Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Event: Filipino Artists Come Together for UNICEF's Auction for Action

UNICEF Philippines' first online auction called Auction for Action goes live today, 25 May 2011 on EBay Philippines. A partnership between Greenbelt Ayala Malls, EBay, Cibo and Cibo di M, the auction will run for two weeks and will benefit the world organization's programs for children here in the Philippines. Featured artists hail from the worlds of fashion and jewellery design (Mich Dulce, Janina Dizon, Kristine Dee, Paul Syjuco, Joey Samson, Celestina, Accessory Lab), interior design (Kenneth Cobonpue, Ito Kish, Debbie Palao, Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre, Benji Reyes, Vito Selma), photography (Tom Epperson, E. Billy Mondoñedo) and the visual arts (Manny Baldemor, Michael Cacnio, Seb Chua, Araceli Limcaco - Dans, Ramon Orlina, Ling Quisimbing-Ramilo, Popo San Pascual and Reg Yuson). 

Here are two of the items that will be auctioned off from Janina Dizon and Mich Dulce. 

Necklace of pink shells with eggs of multi-coloured sapphire in vermeil from Janina Dizon

Miniature version of a hat custom-made for British musician Adam Ant from Mich Dulce. The hat comes with other items donated by Adam Ant himself.

UNICEF Special Advocate for Children, Ms. Daphne Oseña-Paez and Galerie Joaquin artists such Jovan Benito, Jomar Delluba, Hamzah Marbella, Dominic Rubio and  Juvenal Sanso also participate in UNICEF Philippines' first online auction venture.

Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Country Representative states, "Our partnership with acclaimed artists via online auction helps us engage the public in a new and interesting way. As well as raising important funds for our work, we will be able to raise awareness of important issues affecting children in the most disadvantaged communities of the Philippines and worldwide." Daphne Oseña-Paez adds, "the response from artists has been very encouraging, to say the least. It feels incredible to be able to work with such prominent artists for a worthwhile cause. I’m a great fan of their work, but now I’m in even greater awe of their kindness and generosity. They put a lot of love and devote a lot of time into everything they create, so I know that beyond the beautiful art piece, the artists are really sharing a part of themselves with UNICEF." 

Visit. to view other products and participate in the auction. 

UNICEF's programs are in line with the 2015 Millennium Development Goals for Child Health, Universal Education and Ending Poverty and Hunger. I interned for UNICEF PH four years ago and the experience was nothing short of wonderful. Helping out and working for via UNICEF was really life-changing. With your bidding, you could help UNICEF Philippines reach those goals and make our Philippines a better place for our future children. 

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