Jason: The Warrior Inside an Autist

My eldest son Jason graduated AB English from TIP in 2015. Most families with special children patted me in the back and congratulated, saying. “You did well, Mommy, but this is it, this is where to draw the line..” They said it like a death sentence and perhaps they meant well; autists, even high-functioning ones are not well-known to be part of the working class.

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Jason with younger sibling Aimee and Me
Jason running his favorite 10k distance at Camp Aguinaldo QC

Frankly, I was at a loss for a while. Being in school for many years, there was a certain contentment and complacency that all parents like me thrive on, because it certainly gave a direction and purpose to our children’s extraordinary lives. My hubby once half-kidded me that we can keep Jason in school, one course after another, until our dying days. Back then, and even now, I’m not sure if we played that denial stage not so much because we didn’t exactly know what to do with Jason after college — or, if that we were just plain scared of what the world might NOT offer him.

Trusting my instincts and with the necessary support of Mona Veluz of ASP, we placed Jason on a soft program of developing and instilling both soft (socialization, communication, decision-making, problem-solving) and hard skills (detailed work, computer proficiency) for over a year, post-college. For the first time, Jason interfaced with fellow adult autists and I saw how inward-looking my son became even after 15 years of formal classroom education.

I still get weepy when I recall how much of a man he transformed right before my eyes. Yes, he took a little from our family life but he placed those emotional deposits into another “family” of fellow-autists and primary supporters who knew and encouraged that part of him yearning to break out. This was the WARRIOR inside that had been aching and fighting for release.

When the stint at SM Mezza Savemore came. my warrior was more than ready.  Except for a few adjustments here and there, Jason started making personal decisions on how he would be conducting his work, from the moment he woke up, commuted via LRT, walked almost 1 kilometer to and from our place everyday, the manner by which he would comply with tasks given to him, and most especially, what he would do with his salary.  I did not mind taking the backseat and taking his bull-headedness at times, after all, this was also teaching him life-skills more than anything else.

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Thank you ASP, ILLC and SM SaveMore for this experience!
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with friends and co-workers Brainard and Rhav!

I specifically remember that stormy day in late September that we got a text message from him – “SOS, LRT is closed. What to do?” Trying not to sound worried, I texted him back with a message that an Uber driver was on his way to get him. It didn’t take long for him to get home after that, but I ‘m still proud of that fact that my warrior had become less dependent on me and more dependent on his own man.

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Jason and the ASP boys of Mona Veluz!

As sure as Jason is looking forward to more work experience, I will be happy to have him home more often in the meantime, being helpful at some chores and running errands. In fact, we know he will hit the roads and pick up his running more regularly now; all part of being the warrior that he will continue to be.

“See you again someday, SM Mezza Savemore

Autism is NOT a limitation; it is a beautiful beginning waiting to unfold!

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Crave Healthy: Cravings Satisfied!

A distinct common experience in pregnancy is an unmistakable craving for certain foods, which may or may not be supportive of the condition of both expectant mom and/or the baby.  In fact, snacking in general is considered unhealthy but preggies do lament that hormones make craving for snacks so unmanageable and stressful!

Thank the heavens we now have Crave Healthy.

Crave Healthy is the first snack product in the Philippines that is specifically designed for the pregnant woman by doctors and nutritionists.

It’s NUTRITIOUS because it contains essential nutrients – Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium that are critical for both the mom and her growing baby. It also has reduced salt and just the right amount of calories that give the pregnant woman that extra energy she needs daily.

It’s DELICIOUS because it tastes just like her regular snack. Crave Healthy is currently available in Sweet Corn flavor and does not have any aftertaste of nutrient fortifications. It helps support the nutritional needs of pregnant women and their developing fetus.

Hence, preggies can NOW UNITE and have their ultimate food cravings and hunger pangs satisfied, without comprising on their health and the growing life within – with nutritious and delicious Crave Healthy!

It’s available online at http://www.cravehealthysnacks.com, select Med Express branches, and select Robinsons Supermarket outlets.

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Crave Healthy 30g SRP P25.00

Athena Builds Strong, Beautiful and Intelligent Women

We’ve come a long way, WOMAN, and we want it all.

The XY-gene has definitely evolved into the human being that we have always wanted to be – strong, intelligent and responsible. Almost gone are the days when we were referred to as the ‘weaker sex” because we seek the same achievements as men, and we go after our life goals with a steely determination that envelopes a soft side we call wisdom.

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Women have become the greatest juggler of our time. Some by necessity, others by sheer will and purpose. But with increasing roles and responsibilities, the essential woman of today needs a solid nutritional base to strike a balance between work, family and other passions – and be able to enjoy life to the fullest. We have to stay fit and attractive, to look good and feel good whenever we can.

Even Athena, the Greek patroness of wisdom and war, directed Wonder Woman to a especially-formulated nutritional concoction that can fully enhance the the very same gifts and attributes that make them superior beings.

Introducing Athena, the milk especially formulated to meet OUR special nutritional needs.

High Calcium essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones

Low in Fat so you can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake

Source of Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function.

Two glasses daily of Athena is a delicious beverage to start and end the day!

Drink Athena today!

Athena is available online at www.athena.com.ph and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar drugstores.

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Athena Milk 180g SRP 180.00

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Athena Milk 400g SRP 273.00

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Athena Choco SRP P130.00

 

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NOVUHAIR Salutes the Changed Woman

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Month is a bold step towards encouraging women to be effective leaders and influencers by harnessing on their inner strengths and capabilities. Under the banner, “Be Bold for Change”, this calls for women to step up and take active roles for a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

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NutraMedica’s CEO and President Sheila Mae Velilla

In the local setting, NutraMedica is a healthcare company that supports women and advocates gender equality. In fact, the CEO and President of Nutramedica is a formidable woman herself. Sheila Mae Velilla built the company from scratch, exerting much effort in product development and exemplary business & marketing acumen. We do need MORE women like her in the world!

Such was the background and philosophy of CONTRIBUTING to women empowerment by making NOVUHAIR available in the market. It has consistently been awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country for five consecutive years.

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NOVUHAIR is a BFAD-registered topical scalp lotion that helps prevent our “crowning glory” from falling out.

Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and other natural ingredients.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

Nutramedica’s Novuhair empowers the Pinay by improving their appearance thru self-help ideas on social media. This results in confidence that translates to women finding ways and meaning to CONTRIBUTE in nation-building.

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For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

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Founded in 2004, Nutramedica was one of the first companies to market virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the Philippines. Today it is known for its comprehensive range of oral and injectable pharmaceutical lines, food supplements and cosmetic products.