TLC Walks with Angels

The TLC Family walked with angels during Autism Society Philippines or ASP’s “Angels Walk for Autism 2014” at SM MOA Arena on January 19, 2014, Sunday. 
Joining thousands of autism advocates, TLC students, parents, caregivers, and teachers started the year right as it celebrated ASP’s 25th year in the service of families affected by autism. Angels Walk for Autism 2014 is the kick-off event for the 18th National Autism Consciousness Week. 
We thank all the families and teachers who joined the TLC delegation on this weekend event. Thank you for joining us in promoting our shared advocacy for a better society for our special needs children. After all, it is our – parents, siblings, caregivers, and professionals – responsibility to further educate the community and bring the cause of the special needs sector to the mainstream. 
Together, the walk reiterated our demand for an Autism Friendly Community. Truly, now is the time to make the rights of our children real.
TLC congratulates the ASP Team for another successful event! May you continue to soar for all our angels.

TLC Families Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda Say “Thank You!”

The families of seven of TLC’s Faculty and Staff Members who have been affected by the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who helped the TLC Family raise funds.
The generosity of all the donors helped nine families rebuild their lives. 
On their behalf, TLC sincerely thanks the following benefactors for generously sharing their financial blessings to help the school’s supported families start anew.
Mr. & Mrs. Dominador Abad and family
Mr. & Mrs. Rosemarie Pinlac Abillar and family
Mr. Luis Abundo
Ms. Landa Bautista
Mr. Mike & Mrs. Yoly Agaid-Bautista
Mrs. Lani Velasco Blando and family
Mrs. Trinidad Caraos and family
Dr. Makiss Pascual Caccam and family
Mrs. Francisca Cajes and family
Mrs. Shirley Chua and family
Mrs. Catherine Cruz and family
Mrs. Virgie Dellupac and family
Mrs. Jocelyn De Quiros and family
Mrs. Maria Luz Fronda and family
Mr. Third and Mrs. Dulce Errazo-Jambalos
Mr. Dan & Mrs. Twinkle Justiniani
Mrs. Nora Malabanan and family
Mrs. Rosita Mantuano and family
Mrs. Vivien Mariano and family
Mr. Marlon Morales and family
Mr. & Mrs. Henrik Nyqvist
Ms. Diana De Ocampo and family
Mrs. Maria Paliza and family
Mrs. Denise Ongpin Sanico and family
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tan and family
Mrs. Ma. Angeles Tirador and family
Mrs. Maria Theresa Vistan and family
Mrs. Rosario Villanueva and family
Mrs. Sylvia Gen Wee and family
Mr. & Mrs. Wellington Yu and family
Mrs. Nina Yuson 
Mr. Ric and Mrs. Bel Yuzon
TLC likewise thanks everyone who supported the school’s Yard Sale for a Cause last November 21 and 22, 2013.
With everyone’s collective help and support, the school was able to raise a total of Php 53,200.00 for the benefit of nine families.
Below are the beneficiaries' messages of gratitude for the benefactors’ help and generosity.
"Good day to all the family and friends of The Learning Center, Inc. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa tulong na pinagkaloob niyo sa amin bilang kapatid ni Ms. Emily Avila na empleyado ng The Learning Center. Taos puso po ang pasasalamat namin sa donation na natanggap namin. Makakatulong po ito ng malaki sa pagbangon namin mula sa pagdanas namin ng Bagyong Yolanda. Maraming salamat po." - Normelita Avila, Sitio Maitum, Old Poblacion, Escalante City, Negros Occidental (Sister of Ms. Emie)
"Madamu gid nga salamat sa inyo daku nga bulig para sa manghod ko, Daniel Babol, sang Estancia, Iloilo, nga nabiktima sang Bagyo nga Yolanda, kapin pa kay bag-o manlang sya maka-recover sa stroke last month. madamu gid nga salamat!" - Alessandro Babol, on behalf of Daniele Babol of Guinas Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Iloilo City (Cousin of Teacher Fely)
"To TLC, the word "thank you" is truly not enough to express my deepest gratitude to those who made this assistance program for the victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda. Rest assured that this good deed will never be forgotten and indeed my family will never forget the assistance you had given. This help will not only help us temporarily but more importantly, this will give us hope - the hope that somehow we'll learn to dream again after the typhoon shattered our dreams. We wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless all your endeavors. As I say it in our dialect, "Damo nga salamat ha iyo ng tanan." - Kenneth Patrimonio Badeo, on behalf of his father (Partner and Father-in-Law of Teacher Dollar)
"Gud eve po. Maraming salamat po sa tulong ninyo. Isa po itong malaking tulong sa amin. Sana po madami pa po kayoing matulungan. God bless po sa inyo." - Geron Batula of Camada, Borongan, Eastern Samar (Brother of Kuya Renante)
"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Administrator, Faculty, and Staff of The Learning Center for the financial assistance they spared to us. May the almighty God shower you with bountiful blessings so you may continue to help and inspire others. Special thanks to my cousin Evelyn Valdez for exhausting all her efforts and making this possible." - Gilbert Catalog of Marabut, Western Samar (Cousin of Teacher Evelyn)
"Gud a.m. Mam/Sir, ako po si Romalyn Dela Cruz, isa po ako sa nabigyan niyo ng tulong sa inyong foundation. Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat dahil sa tulong niyo mapagawa ko na yung nasira kong bahay dulot ng Bagyong Yolanda. Maraming salamat po uli. Sana marami pa kayong matulungan. God bless you all." - Romalyn Dela Cruz of Amado Lim Compound, Roxas Avenue, Roxas City, Roxas City (Sister of Ms. Rio)
"On behalf of my sister, Jane Dollar, I would like to say thank you. For all our benefactors, parents, teachers, and other staff members of TLC who shelled out their donation, a very warm thank you. Your donation is a great help for her family to start a new, brighter life. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa lahat-lahat ng tulong ninyo. May our great God bless you more!" - Teacher Jen Dollar, on behalf of her sister Jane Dollar of Mercedes Bobon, Guian, Eastern Samar
"Magandang hapon po! Papa po ako ni Roel. Una sa lahat nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos dahil sa likod ng sakuna na dumating sa Alangalang, leyte ay hindi Niya kami pinabayaan. Taos puso din akong nagpapasalamat sa The Learning Center Family dahil sa donasyon na binigay sa amin. Malaking bagay po ito sa amin lalo na ngayong halos lahat wala kami. Muli damo nga salamat han iyo bulig ha amon. Tindog Leyteno!" - Arturo Flores of Brgy. San Francisco, East Alangalang, Leyte (Father of Teacher Roelskie)
"Magandang hapon po. Maraming salamat po sa tulong niyo sa amin. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin. Pagpalain po kayo ng Maykapal." - Marcela Villanueva of Mambusao, Capiz (Mother-in-Law of Kuya Renante-Nante)

