Belo: Going the extra smile

OH YES, IT’S JOHNNY By Johnny Litton


Operation Smile Philippines executive director Gian Trebol and country director of development Bobby Manzano with Belo Medical Group founder and medical director Dr. Vicki Belo-Kho lead the charge towards transforming the lives of children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

The ever philanthropic Belo Medical Group CEO and founder Dr. Vicki Belo-Kho, in partnership with Operation Smile Philippines, held a medical mission called Belo Smiles at Sta. Ana Hospital in Sta. Ana, Manila. True to their goal of bringing back the smiles of children in disadvantaged situations, the Belo and Operation Smile teams gathered together to change the lives of so many young children born with a cleft lip, cleft palate and/or other facial deformities. Another charity event entitled Going the Extra Smile was led by MovEd founding member and Belo Medical Group managing director Cristalle Pitt. The event’s volunteers, all of whom have a heart for kids, donated school kits and Belo products to the underprivileged children of Brgy. La Huerta and Brgy. San Antonio in Parañaque City.

A dose of vitamin sea

The holidays are near, which means more opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Thankfully, a place like Panglao Island’s premier resort Henann Resort Alona Beach Bohol exists — giving families, friends, and loved ones an ideal escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city. Managed by the Henann Group of Resorts and led by chairman Dr. Henry Chusuey, president Alfonso Chusuey and vice president for marketing Karl Chusuey, the 6.5-hectare resort sits along the serene shore of the famed Alona Beach. Celebrities, businessmen, government officials and their families recently flocked to the top-notch hotel for a much-needed dose of fun, sun, and vitamin sea. For information, call the Manila office at 230-3000 to 03 and the Bohol office at (038) 502-9141 to 44 or visit

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