Posts Tagged ‘Autism Society Philippines’


ASP’s Walk for Autism 2020

January 21, 2020

The Autism Society Philippines Angels Walk for Autism is an annual FREE FREE FREE advocacy event that has been held since 2007. It has grown from 200 to 24,000 registered participants in 2019. Join ASP celebrate another milestone year and help build an Autism-OK Philippines! The pre-walk show will showcase the talent of persons with autism and celebrate the advocacy’s accomplishments! Let’s walk for public awareness, private sector involvement and inclusion of the autism agenda in government social development initiatives! Here’s to acceptance, accommodation and inclusion!ASP Walk for Autism 2020

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Sunday, 26 January 2020 from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

Mall of Asia Arena
Jose W. Diokno Boulevard
SM Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City 1300
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Walking with Nameless and Countless Angels with Autism

February 16, 2017

February 5, Sunday. The annual gathering of Autism Advocates and Angels with Autism was held once again at Mall of Asia in Pasay  City in celebration of the 2017 Autism Consciousness Month. It should have been held in January but with the holding of the Miss Universe Pageant at the same place where the program had to be done, the event moved to February.

I was there for the nth time to witness the ever-growing number of people joining the event each year. I focused my camera on ordinary people, on those without whose presence and support, the activity would not be that awesome and meaningful. From far and wide they excitedly came, and heeded the call to be there in solidarity with the advocacy of Autism Society Philippines. Even Persons with Disability [PWDs] joined the special celebration.

The 2017 Angels Walk for Autism


2017 Angels Walk for Autism

January 19, 2017

I have attended almost all the yearly Angels Walk for Autism event of Autism Society Philippines [ASP]. Last year 2016, my abridged edition featuring ASP’s previous Autism Walk events, “When Angels Walk for Autism” was screened at SM MOA Arena. It shows and tells the historical background of Autism Walk in the Philippines. Chair emeritus Dang Koe related the story. [See below].

Fellow advocates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to the Philippines attended last year’s event bringing to the core how autism advocacy has become a genuine global movement.

Traditionally, it is held every month of January in compliance with Proclamation 711. Because of MOA’s preparations perhaps for the Miss Universe Pageant to be held there in January 30, the ASP event has to be moved to February 5.

The Autism Society Philippines Angels Walk for Autism is an annual advocacy event that has been held since 2007. It has grown from 200 to 15,000 participants in 2016. Over the last 10 years, it has become the kick-off event of the Philippine National Autism Consciousness Week — an observance made possible by Philippine President Fidel Ramos’ Proclamation 711 of 1996.

The ASP’s Autism-OK Philippines campaign serves as a springboard for public awareness, private sector involvement and inclusion of the autism agenda in government social development initiatives.

Join the “Angels Walk for Autism 2017” and uplift and make time for people with autism.

Event Details:

What: Angels Walk for Autism 2017
When: February 5, 2017 (6:30 a.m.)
Where: MOA Arena, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Ticket Details: This is a first-come first-served basis
You may get register first at
[Source]: Angels Walk for Autism 2017


FREE Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism

January 16, 2017

Theatre has been in the service of disability since ages, though it is a recent phenomena, it has been proven effective in certain key areas of development in the case of autism. Theatre is being used as a tool to improve peer interaction and help them to manage social situations. For people with autism, theatre could be used as a method to learn social skills, communicate, develop speech language integration of senses and here in this workshop they would have an opportunity to increase their confidence and develop passion as they practice to improve their skills, feel a sense of community, and have a means of self-expression. Further, theatre can be helpful in practicing real-life situations and conflicts a safe environment as there are no true consequence and a lack of pressure to react ‘correctly’ to a certain situation. Most importantly it would be fun fun with all the lists of our activities that would be a learning process and at the same time, one that they would take delight in.

The Autism Society Philippines and the University of the Philippines Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts brings you a Theater Workshop for Young Adults with Autism. The workshop activities include: Theatre games, Improvisational acting, Puppetry and Storytelling, Props and Set construction and Engaging in an Imaginative play.

Date and time: January 18, 25, February 1, 8 — Wednesdays — from 2pm to 4:30pm. The group will present a one-act play on February 11, Saturday as the culminating activity of the National Autism Consciousness Week.

