Despite being born with a cleft palate, Chadleen took her mother's advice by continuing to sing in the midst of relentless teasing and bullying by her schoolmates.
On a whim, Chadleen traveled with her parents to a neighboring village in hopes of receiving a free life-changing surgery from Operation Smile. Little did she know just how much that operation would change her life.
Years later, Chadleen would go on to compete in a singing reality search nationwide in the Philippines called "Kanta Pilipinas" and was named the Grand Winner. She now travels the world as a professional singer and Operation Smile Ambassador.