More than just a book



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Last October’s UNICEF Auction for Action included these signed books donated by National Book Store.


So much has happened in the last quarter of 2013 that I had forgotten to give the final update of UNICEF’s 3rd Auction for Action. We were able to raise over 2.9 million pesos during that 7-day online auction. Thank you to all the artists who donated their work. Thank you to everyone who placed bids and supported this fundraising drive. The proceeds of Auction for Action 3 went to the rehabilitation of safe places for children affected by conflict in Zamboanga. UNICEF works non-stop to protect children in all areas that experienced emergencies – like Zamboanga, Bohol and of course, Yolanda-stricken areas.

When the new year started, I got a message from Rica Dimayuga of Roxas City, Capiz. She won the bid for one of the books — The Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel. The book was more than a prize or a way of supporting UNICEF, it also gave her hope and inspiration during the most trying times when Yolanda struck their city. I have permission to repost parts of her email below.


“I won this book from the UNICEF auction. I was able to get hold of it day before YOLANDA hit Roxas City, Capiz where I am residing. For almost one month of no electricity, this book was my companion every night before going to bed, reading with my flashlight. With all the devastation around (damaged homes) this book transported me to somewhere I can relax, plan and get excited again in baking… Thank you so much! We will forever support UNICEF.” — Rica Dimayuga


Rica’s husband took this photo in Roxas City on December 18. “The Unicef flag is flying up high in our city plaza. Together with flags of Japan and Canada… They all came here and helped the province of Capiz after the typhoon. The province won’t be able to cope faster without the help of others.”


“Days after electricity was restored, I made this… NOUGAT! Recipe from BOUCHON BAKERY cookbook. One week before the auction, i listed 3 items, 2 paintings and this book. We were in Phuket that time and signal was bad. Won the book 20 seconds before the auction closed. After reading the book, I always wrap it in a plastic bag and place it in a safe place. Our roof was damaged and some of our glass windows were broken, I was worried that in case it rains and water will go inside the house… My book might get wet.” — Rica Dimayuga.


Thank you Rica for sharing your story. I am so touched and inspired by your act of generosity. And thank you National Book Store for your gift of this book. Not only did it provide inspiring recipes for the kitchen, but in Rica’s case it gave her a recipe for getting their lives back after Haiyan.




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