Operation Smile Philippines – NAGA Team

Posted: 12/03/2012 in Advocacy


Operation Smile Philippines First Leg medical mission bound to NAGA City together with Founder and Co-Founder of Operation Smile International Mr. Bill & Mrs. Kathy Magee, Smile Ambassadress Jewel Mische & OSP President Bobby Manzano.


A Story of A Journey to Home in NAGA City begin…

Avenue Hotel

Thanks to Doctor Rex Santos for the photo

67294_164927220202103_6646928_n International Volunteers including Philippines volunteer are privileged to stayed here in Avenue Hotel located in Magsaysay Avenue, NAGA City, Bicol. Avenue Hotel is now number 1 hotel in naga city that every guest will loved to stay for an over night or for a week or more than a week with your family.

Operation Smile International Volunteer stayed in Avenue Hotel for more than a week and almost all the hotel rooms we’re occupied. I ask few of the OSI volunteer on what they think about the hotel? and i got a replied of " EXCELLENT " this hotel is awesome and excellent service. Dr. Bill and Dra. Kathy Magee also OSP President and our young actress Ms. Jewel Mische stayed in Avenue Hotel during the OSI Medical Mission for kids who have clef lip and clef palette.

I stayed at the 5th floor of the hotel where you can find a better view NAGA City together with me is Nurse Jonard from Davao City also Operation Smile International Volunteer.

DSC01731 DSC01737 Healthy fruits are being serve during breakfast in buffet. Brewed Coffee and orange juice, Omelets at you choice and Pancake are one of the options for your breakfast meal. Fried Rice, Bacon, Corned Beef, Fried Bangus, Adobo and Lugaw. These are the local foods we have and being serve during breakfast on our table at home.

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AirPhil Express is the Official Air Travel of Operation Smile International of NAGA Tean to naga city. This air plane was filled up with operation smile international volunteer, only three passengers are not from the operation smile international volunteer.

Airphil Express brought Operation Smile International Volunteer to NAGA City safe and sound, on our flight Dr. Bill and Dra. Kathy Magee also OSP President and our young actress Ms. Jewel Mische, and International Volunteer including Philippine Volunteer are in this flight also going to naga city. The plane was full pack and only 3 passengers are not for operation smile.

Upon our arrival at the tarmac of naga city airport we we’re surprise for the welcome banner and local dance of naga city.


This is the welcome banner on our arrival in naga city.


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On these photo you can see inside the plane is full with Operation Smile International Volunteers and only few are not with us. On the upper right photo PIT Devin had a permission to use the intercom for some announcement to make and yes he can be a flight steward attendant a truly qualified attendant, height palang pasok na eh pano nalang kung interaction with the passenger pa. Volunteers in Operation Smile International are not only by their profession as a doctor, nurse, pediatrician, dental,    


Local teens go on OpSmile mission trip:



VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Thousand of kids across the world have happy, healthy smiles thanks to an international organization.

This year, Operation Smile is celebrating their 30th anniversary and to celebrate, they went on a mission trip to Naga, Philippines, where their work first started.

Two local students went along on the trip say it changed their lives forever.
After seeing countless pictures of kids with facial deformities and hearing their stories, Eva Miller and Maddie Mitchum immediately wanted to get involved with Operation Smile.

"It hit your heart really hard," Mitchum said. "It makes you want to get involved because you want to help them."

"There are children that are like eight to 10 years old," Miller said. "They aren’t able to talk because of the cleft palates and lips."
After fundraising for Operation Smile started at their schools, the two girls volunteered to go on the mission trip to the Philippines.

"Our main purpose was to educate," Miller said. " We taught the kids how to brush their teeth. We taught them burn care prevention and oral re-hydration."

Miller told WAVY.com kids with facial deformities are outcasts in the Philippines and shunned in their community. A lot of the girls’ volunteer work focused on building up the self esteem of younger patients.

Miller and Mitchum also got the opportunity to watch surgeons perform facial surgeries. It was there they saw just how much people appreciated their work.

"This one mom was extremely grateful and hugged me," Mitchum said. "It was nice to know I really did changed this girl’s life. Even though the little girl couldn’t hear and she couldn’t talk, she was the happiest girl I’ve ever met."

Both girls say volunteering for Operation Smile is an experience they will never forget. Miller now says she wants to be a doctor and Mitchum wants to be a nurse. Both want to continue touching the lives of children around the world.

"Meeting these children they had no friends, and becoming friends with them that was really special," said Miller.

"I have a better outlook on life now. Everything I have I am very, very grateful. And knowing that I changed these kids’ lives makes me feel better inside," Mitchum said.

