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Philippine Fiesta for Smiles and Sight 2023

Fundraiser for a Dental/Vision/Optical Mission in the Philippines

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By Dr. Tricia Magsino Barnabe

On Saturday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m., an exciting fundraising event called Philippine Fiesta for Smiles and Sight 2023 will be celebrated in a colourful, Pahiyas-themed Vickar Ford showroom, 2000 Main Street.

In true Philippine fiesta fashion, guests will be treated with food, desserts, and beverages, as well as entertainment from guest performers, Philippine games, karaoke auction, and dancing with DJ Kalvin of Gelyns. Guests may try their luck at raffles and silent auction, then take photos with the Jeepney Vickar.

With their donations, attendees will have the opportunity to pick up delectable baking and sweets, trinkets, artwork, jewelry and other items. To purchase $25 tickets (includes fiesta, food and drink), please scan the QR code on the event poster or contact Carol Colina (431)388-2937 or

The beneficiaries

Proceeds from this event will support the Smiles and Sight Philippines Mission 2024 in February 2024, with the goal of providing free dental, vision, and optical services to poverty-stricken children and families. The first mission site will be in a village in the middle of Quezon City slums and second mission site will be in the community of Pagbilao in Quezon province, both locations established by the charity organization Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP). Volunteer members are funding the mission and donating their knowledge and skills to educate, treat dental disease and provide eye care to individuals inhabiting surrounding impoverished villages. All money raised from the Philippine Fiesta for Smiles and Sight 2023 will help provide funds for transportation, supplies, instruments, equipment, medication, eyeglasses and miscellaneous essentials for oral and eye healthcare needs.

The vision

The vision of this worthy undertaking took shape in its earliest stages when dentist Dr. Tricia Magsino Barnabe resolved that an allotment from proceeds from her musical revue New Beginnings in a New World should subsidise some of the costs of running a mission in the Philippines. She especially wanted to provide dental care to her kababayans in her birthplace, Quezon province. She procured the assistance of Dr. Tom Colina to mobilise the dental team which consists of nine dentists from Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa, one hygienist, and several support members. From there, the offer came from Ronald Mervin Sison, a licensed optometrist in the Philippines, to assemble a group of fellow optometrists and ophthalmologists from surrounding areas of the mission sites. Both teams will partner in a two-week mission to help our kababayans in need.

The collaborating charities

The Smiles and Sight Philippines Mission 2024 is in collaboration with two charities, Kindness in Action (KIA) and Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP). The charity Kindness in Action ( is an outreach program that provides services to the less fortunate in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Guyana, Peru, India and the Philippines. ANCOP International Canada is a duly registered, non-profit Canadian charity that is dedicated to restore dignity and uplift the lives of the impoverished families in various countries in Africa and Asia. This mission is in cooperation with Vickar Automotive Group, Integral Dental Group, A Million Dreams and the Manitoba Dental Association, with additional support from Couples for Christ and media sponsors Pilipino ExpressFilipino Journal, 92.7FM CKJS Radio and Bond Printing. Donations of medications and reading glasses will be provided by the Doña Marta T. Hernandez Foundation.

For any questions or to offer support to the Philippine Fiesta for Smiles and Sight or the mission itself, please contact Maria Pagdato or Melanie Dalguime at (204)560-0011 or

UPDATED poster TRICIA MAGSINO Fiesta Poster September 18