“Design a Smile” Winner Creates Smiles with Havaianas

What better way to begin the New Year than with a smile?

After a month of public SMS voting nationwide, the winning entry for the Havaianas “Design a Smile” contest has finally been named. From over 2200 flip-flops designs submitted by children ages 5-12, ten designs were chosen by a board of judges and presented for public voting.

Havaianas Winner

And now that the public has chosen, Havaianas congratulates 12-year-old Meghan Kristen F. Sevilla from Quezon City, for showcasing exceptional creativity in her flip-flops design.

Meghan’s flip-flops design was chosen based on the creativity of the design, fulfillment of the theme “What makes you smile?” and the way it embodies the happy personality of Havaianas.

More importantly, Meghan’s flip-flops design will be produced into an actual Havaianas pair for the benefit of Operation Smile Philippines.

“As a happy brand, we wish to be part of Filipinos’ joyous moments,” says Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines. “We want to do our share in fulfilling the vision of giving cheer and encouraging smiles.” 

Other winners include 11-year-old Mikhaela Louisse Yambot (2nd Place) from Caloocan City and 9-year old Aureen Mae A. Quaipon (3rd Place) from Muntinlupa City.

The top 3 winning designs will be awarded a scholarship to a summer art workshop with My Masterpiece Movement, along with gift packs from Havaianas, Polaroid, Faber-Castell, KidSports, and Orange Juice. The remaining 7 finalists will also receive gift packs from Havaianas, Orange Juice, and KidSports.

Operation Smile Philippines also says thank you to the generous souls who participated in the Havaianas “Design a Smile” contest. With the donations from the participants and the SMS and MMS votes, over P100,000 was collected by Havaianas for Operation Smile Philippines to fund its different missions to heal children’s broken smiles.

In the Philippines, one in every 500 children is born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate deformities, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for them to smile. The effects of this physical challenge are significant in their daily lives.

“They [indigent kids with cleft deformities] usually live a life of shame. Some of them go to school, but eventually drop out because they are being ridiculed,” says Bobby Manzano, President and Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines. “So we try to give them the gift of reconstructive surgery to address their facial deformities. The reconstructive surgery actually transforms the lives of these children.”

In addition, Manzano adds that reconstructive surgery can heal more than the kids’ physical appearance, addressing their psychological and emotional insecurities.

"The moment that the deformities are repaired, they gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect, and eventually they will be able to live normally,” says Manzano. “That is why we feel really privileged to have been chosen as a partner for this very exciting campaign. They [Havaianas] have created awareness about indigent children afflicted by cleft deformities and have helped raise funds for the surgeries.”

“We are happy to announce that we are one step closer to the vision of Havaianas Philippines of bringing summer and happiness to all Filipinos,” Gonzalez shares.

The winning design will be produced as a Havaianas pair for the benefit of Operation Smile Philippines and sold in authorized Havaianas retailers later this year.

See the winning design here:

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