Thara Santiago’s Debut

November 20, 2012

JR Tan was invited to be a part of the 18 Roses Dance during Thara Santiago’s dream debut. The following is a part of JR’s account on his memorable experience:

“This is my first time to witness a party where understanding a disability was promoted. Not everyone understands that people with autism also belong to the society and should be treated equally…

Click to see JR and Thara’s photo: 8197639855

I am so happy to learn that her family and relatives are very supportive of her dreams, not only in the present, but for the years to come. People with autism, like Thara and me, can transcend the so called “limitations”. We just need to focus our energies on our God-given abilities and not let anyone look down on us. We should not shelter children with autism or put them in a place that will isolate them from society. We all need hope, understanding and assurance to develop skills needed in life to the best of our potentials.”

[For the full article, click to read ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe’s report from the ASP website, Thara’s Debut]



  1. Dear Ms. Mirana,

    I just come across this tonight.
    Thank you for posting in your blog.
    God bless you always.

    JR Tan

  2. God bless you too JR! Advanced Merry Christmas!

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