AirAsia flies in to help with Oplan Smile mercy flights for Typhoon Odette victims

Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette, made landfall in Visayas and Mindanao last December 16, 2021. The violent winds, torrential rains, floods, and storm surges left thousands of families homeless. It did not help also that it happened a few days before Christmas making the tragedy a bit more for people to handle. 

Because of this, Operation Smile Philippines launched “Oplan Smile!”

Working hand in hand with  Operation Smile Student Programs Philippines and Hope Foundation – we gathered resources from donors to send to our countrymen in need.

But one of the biggest challenges was getting donations from Manila to Visayas and Mindanao.

This is where AirAsia came flying into the rescue.

As a partner of Operation Smile Philippines, AirAsia was quick to charter mercy flights to bring your donations for our brothers and sisters in Visayas and Mindanao. The whole process was seamless and from packing and putting the donations on the plan to getting them on the ground for people to use.

AirAsia CSR Lead, Kevin Samonte (L) with Manny Delco, OSP (R)

Oplan Smile

Aside from being able to give relief supplies to Bacolod, Oplan Smile was able to gather Php 108,802.25 online monetary donations from different individuals and groups, some are even from abroad. This is on top of the initial budget we have for 150 families. Together with Operation Smile Student Programs Philippines, we will be able to reach out to 1200 more families as we also received in-kind donations. 

The monetary donations we received are being used in buying basic necessities and COVID sanitation kits for families in Cebu.

Our goal is to help more families in the coming days ahead, may we invite you to take part in this initiative by donating through:

PayPal –

GCash – Carolynne A. – 09276258597

PayMaya – Carolynne Arriola – 09778067509

Oplan Smile: #OdettePH

Last December 16, Super typhoon Rai (the strongest typhoon that hit the Philippines this year), made its landfall in Visayas and Mindanao region. It left a trail of devastation and rendered several communities homeless and in great need of food, drinking water, and shelter. 

In response, Operation Smile Philippines, together with Operation Smile Student Programs Philippines and Hope Foundation, will gather and distribute donations to aid those affected. 

Please help us help families in Vis-Min by donating any amount you can through the following:


GCash, PayMaya, and BDO Pay: Please scan the QR codes below through their respective mobile apps

Your monetary donations will be used to purchase:

1. Non-Perishable Goods (Canned goods, instant noodles, etc.)

2. First Aid Kits

3. Hygiene Kits (Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, etc.)

4. Batteries and Flashlights

5. Tents/Tarps

6. Water Filters

7. Sleeping Bags and Blankets

8. Drinking Water

For verification and acknowledgment purposes, please send proof of transaction to or through our social media pages:

FB: Operation Smile Philippines 

IG: @opsmilephil

Thank you and stay safe!