Again, TLC thanks its dearest family, friends, and benefactors. Thank you for proving that indeed, charity begins at home. 
May God bless you, your family, and your homes abundantly! 

TLC Holds “Yard Sale for a Cause”

TLC held a "Yard Sale for a Cause" as part of its Community Living Activity and Community Service Program last November 21 – 22, 2013 at the school grounds.

Students and teachers from both the Kids Division and Adults Division attended to everyone’s shopping needs. The activity was for the benefit of TLC Faculty and Staff Members whose families were displaced and gravely distressed in the wake of the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda, namely:
  • Ms. Emily Avila whose sister Normelita and family live in Old Escalante, Negros Occidental;
  • Kuya Nante Batula whose brother Geron and family live in Camada, Borongan, Eastern Samar;
  • Teacher Jen Dollar whose sister Jane and family live in Mercedes Bobon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar;
  • Teacher Roel Flores whose parents, siblings, grandmother, uncles, and aunts live in Brgy. San Francisco, East Alangalang, Leyte;
  • Teacher Fely Soquena whose cousin Potenciano and family live in Sigma Capiz;
  • Ms. Rio Tumlos whose sister Romalyn and family live in Roxas, Capiz City; and
  • Teacher Evelyn Valdez whose uncles, aunts, and cousins live in Tacloban City, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and Makabut, Western Samar.
The event raised over ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00) in cash. All proceeds from the yard sale were equally divided among the abovementioned Faculty and Staff Members and sent directly to their affected families.

The TLC Family thanks all the Parents, Students, Caregivers, Teachers, and Trustees who generously participated and helped in this time of need. Your kindness certainly helped rebuild many families’ lives. May God bless you, your family, and your home abundantly!

TLC Gift Shop Christmas 2013 Catalog

TLC released its TLC Gift Shop Christmas 2013 Catalog last November 18, 2013!

The catalog features the gift shop’s latest offerings from its two product lines:
  • TLC Goodies, which include special homemade products such as their yummy Choco Crowns (Macarons Collection) and bestselling Pickled Garnish Pack
  • TLC Novelties, which include special handcrafted products such as their Christmas Trinkets, Agate Bag Charm and Doorknob Charm in 2013/2014 Color Trends, and Turquoise Key Ring, Agate Key Ring, and Bangle in 2012/2013 Color Trends
Customers who wish to order products from the TLC Gift Shop are reminded that only limited quantities are available per product. Clients are likewise asked to place orders in advance as orders will be processed according to the date they are received.

For more product photos and details, please click here.

Photos, Text, and Editing by Ms. Landa A. Bautista, M.A.Ed.
Catalog by Lauren Pasia

TLC Talks About Autism at “Reflections from a Special Journey”

TLC was part of "Reflections from a Special Journey", the first free awareness lecture on special needs children for non-SPED Teachers by Special Pinoy Moms for District 3 Quezon City on October 26, 2013.

About 60 professionals and parents participated in the seminar which focused on autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Infantile Spasms.

The event was led by Special Pinoy Moms' Ms. Obelia Lacanilao-Cutiongco, Ms. Pam Mayo-Roman, and Ms. Maria Lourdes Angeles. It likewise featured TLC's Executive Director, Ms. Landa A. Bautista and Ms. Richie Rosales Parr.

TLC's participation was part of the school's Teacher Training & Advocacy mission under its Community Service Programs. It is in line with TLC's goals of developing effective teacher training programs and sharing best practices in the field of Special Education.