OSP-CDU Smile Fest 2024

The OSP-CDU Smile Fest 2024 is a 2-day event spearheaded by the OSP-CDU Chapter under Operation Smile Philippines, dedicated to raising funds for cleft lip and palate patients. This annual initiative started last May 2023 under the leadership of former OSP-CDU President, Mr. Ogie Legaspina. The annual fair plays a crucial role in the organization’s mission to bring smiles to those in need, nurturing and enhancing our commitment to this cause. 

The OSP-CDU Smile Fest 2024 was held May 9 and 10 this year with the leadership of Ms. Shera Angeli Saavedra, the current President of OSP-CDU for A.Y. 2023-2024. This year’s OSP-CDU Smile Fest commenced with the theme of “Parada ng Ngiti” which can be translated to a Parade of Smiles. This parade of smiles could be further highlighted with new surprises introduced by the working committees of OSP-CDU for the invited CLAP community members and the graced presence of esteemed executives from Operation Smile Philippines and Cebu Doctors’ University.

OSP-CDU owes the success of this event to all stakeholders who’ve made this event possible from the concessionaires who’ve helped raise funds for cleft lip and palate surgeries of CLAP members, the Cebu Doctors’ University offices who’ve allowed the event to take place in CDU, OSP-CLC for their support in our activities as an organization, the Executive Cabinet and working committees under OSP-CDU who’ve tirelessly worked hard to make all the components of the event come together, and the CLAP members who made time to celebrate the event with us in a parade of smiles!

We hope to see you all once again next year as we continue to celebrate smiles one day at a time!


program aims to highlight women’s critical role in health care in the Philippines and globally 

Operation Smile is launching its Women in Medicine program in the Asia region with an all-female international surgical and educational mission in Cebu City, from October 10 to 15, 2022, aimed at putting the spotlight on the critical role women play in the global health care system, and to encourage them to take on leadership roles in their professions.

Kathy Magee

“Women in Medicine” is central to our 10-year goal of increasing access to quality care for one million patients around the world, and to help build global health infrastructure,” said Operation Smile co-founder and president, Kathleen Magee, who is flying to the Philippines to lead the launch

The program seeks to educate women in resource-poor countries on advanced medical practices, empower them become leaders in global medicine, expand opportunities for female health care workers in underserved communities, and  elevate the quality of cleft care, Magee said.  

“There are 5 million patients in need of cleft care in the countries we work in, and 5 billion people who lacks access to safe surgery across the world; we can’t address this need without more women in the health care arena,” Magee said.

The Cebu launch will kick off with a one-day forum on women empowerment in the medical field for all the participants, followed by four days of free surgeries and care for 80 children with cleft lip and cleft palate at the Cebu City Medical Center. 

In partnership with its in-country foundation, Operation Smile Philippines, longtime NGO ally in Cebu, the MSY Charitable Foundation, and the Cebu City Government, Operation Smile assembled a team of 60 volunteer cleft care professionals from 12 countries. 

The multinational team comprises of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, dentists, speech therapists, child life specialists and biomedical technicians from the U.S., Vietnam, Australia, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Sweden, UK, Egypt, South Africa, and the Philippines. 

Filipino plastic surgeon, Dr. Lora Mae De Guzman, and anesthesiologist, Dr. Rosario Loraine Moscare will lead the medical team.  Both are long-time Operation Smile volunteers.

“Our ultimate goal is to inspire and enable women to take on leadership roles in the medical field so they can help shape policies that would attract more women into the fold and equip them with global-standard skills to widen access to safe surgery and quality cleft care,” Magee said.

“By empowering women in medicine at the local and regional level, we are creating a transformative change that will ripple across the health care landscape,” she added.

Women comprise 70% of health professional across the world, said the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The figure is even higher In the Philippines. Women account for 75% of the country’s nearly 500,000 health professionals, said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in a 2018 survey.  

Still, despite the seeming large number, the Philippines lacks 290,000 health care workers to meet the WHO-recommended ratio of 44.5 health workers for every 10,000 of the population, the Human Resources for Health Network (HRHN) estimated in a 2019 study.   

HRHN, the multi-sectoral agency the Department of Health created to align public health policies and implementation, said less than 1% of employed Filipinos are working as health professionals, 

Operation Smile Philippines’ executive director, Emiliano Romano, said the novel Women in Medicine initiative is being piloted in the Philippines, where Operation Smile started in 1982, as well as in Morocco, Malawi, and Peru.    

The plan is to roll out the program in all 35 Operation Smile program countries, Romano added.  


Pigeon X OSP Partnership

Pigeon X OSP Partnership

July 29, 2022 – Pigeon Philippines representative Ms. Catherine Que, Division Marketing Manager visited the Operation Smile Philippines Makati head office to turnover their donations for their ongoing and future missions of putting smiles on children’s faces one at a time.

Pigeon is a brand well-known for its high-quality maternal and baby products, such as breast pumps, pacifiers, and baby bottles to name a few. They are dedicated to promoting inclusivity by offering products that are tailor-fitted for the needs of babies with cleft lip and palate conditions.

With this partnership, they donated the following to Operation Smile Philippines:

✔️ 108pcs Manual Breast Pump

✔️ 240pcs Nursing Bottle for Cleft Palate

✔️ 240pcs Post-op Bottles

This marks the beginning of Pigeon Philippines and Operation Smile Philippines working simultaneously for their shared vision of bringing happiness to children’s lives.

SWING for Smiles 2022

Operation Smile Philippines invites you to SWING for Smiles this coming May 26, 2022.

Come and help us raise funds for children born with cleft lip and palate so we may be able to provide them with free comprehensive cleft care. 

Raffle prizes and giveaways await those who will join! 

We are also looking for tournament sponsors. If your company is interested in partnering with us, please don’t hesitate to message us. 

Register now through this link: https://event.akubo.com/v2/main.php?id=AVlA