Kythe is a non-profit, non-stock organization aimed towards improving the quality of life among hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illness.

We are a group of trained professionals providing the Child Life Program. As the only foundation in the Philippines offering the Kythe Child Life Program, we have provided psychosocial support to over 8,000 children with cancer and other chronic illness and their families since 1992.

Together with our hospital partners, donors and volunteers, we aim to promote healing and growth.

We aim to inspire hope.

Our Vision

  • Inspire hope and improve quality of life for hospitalized children that are suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses.
  • Because we believe that the hospital is not only a place to heal; but also to love, play, learn, and grow.

Our Mission

  • Implement the Kythe Child Life Program to inspire hope and uplift the spirits of children hospitalized for chronic illness. The Kythe Child Life Program is a hospital-based, holistic approach that provides psychosocial support to the child and his or her family, to complement medical treatment.
  • We will do this through our expertise in Child Life Science, and in collaboration with our partner hospitals and medical professionals, donors, and volunteers.

The Kythe Team

Board of Trustees
Atty Roy Enrico Santos - Kythe President

Atty. Roy Enrico C. Santos


Atty. Rico Santos is a founding partner of PJS Law, an Instructor at the University of the East, and a former associate of Quisimbing Torres & Evangelista. He has served as counsel to a number of sectors and organizations, as a familiar in dealing with operational contracts and representation for government agencies and private institutions in energy and power generation; mining; labor; health; litigation; and others. Atty. Rico completed his Bachelor of Arts in the University of the East and Bachelor of Laws in the University of the Philippines, and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Philippine Bar Association, and the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. He has participated in training programs conducted by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Canadian Human Rights Foundation.
Malu Dy-Buncio Kythe Vice President

Ms. Malu Dy-Buncio

Vice President

Ms. Malu Dy-Buncio is currently Mansmith and Fielders Inc.’s Chief Business Development Strategist, having previously served in Avon worldwide in a span of twenty years as Executive Director for Regional and Business Development in the Asia Pacific Regional Office, opening Avon Vietnam; General Manager of Avon Cosmetics, Inc. in the Philippines; President Director in Indonesia; and Business Development Manager at Avon Pacific (Regional Office) and Avon Products Manufacturing in the Philippines. She is an active management and business consultant for some of the country’s most prominent corporations. Ms. Malu completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts at Assumption College and the Business Management program at the Asian Institute of Management. She has been the recipient of a number of business and management awards throughout her career.
William Bayot - Kythe Treasurer

Mr. William Carey Y. Bayot


Mr. William Bayot is a graduate of Business Administration at the De La Salle University. An entrepreneur by heart, Mr. Bayot started his own events management company called Fun Factory Philippines in 2004. He also holds the position of Systems Analyst at the Uniwin Multiprinting Corporation and is a Financial Advisor of Sunlife of Canada.
Dr Kelly Siy Salvador - Kythe Trustee

Dr. Kelly S. Salvador


Dr. Kelly Salvador is a practicing oncologist with clinics in Manila, San Juan and Pasay City, and is an active consultant at the Metropolitan Hospital, Chinese General Hospital and Perpetual Succor Hospital, as well as a visiting consultant at the Asian Hospital Medical Center and Perpetual Help Medical Center. He stood as Assistant Vice President of SM Investments Corporation, General Manager of the Springfield Breast Care Center, General Manager of the Hospice Philippines, Inc., and is an active member of the Philippine Cancer Society. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a medical degree at the Far Eastern University and underwent internship and residency at the Metropolitan Hospital, subsequently receiving subspecialty training in oncology from the Clinica Universitaria de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
Gloriann Magto - Kythe Trustee

Ms. Gloriann V. Magto


Ms. Gloriann Magto holds experience as the Vice President of Finance and CFO of Asian Terminals, Inc., as well as the Finance Director and Associate Director of Risk Assurance for Pfizer, Inc., and a Senior Financial Analyst for Latin America on New York Secondment. She is a Philippine Certified Public Accountant and Internal Quality Auditor, and has also done work with the California Manufacturing Company, Inc., Globe Telecom, and Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Company. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Xavier University and a Master of Arts in the Business Administration Regis Program at the Ateneo de Manila University, and joined the Pfizer Business Leadership Program at the Asian Institute of Management.
Lourdes D Magno Kythe Trustee

