Virlanie Foundation launched its “Dine to Smile” campaign that will surely brighten smiles this Christmas.

Dine to Smile

Starting this November, Manila’s top seven chefs will work hand-in-hand to make Christmas extra special for the children of Virlanie Foundation.

Dine to Smile Brighten Smiles campaign is joined by Chef Markus of CAV, Chef Cyrille of Cicou, Chef Suzette of La Cocina de Tita Moning, Chef Florabel of Crisostomo, Felix, Florabel, Chef Sonja of Cupcakes by Sonja, Chef Jessie of Enchanté, and Chef Colin of Sala, Sala Bistro and People’s Palace.

Dine to Smile participating restaurants

Brighten Smiles is the Christmas campaign of the year-long Dine to Smile project of Virlanie Foundation. The campaign aims to inform people about the street children under Virlanie Foundation’s care and how they can help these children have better lives.

Says Chef Suzette Montinola of La Cocina de Tita Moning, “I find the problem of street children in our country to be a very serious one.  It seems so wide and it often feels difficult to be able to come up with a solution to help others than just giving them something while they beg on the streets. I have heard many good things about Virlanie and feel that this is an organized and beneficial way of doing our part.”

Different Recipes, One Delicious Goal


Chef Sonja of Cupcakes by Sonja, says she joined the campaign to help improve the lives of street children. “Children cannot always help themselves. Through Virlanie, they are given the chance to improve the quality of their life and their future,” expresses Chef Sonja.

A percentage of the sales from the restaurants will be donated to Virlanie. Special recipes were also set aside for the foundation:

  • Peanut Butter-Nutella cupcakes from Sonja’s Cupcakes will be on sale only from November till December.
  • One of the 26 souffles of Chef Jessie at Enchanté will have a percentage of their sale for Virlanie
  • La Cocina de Tita Moning and CAV both have special menu for the Brighten Smiles campaign

Billy Crawford is Virlanie’s ambassador of goodwill. He said, “This Christmas campaign gives restaurants and diners an opportunity to join our mission. Brighten Smiles this Christmas season by dining in our restaurant partners and continue to give back the smiles to street children!”  He is scheduled to visit the restaurants in the coming weeks.

The Christmas Dine to Smile campaign will run from November to December 2010.

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8 Nov, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

These chefs have compassion and are so kind to cook for the kids. Wishing the kids and chefs a Merry Christmas!

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