Binibinis Bring Hope to Children's Lives One Smile at a Time
Three queens. Thirty candidates. Fifty changed lives.
The reigning queens and this year’s candidates of the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 brought smiles of hope in the lives of at least 50 children through a special medical mission of Operation Smile Philippines recently held at the Sta. Ana Hospital.
Led by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta and Smile Ambassador and Ms. Universe 2011 3rd runner up Shamcey Supsup, the ladies assisted in the medical mission as part of an advocacy recently embraced by BPCI. Operation Smile is a private, not-for-profit organization that conducts medical missions in partner countries. During the Ms. Universe 2011 pageant, Shamcey Supsup was one of the selected candidates that participated in the Operation Smile mission in Sau Paulo, Brazil. Bb. Pilipinas International 2011 Dianne Necio and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2011 Isabella Manjon, a registered nurse, were also on hand to assist in the mission. The ladies were warmly welcomed by Operation Smile Philippines trustees and Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Mario Lato.
One of the highlights of the activity is the Php 600,000 pledge of BPCI intended to fund a future medical mission to benefit at least 40 children. Mrs. Araneta says that “the Binibining Pilipinas is not only concerned about the external beauty of face and figure. Beyond this kind of beauty, we espouse compassion for those who are underprivileged, those who have less in life. The effort becomes more meaningful because through this partnership with Operation Smile, we can actually help bring radiant smiles of hope in the lives of these children.”
Roberto Manzano of Operation Smile welcomed the Bb. Pilipinas queens and candidates into the mission. “We see this as an important highlight in our 30th anniversary celebration of Operation Smile in the Philippines. In Operation Smile, we believe that when you create smiles, you change lives and you heal humanity. It is a touching scene when you see a beautiful girl lifting up the spirit of a child whose cleft deformities and face will be changed forever. It gives an altogether tangible dimension to beauties promoting hope and world peace,” Manzano enthuses.
The Operation Smile mission is just one of many activities of the Bb. Pilipinas 2012. On March 25, there will be a grand Parade of Beauties around the Araneta Center starting at 4pm. On April 8, a pre-pageant Primer will be aired on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best. Coronation night will be on April 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and aired on ABS-CBN.
The Bb. Pilipinas 2012 is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Nestle Fitnesse in cooperation with Nestle Fruit Selection Yogurt, Avon, JAG jeans as the official jeans, Megaworld Corporation, Philippine Airlines as the official airlines and Resorts World Manila as the official residence. Other partners are the Manila Bulletin, Pizza Hut, Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Entrepreneurs School of Asia, Dale Carnegie Training Picture City, Department of Tourism, TicketNet and the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Raymond Saldana is official photographer. Joylong Philippines is the official transport partner of Bb. Pilipinas 2012.
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