Ms. Lourdes D. Magno


Ms. Odette Magno is currently the President of Hi-Esai Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Vice-president of Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association of the Philippines Board of Trustees.She has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing and general marketing in the regions of Australia, India, China, North and Southeast Asia. Her background includes hands on experience in various fields such as oncology, cardiovascular, CNS and anti-infective.
Atty Charrie Serrano - Kythe Trustee

Atty. Charrie Serrano


Rita Nisperos - Kythe Trustee

Rita Nisperos


Atty Mona Dimalanta - Kythe Corporate Secretary

Atty. Monalisa Dimalanta

Corporate Secretary

Atty. Mona received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree in 1993, graduating cum laude, and her Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B.) degree in 1997 from the University of the Philippines, where stood as part of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal, the Honors Society and the debating team that participated in the ASEAN Varsities in Malaysia. She obtained her Master of Laws (Ll.M.) degree from the University of Michigan, where she attended as a DeWitt fellow in 2000-2001. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1998 and has completed a course on Negotiation of Financial Transactions by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and attended various seminars in the Philippines and abroad on negotiating power purchase agreements. Atty. Mona currently heads PJS Law’s Energy Practice Group while also acting as President of PJS Law Foundation, Inc.
Our Core Team



Maria Fatima “Girlie” Garcia-Lorenzo, MA CCLS
Executive Director

The co-founder of Kythe Inc. and a certified Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Council, Ate Girlie completed her Child Life internships at the University of California San Francisco Hospital. She is a professional Child and Family Psychologist and holds experience in Human Resources, Organizational Diagnosis and Counseling, and conducts training seminars and research studies on Team Building, Leadership Training and Strategic Planning. She finished her graduate studies on Child and Family Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Angelita Sievert-Fernandez, Ph.D. - Kythe Child Life Program Manager


Angelita Sievert-Fernandez, Ph.D.
Kythe Child Life Program Manager

Dr. Angie is a Certified Specialist in Counseling and Developmental Pyschology, and is currently a Psychologist for the Pain Management and Wellness Center of the Manila Doctors Hospital. She was an Observer in the Psychological Medicine Department and the Pain Clinic of the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Sydney, Australia, in 2009. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of San Carlos, her Masters in Family Life and Child Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at De La Salle University, where she has also been a Lecturer; as of present, she is working toward a Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills from the Play Therapy International and Academy of Play in Child Psychotherapy in the UK, held in Hong Kong in 2010 and 2011. She is a speaker and facilitator for several workshops and seminars pertaining to child development, education, therapeutic interventions for children, and addressing the psycho-social needs of pediatric patients.

Nina Nerissa Sumpaico-Jose, MA - Kythe Child Life Program Deputy Manager


Nina Nerissa Sumpaico-Jose, MA
Kythe Child Life Program Deputy Manager

Ate Ninin has built her experience in Kythe as former Child Life Coordinator in the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City and as the President of Kythe Inc.’s student arm, Kythe-Ateneo. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and completed her Masters in Family Life and Child Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Juliet Marleen Reyes, RSW - Child Life Officer (Metro Manila Hospitals) - Quirino Memorial Medical Center


Juliet Marleen Reyes, RSW
Quirino Memorial Medical Center
Child Life Officer (Metro Manila Hospitals)

Ate Juliet has been a seasoned Medical Social Worker, having gained experience from the Philippine General Hospital and the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. She has spent almost ten years in Kythe. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Certificate of Preschool Education from the Philippine Normal University, and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Centro Escolar University.

