Filipino Actress and TV sensation Marian Rivera was first introduced to Smile Train this past year when she visited San Fernandino Hospital to celebrate Smile Train’s 30,000th cleft surgery in the Philippines. Marian was joined by boyfriend, now fiancée and Smile Train supporter, Dingdong Dantes.
“A smile is such a precious gift. It can change lives. I was so pleased to hear about the great work of Smile Train in the Philippines. It was an easy choice for an advocacy I could support. I hope that, in my own little way, I can help Smile Train make a difference in the lives of thousands more who are in desperate need of cleft surgery.”- Marian Rivera
Marian was so moved by the experience that she has since become a Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador. She has recently taken to social media with the #YanAngSmile campaign to help spread awareness around the world of the free, safe, and quality cleft lip and palate surgeries and related treatment that Smile Train provides with the help of local in-country partners.
“I was surprised to hear that there are nearly 5,000 Filipino children born every year with a cleft." She added, "If you know anyone who needs cleft surgery, please refer them to Smile Train so that they can get help. Those who have cleft palates, if they are not operated on early enough, they will not be able to speak properly. That is why they really need the surgery early on.”
Join Marian in support of Smile Train by making a gift today. Your donation of any amount will help provide children still suffering with unrepaired clefts around the world.
Marian Rivera (born Marian Rivera Gracia on August 12, 1984) is a Spanish born-Filipino commercial model, recording artist, and actress. Marian first emerged on the acting scene in 2007 when she auditioned for the lead role in GMA Network’s remake of the Mexican series Marimar. The show became the highest-rated primetime show on Philippine television at the time, which skyrocketed Marian to fame. She has also starred in movies including My Bestfriend's Girlfriend, Tarot, You to Me Are Everything, and Panday 2.
As a recording artist, Marian has released two studio albums – the Marian Rivera Dance Hits and Retro Crazy.
She has been ranked #5 in Manila Standards “Top Celebrity Endorsers,” and #3 in the “Top Most In-demand Celebrity Endorsers.”