Venue: Autism Society Philippines Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree St., Brgy. Sacred Heart Quezon City

What to wear: comfortable clothes

What to bring: food (snacks), water bottle and extra extra clothes

To sign up for this FREE FREE FREE worskhop series, here are the requirements:
– PWA must be at least 16 years old, verbal/non-verbal and can take directions (with or without caregiver). Caregivers are welcome to assist.
– PWA must be able to attend all four sessions and the final show.
– Parent must be willing to answer surveys.
– Parent must be willing to sign a release for the young adults with autism to be photographed and filmed.
– Parent must fill out the form below.

For inquiries, please contact Cenin at +632-413-1942. [Source: ASP Website]


The Autism Advantage Employer Fora

March 31, 2016

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Month this April.  The United Nations promotes the rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and affirms this by calling for genuine disability-inclusive development — including increased opportunities for PWA employment.  The Philippines heeded this call to action with Republic Act Number 10524, dated 23 July 2012, stating that at least one percent (1%) of all positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations and private corporations with more than one hundred employees should be occupied by persons with disability.

The Autism Society Philippines, National Council on Disability Affairs, Meralco One, MIESCOR and the ASEAN Autism Network invite CEOs, COOs, CHROs and HR practitioners to The Autism Advantage Employer Fora. This event aims to explore best practices and to share initiatives by government and private organizations, which have achieved success in the assimilating individuals with autism into their workforce.  Resource speakers will share their learnings in the areas of recruitment, performance management, off-boarding, retention, among others.  Transition support institutions will also share their experience on how to best introduce neuro-diversity in organizations.

REGISTRATION begins at 8 a.m.; the event at 9 a.m. VENUE: Meralco Mini-Theater, Basement, Technical Services Building, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

Hear from ASP, AAN, NCDA, BIR, Microsoft, Towers Watson, Gourmet Gypsy, ILLC, and other inclusion advocates on how to employ workers on the spectrum.  Topics will include employment as a human and legal right, employer experiences from the technology industry and the social enterprise, the impact of employment in the life of a person with autism, the government incentives for hiring persons with disabilities and how you can begin to integrate persons with autism in the workplace.

Please consider sending HR leaders, recruiters and specialists in your spheres of influence to attend this event. They may sign up for the event on-line at

Looking forward to building an Autism-OK Philippines with you!  For inquiries, contact Cenin Faderagao, ASP Program Manager through +632-413-1942 or

[This is an invitation from Autism Society Philippines [ASP]  National President Mona Magno-Veluz]



Great Coincidence!!!

September 30, 2015

That’s what I can say… when both awarding ceremonies — for the same reason, and the same cause, that is, for my film works focusing on Persons with Disability were held on the same day [yesterday, September 29] at the same time [1.30 pm in Manila; 11 am in India] but in two different places [Manila and New Delhi]. I was accompanied by my niece Even Dominguez.

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The Apolinario Mabini 2015 Media Advocate Award of the Year was in recognition of the films that I made on Deafness, principally the promotion of the use of Filipino Sign Language in respect of Deaf Linguistic Human Rights; also my docu on Autism. On the other hand, the award given by We Care Film Festival in India was for the docu on Down Syndrome. The former was held at Malacañang Palace in Manila and the trophy was handed by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III; the latter was held at Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication in Dwarka, New Delhi and the award was handed by Festival Director Satish Kapoor to my best friend forever in India, Dipti Bhalla Verma.

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My group from DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies: Hearing Interpreters Febe Sevilla and Jun Sevilla, Raphy Domingo [Deaf leader], Myra Medrana [Deaf choreographer] and Leo Sulse [Deaf Faculty].

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With the Board of Trustees of Autism Society Philippines including ASP current President Mona Veluz, former ASP President Jan Peña and Chair Emeritus Dang Koe.

Note: I earlier thought that the award given here was for the docu that I made on Apolinario Mabini, “The Sublime Paralytic.” I was wrong!!!


ALYANA in Dasma_Feb 17: Day Care Workers in the Morning; Students in the Afternoon

February 14, 2015

ALYANA – A Study of Autism in the Philippines, my documentary which has been showing for nine years since 2006 in different cities and provinces all over the Philippines will revisit Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Tuesday, February 17. The film aims to help raise awareness on autism and break attitudinal barriers towards persons with autism by providing the right information and truth about it through testimonials by persons directly involved in looking after their welfare.

