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Huwebes, Hunyo 29, 2017

The 19th ALSWDOPI Annual National Social Welfare and Development


My ANCA Ambassadress Speech! [ARCHIVED]


Inreach PWD Acknowledgement [ARCHIVED]


Happy International Women's Day! (ARCHIVED)


Cover Files: Aida Garifullina Tribute


Cover Files: Motivation of recording a cover version of Samra's "Miracle"


Cover Files: Tamia's "Loving You Still" featured at a Sampaguita Nation article.


Throwback Event: OBRA - An Art Exhibit

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Photo credits to: MUbility Facebook Page

Throwback: Autism-Inclusive "Lupang Hinirang"

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Throwback event: ARTISMO 2015

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Flashback: Birit Queen Dumbfounds

Vell's notes:

"I've performed for ASP's national events since grade school. But this last 2 years since 2014, I rarely performed for the org because for the new and fresh talents with spectrum to have their turn since they believed that I'm quite too professional and overqualified for the org's needs but they have their admiration towards me inspite of that."

BIRIT QUEEN DUMBFOUNDS!

Vell Baria, was born on March 9. English is her first language and only learned to speak Tagalog when she entered first grade. She is now 14 and is a sophomore at St. Mary's Academy. During her spare time she reads up on star-crossed sweethearts Edward & Bella of the Twilight series and play detective games.

Vell left audiences dumbfounded during her stellar performance at the World Autism Awareness Day’s AutisMusical last April 2, 2009. Vell’s love for music started at the age of 3. She listens to different genres like Dance, R&B, Anime, Pop (JKpop), Canto/Mandopop. An avid OPM fan, she idolizes Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Sarah Geronimo, Nina, Sharon Cuneta, Yeng Constantino, Charice Pempengco and dreams of collaborating with each of them for a duet and album recording in the future. Vell says her most important possessions are her admirers. She believes in working hard to achieve her goals.

Date created: 09 October 2009 (http://www.autismsocietyphilippines.org/2009/10/birit-queen-dumbfounds.html)

Date retrieved: 16 June 2016

My full chuch production debut: Eljah

INAP nominee for Performing Arts Vell Baria (one of the 5 main soloists) made her first oratorio debut in MENDELSSOHN’s Oratorio “Elijah” held at Union Church Manila last Sunday, May 1, 2015; where the participanting choirs are the Philippine Madrigal Singers under Sir Mark Anthony Carpio, UP Chorus Class, GCF Chancel Choir and UCM Chancel Choir (host choir), along with musicians Pifferari Orchestra and Alejandro Consolacion II with soloists Jai Sabas Aracama, Ranier Pagcalinawan, Ronan Ferrer, Jenny Lind Delorino and Vell Baria under the baton of Dr. Eudenice V. Palaruan and Phoebe Bitoon.

With actors Jun Ison (as Elijah), David Uy (Obadiah), Peter Chua (King Ahab), Goldie Soon (Queen Jezebel), Elizabeth Chua (Widow), Eryl Soriano (Youth), JC Yparraguirre (Angel). Stage production and concept by Joy Virata and Luna Inocian.

“It was my major oratorio debut ever and my first time being a soloist.. in which I’ve dreamed and destined for… inspite of hardships of depression and pressure.. this surprising result was just magical…”
– Vell Baria

Photos courtesy of Vell Baria and Anna Jean from their respective facebook profiles.
Date posted: May 13, 2016, Philippines (posted for ANCA Newsworld Website)

The Q & As

This came from my soon to be former website with FreeWebs.
  • If you could have dinner with any person, who would it be and why? 
    • (By group) I would love to have a dinner with my friends, family and choir mates.
  • What were you doing at midnight/last night? 
    • Doing self taught and Documentaries
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 
    • Canada
  • If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? 
    • Changing it's structure and that's including the bunker and adding up more rooms for comfort.
  • If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? 
    • My idol Edison Chen
  • If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be? 
    • Queen Marie Antoinette
  • What do you do most when you are bored? 
    • Anything that made me sleepy... especially the movies or videos that put me to sleep.
  • If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be? 
    • Figure skater/Fashion designer
  • If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? 
    • Russia
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl? 
    • Night Owl
  • If you were prime minister/ruler of the world what laws would you make? 
    • Is to make my country more open, decent and disciplined one especially with our way of thinking towards other people should be fixed, also I would like to implement the music program requirement because our country needs to learn music for at least a year for them to sing the national anthem and other patriotic songs for our contry.
  • Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 
    • Marika Rokk's role in Hallo Janine
  • What would your dream job be? 
    • Actor and Politician
  • Who's your favourite Comedian? 
    • Mikey Bustos
  • What's your favourite board game? 
    • MONOPOLY 
  • Do you have any lucky items, objects or traditions? 
    • Amulets
  • Whats your favourite flower? 
    • Daisies

Allow me to RE-INTRODUCE Myself!