The girls had to attend leadership conferences and go through hours of training before going on the trip.

Miller attends Norfolk Academy and Mitchum attends Prince Anne High School. Both schools have Operation Smile clubs that allow kids to raise funds for the organization.

Operation Smile has broken ground on a brand new facility set to open next year in Virginia Beach.


The 30th Operation Smile International Anniversary and coordination to all sponsors and volunteers in NAGA City would not be possible without the help of these people. Because of these people from left to right Zena Bernardo-Deputy Director of Operation Smile Philippines, Jewel Mische-Actress and John-Make Up Artist.

Last august including boby manzano, zena, jewel, john, shelly, albert, chadleen, kat and me fly all the way up to bicol region and make a stop at naga city. And we gather around all the business community, VIP’s and Local Government to ask donations and sponsorship for the up coming  operation smile 30th anniversary.

Because of Ms. Zena Bernardo she make it possible all the scheduled event’s and activities to all international volunteer assigned in naga city. Zena did the job well done.

i’d like to say thank you to zena for including me to the list as a PIT for Operation Smile International Volunteer it’s a big surprise and a birthday gift that zena given to me, Unknowingly zena nor anyone international volunteer knows the date of my birthday.

DSC02329 Jewel Mische is a Operation Smile Philippines – Smile Ambassadress and OSI Volunteer. Jewel is here not as a celebrity actress, but a operation smile international volunteer. she make sure that all the kids are happy before sending them in to the operating room of bicol medical center. Jewel dedicated her time to be with operation smile kids and make friends with international volunteer in naga city.

She make friends to all kids that will undergo operation and most of all jewel have a new friend and her name is mila. Mila is a sweet little girl, it’s fun and easy to be with her.      


Rochelle Ontengco Priela (Chelly)  Shelly

Chelly is part of the NAGA Team of Operation Smile International Medical Mission 1st Wave, shelly is the one responsible coordinating with the local government and everything that i need for photo imaging for all operation smile international patient. Our lovely brilliant handy woman chelly is a big help to all operation smile international volunteer. Chelly take care of us very well and serve us excellent. A big Thank you to our lovely Chelly. See you soon.

If you want to know more about chelly you may visit her facebook account;



DSC01826 John is the official make up artist / asst. organizer. Another version like chelly that does everything for operation smile, john helps a lot the team to look good, and on during sunday john serve as a tour guide within naga city, he help us to get in touch anybody within naga city. John is a professional make up artist that not only in naga city, but also touch the face of an international actor and actress in resort world hotel for the King and I.

John is easy to be with and fun too, he make sure that everyone is happy before he goes to bed and he’ll be at your door step when you wake up in the morning. John serve most of the with jewel for some reasons he make up and retouched jewel without any cost on his part as long as he do what he did only for operation smile. This is the kind of volunteering that makes our dignity added one step up. Keep up the good deeds john.  


IMG_1436 Our NAGA Team Romantic Doctor  Pappa on royal blue scrub suite is a  heart rob of local nurses in bmc naga city, friendly i may say with all his romantic thoughts and meaningful words that somehow gives meaning to every volunteer’s life and puzzle us the he talk. Then i found out that our Doctor Pappa is a Lay Minister back in Ghana his home country.

PIT Devin is a composer and dance choreographer to naga team, a good trainer for PIT that i learned so much from to be a good and excellent pit volunteer for operation smile international. Devin composed a song for naga kids that caches everyone’s attention of both osi volunteer and osi patients, Good job pit devin.   

Now, why does Operation Smile founder bill and co-founder kathy do something like this? Simply because Bill and Kathy Magee saw something that non of us did. Helping this kids with clef lip and clef palette is a big help to all patients less fortunate and loosing hope that when looking their kids with defect breaks their heart terribly and nothing they can do, but to accept the reality about their child. Operation Smile International bring back every kids smile and give them a one hundred and one chance to live a normal life.

International volunteer are very much dedicated to their profession though it’s free and yet doctor’s, nurses, photographers and record’s personnel are working hard and give their excellent work of art to perform to this medical mission. What is more rewarding is that after the operation you can see those beautiful smile in each child’s face and that is a pay off to all operations smile international volunteers.

I’ve been into different kind mission to do helping hand to some less fortunate families and this kind of mission are totally different, you get to know more with other international volunteers and as Dr. Marty Clayman said to us inside the operating room (OR) to prove that he’s not raises he showed to us his family picture and his wife is an Asian Woman. A mix emotion of surprise and not, you know what i mean. None of the less Operation Smile help kids to bring back the joy of being a kid and a smile that every kids dreaming off.      




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