Shalom Rea V. Bernales - Child Life Officer (Visayas and Mindanao Hospitals) - Perpetual Succour Hospital - Cebu Cancer Institute


Shalom Rea V. Bernales
Perpetual Succour Hospital – Cebu Cancer Institute
Child Life Officer (Visayas and Mindanao Hospitals)

Prior to her involvement in the Cebu Cancer Institute, Ate Shao worked in Telecare Global Solutions, Inc. as Customer Representative, and the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Compound as Registry Assistant and Program Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biology units from the University of San Carlos.

Christine O. Liclican, RSW - Kythe Child Life Social Worker - University of Santo Tomas Hospital


Christine O. Liclican, RSW
Kythe Child Life Social Worker

Ate Tin earned her Social Work Licensure in 2008 and is affiliated with the Philippine Association of Social Workers. She is a holder of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Work from from St. Joseph’s College and and the University of Luzon, and has facilitated and organized trainings and seminars for Capacity-Building on Advocacy and Legislation, Organizational Development for Youth Leaders, and Resource Mobilization, Networking and Partnership, among others.

Karen Rose Rivera - Kythe Partner Relations Manager


Karen Rose D. Rivera, RN
Partner Relations Manager

Ate Kai’s background in marketing, banking and healthcare extends to work experience in Banco de Oro Unibank, Caritas Manila, Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Asian Social Institute, as well as training from the Philippine Red Cross and St. Vincent Hospital, Marikina City. She finished a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where she has also gained Masters of Business Administration units, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from World Citi Colleges.

Ma. Victoria Balbido-Aguilar - Finance/Administrative Officer


Ma. Victoria Balbido-Aguilar
Finance and Administrative Officer

Ate Bec holds 18 years of experience in treasury and accounting for the pharmaceutical, trading and land development industries. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

April Anne Mangurnong, RND - Kythe Child Life Coordinator - Tarlac Provincial Hospital


April Anne Mangurnong, RND
Tarlac Provincial Hospital

A registered nutritionist-dietitian, Ate April’s work experience includes lunch counter management at the Manila High School, caregiving, and standing as Medical Representative for AREX Health Corporation. She has done training in Food Services Administration for Max’s and participated in Community Nutrition Practicum held by the Manila City Health Department. She graduated from the Philippine Normal University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Larissa D. Ramos - Kythe Child Life Coordinator - Philippine Children’s Medical Center


Larissa D. Ramos
Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Ate Chay’s non-government organization experience includes involvement at Australian Aid. She graduated from Our Lady of Fatima University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and trained at the Philippine National Red Cross.

Christopher James Mabuyo - Kythe Child Life Coordinator - Cebu Cancer Institute


Christopher James Mabuyo
Cebu Cancer Institute

Kuya James has worked with the Dychangco Group of Companies – as a Human Resources Staff member, and graduated from the University of San Carlos – Technological Center with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a distinction for Best Thesis. He completed his internships at the University of Southern Philippines in the Elementary Guidance Office and at Aegis People Support in the Information and Records Management department.

Shiena Procullos - Kythe Child Life Coordinator - Southern Philippines Medical Center


Shiena Procullos
Southern Philippines Medical Center

Ate Shay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brokenshire College, and completed training there at the Guidance and Counseling Office, as well as practicum in the Human Resource Training Department at AJMR Holding Company, and in the Davao Mental Hospital, Davao Medical Center and New Day Recovery Center.

Maryan Sanchez, Kythe National Children's Hospital


Maryan I. Sanchez, RM, MPA
National Children’s Hospital

Ate Maryan is a registered midwife and a graduate of both the Masters program in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Psychology program from Trinity University of Asia.

Aida Calagui, Kythe Child Life Coordinator - Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center


Aida Calagui, RM
Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center

Ate Aida is a graduate of St. Catherine’s College and a registered midwife and. Serving Kythe since 1999, she has been lauded for her service in the hospital with awards from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense.

Our Network

Accreditations and Affiliations
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Hospice Philippines
  • International Child Life Council
  • International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations
  • Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO)
  • Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Affiliate Hospitals

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center
  • National Children’s Hospital
  • Perpetual Succour Hospital – Cebu Cancer Institute
  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • Southern Philippines Medical Center
  • Tarlac Provincial Hospital

Our Partners and Donors