My biography made for ANCA Newsworld.
“La parfaite valeur est de faire sans témoin ce qu’on serait capable de faire devant tout le monde”
[True valour is to do in secrecy what you could just have easily done before others.]
– La Rochefoucauld.

I’m Vell Baria, I am new here in ANCA community circle. I’m here to share my journey as a person with Autism-Aspergers from my struggles to riches to triumphant achievements. I’m the eldest of the 4 siblings and my parents are self employed. Dealing with autism is the most challenging of all. However, I stayed focus inspite of the judgements and misunderstandings in which Autistic people experienced.
Living with the spectrum, I don’t know what to do… until there is this moment that I am into a Christmas theater every December while studying in a special school as a kid it inspired me to pursue in theater acting however, there’s another talent that I have in which was singing. Singing popular songs in different types of forms-ballads to RnB to soul to novelty dance pop music prior to classical singing.
During my years in a special school at the Behavioral Management for Autistic Children (from 2001-2005), I have trained in such normal activities such as going to the grocery (in which was my favorite), preparing for meals and learning kinds of art like making a paper mache to collage. Apart from these, I was also trained in personality development from how to calm down after an episode of meltdown and to communicate out of the “Why-Because” situational photos.
Graduated both Grade school (2008) and High school (2012) in St. Mary’s Academy Sta. Ana-a Catholic school in the Philippines, I suffer such different forms of discriminations such as being backstubbed and ostracized because of having autism in which is uncommon to the school’s public eye although in the peak of my destiny in God’s provisions, I was able to surpass the standards of the school by being a graduate of that school.

Entering college is so far the most challenging part of every special needs person, especially to a PWA like me whose proof is more than a yes. I enrolled in St. Scholastica’s College of Manila where I took up Diploma in Music Performance Major in Voice where I am under the tutelage of Prof. Rica L. Nepomuceno. Being unknown to the college environment, I was able to adjust well with other of my batch mates even if I experience mild bullying from them. After my 3rd year college, I decided to put my studies into end because of too much demands from the guidance counselor for semestral assessments on my special cases in which is a bit crucial in our part due to a high cost of such Psychologist fee. Now being a non-regular student in St. Scho, I am now a Continuing Education in Music Performance student in waiting for having a recital currently continuing taking vocal lessons without any academics.

To hear my classical singing click here:
[Kundiman ng Luha (The song of tears) by Nicanor Abelardo]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg5409vcnkM
[Una volta che in Bastiano – from Bastian e Bastianna by W.A. Mozart]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE0J7DnN4Zo

I am a seasoned chorister in two chuch choirs (Apostleship of Prayer Youth Choir and Union Church of Manila Chancel choir) and an academic choir (SSC Chamber Chorale) where I became a frequent soloist when in need.

[O Divine Redeemer (Charles Gounod)]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvVNbjkFR1Q
[The Holy City (Stephen Adams)]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XUANnjsZ34
Outside academics, I performed for concerts, seminars and fundraising concert mainly related to Autism awareness since 2001. I became more recognizable in 2009 where I was one of the performers for the “Echoes of Dreams” at the prestigious Araneta Coliseum. I am also a semi-regular performer for events organized by Autism Society of the Philippines since 2005 in which they supported me andother talents with autism as well. As a competitive singer, I’ve won top prizes three times – two straight wins in 2014 (Paligisining Ng Mga Batang May K and Kundiman Sa Makati) and a single win in 2015 (Search for Talentadong PWD sa Makati).
Speaking of Autism advoacy, I ventured myself to another field in pageantry. I joined Miss Possibilities 2015 where I am one of the pioneer candidates in which I’ve won Miss Congeniality for being friendly to my fellow contestants and staff alike. Even if I didn’t win the title, I was given much national recognition after my classical singing and being interviewed instantly by CNN Philippines. Hoping this will be my stepping stone to my self-advocacy career.

Hoping to be part of ANCA stage where I can share my talents, time and volunteerism to make every people with autism around the world more couragious with my optimism and positivity no matter how hard it is especially to win such respect, support and acceptance for us autisically-superstars in which was one of my goals this coming 2016. Being an ANCA member is twice the future leader and a strong willed person with autism because this will help built our lives to inspire more and give importance to our efforts in making a world a better place for us PWAs. Thanks ANCA for caring about us Autistic people with honor and will.
Please feel free to like my official facebook fan page as a sign of support where I mainly post videos of my singing.

http://www.facebook.com/AutismPrimadonnaVellBaria

Special Thanks: Leonora Gregory-Collura

To read more of the news from me an other ANCA members (especially delegates for this years's ANCA Autism Festival 2016) click here: http://www.naturallyautistic.com/anca-newsworld-2016/
Don't forget to like our ANCA Newsworld 2016 Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ANCANewsworld2016/