Vell Baria's Acceptance speech as INAP awardee for Performing Arts Adult
Vell made her emotional speech at the INAP Awards night last October 1, 2016 at Vancouver, Canada as part of ANCA autism festival. This was the first performing arts win for the Philippines.
SUMMARY OF THE SPEECH: The hysterical Vell got her speech long due to her mixed emotions of being happy and emotional whereas this award was her first international award to date! She also included in her speech the recognition to other TEAM PHILIPPINES Delegates with pride and honour for their efforts to be finalists for the awards in their respective categories as well. Thanking also the Philippine Consul General Mr. Ferrer and to the nominator Ms. Catherine Cham for Vell's nomination in the performing arts as a first for Philippines. She also explains hardships of seeking funds to attend the world autism festival. She also thanked the collaborators - the Pianists Katarina Simic (UBC student) and Beryl Zorlu (representing Turkey and 3rd place INAP Award Recipient). Vell thanked the panel of juries for their trust in all winner's talents and skills (including special recognition awardees). She also thank all the audience here for their interest and appreciation on Vell's magnificent and unique talent (that was surprising to their hearts). She also speak a line of words in French where she thank ANCA for giving her a chance to showcase her talent as pop and classical singer in which it was an honor for her. Lastly, she thanked Canada and ANCA for making her dreams come true. As a Catholic-Christian with autism, Vell shares that God's enlightenment will make autism as a part of life and not a disease but a positive disease of happiness. :)
ANCA Radio Show Notes: Last Wed 29 June and Thurs 30 June, 2016 on BLOGTALKRADIO/Autistic People, People First – ANCA Radio Shows – On Wednesday June 29 at 11am PST, we are honored to interview live from the Philippines Vell Retiza Baria Stay tuned to this page for upcoming date and time of the interview. Vell is an accomplished performance artist in the Philippines, as well as a recording artist – who speaks many languages, writes terrific articles and who is the 2016 nominee for the performing Arts category for the prestigious INAP AWARDS (International Naturally Autistic People AWARDS). Ms. Baria, will be performing live with a Turkish Accompanist Beril Zorlu this year at the Opening Ceremony for the World Autism Festival in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
"Autism and Me" is a video blog series that tackles my experience on those topics as a person with autism and a self advocate for autism awareness. Also, this vlog series will also include my friends and co-workers whom I've been with and worked with to share their expressions in knowing autism. I will also include people from autism community to share as well.
"Autism and Me will not be only tackling about autism issues but also blend along with generalized issues that also relates to an autism individual's life. However, this vlog will also applies to other PWDs since some topics are also related to them.
Why having this Vlog series? To express about my life as an autistic person and to promote awareness out of it. It was way back in 2016 when I was in Vancouver during ANCA Autism Festival that I was merely inspired by Beau Brians after he tackled about his life in the film and media industry especially he included the topic called "documenting" lives of persons with autism.
About the presenter:
This open-minded and outspoken presenter Vell Baria is known for her singing ability in different musical styles including pop and classical to musical. She is not just a singer, she is also an actress and an accomplished chorister. Vell performed for different events from public concert to corporate events in her singing life.
Vell Baria is also known for being a competitive performer where in 2014 she won her first place award in all PWD talent contest called "Paligsining ng mga Batang May K" where she represent her constituency of San Antonio in the city of Makati won the first prize in the "Folk song" Category and in the 19th "Kundiman sa Makati" where she won the grand champion award. That winning moment made her the only Person with Disability to win and compete in that said contest. In 2015, Vell topped another win in the Makati wide talent contest where she won the First place in the "Search for Talentadong PWD" where she also experienced technical difficulty during her performance. However, she continues her performance until the end and ending up winning the first place. Vell made her international debut in 2016 where she recently won the 1st place for Performing Arts in the 7th International Naturally Autistic (part of the 7th ANCA Autism Festival) where Vell is the first nominee and award recipient in her country, the Philippines. In the same year, Vell also won two major awards in the Autistic Gala Night (founded by AnAn Education based in Hong Kong) Best in Visual Arts (Individual) and Excellence in Performance. As a result, Vell scored a back to back triumph in 2014 and 2016.
Outside singing, Vell is known to be a presenter in relation to autism. Vell debuted in 2015 as a guest speaker for The Shepherd's Flock's "Ashes to Beauty" about her living with autism and her Christian faith. In October of 2016 during the 7th Autism Festival, Vell presented her workshop called "Stand up! Speak up! Fight for the Right" wherein she tackles general situations and resolutions for autism community. In December 2016, following her win at INAP and Autistic Gala Night, Vell was invited to give a 30 minute talk about her autism and struggles to victory stories for "Inreach PWDs" organized by the Pamantasan ng Maynila's "College of Business Management and Integrated Council of Business Managers.
In 2016, Vell was appointed ANCA Ambassador for the Philippines and this year, she was given "Autism Angel Award" for Performing Arts by Autism Society of the Philippines for her contribution of her achievements won last year.
Vell values education more and is a college drop out at St. Scholastica's College of Music where she is Majored in Voice in Diploma program and is now a non-regular student in the same department in the continuing education program. Vell expressed her return for education and is willing to study Literature and Film and is willing to have both Master's and Doctoral degrees in the future and continue her music studies.
As a self advocate for autism awareness, Vell has also express to become a diplomat-advocate and dreams of becoming a UN ambassador in the future especially promoting inclusion for autism awareness and persons with disabilities in living a normal life. Vell has also expressed her interest in being independent and promoting independence to the autism community with passion and confidence!