In an act of generosity this holiday season, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is treating beneficiaries of Smile Train-supported cleft programs to a ballet performance. The performance of Snow White by Ballet Philippines will be a special experience for these children during this magical time of year.
Cultural Center of the Philippines President Margie Moran-Floirendo said, “We believe that this holiday season is the best time for children to be more exposed to culture and the arts that will help with their individual development.” She adds, “Partnering with Smile Train Philippines was an easy decision I made after witnessing firsthand how well the organization supports comprehensive cleft care and seeks for the long-term betterment of patients’ welfare.”
Choreographed by Ballet Philippine former Principal Dancer, Effie Nañas, Snow White premiered as the holiday offering of the company’s 19th Season in 1988. Rhea Dumdum-Bautista who essayed the lead role in 2007 returns or the current production as regisseur, guiding a new set of leading dancers.
Smile Train beneficiaries and their families, together with an audience both young and young-at-heart, will experience the adventures of Snow White, which includes forest friends and an evil queen.
“We are truly grateful to Ms. Moran, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines for inviting Smile Train, and the children with clefts that our local programs help, to experience their beautiful performance of Snow White,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train’s Area Director for South East Asia. “Having the children live the wonders of the production will indeed bring even bigger smiles to their faces.”
For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines, please follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines. For more information about Ballet Philippines, please visit ballet.ph.