January 2015

Unprecedented Attendance, Possible World Record in 2015 Angels Walk

Angels Walk, the yearly celebration for autism awareness spearheaded by the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, held the 9th Angels Walk on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, attendance again reached an unprecedented level – more than 12,000 people attended the event._MG_1481_resize12,000 people with autism and their families attended this year’s ASP’s Angels Walk, their yearly get-together which is aimed at not only raising awareness on autism but advocating for disability inclusion in society.

Last Sunday, January 25, 2015, in the 9th Angels Walk held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, attendance again reached an unprecedented level – more than 12,000 people attended the event.

ASP President Mona Veluz said aside from the unprecedented number of people who attended the celebration, her group is vying for a world record – the biggest gathering of people wearing wings. Participants came in wearing wings in this year’s event.

Veluz said more 12,000 people with autism and their families attended this year’s ASP’s Angels Walk, their yearly get-together which is aimed at not only raising awareness on autism but advocating for disability inclusion in society.

The participants marched around the MOA complex and were treated to a show featuring children with autism. Hans Sy, President of SM Prime Holdings Inc., and Veluz led the walk.

Veluz said the Angels Walk has come a long way since they started in 2007 with only a few hundred attendees in Roxas Boulevard in Manila. “When we started, we only had a few hundred walkers. Last year, during ASP’s 25th year anniversary, we filled up MOA Arena to the rafters. This year, we have around 12,000 in attendance and we hope to set the world record for the largest group of winged angels,” she said.

The Angels Walk has been conducted in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, since 2009.  Dang Koe, Chair Emeritus of ASP, said they are extremely thankful to SM for their warm accommodation to their cause. “We could not thank SM and SM Cares enough because through the years, they never get tired to be our partner and have accommodated us all these years including holding Angels Walk in other cities,” Koe said.

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ASP President Mona Veluz said aside from the unprecedented number of people who attended the celebration, her group is vying for a world record – the biggest gathering of people wearing wings. Participants came in wearing wings in this year’s event.

Veluz said more than 12,000 people with autism and their families attended this year’s ASP’s Angels Walk, their yearly get-together which is aimed at not only raising awareness on autism but advocating for disability inclusion in society.

The participants marched around the MOA complex and were treated to a show featuring children with autism. Hans Sy, President of SM Prime Holdings Inc., and Veluz led the walk.

Veluz said the Angels Walk has come a long way since they started in 2007 with only a few hundred attendees in Roxas Boulevard in Manila. “When we started, we only had a few hundred walkers. Last year, during ASP’s 25th year anniversary, we filled up MOA Arena to the rafters. This year, we have around 12,000 in attendance and we hope to set the world record for the largest group of winged angels,” she said.

The Angels Walk has been conducted in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, since 2009.  Dang Koe, Chair Emeritus of ASP, said they are extremely thankful to SM for their warm accommodation to their cause. “We could not thank SM and SM Cares enough because through the years, they never get tired to be our partner and have accommodated us all these years including holding Angels Walk in other cities,” Koe said.

Veluz this year’s gathering could easily beat the world record for most number of people with wings which stands at only 1,200. She said more than half of this year’s participants wore wings during the program and the parade. “We are vying for a world record and I think we already beat the record of only 1,200 because of the overwhelming attendance. Our contingent from Cavite already beat that number and we have 25 chapters in attendance today,” she said.

She said their 25 chapters nationwide from Luzon and the Visayas have worked on making their wings for several months to vie for the world record. Their chapters were encouraged to make the wings by offering them with P25,000 cash prize for bringing the most number of delegates with wings., Veluz noted.

Cavite won the contest.

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Bien Mateo, SM’s Vice President for Operations and Head of the SM Disability Program, said SM is honored share the same advocacy with ASP and be the host to another family-centric affair. “We continue with our commitment to make sure we are a mall for all, all family members, with or without disability,” Mateo said.

Koe stressed that SM and it many malls and stores have become the most autism friendly establishment. “We can say that SM is the most autism friendly center in all of the Philippines and we all feel very welcome in their establishments,” Koe declared.

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ASP also unveiled it’s a-OK Philippines campaign – a multi-sectoral movement which is aimed at building an autism-inclusive society. Veluz said the movement aims to inspire more autism-friendly establishments, compassionate workplaces, job transition specialists and coaches, freelancers on the spectrum and livelihood opportunities for persons with autism. “For the welfare of a maturing population of Filipinos with on the spectrum, care for persons with AUTISM must transition from the confines of the home and school to universities, businesses and workplaces,” Veluz said.

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“No Bio No Boto” Biometrics Registration Schedule at SM Supermalls

Updated list of malls as of October 16, 2015, 9:00AM. New SM Supermalls Added!

Parañaque
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM City BF Parañaque 1st & 2nd District – Parañaque October 19-20
SM City Sucat 1st & 2nd District – Parañaque October 28-29
Las Piñas
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Center las Piñas Lone District – Las Piñas October 21-23
Pasay
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Mall of Asia 1st District – Pasay City October 19-31
Davao
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Lanang Premier 2nd District – Davao City October 21-31 
Valenzuela
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Center Valenzuela 2nd District – Valenzuela October 21-22
Pasig
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Center Pasig 1st District – Pasig City October 23-25
Marikina
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM City Marikina 1st & 2nd District – Marikina October 25-31
Manila
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM City San Lazaro 4th District – Manila October 23-31
SM City Manila 5th District – Manila October 27-31
Caloocan
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Center Sangandaan 1st District – Caloocan October 29-31
2nd District – Caloocan October 26-28 
Taguig
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Aura Premier Lone District – Taguig City October 24-29
Quezon City
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM City Sta. Mesa 4th District – Quezon City October 24-25
SM City North EDSA 1st, 2nd, 4th & 6th District – Quezon City October 26-27
6th District – Quezon City October 25
Cebu
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM City Consolacion Lone District – Consolacion October 25-30
Mandaluyong
SM MALL  DISTRICTS COVERED DATE
SM Megamall  Lone District – Mandaluyong City October 31


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