Aphasia Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.

A non-stock, non-profit organization for People w/ Aphasia and their families and Caregivers

You are not alone!

There are many more like you or your loved one – men and women who once were articulate and active, but are today unable to connect words with their thoughts, unable to speak their mind, unable to recognize letters and numbers.

TV Host Jeanne Young’s sister Peachy started showing Parkinsonian symptoms in 1984, which caused her seizures and confined her to a wheelchair. The disease has reduced her speaking ability to only 20%; she communicates with her eyes 80% of the time.

Manolo “Bong” Marfa, a medical doctor by profession who graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines, was hit by a truck while driving home in 1993. The accidents damaged the part of his brain that controls speech, hearing and reading. He now has great difficulty reading and writing.

Former UP Pres. Noel Soriano had a massive cerebral stroke in 1996, rendering him speechless and paralyzing his right extremities. Although his comprehension is intact, oral and written abilities have been very limited since then.

Manuel D. Asensio, a retired executive from Nestle Philippines, Inc. and husband of renowned soprano Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, was swaying slowly to party music in a family gathering when he suddenly collapsed. He had a heart attack. His brain was deprived of oxygen during the three-hour ambulance drive to the hospital, causing him to lose both sight and his speech faculties.

What is APHASIA?

Alphasia (uh-fay'zha) is the acquired communication impairment that affects the person's ability to speak, understand, read or write. It is usually caused by stroke but can also be brought about by other forms of brain injury like head trauma, brain tumors, and infections.

Alphasia comes in different forms. Some people may be able to speak with much effort in finding the right words, or some may speak effortlessly but use the wrong words. Some may find it difficult to understand spoken words. Typically they may have problems reading and writing, too. Alphasia creates a profound change in the lives of aphasic individuals and their families as they face a lifetime of adjustments and challenges.

There’s Hope in Alphasia Foundation

Socializing is important for people w/ aphasia, because it helps relieve their depression and convinces them that they are not alone. So said Dr. Robert Gan, a neurologist and consultant at St. Luke’s and Cardinal Santos Medical Centers, in an article published in Manila Bulletin dated September 22, 1999.

Realizing that mutual support can help people with aphasia to cope with their condition, we have formed the Aphasia Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (AFPI). We are a group of aphasics and caregivers aiming to provide assistance and support to one another in order to live more meaningful and purposeful lives.

Our Objectives

1. To promote community understanding and advocacy for people w/ aphasia, families, and professionals who work with them.

2. To provide information resources on research issues and treatment of aphasia.

3. To develop throughout the country individual chapters that will create opportunities for socialization, language stimulation, peer support, and community contact for people with aphasia.

What Our Members Say

“After the stroke, I was completely at a loss but I fought back the depression. The support I get from Aphasia Foundation, plus therapy, has contributed much to my improvement.” – Jun Celis, former PBA Player for Crispa

“I wanted to kill myself after I had a stroke. I felt profoundly lonely and no one cared to understand me. Now that I have bounded with fellow aphasics in Aphasia Foundation, I feel so much better.” – Danny Angeles

“Aside from socialization, our many activities in Aphasia server to stimulate our speech abilities. We also invite professional health care providers to talk on topics import to us. This helps to educate and enlighten us about our condition.” – Danny Velasquez, retired executive from Nestle Philippines

“Through AFPI, caregivers are able to bond with one another by exchanging experiences. We share the same feelings of exhaustion and anxiety, so we are able to give support to one another.” – Angelica Soriano, wife and primary caregiver of Noel Soriano

Board of Directors

Nathalie Maggay
Chita Moscoso
Pedro M. Lopez
Theresa Lukban
Dr. Raul de Guzman
Danilo Angeles
Dr. Emanuel Soriano
Danilo Velasquez
Ma. Lourdes Macatangay
Maria De Los Angeles S. Albert
Atty. Domingo Celis