ALYANA_Film on Autism To Screen in Urdaneta City and MarikinaFebruary 8, 2012
Cathy Genovia of Autism Society Philippines has informed me of the screening skeds of my docu, Alyana—A Study of Autism in the Philippines, as follows: March 16 in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan and April 14 in Marikina City. It will be the second time that the film will be shown in Pangasinan. It was screened first at SM Rosales in Pangasinan. Both screenings are sponsored by ASP Chapters in the said cities. Currently, there are nearly 60 chapters all over the Philippines. When the film was made and first shown in 2006, there were only about 26 chapters. The film is not only about her; she just represents the majority of low-function, non-verbal child with autism [Alyana was then only 10 years old; she is now 18]. Gio, Dang Koe’s eldest son is also featured in the film. The extreme side of the autism spectrum, the Asperger Syndrome is also covered represented by Gabby Atienza, an artist. Interviewees included in the film are now mostly considered as “institutions” in their fields—Dang Koe, Chair emeritus of ASP, Rizalina Cansanay, ASP Laguna Chapter President; Developmental Pedia Dr. Alexis Reyes, Pilar Habito of Cahbriba, Therese Macapagal of Cupertino, and many more, including Shanti Kilduff of then BMAC.
Alyana the film goes around the country for autism awareness campaign purposes of ASP. We must have toured more than 30 cities and provinces by now trying to reach out to our people from Luzon to Mindanao—the farthest being Baguio in the North and down South in Zamboanga and Tagum cities. A sped teacher from Basilan also expressed her desire to have it shown there but ASP authorities were cautious of the danger in the area. The film also screened in Palawan City. Last year, our last showings were in Tacloban and Ormoc cities in the Visayas. [For some reactions to the film, click reactions]