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ALYANA in PANGASINAN

April 5, 2010

The following is a report from Thea Ann V. Cayaban, ASP Rosales-Pangasinan Chapter Member re the showing of Alyana in their province:

Finally the long wait is over! ALYANA, the Philippine’s first digital documentary on autism, was shown to 530 participants last March 11, 2010 at Cinema 3 of SM City Rosales, Pangasinan. And for the first time, 40 SM Rosales guards/frontliners also joined the participants as part of the SM Committee on Disability’s Orientation (SMCDA) on “Understanding Special Customers.”

Autism, in the past, has been regarded as a mental illness. But this film proved that persons with autism do not belong in the said category. With proper knowledge about the disability and appropriate intervention, persons with autism can lead functional and productive lives in the community.

The cinema was filled with high school students, college students of practical nursing and education (particularly those taking up special education) and caregivers. In addition, doctor supporters also came to the event. Dr. Polyana Escaño, STAC Pangasinan Center Physiatrist and Dr. Carlos Prudencio, husband of Dra. Mary Ann Prudencio, the only Neuro-developmental Pediatrician in the Northern part of the Philippines. Different rehabilitation centers in Pangasinan were represented by Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Special Education Teachers.

I can say that this film is dedicated to all parents who have children with disabilities. Let this film be a reminder not to look at their disability per se, but to discover their children’s ability and potentials; and for them to search for professionals who can further cultivate and enhance their children’s abilities.

(from left) Vladimir Patawanan (P.T II), Rhonna Ignacio (SWA), Thea Ann Cayaban (OT-In Charge), Fatima Pilotin (Sped Teacher), Christine Edangal (PT II), Mirana Medina (Alyana Film Maker), Mabel Yana Focal Person) and Arnel Matias (Utility)

Meanwhile, Cathy Genovia of ASP Main Office in her separate reports says:

The Alyana Film helped raise autism awareness and generate funds for the chapter activities like livelihood training for the parents, workshops for parents and siblings and early identification and early intervention program for the barangay health workers. (For her complete report, please click: alyana-goes-to-rosales-pangasinan.html)

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