AD/HD Society of the Philippines

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Society of the Philippines is a parent-based organization where support for persons with ADHD are accessible to ensure the full attainment of their God-given potentials. It was organized for the purpose of providing different kinds of support to individuals with ADHD, their families, and the professionals who work with them, through family empowerment, advocacy, and networking with stakeholders. The organization was formally introduced on October 21, 2000 and since then has grown continuously nationwide

Our History

For two days in October 2000, the officers and staff of Eucharistiana Center for Special Children and Learning Inn worked incessantly to make sure that everything was running smoothly for the on-going first national conference on ADHD. The project director, Peter Mallonga, was particularly contented with the launching of the ADHD Society of the Philippines, his brainchild and obsession for the past year when he and a group of associates—Rose A. Aligada of Learning Inn, who served as assistant project director of the conference, Dr. Marie Arranz-Lim of Child Development Center, and Dr. Stella G. Manalo of University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital—were conceptualizing the formation of the organization. They pushed for its creation because they firmly believed that only by empowering those who are most affected by the disorder—children and adults with ADHD, and their families—can the problems be addressed. Supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the organization was finally and formally introduced, together with its first core-group members, on October 21, 2000 to the more than 250 participants of the conference.

The launching was the final step in a long process that involved a series of brainstorming, consultations, workshops, and other meetings with different groups. A network of medical practitioners, therapists, educators, and other professionals working with children were contacted for referrals for possible collaboration. Excited by the possibility of realizing a shared vision, many of them referred parents of the children they were handling. Workshops were held for parents of children with ADHD in several areas in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, and the Cavite-Laguna area to discuss some of their concerns and to inform them about the conference. The results of the workshop discussions were later incorporated into the content of the conference, as well as the vision-mission statement that was formulated. These workshops were spearheaded by Ms. Dess Ann B. Villaver, a conference coordinator, and assisted by the conference staff.

The members of the coregroup—namely Susana G. Pe, Marfina T. Teodoro, Carla Kalalo, Susan Martin, Marce Narcia, and Criselle Cudiamat—met during these workshops and were recognized as potential leaders. During the conference, representatives were elected by the body, and many of them became active members who continue the arduous tasks of slowly building the organization. Aside from the core-group members, some of the area representatives included Ditas V. Tuazon and Ditas Martelino for Quezon City; Maite Ortigas and Gerry dela Serna for San Juan-Mandaluyong; and Dominic Aquitania for Bulacan-Novaliches. The officers were elected by the body, with Mrs. Susana G. Pe as president. Soon after, a change in leadership was effected and Ms. Marfina T. Teodoro became the next head of the organization.

The society was envisioned to be a venue for organized efforts by parents, professionals, and concerned individuals in promoting the welfare of persons, particularly children, with ADHD. The organization identified priority areas that need to be addressed: 1) information campaign on ADHD through media to make people aware and recognize that ADHD is a disorder; 2) education and training, particularly among teachers and school administrators, because many of the affected children are enrolled in schools and are discriminated upon; 3) local research on ADHD; 4) strengthening support groups by expanding membership; 5) establishing a support center for persons with ADHD.

Board of Trustees

Alu Aran

Ana Marie Aluzan - Aran

Seasoned Marketing and PR Strategist, Writer at-large and Editor-in-chief of food business website, Managing Partner for Courage Asia and adjunct faculty of Enderun Colleges. She is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and a mom to a 20 year old son diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type.

Ma. Rosalia P. Abaya

Ma. Rosalia P. Abaya

An experienced professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field of business valuation, human resource, planning, financial analysis and business idea generation. At present, she is the Business Development Manager of Solarstar Corporation as well as Board member of Army Lakambini Consumers Cooperative. She graduated from University of the Philippines Diliman (BS Economics) and took her M.B.A. from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She is mom

She is mom to an 18 year old son with ADHD Combined Type and a 22-year old daughter with ADD.

Johanna Olegario – Gabano

Johanna Olegario – Gabano

Finance & Administrative Head of their family-owned business, SAILE Industries. She is a graduate of University of the East and a mom to a 15 year old son diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type.

Andrew Dominic Pe

Andrew Dominic Pe

Study coach at Project Pond, as well as tutor and life coach to high school and college students with ADHD and/or ASD. He had his Training Development and internship at St. Luke’s Medical Center. He and his family has been one of the founding members of the Society. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and diagnosed with ADHD Combined type.

