art event aptly called the ASP Color It Autism-OK! at the Mall of Asia Arena Music Hall on 2 April, Tuesday. The event aimed to engage the Philippine autism community in an inclusive activity, where everyone, regardless of age and capabilities can participate.

The event began promptly at 3pm, with the opening prayer from Apolinario Mabini Awardeed and PWA Tomas Perez-Diaz. The ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the event with ASEAN Autism Network Honorary Chairperson Dang Koe, ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP SACi Vice President for External Carl Veluz, SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President for Marketing (CSR) Chito Bauzon, and SM Mall of Asia Mall Manager Amy Gonzales. The creative minds behind the upcoming Cinemalaya entry "Iska" about an impoverished grandmother taking care of a grandson with profound disability from autism -- film director Theodore Boborol, award-winning indie actress Ruby Ruiz and upcoming actor Pryle Gura -- also held sheers to our opening ribbon.

The event featured the 860 square feet of coloring surface, reproduced from Summit Books' "Hue Can Do It Manila". The pages were illustrated in pen and ink by publications professional and designer Ms. Asa Montenejo. Big thanks go out to Summit Books Editor-in-Chief Lio Mangubat and Smart Parenting Editor-in-Chief Leah Nemil-San Jose for helping put everything together!

The image shows participants coloring manila designs.
"Hue Can Do It Manila!" in 860 square feet.

ASP Angel Corps Volunteers manned our registration tables and volunteer PWAs donned angel wings to distribute and collect crayons from silver buckets.

About 580 participants registered from ASP chapters from all over Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna. ASP Pasay Chapter brought home first prize for biggest contingent -- 32 Kidzania tickets worth P26,000 from our friends from Cebu Pacific; while ASP UP CAMP won P10,000 gift certificates from the SM Store.

The image shows a group of ASP Pasay standing in front of Color A-OK banner.
ASP Pasay was our big winner!

Ms. Carmen Zubiaga, Acting Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs closed the event with a call to action to make every day "autism awareness" day; and the invitation for the vibrant Autism Society Philippines community to be more active in the cross-disability initiatives.

The image shows ASP National Board of Trustees having a group photo with Ms. Carmen Zubiaga standing both sides of Color A-OK banner.
Ms. Carmen Zubiaga and the ASP National Trustees (L-R) Marivic Ramos, Helen Cheng, Donna Lim, Peng So, Dang Koe, Mona Veluz, Imee Alviso and Joy Ofrecia

This national autism advocacy event could not have been possible without the hard work of the ASP Color It Autism-OK! Project Team Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, Ms. Peng So, Ms. Helen Cheng, Ms. Donna Lim and Ms. Imee Alviso. This was organized by the Autism Society Philippines with SM Cares, SM Mall of Asia, National Council on Disability Affairs, Summit Books, Cebu Pacific; and supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan-ASEAN Cooperation, Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability, ASEAN Autism Network and the ASEAN Autism Mapping Project.

"The Autism Society Philippines makes every day World Autism Awareness Day!" -- seeing this flashed on the iconic SM MOA Globamaze was an awesome way to end the day, considering how the ASP Color It Autism-OK! Collaborative Art Event at the SM MOA Music Hall was a resounding success! #AutismOKPH #TRENTAgether


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