Raffle For A Cause, For Operation Smile Philippines

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To fellow bloggers and other concerned citizens, please help in spreading information about Operation Smile Philippines’ upcoming medical missions.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Operation Smile Philippines will be conducting simultaneous medical missions from November to December in various parts of the country, including Manila. FREE reconstructive surgery will be done by local and international medical volunteers to indigent children and young adults born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities.

Leg 1 (Final Screening of Patients on November 10)

  1. Angeles City, Pampanga – Ospital Ning Angeles
  2. Naga City – Bicol Medical Center
  3. Silay City – Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Medical Center
  4. Cagayan de Oro City – Northern Mindanao Medical Center

Leg 2 (Final Screening of Patients on November 24)

  1. Manila – Sta. Ana Hospital: Manila Cleft Care Center
  2. Cebu – Vicente Sotto Medical Center
  3. Dasmarinas City, Cavite – Dela Salle Medical Center
  4. General Santos City – GenSan District Hospital

Chatters Care For Kids Inc., a registered NGO partner of Operation Smile Philippines,  is looking for different ways to spread information to help Operation Smile Philippines in mapping patients with cleft deformities (bingot/ngongo) throughout the country. We want to reach out to as many patients as possible.

Let’s do our part in sharing the good news about the medical missions of Operation Smile Philippines. Give someone the gift of a beautiful smile in time for the Christmas season.


Shaina before and after her operation (photo from Operation Smile Philippines website)

One way to entice people to share information is by giving incentives. So, I’m conducting a raffle to encourage everyone to join this cause. Just share the posts and subscribe to related social media accounts, and you will get chances to win any one of the two prizes at stake.

I’ll be raffling off two Bioessence gift certificates for two lucky participants. One gets a luxurious Oxygen facial treatment while the other gets a relaxing Swedish massage. GC will be shipped to winner’s address after verification. GC may be redeemed in any Bioessence beauty clinics listed on the GC. Bioessence has branches in Luzon (Metro Manila, Cainta, Bacoor, Lipa, Lucena, Meycauayan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Baguio) and Mindanao (Davao, Cotabato, Zamboanga). Raffle will be done via Rafflecopter.

Bioessence GC prize

Here are the things you need to do to earn raffle entries:

Raffle is open to PH residents and those who have relatives in PH to whom they can send the GC. Contest runs from today until November 21, 2012.
+3 like Operation Smile Philippines Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/operationsmilephils
+3 like Chatters Care For Kids Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/chatterscareforkids
+10 share this post on Facebook and tag 5 of your friends – Raffle for A Cause, For Operation Smile Philippines http://wp.me/p2dXoQ-u2
+2 follow Operation Smile Philippines Twitter account – https://twitter.com/opsmilephil (@opsmilephil)
+2 follow Chatters Care For Kids Twitter account – https://twitter.com/ccfkorg (@ccfkORG)
+2 follow this blogger’s Twitter account – https://twitter.com/mas10ph (@mas10ph)
+2 tweet this post – “Join Raffle for A Cause, For Operation Smile Philippines http://wp.me/p2dXoQ-u2 via @mas10ph”
+1 comment on this blog answering the question “What can you do to help people with cleft deformities?”
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Here’s a previous post on Operation Smile Philippines: http://maspaborito.com/2012/07/10/call-for-volunteers-and-donations-to-bring-more-smiles/



PHmade: “It’s Worth Buying For”

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It’s (almost) the Christmas season and most of us are in a mad rush to think of presents to give to our loved ones. Instead of buying any generic item just to be able to say that we gave a gift, why not put a little thought to our gift giving efforts?

Yabang Pinoy, through its launch of the PHmade movement, again encourages Filipinos to support Filipino ideas, business concepts, products and services. PHmade’s tagline is “It’s Worth Buying For.” Think of the positive impact that going local contributes to the economy. It’s the multiplier effect at work in our economy: the price you paid for an item goes not only to the seller, but also his employees, his suppliers and service providers, his supplier’s suppliers, employees, etc. As more entrepreneurs create, develop, and expand their businesses, more job opportunities are generated.

PHmade focuses on seven categories: Produce, Home, Footwear, Fashion, Personal and Home Care, Food and Beverage, and Entertainment. The campaign will continue to collaborate with Filipino entrepreneurs and encourage them to continue to improve their products and services and to always aim for Filipino brands to be global brands.

PHmade is a project of Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino pride movement that started in 2005. As it celebrates its 8th anniversary, the organization includes it among numerous Filipino pride projects, such as the Y.A.B.A.N.G. Camp (Youth Achievers Building A Nation of Greatness Camp), Yabang Pinoy Goes to School, Pinaka-mahabang Todo Patintero, Global Pinoy Bazaar, and many more. In the 8 years that Yabang Pinoy has immersed itself in various nation-building activities, it re-affirms its belief that true progress and development in our country will start once Filipinos begin living a proudly Filipino lifestyle.

Yabang Pinoy invites every Filipino to be part of the PHmade movement. As early as now, save November 10- 11 2012 for the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar – a showcase of Filipino products made with 100% Filipino Love and Pride.

For more information on Yabang Pinoy, visit www.yabangpinoy.com or email yabangpinoy@gmail.com.


