Sarah Geronimo gets pat on the back from Autism group

Published October 28, 2019, 1:35 AM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo playing a mentally-challenged woman in her latest movie “Unforgettable” is so good that it has earned praise not only from fans, but from the Autism Society Philippines (ASP).

Sarah Geronimo in a scene from ‘Unforgettable’

Sarah Geronimo in a scene from ‘Unforgettable’

ASP is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. In envisions a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials – self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

In a Facebook post, ASP lauded Sarah for doing a “wonderful job.”

It also thanked directors Jun Lana and Perci Intalan saying “Unforgettable” is a gift to the organization.

“Unforgettable” is about Jasmine (Sarah), a young woman on a journey to Baguio. Her goal is to bring Happy (Milo) to her sick grandmother. The moment Happy came into Jasmine’s life, the dog proved to be a blessing. Now Jasmine believes that Happy would be instrumental to her grandmother’s healing.

Along the way, they meet different kinds of people. With Jasmine’s sharp memory and Happy’s remarkable skills, they are able to help people somehow, touching lives in every place they pass by. And every step brings them closer to the person whose life Jasmine wants to save the most.

The post read in part: “‘Unforgettable’ is a story of a young neurodiverse woman’s determined journey. It is a positive portrayal of a person on the spectrum — without the tired exaggerations and stereotypes. It portrayed the condition in the context of Filipino family life; and gave the character dignity and enviable fortitude.

“Sarah Geronimo did a wonderful job! She captured their unwavering loyalty, singularity of purpose and the depths of their distress! She met with young adults on the spectrum in preparing for her role. Teacher Cecile Sicam, co-founder of the Autism Society Philippines, served as a consultant during filming.”