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Teeing Up for Downs

Father and Son golfers Elmer (C) and Jeremy (L) Lapena with Luis Harder (R)

The month of February is always a special time for golfers because this is the time when the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI) holds its ever popular DSAPI Golf Tournament.  As per Presidential Proclamation, the month of February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month and thus, DSAPI, as part of its line up of multiple programs to enhance awareness for Down Syndrome and to raise funds for their endeavors gathers golfers from all over to enjoy fellowship and support the charity.

DSAPI is a non-stock, non-profit organization, founded in 1991 by parents and concerned physicians. The organization aims to offer support to families who have a child with Down Syndrome and look to develop projects concerning the genetic disorder.

Medically speaking, Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of all part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristics facial features, and mild-to-moderate intellectual disability. According to studies, the average IQ of a young adult is 50, equivalent to the mental age of about a normal eight-year-old.

Last February 2015, DSAPI had its annual golf tournament at the Tagaytay Midlands, where close to the 140 golfers enjoyed the fantastic weather and camaraderie of the game with old friends and new acquaintances.

Winning in the tournament was secondary to being able to help the organization and its membership base.

The event is already a staple in the golfing community schedule that they have annual sponsors in WhealthInc., MegaFiber, BrainMaster, First Lucky Holdings Corp., Coco Sorbetero, Yellow Cab, and Canon. Their major sponsors were Wings Technology Enterprise, Belle Corp., Ikkey and Ella Cruz. Premium sponsors included Unilever, Hankyu Hanshim Express, RCBC, Tadeco, Golf Worx Learning, Cargohaus, with Hole-in-One sponsors Autohub, Delta, and Club Car.

Other events lined up for the month were the Happy Walk on the 22nd at SM North EDSA, and the Dine for Down at the Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Capital Commons in Pasig.

For more information on Downs Syndrome and the DSAPI, email at or visit its website

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