(From left to right): Smile Train South East Asia, Area Director, Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano,Theater actress Natalia Santamaria Escano (Annie The Musical), Rizal Gutierrez, who was born with craniofacial conditions Theater actress Ornella Canilao-Buser (A Christmas Carol), Miss Saigon’s Tricia Canilao-Buser, and Kinky Boots Star Laurence Mossman
Smile Train Partners with Lighthouse Club Manila to Create More Smiles
The world’s leading cleft charity, Smile Train and construction industry charity, Lighthouse Club Manila recently held a fundraising event to support their programs, namely, life-changing cleft treatment and scholarships of the Philippine construction community and its families.
The initiative was held in commemoration of World Smile Day®, an annual celebration every first Friday of October encouraging acts of kindness around the world.
“The booming construction sector in the Philippines calls for industry players to support the overall welfare of its employees and extend benefits to their families. Through this partnership with Smile Train, we aim to highlight the importance of the industry’s workforce and their contribution to building infrastructure for the country’s long-term progress,” says Lighthouse Club Manila Chairman, Mr. Samuel Powell.
The event welcomed a roster of talented musical theater artists such as Laurence Mossman and Tricia Canilao from the local adaptation of Kinky Boots, Canilao’s daughter Ornella Canilao-Buser, and Natalia Santamaria Escano from Annie the Musical. Valuable art pieces from local artists including renowned sculptor and abstract painter Manuel Baldemor, figurative painter Nilo Badojos, and abstract artist Chris Pizzaro, were also auctioned off during the fundraiser.
“As Smile Train celebrates its 20th Anniversary and bringing forever smiles to Filipinos, we recognize the role we play in uplifting lives and reaching out to more underserved sectors in our country. We look forward to partnering with more organizations that are passionate about our cause and vision of giving every child with a cleft the opportunity for a brighter future,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train’s Area Director for South East Asia.
Since 1999, Smile Train, with the support of its donors and partners around the world, have supported safe and quality cleft care formore than 1.5 million children and will continue to do so until every child in need with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.
For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.