Erick Mataverde

Jose Enrique "Erick" Pasion Mataverde

Erick is a Freelance Writer and avid video gamer who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) late in his life.

He worked in a slew of companies from the government sector, hospitality industry, business proces outsourcing companies and, recently, as Project Management Head of Hyundai Elevator Services (Philippines), Inc., which was his last stint in the corporate world.

A graduate of BS Tourism from the Asian Institute of Tourism, University of the Philippines, he has made one of his pursuits to help like-minded individuals understand, cope and appreciate what ADHD is all about.

Christine Sipalay-Nobleza

Christine Sipalay-Nobleza

Ms. Christine S. Nobleza, fondly called Ms. Fa’ar or teacher Fa’ar.

Mother of 4; has an ADHD son; graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication at University of the Philippines, Diliman QC; has M.A. units in Early Childhood Educatìon at St. Joseph’s College QC.; Director/Proprietor Child Individualized Nurturing Center, Calamba, Laguna.

Teacher Fa’ar was a former Board member of the ADHD Society and a graduate of Parenting Workshop, Batch 8.


Fiel John Meria

Fiel John Meria

Life Coach, a Study Coach and a Special Education Teacher for teens and adults diagnosed with ADHD. He has occupied various position in the Society, including Board Member and Vice-President. Mr. Meria graduated from Ateneo de Manila University and has been diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type.

Helen Grace Tiongco- Navarro

Helen Grace Tiongco- Navarro

Chairman : Ways & Means Committee
Helen has 8 years of experience in teaching children in Kinder through 9th grade. She specializes in Early childhood education in special education and is currently teaching as a specialist in Cottonwood Elementary in USA. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education, with a major in Early Childhood from St. Joseph College of Quezon City, Bachelors Degree in University of Santo Tomas Manila and a Special Education diploma this year from Resources for Education and Allied Consultancy Habitat (R.E.A.C.H) Inc. Currently she is taking short courses in Harvard University in USA. Helen has been an active member and advocate of the ADHD Society of the Philippines for several years now and is also a mother to an 11 year old daughter diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type.

Manuel C. De Guzman

Manuel C. De Guzman

Mr. Manuel C. De Guzman, one of our active fathers who regularly attends our Parent Support Group meetings. A father to 14 years old son diagnosed with Combined type ADHD by Dr. Mark Reysio Cruz at the Capitol Medical Center. He is a freelance Safety Officer in a construction firm.

He decided and chose to have more time with his eldest son, to better understand, accept and manage the condition.


Rosario Margarita “Rose” A. Aligada, Ph.D.

Founding Member Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Aligada is a professional teacher, a registered nutritionist dietitian, a master Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practitioner, and a family ministries’ worker.

Her professional practice and leadership in Education include membership in the Technical Panel on Teacher Education’s Committee on Special Education. This technical group was organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a vital component of its strategic plan to improve the Philippine education system and make it globally relevant and competitive.

Dr. Aligada was Dean of the College of Education of Miriam College from April 2012 to May 2018. During this time, she held a concurrent position as chairperson for the Special Education program. During her term, Miriam College was designated as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education.

Prior to becoming an educator of teachers, Dr. Aligada built her special education practice initially as programs officer of Eucharistiana Center for Special Children, then as President of Laro, Lapis at Libro, a transition school for children with special education needs. She also heads Learning Inn, a therapy and support center for children and families.

Her training as a nutritionist-dietitian; as a family ministries’ worker; her experience as a master practitioner in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and as a life coach enables her to approach education, her advocacies, and life concerns in a holistic manner.

Dr. Aligada holds a doctorate degree in Reading Education from the University of the Philippines; a master’s degree in Special Education, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Nutrition from the same university. She is an internationally accredited Master Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practitioner, having passed standards set by the International Alliance of Solution Focused Teaching Institutes after her training from the Academy of Solution-Focused Training (Singapore).

As a main proponent and co-founder of the ADHD Society of the Philippines, Dr. Aligada sits as a member of the advisory board of the ADHD Society of the Philippines.


Merlene Alon, Ph.D.

Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Alon graduated with a Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics degree at the University of Sto. Tomas and has a Masters degree in Science Teaching Mathematics from the De La Salle University where she also finished the academic requirements for MST Physics. She also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Special Education; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management. She specializes in reading and math disability. She had trainings in Davis Dyslexia in Singapore, the US-based Slingerland Method of addressing the dyslexics, she is one the seven tutors of Orton Gillingham Math in the Philippines.

Currently, she is specializing in autism at the Mind Institute of the University of California in Davis. She is the former President of the Reading Association of the Philippines; former Chair of the International Development in Asia Committee of the International Literacy Association; and a former President of the Laguna Private Schools Administrators Association; and the Zonta Club of Laguna.


Cornelio G. Banaag, Jr., M.D., FPSCAP, FPPA

Member, Board of Advisers
Known to many as the “Father of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” in the Philipppines, Dr. Banaag is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist based in Manila, Philippines. He is Consultant to the Programme on Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; and Coordinator of the WHO Project on Street Children and Substance Abuse in the Philippines. He is currently a Consultant with the National Project on Street Children in the Philippines and Head of the Child Psychiatry Division of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (PSDBP) and a Fellow and 3-term president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. He is an International Member of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, Philippine Chapter.

Marcelino “Mark” G. Reysio-Cruz III, MD, DPPS, FPSDBP

Marcelino “Mark” G. Reysio-Cruz III, MD, DPPS, FPSDBP

Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Reysio-Cruz is a Diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society and Fellow of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital and received his residency training at the Capitol Medical Center. He pursued his fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Washington Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, USA. At present, Dr. Reysio-Cruz is a Consultant at the Capitol Medical Center where he is Head of its Child Development Unit and Department of Pediatrics Research Committee and is a Member of the Department of Pediatrics Training Committee. He is also a Director of the Special Olympics Philippines, Healthy Athletes Promotion.


Annie Camara David, Past President

Member, Board of Advisers
Ms. David is a CPA by profession, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Accounting from the University of Santo Tomas. She finished her Masters in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. She worked for San Miguel Corporation and pursued a career in finance, systems, logistics and procurement(both strategic and leveraged items). Thereafter, she embarked on her own venture, Chaste Leasing and Realty Corporation (a company based in Northern Samar) and put up a business hotel, ANBERO INN (based on the 3rd floor of the family-owned CAMARA Building). She is an active member of the Inner Wheel Club of the Philippines and the St. James Renewal Movement.


Leticia “Letty” Peñano-Ho, PHD

Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Peñano-Ho, a Clinical Psychologist-Neurotherapist, is the Founder and President of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE) and is the current Chair and President of the Philippine Association for the Gifted. She participated in the Multiple Intelligence Laboratory Fellowship with Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University in Boston. Dr. Ho founded Psychpros where she pioneered neuro therapy feedback therapy, an intervention which has been used in the United States for decades. Psychpros is the only Philippine-based center that offers this intervention for children, adolescents, and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other disabilities. Dr. Peñano-Ho has been a consultant of international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, ILO, ADB, and World Bank, as well as local agencies like DepEd CHED, DOLE, Civil Service commission, and the PDEA for various projects on education and psychology. She has also recently presented and participated in conferences in the United States, Denmark, Australia, Hongkong, and United Kingdom.


Ma. Theresa “Marie” Arranz-Lim, MD, FPPS, FPSDBP

Founding Member; Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Lim is past President of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (PSDBP) (2013-2014) where she is also founding fellow and a Member of the PSDBP Board of Trustees. A fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society, Dr. Lim is also the founding Chair of the National Institute for Learning Institute here in the Philippines and a Board of Trustee of the Good News Clinic and Hospital in Banaue, Ifugao. She is a consultant at The Medical City and at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center. She is the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Section Head in Cardinal Santos Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Lim is Training Officer in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program and a visiting consultant of The Medical City. Her training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics was conducted in UP-PGH. As a mother of a special needs teen, Dr. Lim continues to support the ADHD Society of the Philippines’ programs especially those concerning programs for parents.


Karina M. Quimpo-Mallonga

Director for Academic Affairs, Infant Jesus Academy (IJA) Schools System; Member, Board of Advisers
Kyen, or Karina M. Quimpo-Mallonga, is currently Director for Academic Affairs of the Infant Jesus Academy (IJA) Schools System, and concurrently heads its IJA-Kalibo campus.

