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Who We Are & What We Do

The Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines, Inc. (NCFPI) is a non-profit organization registered with the Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is also a registered social development agency under the Department of Social Welfare Department (DSWD).

NCFPI has been inspired by the ideals of the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundations (www.nncf.org & www.lovemakeswhole.org) established in Taiwan and in the United States of by Dr. M. Samuel Noordhoff, a renowned American surgeon and philanthropist.


NCFPI envisions to make comprehensive and craniofacial care accessible to Filipinos by empowering Filipino professionals in the delivery of competent treatment that meet international standards for cleft lip or cleft palate patients and other patients with craniofacial abnormalities.


NCFPI aims to establish sustainable craniofacial centers in the Philippines lead by teams of medical and allied medical specialists and professionals who are equipped with excellent training, adequate equipment, and other resources needed to provide world-class craniofacial services to Filipinos especially the indigents.

Core Values 

The motto of the foundation is "Love makes whole".  NCFPI commits itself to the following core values:

  • Heartfelt Concern: compassionate, holistic care given to its beneficiaries including advocacy for their social acceptance in society
  • Committed Teamwork: specialists are available weekly and dependable any time to resolve medical problems faced by patients
  • Comprehensive & Continuing Care: patients receive cleft care and treatment in a multi-disciplinary setting from birth till adulthood
  • Competent Practice: professional treatment that meet international standards are done including research works and re-assessment of treated patients
  • Family-oriented Assistance: involves the family especially the parents in the treatment process of their children
  • Camaraderie: promotes a cheerful, positive, supportive, and educational environment in its craniofacial centers

About Dr. M. Samuel Noordhoff

Dr. M. Samuel Noordhoff is a world leader in the field of cleft lip and palate surgery. He practiced for more than 40 years in Taiwan where he had been instrumental in the establishment of several hospitals in Taipei. There, he was a key player in the development of a world-class plastic surgery department and craniofacial team at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.  After NCFPI-doctors completed their trainings at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, he soon encouraged them to establish Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (NCFPI).  Through his advice and guidance, Dr. Noordhoff continues to give the foundation's Executive Board the impetus towards excellence in one's work and loving concern for patients in NCFPI.

For more details about Dr. M. Samuel Noordhoff and the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundations, please see:  http://taiwanjournal.nat.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=17797&CtNode=118 ; http://nncf.org/english/message/index.htm and http://youth.nncf.org/essay92_1.htm



Board of Trustees (2017-2018)

President - Bernard U. Tansipek, M.D., FPAPRAS, FPCS, Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon, Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeon. Consultant: St. Luke's Medical Center Global City, Our Lady of Peace Craniofacial Center (Our Lady of Peace Hospital), Manila Doctors' Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center and Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Secretary - Perfecto Paolo Sison III, Speech Pathologist,Help Therapy Center, Speech Pathologist-Faculty, University of Santo Tomas, Board Member, Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists.

Treasurer -  Maria Xenia Velmonte, D.M.D. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon - Makati Medical Center, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Our Lady of Peace Craniofacial Center in Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Member-International Association of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgeons

Board Member - Glenda de Villa, D.M.D. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Las Piñas Doctors' Hospital, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center. Member-American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, Member-Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Board Member - Maria Janet Pandan, D.M.D. Craniofacial Orthodontist, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke's Medical Center Global City, Member-Association of Philippine Orthodontists, Member-American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association.


Medical Advisers 

M. Samuel Noordhoff, M.D., F.A.C.S.  Founder of Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundations (Taiwan & U.S.), Board Member-World Craniofacial Foundation (USA), Medical Advisory Board Member, The Smile Train.

Kenneth Salyer, M.D. F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S. Chairman-World Craniofacial Foundation, Founding Chairman & Director of the International Cleft and Craniofacial Treatment Center in Medical City Dallas Hospital.

Yu-Ray Chen, M.D. Chairman-Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's Craniofacial Center, President-NCF Taiwan, President-International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, Secretary/Treasurer-Asia Pacific Craniofacial. Association,

Philip Kuo-Ting Chen, M.D. Director-Division of Craniofacial Surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Linkou Medical Center in Taiwan, President-Taiwan Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

Lun-Jou Lo, M.D. Professor-Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Chairman-Chang Gung Children Hospital's Plastic Surgery, Member: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Association, Society of Burn R.O.C., American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

Eric Jen-Wen Liou, D.M.D. Director-Department of Craniofacial Dentistry and Orthodontics in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Member: Taiwan Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Cleft Lip and Palate and Carniofacial Anomalies, World Federal Association of Orthodontists.

Daniel Chiung-Shing Hwang, D.D.S., D. Ortho., Ph. D. Department of Craniofacial Dentistry and Orthodontics in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan.

Founding Partners

Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (http://www.nncf.org)

Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. (http://www.lovemakeswhole.org)

Key Benefactors

The Smile Train in New York U.S.A. (http://www.smiletrain.org)

World Craniofacial Foundation in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. (http://www.wcf.org)

Help! Wir helfen! e.V. (http://www.help-wirhelfen.de/english/)

CS Foundation

Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V.

Volunteer Professionals

Cecile P. Tuaño, D.M.D., M.S.D., Orthodontist, Faculty Member-University of the Philippines, Member-Association of Philippine Orthodontists

Benjamir M. Cabrera, M.D. Pediatrician,  Our Lady of Peace Craniofacial Center, Diplomate, Philippine Pediatric Society, Member of Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association,Inc (PAPA), Consultant in MedOptions Multispecialty Clinic, Medspecs Multispecialty Clinic, Perpetual Help of Rizal Medical Center Las Piñas, Callejo General Hospital and Alabang Medical Clinic Systems

Chrysoine Marquez, D.M.D. Orthodontist, Our Lady of Peace Craniofacial Center, De Los Santos Hospitals DLS-STI Megaclinic, Member-Association of Philippine Orthodontists

Dr. Ferri David-Paloyo, FPAPRAS, FPCS, Consultant: Philippine General Hospital - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department, Manila Doctors' Hospital. Our Lady of Peace Craniofacial Center in Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

Dr. Jesus A. Lizardo, FPAPRAS, FPCS, Consultant: Philippine General Hospital - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department, St. Luke's Medical Center - Quezon City (Visiting Consultant), Providence Hospital, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon at The Health Cube.

Luis Gerardo G. Sunico, D.M.D. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Prosthodontist, Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Hazel Marie Tala, D.M.D., M.D.S. Pediatric Dentist, Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Our Lady of Peace Hospital-Anesthesiology Department

Rachel Ann P. Santos, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry

Gay A. Raralio, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry for Adults, Children & Special Cases

Aileen Rosel T. Santos, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry 

Catherine C. Ong, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry (Endodontist)

Jien Morimata, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry (Prosthodontist)

Angeline Grace A. Lumawag, D.M.D. Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry

Mariel V.Sunit, D.M.D., Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry  

Arlyn P. Lizaso, D.M.D.,M.S.D  Comprehensive Practice of Dentistry   

Maria Melanie B. Alcausin, M.D. Pediatrician and Clinical Geneticist

Professional Partners

Association of Philippine Orthodontists

Speech & Language Pathology Department (College of Rehabilitative Sciences, University of Santo Tomas)

Pediatric Dentistry Center Philippines

Pediatric Neurosurgical and Craniofacial Unit (Philippine General Hospital)

Main Collaborators

Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc.

CS Foundation, Inc.

Foundation of Our Lady of Peace and Missions, Inc.

Logic Replacement, Inc.

Rotary Club of Parañaque-Medical Action Group

Philippine Airlines Foundation

St. Joseph Transient Home 




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