Designers help out post-Haiyan



It is so touching to see many people from different sectors find ways to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. My personal facebook feed was burning with so many impromptu ideas for relief that came into fruition within days. As in all the recent emergencies – Ketsana/Ondoy, Washi/Sendong and Bopha/Pablo – it was amazing to see the private sector act quickly.

Haiyan happened just as we were closing the transactions for Auction for Action. We haven’t released the official report from the 7 day online auction but I am happy to announce that we raised P3.1 Million for UNICEF’s Supervised Neighbourhood Play Programme. I saw this programme firsthand when I visited the typhoon-ravaged towns in Davao Oriental after Bopha/Pablo hit last year. It helped children get a sense of normalcy back into their lives, especially after experiencing an emergency. I will be sharing more about the program and Auction for Action proceeds at a later date.

Our artist donors who have supported Auction for Action are finding more ways to help out communities affected by Haiyan. Immediately after Haiyan struck, Vito Selma was on the ground planning a feeding program. He had also been actively helping out Bohol right after the earthquake. It’s all informal, no big organization or fancy names. Vito plans to build chairs and tables for school children in Bohol.

Here’s how some of our artist friends are helping out.


From Vito Selma’s Instagram – “A reading nook in the showroom. Please watch out for my online auction in the coming weeks. All proceeds will be going to our little project — Soup Kitchen // Cebu. Our target is to regularly feed the 1,100 affected people in the town of Tabuelan every saturday until they finally get back on their feet. Proceeds of this auction will also go to our other project — CLEAN WATER PROJECT. We will be providing the people with materials and teaching them how to transform dirty water into clean,drinkable water.”


More from Vito Selma’s Instagram – Deconstructing, simplifying and redesigingn the traditional Philippine school chair for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the schools destroyed by the typhoon. Kindly email if you would like to sponsor a few chairs for a school!


New York-based designer Inigo Elizalde who produces some of his weaves from Cebu is hosting an online sale of his woven graphic pillow covers. 100% of the proceeds go to a Philippine organization responding to the needs of Haiyan-affected communities.


Shop Inigo Elizalde’s boutique 100% of proceeds will benefit relief efforts in the Philippines.


Our longtime supporter Aranaz is also setting up a special bag made by their suppliers in Bicol to help weavers in Samar get back on their feet. The bag will be sold in all Aranaz shops and will be available online by next week. Find out more about the Aranaz fundraiser here.






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