As you all know by now, the hat worn by Princess Beatrice at the Royal Wedding is currently being auctioned in ebay. As of press time, there are 51 bids and the latest one is at 15,700 GBP (I can’t find the currency symbol in my keyboard). That’s almost 25,500 USD. There are five more days left. Anyone want to guesstimate?
I think it’s so cool of Princess Beatrice to do this. She seems to have a great sense of humour for wearing that hat. This must have been planned all along. She set up The Little Bee Initiative for the purpose of raising funds for her chosen charities – all funds raised from the sale of this item will be spilt equally between, UNICEF UK and Children in Crisis.
I love her even more for supporting UNICEF.
Meanwhile, back in the homefront, I have been working with the UNICEF team to conceptualize an event that would raise funds for UNICEF Philippines. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d have heard of the online design auction I’ve been trying to help organize for UNICEF. We have our media briefing and preview today. And I wanted you, my readers to also get a preview.
For months I’ve been asking my friends in design to donate towards an auction for the benefit of UNICEF. The asking part was the easiest. 99% of the artists and designers I asked said yes in an instant – by text, phone, Facebook and Twitter. I am so humbled by their generosity and willingness to help the children. And these generous people are all top-calibre artists, internationally-known, award-winning, highly-in demand. These are artists I’ve met throughout my 14-year career on TV. My head spun that first week – it was like I had a list of favourite things from my favourite creative people. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to ask for help. The rest of the hard work is being done by the UNICEF team. It has been many days and nights of coordination, planning and logistical problem-solving. And we’re not even halfway through.
UNICEF Philippines is launching its first fundraising online auction entitled Auction for Action: A UNICEF Fundraising Online Auction to benefit children’s programs in the Philippines and worldwide (www.ebay.ph/unicef goes live on 25 May 2011). This unique online auction in partnership with Ayala Malls, Ebay.ph and Cibo brings together works of reputable artists in art, design, furniture, fashion, jewellery and photography along with exciting experiential packages.
Featured artists are: Manny Baldemor, Michael Cacnio, Celestina, Seb Chua, Kenneth Cobonpue, Araceli Limcaco Dans, Kristine Dee, Janina Dizon, Tom Epperson, Accessory Lab, Ito Kish, E. Billy Mondoñedo, Ramon Orlina, Debbie Palao, Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Benji Reyes, Popo San Pascual, Vito Selma, Paul Syjuco, Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre of FIRMA/Felicity, Reg Yuson, and UNICEF Special Advocate for Children, Ms. Daphne Oseña Paez.
Galerie Joaquin artists such Jovan Benito, Jomar Delluba, Hamzah Marbella, Dominic Rubio and Juvenal Sanso are also participating.
Experiential packages include dinner by Chef Tonyboy Escalante of Antonio’s and dugout experience with the Philippine Football Team or Azkals on July 3 at the World Cup qualifier in Manila.
UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin shares, “This is a first for UNICEF Philippines. 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.”
Here are some of the pieces donated by my generous friends. This is an incomplete list. I will be posting more stories about the design pieces in the next few days leading up to May 25. I will feature every item we have.
Kenneth Cobonpue’s Harry. I love this quirky stool. I’ve been wanting to order this. I may just bid for it and save on shipping. I want this in my walk-in closet. It’s a little stool that rocks, so the kids can ride on it like a saddle. If you’re a Cobonpue fan, now is your chance to own one. There are two Cobonpues in this auction. The other one is a lamp called Boomtown which is similar to his Little People lamp.
We have many Cobonpues at home. At one point Kenneth told me that my house looked like his showroom. Haha. We are hoarding for our future weekend home, you see. But my most favourite piece is Le Petit Voyage, the cradle me made (and specially tweaked) for Stella Margarita. For more on my Cobonpue stories, go here.
I am a huge fan of Benji’s work – the clean lines, the use of old wood in different varieties, the architecture and engineering that goes into each piece, and most of all the way the pieces feel – they’re all comfortable and ergonomic. I know because I bought one of his chairs. This photo was taken one of the many times I went to his house/showroom.
Mr Ramon Orlina donated a stunning piece called A Mother’s Enduring Love. I will post a photo of it when I have one. This photo was taken days before I gave birth to Stella. I visited Mr. Orlina’s atelier and saw how complicated and difficult his art was. He was the first to carve figures out of glass using the cold method. He created improvised tools and machines to cut, grind and polish glass. I was a bit shy to ask Mr Orlina to donate a piece. He had just surprised me on my birthday with my first Orlina sculpture. But he was quick to commit and help UNICEF programs for children. Here are some of the blog entries I wrote about Ramon Orlina.
Ito Kish created this whimsical lamp called Tweet. Ito and I go way back. He designed the renovation of our downstairs. And to this day I am so grateful for the work he did there. Our family room is so relaxing. For more about Ito in this blog, click here.
Vito Selma’s Geo. I discovered Vito’s work through Ito Kish. Fell in love with his pieces. I even used a Geo as the backdrop of one of my photos for the UZ opening billboard. The actual piece he donated is made of wood and silverleaf finish. More on Vito Selma here.
Debbie Palao’s Maze table. Debbie actually donated two Maze tables – one coffee table and the other one a dining table! I am so touched by Debbie’s work. I just met her husband at the Cebu Next show last April. I was one of the judges and I fell in love with all her pieces.
With my fellow Mugna Awards judges at Debbie Palao’s booth. Check out her website. You’ll be amazed.
Again, this is an incomplete list of donor artists. I will be posting more stories about the design pieces in the next few days leading up to May 25. I will feature every item we have.
I know that a lot of people recognize UNICEF’s valuable work in children’s rights, but few realize that UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations to support its work on the ground. I’ve helped them educate moms all over the country on maternal health, mortality and breastfeeding. This time, I want to help UNICEF raise awareness and funds for all their other goals: providing children with health care, access to safe water and sanitation, education, and protection from violence, abuse and exploitation.
I am also donating this piece for the auction. This is the Daphne armchair made of kiln-dried mahogany wood. As with all my Daphne furniture pieces, the finishing of the wood is very unique. This piece would work with any kind of interiors – whether modern, conceptual or traditional. It’s a comfy armchair.
UNICEF focuses on reaching the poorest, most disadvantaged families in the Philippines, and through our partners we work and advocate to ensure children grow up healthy, go to school, are protected from harm and develop to reach their full potential. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations from individuals like yourself (as well as corporations and governments) to fund its programmes for children.
Watch out for Auction for Action on May 25 (at ebay.ph)