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Arjo Atayde Receives Praise From Autism Society Philippines For His Role In 'The General’s Daughter'

Congratulations, Arjo!

Arjo Atayde is proving to be one versatile actor. On Twitter, Autism Society Philippines praised Arjo on his role as Elai on ABS-CBN's The General’s Daughter.

The non-profit group which is dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder expressed their praise for the actor on September 21. The group wrote, "[Arjo's] portrayal of #autism is sensitive and nuanced. The character was well-developed and avoided stereotypical caricatures. Bravo!" 

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Sylvia Sanchez, Arjo's mom, replied to the tweet as she wrote, "Thank you @AutismSociety for acknowledging Arjo's portrayal. This means so much to us. Congrats, @arjoatayde nak, for portraying another role effectively. Always proud of you!" 

Arjo obviously did his homework because portraying a character with autism is seriously difficult. According to a report from ABS-CBN, Arjo studied how to mold the character when he visited a Quezon City restaurant where "kids who have the same condition as Elai, of the same age, are serving up to a certain time." Arjo shared, "I observed. I was talking to them. Thankfully, the owner was open to the idea." 

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The 28-year-old actor also said that his preparation for the role included watching films about autism. He said, "My assignment to myself, yung pampatulog ko every night, I would watch a lot of videos and I would be just studying the character from head to toe if I can." 

Watch Arjo as Elai here:

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