It is slated to have two free screenings in the city. In the morning, it is scheduled to be shown as part of the Seminar on Early Detection of Children with Autism to be conducted by the City Social Welfare Department led by Ms. Rosalita Abuan. For details of their activity, please see their program below:


At 1 p.m., it will be screened to education students of DLSU -Dasmarinas and parents at the Neurodevelopmental Center of De La Salle University Medical Center. Venue is Felipe Calderon Hall Rooms 106-107. The showing hopes to enlighten and inspire the students to accept and help empower individuals with special needs especially persons with autism, and to encourage them to become advocates for the protection and recognition of their rights. Ms. Elena Mercado has initiated the activity at DLSU.

Both screenings will have officers of Autism Society Philippines as resource persons.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Convergence with a Cause

November 30, 2014

Two different times.
Two different angles.
Two different events.
In one convergent point. With one and the same purpose.
Respect persons with autism!
Respect persons with disability!
Respect Human Rights!

ADVOC_Convergence WIde

Celebration of Autism Consciousness Week led by Autism Society Philippines [ASP]


Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disability

The events were both held at SM Mall of Asia. ASP annually celebrates Autism Consciousness Week every 3rd week of January; all PWD groups including ASP celebrate the International Day of PWDs usually on the first week of December. By now, preparations are being readied for the coming celebrations.



ALYANA Reaches Out to Barangay Zone 1-A, Dasmariñas City

November 3, 2014
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Showing of “Alyana” in the Covered Court of Barangay Zone 1-A, Dasmariñas City, Cavite

In line with the objective of Autism Society Philippines to help raise autism awareness to Filipino communities, ALYANA my docu on autism was shown on October 24, 2014 in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor Hon. Jennifer A. Barzaga, the City Social Welfare Department, and Persons with Disability Affairs Office of Dasmariñas City. Leaders representing each barangay welcomed the attendees who were mostly members of the PWD sector of the city and the community of Zone 1-A.


Ms. Rosalita G. Abuan, RSW, Head of the CSWDO with Jan Peña, then ASP National President, now Member of the Board of Trustees of ASP welcomed the audience and gave their special messages. Ms. Peña also gave her parting words charged with so much energy, quite hopeful in tone, and so empowering I am sure to those who are losing hope re having a child with autism. I gave a short introduction to the film before the showing.. A mother of a person with Cerebral Palsy, not Autism approached me before leaving to say that she was touched by the film, and that she shed tears while viewing the docu. Understandably, they, like parents of PWAs experience similar problems when it comes to rearing a special child. Two others approached me to share their story and their problems in handling their children. I asked them to wait for the forum after the screening because the best person to discuss with them was no other than Jan herself. She gave her sound advice as parents feel lightened for sure on the fact they they are not alone.

The successful activity which started a little after 3 pm finished at about 6.30 pm. Two more screenings have been requested by Ms. Abuan — next time targeting the social workers, caregivers, and barangay health personnel. Mr. David D. Gonzaga, CFPWD President gave the closing remarks.

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MM and Jan Peña, [3rd and 4th from L] with the Members of the Organizing Committee



Autism Walk 2014_with Alyana, Gio and Gabby

March 31, 2014

I finally found the time to post some of the photos that I snapped during ASP’s Autism Walk 2014 last January [!!! too late???]. It was part of the annual celebration of Autism Society Philippines’ Autism Consciousness Week. Well, better late than never, so they say.

Three of the featured PWA’s in my docu ALYANA–A Study of Autism in the Philippines were present: Alyana Cruz and Gio Koe, now both teenagers, and Gabby Atienza. Thousands more —truly many more than in the previous years attended … Noticeably, even the number of special guests have grown through the years. A very happy occasion indeed that empowered hundreds of families of persons with autism!

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Alyana, Mom Eileen, Senator Koko Pimentel and Jill

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Gio Koe and Mr. Henry Sy




[R to L]: Aspie Artist Gabby Atienza, Eileen with daughter Alyana, JR Tan with Mom Tiffany, ASP Board member

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AW_w Marines

As we had no specific group to join with, we went with the Marines!!!

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