Kenneth Cobonpue furniture to be auctioned online for UNICEF

By Ann Charrize Cruz, Intern

Posted at May 20 2011 01:02 PM | Updated as of May 21 2011 01:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Creations by world renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, whose work has been seen in Hollywood movies, are among the items to be auctioned on eBay next week to help the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Philippines raise funds for children's programs.

A special page for the auction,, will go live on Wednesday, May 25. Bidders will be given 3 weeks to browse through furniture, artwork and other items donated by Filipino artists and designers here and abroad.

Among those who have supported the UNICEF Philippines project are Mich Dulce, Ramon Orlina, Manny Baldemor, Michael Cacnio, Celestina, Seb Chua, Araceli Limcaco Dans, Kristine Dee, Janina Dizon, Tom Epperson, Accessory Lab, Ito Kish, E. Billy Mondoñedo, Debbie Palao, Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Benji Reyes, Popo San Pascual, Joey Samson, Vito Selma, Victor Sollorano, Paul Syjuco, Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre and Reg Yuson.

Jovan Benito, Jomar Delluba, Hamzah Marbella, Dominic Rubio and Juvenal Sanso from Galerie Joaquin will also participate in the online auction.

This necklace is one of the items to be sold at the UNICEF auction.

"We want to raise not just funds but also awareness," said television host and designer Daphne Oseña Paez, who is also UNICEF Philippines' special advocate for children.

For her part, UNICEF country representative Vanessa Tobin said, "The online auction helps us engage the public in a new and interesting way."

The online auction will also include "experimental packages" such as a meal by chef Antonio Escalante of Antonio's, a fine dining restaurant in Tagaytay City which has been hailed as the 5th top restaurant in Asia last year; and a meet and greet with Philippine football team Azkals on the team's upcoming game in July.

Proceeds will go to different UNICEF projects. Bidders who wish to help send children to school can purchase furniture while those who want to protect kids from violence, exploitation and abuse can buy contemporary art pieces online.

Funds raised from purchases of fashion accessories will go to projects aimed at helping children stay healthy, while the so-called experimental packages will aid families hit by natural disasters. -- Edited by Karen Flores,