Acts of charity and the most compassionate deeds bloom from the innermost chambers of the heart. It is also from the same heart’s spring that the core of PAGES was formed The Philippine American Group of Educators and Surgeons, Inc., or PAGES, as initially registered in the State of Delaware and New Jersey as a group of medical professionals and volunteers that aims to help Filipino abecedarians with cleft lip and palate, by providing for free the surgery they need to mold their distorted faces into normal ones.
It is a non-profit charitable organization, but it survives on the strong support of volunteers and philanthropists from all over the United States and even other countries like United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong and the Philippines to name a few. The moving spirit behind this group is a registered nurse who takes his profession by heart and even extends to it his soul as well, a man who gives not only of his good fortune but of himself, Vid Figueras. Thus PAGES was born on May 10, 1990, brought to life by the humanitarian instincts coupled with those of Dr. Benjamin Rigor and Dr. Honorato Nicodemus, both anesthesiologists and surgeon Dr. Sam Pejo, all known in the medical field profession.
For the past over two decades since its first charitable mission to the Ospital ng Maynila and the St. Martin De Porres Charity Hospital in February 1991, the group has conducted countless surgical missions to many Philippine cities and far-flung villages profoundly changing the lives of more than 8,000 children. The roads traveledby PAGES have been long, winding and rough, but the group’s dedication has paved even the toughest terrain. Every single mission has been a success, in defiance of
Children below were the beneficiaries of free Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate operation of PAGES HOPE.