Last year, children from all around the Philippines visited the Havaianas “Design a Smile” activity booth to design their very own flip-flops based on the theme, “What makes you smile?” The winning entry has been produced as part of the 2011 Havaianas Collection, Havaianas Smile, and its sales will help fund Operation Smile’s simultaneous missions in the Philippines for their 30th anniversary in 2012, where they aim to heal 1,500 broken smiles. Visit www.havaianas.com for a complete list of authorized retailers.

12-year-old Meghan Sevilla’s winning design has now transformed into a limited-edition pair, Havaianas Smile, which will help to heal the broken smiles of Filipino children. Each pair comes with a fun, exclusive Havaianas bag that is sure to make you smile. Visit www.havaianas.com for a complete list of authorized retailers.

Havaianas Smile topAfter a year of spreading thousands of smiles across the country with the Havaianas “Design a Smile” contest, winner Meghan Sevilla (2nd from left) is presented with a special award and her very own pair of Havaianas Smile by Anne Gonzalez (right) – Havaianas Philippines Managing Director, Bobby Manzano (2nd from right) and Patricia Arches (left) from Operation Smile Philippines. A percentage of the sale of each Havaianas Smile pair will benefit the mission of Operation Smile Philippines and help in healing broken smiles of Filipino children.

“Designing flip-flops encouraged the kids who joined the Havaianas Design a Smile contest to showcase their creativity for a greater cause and that is to make a difference in the lives of those children with cleft lips and cleft palates who literally cannot smile,” shares Anne Gonzalez, Havaianas Philippines Managing Director.

With the winning design by 12-year-old Meghan Sevilla, a percentage of the sales for the limited-edition Havaianas Smile will help fund Operation Smile’s simultaneous missions in the Philippines for their 30th anniversary in 2012, where they aim to heal 1,500 broken smiles. Meghan shares, “I wanted to emphasize the main message of the project which was ‘smile’—bringing happiness, calmness, freedom, and peace into other people’s lives. A simple smile can change everything.” Meghan was inspired by nature and how it makes her smile as clearly expressed in her design. Imbued with passion and creativity, Havaianas Smile reflects summer happiness with its vibrant colors and design combinations. Across its citrus yellow soles, figures of the sun, clouds, and circles that banner a gleeful, summer feeling are in dazzling shades of blue, green, orange and yellow.

HAVAIANAS SMILEMeanwhile, Bobby Manzano, President and Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines says that they are more than grateful to Havaianas for choosing the organization as the beneficiary of Havaianas Smile. “The campaign gave us a platform for engaging thousands of the Havaianas customers to get them involved in its advocacy of changing lives one smile at a time,” shares Bobby.

In the Philippines, one in every 500 babies is born with facial deformities. With cleft lips and palates, these children cannot smile, and as a result of the mockery they encounter, they often lose the will to do so.

When you buy a pair, you can transform the lives of Filipino children. This October, help heal children’s broken smiles with the limited-edition Havaianas Smile available in All Flip-Flops SM Northwing, All Flip-Flops Ayala and Rustan’s.

Havaianas  Smile is  available at Rustan’s and All Flip Flops Ayala Center Cebu and SM Northwing.  A.L. Amizade Marketing, Inc. is the exclusive sub-distributor of Havaianas in Central and Eastern Visayas.  In Cebu, Havaianas is available in All Flip Flops Ayala and SM, Rustan’s, Republik, Maribago Bluewater Resort, Abaca Boutique Resort, Walk In Shoppe at the Imperial Palace Lobby and R.O.X Ayala. The Havaianas Kid’s line is also available at Playpen at the Banilad Town Centre. For more information, check out www.havaianas.com.

Havaianas Design a Smile contest winner, Meghan Sevilla, holds up her entry with the hopes of helping to heal the broken smiles of Filipino children. (Photo taken in October 2010)

WHEN YOU BUY THIS PAIR, YOU WILL HELP HEAL CHILDREN’S BROKEN SMILES. Fashion for a cause!