Philippine Embassy and other ACS Officials pose for a photo with the students of the Anadine Special School.

(Santiago, 7 June 2022) The Philippine Embassy in Chile and the rest of the ASEAN Committee in Santiago (ACS) under the Chairmanship of Thailand organized a Tote Bag Painting Workshop for Children with Special Needs at the ANADIME Special School in Nuńoa.  ANADIME, which stands for Asociacion Nacional de Discapacitado Mental, serves more than 300 children with special needs as well as adults with intellectual disabilities.  The school ensures their students’ holistic and careful development with emphasis on realizing their full potential as functional members of society and the workforce.

ANADIME selected 30 of their best art students to color tote bags featuring the national flowers of ASEAN countries, particularly the Sampaguita for the Philippines.  ACS also donated drawing and coloring materials for the students and brought Southeast Asian snacks from each member country.  The Philippines served generous and colorful servings of the sapin-sapin for the children as well as all faculty members to enjoy.

The Philippine Embassy was represented by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Jim Tito B. San Agustin, First Secretary and Consul Dennis John C. Briones and Cultural Officer Jeffry D. Aranda during the half-day activity. They were joined by the heads of post, spouses and officers from the Embassies of Thailand (current ACS Chair), Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. END

CDA San Agustin (3rd from left), Thai Ambassador and ACS Chair H.E. Chanida Kamalanavin (4th from left), Anadine Director Purisima Neriz Fuentealba (4th from right), and the rest of the ACS HOPs and spouses pose for a photo next to the ASEAN snack buffet table.

CDA San Agustin and PHL Cultural Officer Jeffry Aranda pose for a photo with three ANADIME students assigned to paint the Sampaguita.