I hosted the press preview of UNICEF’s 2nd Auction for Action last Thursday. This is the culmination of months of work I did with the UNICEF fundraising and communications team.
As with last year, I simply asked my artist and designer friends who were all very generous in donating their precious works. This year we have over 80 pieces from the most creative Filipino artists and designers, double of last year’s pieces. Last year we raised over P1.4 million in a 7-day online auction. This year I hope we meet our target.
In the next couple of weeks I will share some anecdotes about some of the pieces donated. We added new and exiting objects and genres. I will also Tweet and share some images on my Instagram @DaphneOP. But don’t worry if you can’t keep track of all my activities because in a few days, all the pieces will be revealed in an online catalog so you can see them ahead before the auction opens on October 1st in Ebay Philippines.
During the event I wore this strand of golden south sea pearls donated by Jewelmer. This exquisite strand will be up for auction! So if you’ve always dreamt of owning a strand of Jewelmer pearls but were intimidated with the price (being the “top of the line” south sea pearls worldwide), now is your chance to get one. The minimum bid price will surprise you. I fell in love with this piece.
Topaz Horizon‘s Frances Amper snapping a photo of Michael Cacnio’s Fly Up.
Bloggers checking out Debbie Palao‘s Crayola bench.
That is Vito Selma’s table called Square. A glimpse of Debbie Palao’s chair, Pout. The white round figures with legs on top of Vito’s table are called “Garapata” by Dex Fernandez from Secret Fresh Gallery. Lots of sculptures behind me. I’m covering the amber-coloured glass sculpture by Orlina. It’s lovely. And yes, I have a Daphne® chair also part of the auction.
With my UNICEF family. They insisted I sit 0n Ito Kish‘s award-winning Gregoria chair. I was very very sick this day (I’m still a bit sick now). The kind of sick that should have kept me curled up in bed with a sick face on. My bones and muscles were in so much pain. But nothing was going to keep me from being there to see this event launch. It’s amazing what a bit of hydration and strong will can do.
Auction for Action is one of the fun ways we can make an impact in the lives of children in the Philippines. We try to make it a win-win for everyone. Filipino creativity gets highlighted. There is awareness about children’s issues. And bidders can potentially get a piece at below market price (though we really hope to raise a lot of money, so please bid, bid, bid).
Proceeds all go to fund UNICEF programs in the Philippines. Most of the furniture pieces, special objects and sculptures are donated by the artists in full. Some paintings are partially donated through galleries. We are not having a public event or launch party… we figured, it would be best to save from spending. So everything is happening online to cut on costs and raise more money for kids.
Please check www.unicef.ph for more details.
All photos ©UNICEFPhilippines/2012/K.Palasi