Kyen’s involvement with the ADHD Society of the Philippines stems from her being a board member of Eucharistiana Center for Special Children and Learning Inn, institutions that are actively implementing programs for children with special learning needs. She was among a group of volunteers who laid the groundwork for holding the highly successful first National Conference on ADHD in October 2000 by organizing and facilitating meetings with different professionals, parents, and other individuals involved with children with ADHD. She was also actively involved in the different preparatory activities prior to the conference as well as in implementing a myriad of tasks during and after the event itself.

One of the objectives of the ADHD National Conference in 2000 was to be able to organize the ADHD Society of the Philippines. Kyen and her husband Peter, who was the person behind the idea of organizing the conference and the society, made use of their background in community organizing in mobilizing people and resources to ensure the fruition of this idea. As one of its founders, Kyen helped in ensuring that the sustainability of the organization. Twenty years later, she says that helping build community awareness about ADHD, establishing programs and activities that support the needs of children and persons affected with the condition, as well as sustaining delivery of services for the children and their families, is one of the many experiences that continue to bring a sense of fulfilment to her.


Peter F. Mallonga, M.ED.

Founding Member; Member, Board of Advisers
Mr. Mallonga is a Founding Member and a Member of the Board of Advisers of the ADHD Society of the Philippines. He is Board Member and Chancellor/Chief Operational Officer of the Infant Jesus Academy Schools System; and a Founding Member and Board Member of Eucharistiana Center for Special Children, Learning Inn, the Marikina Private Schools Administrator Association (MARIPRISA) and the Federation of Administrators for Private Schools Association (FAPSA). He is a Consultant at MERITXELL Children’s World Foundation (Orphanage); Volunteer/Resource Person of the Dept. of Education Legal Department ((Child Protection Policy) and a Volunteer / Country Trainor of the Save the Children Philippines (Positive Discipline). He graduated with a Diploma in Industrial Technology from De La Salle University, Taft (1979) and Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development in UP Diliman (1986). He pursued further studies in the field of Special Education with a Masters degree in UP Diliman (1988); Certificate Courses at the University of Oslo, Norway (1991); and a Diploma in Social Welfare – Programs for Special Children at the Asahigawaso Social Welfare Institute Okayama City, Japan (1990). He is presently pursuing PhD Major in Educational Administration in UP Diliman.


Raul Luis D. Manaligod

Past President, ADHD Society of the Phils. Advisory Board Member, ADHD Society of the Phils.
Mr. Manaligod is a Past President and Member of the Board of Advisers of the ADHD Society of the Phils. He has worked extensively in the educational field as Administrator of the Science and Research Institute of the Ateneo De Manila University; President of the Divine Word College of Laoag, among others. He designed and implemented community-based Early Intervention Programs for Children at Risk, training thousands of regular classroom teachers and day-care workers in local government units in the Philippines. He also gave talks on the “Education of Children with Disabilities” in international and national conferences and has written numerous articles on “community-based early intervention program,” “children with disabilities” and other articles published in national newspapers, professional and local magazines. He received his Master’s in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Management from the Divine Word Seminary, where he graduated Magna cum Laude. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at the University of Santo Tomas, where he also pursued his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. At present, he is the President of the DBPSC Consulting; Executive Vice President of the DBP Service Corporation; and President of the DBPSC Insurance, Inc. He has also served as an Educational and Management Consultant for various government agencies and private institutions.


Stella Guerrero-Manalo, MD, DPPS, FPSDBP

Director, Center for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics of The Medical City Founding Member Member, Board of Advisers
Dr. Manalo is the Training Officer of Dev Pedia at the UP College of Medicine-PGH and Associate Director at Child Protection Network Philippines. She took a Master of Business Administration at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business; held Post-graduate Fellowship for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at UP-PGH Department of Pediatrics; and post-graduate residency program at UP-PGH Department of Pediatrics. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in BS Zoology at the UP College of Arts and Sciences and belonged to the top 20 of her class at UP College of Medicine.


