On World Smile Day®, Smile Train Celebrated Smiles Through The #KayGandaNgBawatNgiti Campaign
In celebration of this year’s World Smile Day®, Ica Narvaez, a local artist, partnered with Smile Train Philippines to raise funds for cleft-affected individuals in need of lifesaving surgery and care through an online auction of her work. As a long-time supporter of Smile Train, Ica created artworks inspired by Smile Train beneficiaries and their families.
“I worked briefly with the organization before and witnessed firsthand how their organization makes a difference in the lives of children. I have personally met beneficiaries of their program and saw the impact of a cleft lip and palate surgery,” shared Narvaez. “I wanted to do this auction to help children receive the desperate care they need. ” One of the pieces, “Flowers for Smiles”, is an abstract painting in acrylic. Each artwork’s bid begins at PhP13,000.
As Smile Train works toward helping individuals born with a cleft smile confidently, it is no secret that many cleft-affected individuals still experience discrimination for their appearance. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month which also coincides this October, Smile Train is taking the opportunity to bring this issue to light by hosting a Facebook Live discussion on bullying, mental health and well-being medical experts and beneficiaries, happening on October 29 at 4:00PM on Smile Train Philippine’s Facebook page.
The virtual discussion will revolve around understanding how victims of bullying react and cope with the effects, and how Smile Train plays a role in promoting acceptance among all children. The discussion will be hosted by Menchie Silvestre, Executive Director of Alagang Kapatid Foundation, with speakers and guests: Dr. Edmund Mercado, Plastic Surgeon from Marikina St. Vincent Hospital; Dr. Arsenio “Boboy” Alianan, Professor from the Department of Psychology, Ateneo De Manila University; Joana Mariz Julian, who was born with a cleft; and a mother of a cleft patient, Maricel Teylan.