All Smiles at #SmileMakerAko Exhibit


Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, encourages everyone to be a Smile Maker and change lives.


Smile Train Patients spend time with Smile Makers at #SmileMakerAko Exhibit in Glorietta 3

MANILA, Philippines — Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, invites more Filipinos to be Smile Makers as the organization unveiled an all-smiles photo exhibit in Glorietta 3, Makati.

Revealed to the public on February 13, the #SmileMakerAko Exhibit gives Filipinos a peek into how the cleft charity has given more than one million children around the world not only new smiles, but also second chances at life.

“Holding this week-long photo exhibit is an effort to showcase to the public what Smile Train has achieved in the Philippines, and at the same time, serves as an invitation among Filipinos to bring more smiles to children with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director, Smile Train Philippines.

Cleft and Making Smiles

Smile Train Philippines partnered with Ayala Malls to mount the exhibit in order to reach more Filipinos in showcasing the cleft patients the organization has treated—and continuously treats—and to celebrate some of the moments the charity has had with supporters, which they fondly call “Smile Makers.”

#SmileMakers From Ayala Malls (from left to right): Mitch Dumlao, General Manger of Glorietta; Celina Baylon, Marketing Associate of Glorietta; Ica Narvaez, Resource and Development Manager of Smile Train Philippines; Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Country Director of Smile Train Philippines


Photographs of local Smile Train celebrity ambassadors Marian Rivera and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach interacting with children are on display at the exhibit. Pediatricians, patient care staff, among other healthcare professionals, are featured as well. One of the more notable Smile Markers is Angel, a former Smile Train patient who is now a nurse.

“We continue to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate in the Philippines, and how Filipinos can help give children with clefts a chance to smile through this #SmileMakerAko exhibit,” says Flaviano. “By showcasing to the public the Smile Makers we have on board; our goal is to encourage more people to be Smile Makers as well.”

Flaviano adds that the exhibit is the first of many initiatives they have under their #SmileMakerAko campaign, which seeks to reach more Filipinos and encourage them to be Smile Makers. Representatives from GLAD Philippines and CAPE Philippines have also expressed support 

The #SmileMakerAko Exhibit is open for public viewing from February 13 to February 19 at the Ground Floor of Glorietta 3, Makati City, at the pathway near Marks & Spencer and Zara.

#SmileMaker Paolo Lao, Sales and Marketing Director of The Clorox Company, Makers of Glad products, with some Smile Train Patients.

#SmileMakers from Cape East Philippines, Inc. visit the #SmileMakerAko Photo Exhibit

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.


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About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. 

To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org.


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RaeAbigael

Rae Abigael J. Caacbay is a ballerina, visual artist, and a BS Interior Design graduate based in the Philippines. She went through a quarter life crisis by the end of 2016 and though she's lost in the middle of fulfilling her dreams, she still keeps on moving forward anyway. Most of her work focuses on interior design, writing/marketing, and painting.

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