Share the Joy of Reading

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There was always something to read at home. As far back as I can remember, my parents subscribed to Manila Bulletin (named Bulletin Today before) and Reader’s Digest. When I was a kid, various relatives and househelp who lived with our family at different periods would bring home Tagalog komiks, songhits (small magazine with song lyrics), entertainment magazines, sports magazines, Mills and Boon romance novels and some other entertainment fare.

In school, I would often go to the library during breaks or after class to borrow books. Titles in the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Sweet Dreams series were early favorites. In my teens, I would usually go to National Bookstore after exam week as a treat to myself, as a way to de-stress.  Through the years I have accumulated a stash of books that I still read and re-read. My reading genre list is varied, although I favor old classics, humor, self-help, spiritual, travel books and family drama novels. I would also buy reference books and children’s books from time to time.

Having been born with a love for reading, I would love to share with everyone the joy that reading gives me. With fiction books that I usually read, being transported to other worlds may be uplifting, relaxing, magical, escapist or all of the above. Reference books gives us knowledge about people, places, events and the world we live in. For non-fiction works, reading them gives me a sense of being connected, of being part of a larger world.

I have always shared my books. I lend my books to whoever would want to read them. I’ve donated a lot of books to SM Foundation’s book drives in SM malls. So I try to give my support whenever I learn about a book drive.

Recently, I learned of a book drive organized by some travel bloggers. The book drive will benefit the students of Rizal Elementary School in Gubat, Sorsogon. Here are some ways to help:

1. Donate books:

Drop-off places:

    • A Runner’s Circle in Aloha Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
    • R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

Pick-up: Book pick-ups may be arranged with blogger Marky Ramone Go. Contact him via his Facebook pageTwitter account, or through his blog.

2. Cash donations may also be made. Contact Marky Ramone Go (see above links) for details.

3. Spread the word about the book drive.

The bloggers plan to go to Sorsogon sometime in September this year to personally distribute the collected books to the schoolchildren.

By participating in the book drive, we help in our own small way to transform the lives of the children of Rizal Elementary School by giving them the gift of reading and learning.

Read about the book drive here: http://www.nomadicexperiences.com/2012/07/book-sharing-project-in-gubat-sorsogon.html

Please share your questions and comments in the comment box below.

Call For Volunteers and Donations to Bring More Smiles

UPDATE:  It’s now easier to register a child for Operation Smile Philippines. This can be done through text messaging, using any of the three cellphone service providers in the Philippines, namely Globe, Smart and Sun. Just text the following info: Patient’s name, age, birthdate, location, and specify if patient has cleft lip / cleft palate, both or others to any of these numbers:

    • Globe : 09055580206
    • Smart: 0929-3559866
    • Sun: 0943-2337987

register a child


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Photos courtesy of Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for Kids

Anna* cried when her son was born. Those were not tears of joy, but of sadness. Her baby was born with a cleft palate (“ngongo” in Filipino).

“Bakit ganito ang anak ko?” (“Why is my child like this?”)

Perhaps many, if not all, parents of children born with facial deformities ask this question in anguish. These parents imagine a life of endless teasing, snide remarks and taunts aimed at their kids. How can they raise and protect their children in this cruel world?

Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world, a child is born with a facial deformity, and faces a life of uncertainty.

Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity with roots in  the Philippines, brings hope to these kids and their families by conducting medical missions around the world. The missions provide free reconstructive surgeries performed by international medical volunteers to children born with facial deformities, specifically cleft lips and cleft palates.

Operation Smile celebrates its 30th anniversary later this year with 10 missions in 9 sites across the Philippines in 3 weeks. Thousands of volunteers from 30 countries will participate in this homecoming called “The Journey Home.”

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‘ Operation Smile Philippines medical volunteers at work

The schedule of “The Journey Home” will be as follows:

25-31 October OS-DSM Dental Mission in Davao
25-31 October OS-DSM Cleft Surgical Mission in Davao
08-17 November Naga City
08-17 November San Fernando, Pampanga
08-17 November Silay City, Negros Occidental
08-17 November Cagayan de Oro City
22 November – 02 December Sta. Ana, Manila (NCR)
22 November – 02 December Dasmarinas, Cavite
22 November – 02 December Cebu City
22 November – 02 December General Santos City

We can be part of this journey either by volunteering our time or giving a donation or both. Chatters Care for Kids, a SEC-registered non-profit organization, recently partnered with Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) to gather volunteers willing to participate in the missions. On July 1, the group held an orientation for volunteers at the Manila Cleft Care Center at Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila. More orientation and training sessions for medical and non-medical volunteers will be scheduled soon.

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Chatters Care for Kids volunteers with Ms. Zena Bernardo of Operation Smile Philippines

In a Philippine Star article, OSP President Mr. Roberto Manzano says that while “They (facial deformities) are not life-threatening, they are life devastating. From a life of hopelessness, we give them (the children) a life of opportunity.”

Give the gift of hope and help bring more beautiful smiles into the world by making a donation to Operation Smile Philippines here. For volunteering information, visit the OSP website or the Chatters Care for Kids site. Please spread the word about Operation Smile so that the medical missions can transform the lives of as many children as possible.

*not her real name

Operation Smile Philippines Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/operationsmilephils
Chatters Care for Kids Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chatterscareforkids

Please share your comments and questions in the comment box below.