Be a Lipstick Angel: 5,000 Lipsticks Aims to Make Teachers in Marawi Smile Again


A little lipstick goes a long way, giving a much-needed confidence boost especially for the teachers of Marawi who were also affected by the crisis in Marawi and are now at the front lines of humanitarian work.

The teachers of Marawi were also affected by the crisis in Marawi. They were among the hundreds of thousands that had to evacuate the city and take refuge in various evacuation centers. And despite their circumstances they are at the front lines of humanitarian work.

Numerous relief efforts are underway, focusing on providing essentials like food, medicine, clothing, hygiene kits, and sleeping materials.

But one relief effort is now creating a stir online–the 5,000 Lipstick Drive for the teachers of Marawi launched by a social development foundation.

We also need to provide cheer as well as physical nourishment to those affected by upheavals, explains Rey Laguda, executive director of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

“The continuing crisis in Marawi and the surrounding towns have affected thousands of families who are in need of support and assistance. Public school teachers in Marawi are among the affected.”

Citing their experience after the destruction of Super Typhoon Yolanda, he said that it was important to also help uplift the spirits and restore the dignity of evacuees during relief and rehabilitation work.

He is calling on people to also help the teachers of Marawi feel beautiful and confident by giving them lipstick and makeup.

“The smile on teachers’ faces can infect thousands of students and provide hope,” he says.

“In this regard, we are appealing for donations of lipsticks and makeup for 5,000 teachers and volunteer workers in the front lines of humanitarian work. We hope you can be part of this simple but effective gesture of solidarity by providing dignity through beauty.”

Please be a lipstick angel! Donations are still being accepted and may be sent to the PBSP office located at the PSDC Building, Magallanes St. cor. Real Streets in Intramuros, Manila. Brand new lipsticks are preferred for hygienic purpose. is also calling for your support to bring sunshine back to Marawi’s children.

In evacuation centers, they are exposed to health risks, from dehydration, sickness, and hunger. They need food, clothes, toys, diapers, medicine, mosquito nets, sleeping materials, and much moral support to keep their health—and spirits–up. The funds we shall raise will support the relief efforts, especially in municipalities where help is slower to come.

We have created an account at an online giving site to facilitate the acceptance of funds. Click this link to donate.

You can use Gcash and Smart Money or go the nearest bank, 7-Eleven, SM, Robinsons, LBC, Cebuana Lhuillier, Bayad Center, and other payment centers to donate. Other options are PayPal, credit card, and Bancnet. Thank you for whatever help you can give!