[News] Benilde Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Month

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, an inclusive college in Manila Philippines, held a Light It Up Blue (LIUB) event on April 3, 2017 at their iconic School of Design and Arts building at P. Ocampo St., Manila. 

The event was organized by Benilde’s Center for Inclusive Education (CIE). A short program started at 645PM with welcoming remarks from Dr. Catherine Deen, CIE Director followed by an inspiring message by Br. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, Benilde President. The LIUB ceremony was launched by a Benilde Bachelor of Arts in Animation student Mr. Ramon Tan. An excerpt of his speech is quoted below:

“As a student of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, it warms my heart that we are one with the world tonight in celebrating this event. Truly, we are on our way to a more inclusive community. It is with great gratitude that I stand here before you as a student who has experienced the passion and dedication of Benilde in creating an inclusive learning environment. May this gesture of lighting up our school’s facade not just serve as a decoration but a way of instilling in our hearts awareness and empathy for all those people living with autism everywhere.”

The President of the Autism Society of the Philippines Ms. Mona Magno Veluz graced the event and she mentioned that Benilde is the first school in the Philippines to hold a Light It Up Blue event.