Vell Baria

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Throwback: OBRA

MANILA, Philippines – The Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine presented “Obra: An Exhibit,”a benefit show featuring works by differently abled artists, at the Museum of a History of Ideas, UP Manila.

The show, which was part of a larger project called “ObraX: Extraordinary Art by Extraordinary People” whose advocacy revolved around the promotion of the many capabilities of the differently abled, featured 40 paintings made by abled artists Nice So, Christopher Solis and Association of Mouth and Foot Painters (AMFPA) representatives Jovito Sasutona, John Feruelo and Amado Dulnuan.

Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior Jr., an alumnus of the UP College of Medicine, opened the exhibit. He was joined by alumni brothers Dr. Ruter Maralit, Dr. Jose Alvin Mojica, and Dr. Rafael Bundoc with Dr. Josephine Bundoc.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Copernico Villaruel Jr., an active supporter of the arts, said disability must not limit a person’s achievements.

In a silent auction, guests bid on their favored pieces. Through their paintings, these abled artists were instrumental in reaching out to the pediatric patients of UP-PGH with hearing impairment. Three members of the AMFPA also attended a live exhibition of their talent in mouth and foot painting.

Vell Baria, a singer with autism, performed Mutya ng Pasig in the interim. She was also part of “Reverb: Echoing Awareness through the Arts,” a concert featuring the differently abled, still under “ObraX.”

Date Created: 25 May 2015 (

Date Retrieved: 16 June 2016

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Throwback: Autism-Inclusive “Lupang Hinirang”

Vell’s notes:

“After my little time at NSSH, it’s about time to get challenged since the venue is so hard to find and very unfamiliar in my map. Asking a jeepney driver for directions and got myself to be a fast thinker and got to be early for it. Meeting with other PWAs, I got to get my hair fixed and my dress prepared well. When is about my time, I got myself to have my parts well performed. Got my sediments from my album in FB here:

in a Filipiniana attire and in a cute backdrop 😀

taping my parts with confidence inspite of mistakes … I was given chances to perfect the whole 3 parts 😀


After my take, I talked to Maam Gina Bermudo about our future collaboration. After that, I got to talk to one of the participants named Miko whom I’ve asked him for a mobile number and gave him mine as well. Me and him left the building with a goodbyes. Me myself got to indulge for a taxi ride to Taguig by accident. I have to pay a $10 (Php 120.00) for the whole trip from Evangelista to Taguig (Market Market) in which I was so adorned with such sales for shoes to a cheap longsleeved top. I also got to have my early dinner before leaving the mall. I got lost but the least, I got 2 jeep rides to my home and I went home safe at last”


For the 2015 Angels Walk for Autism, the trustees and volunteers took on the challenge of innovating on an event “standard”. ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe directed the green-screen filming and the post-prod. The parents and the individuals with autism who shared their Sunday morning were a big part of our success — thank you to Mikhail Dangcal, Chasina Dangcal, Gio Danniel Koe, Sean Espinili, Kenrick Albert Cheng, Michael Almendrala, Nicholas Bermundo, Adrian Carlo Adviento, Andrea Alviso, Jose Rey Angelo So, Christian Taclendu, Patrick Louie So, Rodrigo Luis Recto, Neil Iversen Pajaron, Ezra Buzcano, Michael Victor Ramos, Vell Baria, Franco Cagayat and Thara Marie Santiago and Vell Baria.

And what do you get when you mix a room full of kids with autism and a production team keen on making a brave new rendition of “Lupang Hinirang”? Something EPIC.

Date Created: 29 January 2015 (

Date Retrieved: 16 June 2016

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Throwback event: ARTISMO 2015

Vell’s notes:

After my winning stint to both Paligsining ng mga Batang May K” and “Kundiman sa Makati” winning first places, I was once invited by the Autism Society of the Philippines via phone call by Tita Peng So while having my grocery at Landmark discussing also my appearance to sing Lupang Hinirang for the official ASP’s Audio Visual Presentation for the National Anthem. She also told me that they’ve heard that I’ve won in the Kundiman contest in Makati.

Speaking of Artismo, I was once tapped by the Maam Peng So to sing instead for the Closing Ceremony/Artismo last January 31, 2015. In preparations to this, while in St. Scho Music building preparing for another class, I was already in search and preparing of the 4 Filipino art songs or “Kundiman” we all pinoys called, by recording minus ones of it in a piano accompaniment in which was done by my regular accompanist Ms. Judy Tan and recorded via my tablet and did a mixing touches for my own preferences.

The Artismo event begins,  I got myself fixed up and prepared for the an-hour event, The emcee herself named Maam Lilet Lavina was so happy on my presence and was so happy to hear my singing and my captivating stage presence. As I sang my first song “Mutya Ng Pasig” (my winning piece) I feel myself being a champion and a mega star in my own right. After that, they were in awe and did their standing ovation with much passion and support in which I’m proud of. While the art exhibit showcase began, I sang 3 remaining  kundiman songs “Ano Kaya Ang Kapalaran”, “Ang Maya” and “Sa Kabukiran” while they’re enjoying the arts of each autistic individuals with a heart of being an artist, painter and a photographer.

From the bottom of my heart, I may be a non regular for ASP but never fails to inspire people with my time and talent. Thanks to ASP Family who believed in me inspite of such challenging roads in the past as an ASP regular. To Maam Peng who never failed to encourage me to perform for the ASP events especially for this formal event in which was my preference as a performer too.


The National Autism Consciousness Week culminated with “Artismo: Kulay at Himig ng Autismo”, celebrating the artistry of young adults with autism at The Podium in Ortigas last 31 January 2015. The Atrium was transformed into an art gallery featuring the visual art of JA Tan, Thomas Perez Diaz and the PWAs of ASP Baguio.

Despite the string of events that week, the leadership of the Autism Society Philippines and supporters came to the event in their Filipiniana best, a fitting honor to the young people with autism who have inspired our 26-year old advocacy.

The autism-inclusive Philippines National Anthem opened the event, followed by a solemn prayer from one of our featured artists Thomas Perez Diaz. Hon. Carmen Zubiaga, NCDA Executive Director, welcomed the guests and gave a perspective on how the week has made an impact not just on the cause of those with autism; but of other marginalized PWDs.

Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President then introduced the credentials of the featured visual artists JA Tan and Thomas Perez-Diaz who both garnered a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd. Ms. Vell Baria, a young lady with autism garnered much admiration for her rendition of traditional Filipinos songs. Ms. Lilet Lavina emceed the morning’s affair.

The Autism Society Philippines Baguio chapter gave special recognition, not only to their pool of talented photographers; but also the angels who have helped ensure the success of ASP’s Colors of A Spectrum Workshop over the years — Mr. Ompong Tan, Mr. John Chua, Canon Philippines and SM Cares.

The “Artismo: Ang Kulay at Himig ng Autismo” ran from January 31 to February 1, 2015 at The Podium, Atrium.

Date created: 24 February 2015 (

Date retrieved: 16 June 2016

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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.


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 (

Date retrieved: 16 June 2016

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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)

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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]

[Una volta che in Bastiano – from Bastian e Bastianna by W.A. Mozart]

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)]

[The Holy City (Stephen Adams)]

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.

To hear my singing in the talent portion click here:
[A Question of Honour by Sarah Brightman]

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.

Special Thanks: Leonora Gregory-Collura

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