Editha "Ditas" Rodriguez-Martelino

Past President Member, Board of Advisers
Ms. Martelino was actively involved in the ADHD School Caravan, a public awareness and teacher training campaign on the disorder. She underwent training under US-based psychologist/ADHD expert Sandy Malone-Long (along with other parent advocates) thus enabling her to facilitate Parent Training Classes. She also wrote a regular column in the Manila Bulletin titled “Attn!”, where she wrote informative articles on ADHD. She actively participated in workshops of the Dept. of Health for the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A.7277, also known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, particularly on the issuance of the Persons With Disability (PWD) card. She is an AB Literature graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. She is the charter president of the Miriam College (Higher Education Unit) Family Council; past president of the St. Theresa’s College, QC (STCQC) Family Council and secretary of the STCQC Family Council Alumni Association. At present, she is a freelance writer and devotes her spare time doing socio-civic work.


Alejandro "Alex" A. Pe

Past President; Member, Board of Advisers
Mr. Pe is a Past President and a Member of the Board of Advisers of the ADHD Society of the Phils. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science major in Chemistry degree (1977) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (1983), both from the from the University of the Phils., Diliman. He is a senior sales and management professional with thirty years experience in sales and marketing management , mainly with multinational companies. His outstanding work experience include: Field Supervisor, Pelican Agro-Products; Technical Sales Representative, Asian Chemicals Corp.; various top-level positions in Kodak Phils., Ltd.; Vice-President for Sales of Siemens Medical Systems, Inc.; Vice President for Account Management, Healthcare Sector, Siemens Medical Systems, Inc.; and Managing Director of Transmedic Philippines, Inc. He is enjoying his retirement at his house in Marcelo Green Village, Parañaque, where he spends his time tending to his garden and taking care of his granddaughter Leona.


Susana "San" S. Gosalvez-Pe

Founding Member; Member, Board of Advisers
Ms. Gosalvez-Pe is a Founding Member and Member of the Board of Advisers of the ADHD Society of the Phils. A B.S. Psychology & MBA graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Susana has had a lot of experience in dealing with children with ADHD as all her 3 children have been diagnosed with the condition and have been classified as “learning disabled” by the American school system. (It is even believed that both she and her husband, Alex, have the condition, too, though un-diagnosed.) Her work background is long and varied (advertising, research, media, theatre & cinema, government, business, and education including being a volunteer parent-teacher at the Mendon Center Elementary School & St. Louis Parish in Pittsford, New York; Christian Ed teacher in Jakarta, Indonesia; and grade school teacher at the Anima Christi Learning Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa). She is currently an owner of Café Miel at Madison Galleries Lifestyle Mall in Muntinlupa City along with her son Chef Mino Pe. She is also a volunteer speaker and panelist in seminars and conferences and facilitates support group meetings of the ADHD Society of the Philippines.


Marfina Teodoro

Founding Member; Member, Board of Advisers
Ms. Teodoro is a co-founder of the ADHD Society of the Philippines and served as its president during the early years of its organization from 2000-2004. She is a certified life coach and a Marshall Goldsmith executive coach. She is a consultant with experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, working with clients in the education, healthcare, real property development and hospitality industries. She is involved in community service as a member of the board of directors of Assumption Alumnae Association where she chairs the Membership and Class Representatives Committee to involve the alumnae in projects for social change. She is an active member of the AIM Chapel Community where she serves as a lector. She graduated with honors from Assumption College with a degree of BSC in Management. She is a proud recipient of the Triple-A Award from the Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association. Ms. Teodoro facilitates the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People program as a certified facilitator of the Center for Leadership and Change, Inc.


Pacifico "Pong" Tee

Founding Member; Member, Board of Adviser
Mr. Tee is a past president and a member of the Board of Advisers of ADHD Society of the Philippines. It was during his presidency that the Society was given a Special Award for the Group Category of 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards. His passion for educating and helping other parents, teachers, school administrators, caregivers, institutions inspires him to give numerous seminars on how to handle kids with ADHD. Mr. Tee earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the Philippine School of Business Adminstration (PSBA) in 1982. Since then he has ventured into various businesses but his heart is really in helping others and doing charity works. Two years ago, he went to Malaysia and United States of America to study Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). After completing all the courses, he is now a licensed Master Practitioner of NLP and has started his counseling career through the application of NLP. Currently, he serves as consultant to Philflex, Chattrade Enterprises and Happy Chef, among others. He also handles the Safe Drive Management program of Tuason Racing School.