Unicef online auction raises over P3M for kids

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[/caption] The annual online auction is a collaboration between Unicef and Daphne Osena-Paez, Unicef special advocate for children, to bring the worlds of art, furniture, and design together with advocacy to protect and promote the rights of children. This year?s auction had twice as many items as the first year, held in May 2011. More than 70 Filipino artists and designers brought together by Daphne donated paintings, sculpture, furniture and jewelry items including famous names such as Ramon Orlina, Juvenal Sanso, Kenneth Cobonpue, Manuel Baldemor, Amina Aranaz, KawayanTech, and Plet Bolipata. Well-known pieces such as Fly Up from artist Michael Cacnio?s balloon series got the highest bid at P215,000 while Elmer Borlongan?s pastel on paper painting Convoy fetched over P90,000 from a starting bid price of P21,000. Jovan Benito?s Solo Concierto oil on canvas was the most hotly contested item, with a total of 64 bids from eBay buyers. [caption id="attachment_6112" align="aligncenter" width="337" caption="Fly Up from artist Michael Cacnio?s balloon series"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6113" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Elmer Borlongan?s 15.5x23 inch pastel on paper painting Convoy"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_6114" align="aligncenter" width="339" caption="Jovan Benito?s Solo Concierto 24x30 inch oil on canvass"][/caption] ?My heart is overflowing with gratitude for all the friends, artists and supporters who participated in our auction. In order to maximize funds going to children, we didn?t have a big, live event this year but instead worked through online promotion and harnessing the power of social media. Filipino art lovers and netizens amazed me with their willingness to participate and generate much needed funds for disadvantaged children in the Philippines,? said Osena-Paez. Bidders from all over the Philippines, the US, and Singapore joined the auction through eBay Philippines. Angela Travis, Unicef communication and fundraising chief added, ?Unicef Auction for Action provides artists and buyers an opportunity to come together and help children at the same time. Everyone who participated in our auction can be assured that through Unicef, all the proceeds will go to education, health and nutrition, protection and emergency programs for children who need it the most. Thank you again to everyone who helped make our 2nd online auction a success.? ]]>

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