In celebration of the 20th year of National Children’s Month, UNICEF Philippines presents UNICEF Auction for Action, an online auction to benefit children in the Philippines and worldwide.
For the second time, this online auction brings together more than seventy pieces of work from admired artists in design, furniture, art and jewelry for a good cause. Curated and presented by UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Oseña Paez, the online auction is a product of UNICEF and Daphne’s collaboration to bring the world of art, furniture and design together with her advocacy on children. “Whenever I go to the field with UNICEF, I am heartened to see that we are doing a lot to improve children’s lives all over the Philippines. But there is always more to do; that’s why I support UNICEF.”
To celebrate the 20th year of Children’s Month this October – the only annual national celebration that puts children’s rights center stage for all Filipino children - the theme for this year’s auction is the right of children to play. “Playing is a basic right of every child, and its importance to a child’s well-being and healthy development cannot be over-emphasized. It also lends itself well as a theme for our premiere artists to work with,” adds Daphne.
UNICEF’s Auction for Action offers art lovers and collectors from all over the Philippines, the chance to bid for high quality items at discounts starting at 40% off. Items such as the Bloom from designer Kenneth Cobonpue, Fly Up from artist Michael Cacnio and a golden strand of South Sea Pearls from Jewelmer will be offered from October 1-7 only. The highest bidders win the item on offer.
“Buy a beautiful item, and help children at the same time, what could be better? Many people don’t realize that UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations from individuals, companies and governments and the funds raised from the auction will go towards education, health and nutrition, protection and emergency programs for children who are the hardest to reach and most in need,” said UNICEF Country Representative Tomoo Hozumi.
Watch out and bid for one-of-a-kind pieces from notable Filipino artists and designers and help make a difference for children. UNICEF Auction for Action goes live at 6 p.m. on eBay Philippines on October 1. Visit www.unicef.ph for more details.
Participating artists: Manuel Baldemor, Otep Bañez, Elmer Borlongan, Gregory Halili, Raymond Legaspi, Popo San Pascual, Baby Valencia, Bernard Vista, Willibald Zeck
Galerie Joaquin Gallery: Aldrino Abes, Jovan Benito, Vincent de Pio, Jomar Delluba, Hamzah Marbella, Mario Parial, Dominic Rubio, Juvenal Sanso, Lydia Velasco
Exhibition Center for Contemporary Arts: Remy Boquiren, Antonio Daleon, Adler Llagas, Jun Martinez, Nemy Miranda, Jun Morondez, Ranino Quinto
Art Circle Gallery: Eberle Catampongan, Rico Doronio, Anthony Geduspan, Joel Mahilum
Filipino Portrait Artists Guild, Inc.: Don Artificio, Angelito Balmes, Carlos “Cee” Cadid, Romy Carlos, Ben Infante, Norlie Meimban, Felix Jesus “Ely” Meimban IV, Jonahmar Salbosa
Secret Fresh Gallery: Dex Fernandez aka Garapata Man, Kawayantech, Epjey Pacheco, Paolo Vinluan, JJ Zamorano, Whoop
Sculptures: Michael Cacnio, Seb Chua, Daniel dela Cruz, Pete Jimenez, Ramon Orlina, Agi Pagkatipunan, Isabel Roxas
Furniture & Home Accessories: Kenneth Cobonpue, Heima Store, Debbie Palao, Ito Kish, Daphne Oseña Paez, Luisa Robinson, Danny Rayos del Sol, Vito Selma
Jewelry & Fashion Accessories: Accessory Lab, Amina Aranaz, Kristine Dee, Janina Dizon, Jewelmer, Joyce Makitalo, Paul Syjuco, Nicole Whisenhunt
About UNICEF In the Philippines for over sixty years, UNICEF works through partners to reach disadvantaged children and communities to ensure children are healthy, educated and protected from harm. UNICEF is quick to respond in emergencies to ensure affected communities are reached and provided with services from local governments and other service providers. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit www.unicef.ph.