Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sneak Peek: UNICEF Auction for Action 2013

In celebration of National Children's Month, UNICEF Philippines presents this year's Auction for Action showcasing 90 artists in art, design, furniture and jewelry, all to benefit the Supervised Neighborhood Play Program (SNP). 

Headed by Philippine UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Osena-Paez, the Supervised Neighborhood Play Program is a simple, low-cost and easy to organize home-based learning program where trained parent volunteers or day care workers 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.

“I have personally seen how play makes learning more fun and engaging through my own children and the children I’ve met during my trips with UNICEF. Play makes children happy and children who feel secure and loved usually do better in school, are more self-confident, have good self-esteem and are able to cope more easily with life’s challenges,” said Daphne Oseña Paez. 

“Children learn best through play so making learning fun encourages a child’s eagerness to learn. Children who have access to early learning are more prepared for regular school and are less likely to drop out,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Country Representative.

We were invited to a the media preview early this week, and here's some of the amazing pieces that will up for auction on October 21-27 at

"Portrait of a Woman II from the Philippine Cordillera"
Created by Filipino miniaturist, Raymond Halili, this watercolor
on paper measures only 1.25 x 1.75 inches.
"Daphne Chair" and "Hall Chair I"
"Wheelbarrow Chair" by Stanley Ruiz
"Eternal Christmas Tree" by Impy Pilapil
"Red Joe Wooden Seater" by Niccolo Jose
"The Flute Player" by Seb Chua
"Anemone Table Lamp" by Olivia D'Aboville for HIVE
An ingenious piece of art made by plastic stirrers
"Sweet" by Michael Cacnio
Candy Crush, anyone?
"Laro" by Danny Rayos del Sol
Signed books up for auction! OMG!
Signed books from National Bookstore
"The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse" signed by author Eric Carle
"Bright Idea Lamp" by Milo Naval
"Domicillo Mirror" by Domicillo
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""Large Palayok Rivershell" by Luisa Robinson
Perfect to use as a centerpiece for your coffee table, or to hold
precious jewellery pieces on top of your dresses. 
"Sipa Candleholder" by Chito Vijandre & Ricky Toledo for FIRMA
Impressively made of ostrich egg and porcupine quills
"Earrings from Tutti Frutti Collection" by Jewelmer Joallerie
"Double Happiness Cuff" by Janina Dizon
"Binanig Clutch" by Ann Ong
"Bourbon Medallion IV" by Joyce Makitalo
"Gallo Handbag" by Amina Aranaz; "Amaranthine Bag (mini)" by Nicole Whisenhunt
"Hari Sonik" by Elmer 'Emong' Borlongan
"Entropy" by Leeryo New
"Pinoy Bike" & "Push Bike" by Kawayan Tech
UNICEF 2013 plate
"Kinks & Curls Lamp" by Vikki Rodriguez for Accessoria
"Kinks & Curls Lamp" and "Cone Chair" by Ed Calma for Lor Calma & Partners
My favorite piece! I'd really like a Daphne chair :D
With UNICEF Special Advocate for Children, Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez
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.


  1. Ugh ang ganda ganda ganda niya. Pag ko naging mommy na siya peg ko. :)) And I want 80% of the stuff you posted! But my favorite would be the mirror, the wheelbarrow chair, and the eternal christmas tree which reminds me of college. Impy Pilapil had some installations on campus while I was still there :)

  2. Peg ko din ang simplicity and timeless elegance nya. I like the Daphne Chair, the signed books and "Daddy Garapata and his two children" collectibles, it wasn't on display but it's in the press kit.

  3. jakieandthebeadstalkOctober 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Woww, i like the anemone light and the "Laro" lamp. Don't think I can afford them though.

  4. So many pretty pieces, right? :) Please refer your friends to on October 21-27, it's for a very good cause :D