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.

16 February 2023

ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards 2023

The ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards, nicknamed A5, is an annual recognition of the impact of persons on the autism spectrum in the community and of their skills and talent that makes them stand out beyond their exceptionality.

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The A5 Nomination Poster

The honorees for the A5 every year are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Must have been formally diagnosed with autism;
  • Must have won a competition at a national or international level during the past 3 years (2020-2023);
  • and Must possess good moral character.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2023. The awarding of trophies will be on the Angels Walk for Autism at SMX Convention Manila.

List of past winners:

Ron Michael Adea
(performing arts) - Ron is a gifted concert pianist, who has performed in concerts all over the world; and has released three CDs of musical performances. He received the Jake’s House Legend of Distinction and the Mississauga Streetsville Musicorp Award , among other accolades. Music has played a significant role in Ron's life; and continues to spread hope through the beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

Keith Rafael Ignacio (information technology) - Keith brought glory to the Philippines at the recently concluded Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities held in Busan, Korea in 2019 -- winning coveted gold and silver medals. He boasts of numerous talent, including being a musical performer for the VALSPED Band.

Samantha Pia Cabanero
(advocacy) - Pia is an energetic young high school senior with big dreams. Writing, appearing in vlogs are only some of her many creative pursuits. She stood out among other aspirants to be crowned Miss Possibilities in 2018. Pia serves as the Vice President for Communications for the ASP Self-Advocates Circle.

Carlo Gregorio Veluz (visual arts) - Carl loves to work with his hands, has sold upcycled items he made himself under his web enterprise called Gregarious Gifts and has recently taken up carpentry. In 2018, he bested other Filipino artists with disabilities to become the winner of the Philippine leg of the Paralym Art World Cup — with his work displayed in exhibits in Japan. Carl serves as the Vice President for External for the ASP Self Advocates Circle.

Eduardo Enrique Munarriz (athletics) - Henry won the top award in the heavyweight class in the Special Category at the 2019 Philippine National Open Powerlifting Championships and was awarded a trophy for Best Lifter in the Special Category. He is part of a 65-man delegation representing Team Pilipinas in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Charlene Danica Escasinas (performing arts) - Nica first joined and won a singing contest at the age 7; and started modeling at the age of 12. Danica was given the opportunity to represent the Philippines at the 1st ASEAN Autism Youth Camp in April 2013 at Brunei Darussalam and in Autism Talent Gala 2017 in Hong Kong.

Vell Baria (performing arts) - Velle has been performing at autism advocacy events for years; and performs regularly at amateur and professional productions. Velle is working towards a degree in Music Performance, with a major in Voice, and a minor in Piano, at St. Scholastica's College Manila. She won the INAP Award for Performing Arts at the ANCA World Autism Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Vico Cham (visual arts) - Considered a product of ASP showcases of PWA talents in his younger years -- joining on-the-spot painting contests, drawing for the centerfold of a national conference's souvenir programme, and being featured during an ASP art exhibit -- Vico received in 2015 a special award from the Apolinario Mabini Award for PWDs. He works as PWA employee #1 of Unilab Foundation.

Raymond Macasaet (athletics) - Raymond is a Special Olympics veteran, having earned medals in Aquatics in competitions in Greece 2011 and Singapore 2013. During the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles, he won gold in the 50 meter and 25 meter dash in the track and field category.

Thara Marie Santiago (performing arts) - From 79 candidates, Thara Marie became one of the 19 finalists who received "Excellent Performance Award" during the Autistic Talent Gala held last December 2015 in Hongkong, which was organized by the AnAn International Education Foundation. Her rendition of "All by Myself" earned her one of the 4 major awards in the individual category - "Most Touching Voice."


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