By: Dr. Rea Corpuz
Last November 30, 2016, the Association of Philippine Orthodontists (APO) – spearheaded by Dr. Martin Reyes, APO’s president – held its annual gift giving tradition in Museo Pambata.
The chosen beneficiaries for this year’s event were children from Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines, Inc., (NCF). It is a non-profit organization that caters to indigent patients who have craniofacial abnormalities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
The event was brought about by the partnership of NCF and APO, together with other organizations such as The Smile Train, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Foundation, Inc. and Our Lady of Peace Hospital. All groups worked hand in hand in order to make the event possible, as they aimed to bring smiles and provide entertainment to all the beneficiaries.
Approximately 200 children attended, together with their parents who also came and celebrated with them. Children were delighted all through out the event as they lined up to receive their loot bags with food, juice, and educational books. In addition, they were also entertained by Unique tooth paste’s mascot as they all hurried to play and have their photos taken with it.
In the end, the entirety of the event was a fulfilling and fun experience to all. Other than the children getting to tour around the museum, and receiving their early Christmas gifts, APO and other organizations were glad to have the opportunity to spend time with them. Seeing smiles on their faces was a heartwarming and priceless experience. After all, that is what Christmas is all about — sharing one’s time and blessings to others.