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UNICEF: “Auction for Action” to fund Play-based Learning

In celebration of National Children’s Month, UNICEF Philippines’ Auction for Action 2013 brings together over 90 artists in art, design, furniture and jewelry to benefit a unique education program to provide children access to early learning: Supervised Neighborhood Play Program (SNP).

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. Well, she’s someone I also look up to, with all her hectic schedule; she still managed to find time for this kind of event. Giving, whether it is money, time & effort, is truly something that can fulfill one’s self.

Being part of the bloggers who’s privileged to get invited, I’ve been able to touch and look at the one-of-a-kind pieces in the Yuchengco Museum last October 2.  This year’s auction has more artists and designers contributing for a specific program on education: Supervised Neighborhood Play. It is a simple, low-cost and easy to organize home-based early learning program where trained day care workers or parent volunteers gather young children in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree for two to three hours, every day for at least ten months to help children learn through organized play.

UNICEF supports the SNP program in remote, conflict or disaster-affected communities and in informal settlements located in urban and rural areas. So, the money that they will gather on this auction will mean so much to them as they could help many children. Better place your bid for one-of-a-kind pieces from notable Filipino artists and designers and help make a difference for children. The auction goes live on October 21-27, 2013 at For a preview, visit or go to the Yuchengco Museum from October 3 to 26 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

This year’s auction is made possible through the generous participation of the Philippine Star, Yuchengco Museum, Summit Media, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, EBay Philippines, Citem and Manila Fame. And of course with the help of the following participating artists: Nemo Aguila Amina Aranáz Arnold Austria & SonnySunga of Jagnus Design Studio Philip BadonManuel Baldemor • Jovan Benito • Betis Crafts • Remy Boquiren • Elmer 'Emong' Borlongan • Jinggoy Buensuceso • Michael Cacnio • Ed Calma for Lor Calma & Partners • Juan Carlo Calma • Norberto 'Lito' Carating • Seb Chua • Kenneth Cobonpue • CSM Philippines • JP Cuison • Olivia D'Aboville • Olivia D'Aboville for HIVE • Antonio Daleon • Kristine Dee • Janina Dizon • Domicillo Iñigo Elizalde for Catalina Embroideries • Dex 'Garapata Man' Fernandez • Sandra Fabie Gfeller • Gregory Raymond Halili • Mia Herbosa • Jeannie Javelosa • Jaypee Wrought Iron Manufacturing • Jewelmer Joaillerie • Pete Jimenez • Niccolo Jose • KawayanTech •  Ito Kish • Kohler • Raymond Legaspi • Lightworks Resources, Inc. • Adler Llagas • Locsin International • Joyce Makitalo • Hamzah Marbella • Jun Martinez • National Bookstore • Milo Naval • Leeroy New • Ann Ong • Ramon Orlina • Daphne Oseña-Paez • Epjay Pacheco • Debbie Palao • Ann Pamintuan • Tess Pasola • Celso Pepito • Vernon 'Spoonman' Perez • Impy Pilapil • Danny Rayos del Sol • Luisa Robinson for Luisa Home • Ana Rocha • Vikki Rodriguez for Accessoria • Dominic Rubio • Stanley Ruiz • Wataru Sakuma for MASA Ecological Development Inc. Popo San Pascual • Juvenal Sanso • SC Vizcarra, Inc. •  Vito Selma/Stonesets Int’l Mitch ShiversPaul Syjuco Christian TamondongRicky Toledo & Chito Vijandre for FIRMA Triboa Bay Living by Vivere Lifestyles Co., Inc. Roceli Valencia Nicole WhisenhuntWilliam Yu Reg Yuson Willibald Zeck

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, abuse, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

For more information, contact UNICEF hotline, 758-1000.
purple text from UNICEF's press release 

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