Merry memories of Paskong Pinoy brought back through UNICEF cards

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UNICEF shares in the excitement of the upcoming holiday season as the country opens up after a long period of lockdowns.

And for this year, it will be a lot different as the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF urges Filipinos to give the gift of joy through limited-edition UNICEF Christmas holiday cards featuring the work of National Artist and master cartoonist Larry Alcala.

Showcasing Alcala’s iconic work from his Slice of Life cartoons, “Remembering the Joy of Paskong Pinoy” is a set of cards that embodies the spirit of generosity and community that is the hallmark of Filipino culture. 

From homes decorated with light-filled parols, to the bibingka and puto bumbong stalls that greet Simbang Gabi attendees, to the little ones’ laughter and joy as they make merry during their favorite time of the year, Mang Larry captures these uniquely Pinoy moments.

UNICEF wanted to capture the color and spirit of one of the longest Christmas celebrations in the world. When you give the gift of a UNICEF Christmas card, you not only bring a smile to your family or friends, you also give the gift of health and well-being to children in the Philippines,” shares Carli Snyman, Chief of Fundraising, UNICEF Philippines

Last year’s edition of UNICEF Christmas cards made by artist Robert Alejandro raised P8.4 million for children in the Philippines, among them those who were affected by Typhoon Odette. This year’s edition, on the other hand, is a fitting tribute to one of the icons of Philippine art.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my grandfather’s passing, and I think this project brings together so many things about his legacy. As a cartoonist, his work has been one of the most accessible forms of Philippine art, enjoyed by people of all ages, from all walks of life. So many people have shared to me their childhood memories of looking through lolo’s Slice of Life in the Sunday paper, and I’m so happy that with these Christmas cards, a new generation of children will not only enjoy his work but also benefit from the proceeds of this fundraising,” shares Ana Alcala, granddaughter of National Artist Larry Alcala.

Just like these nostalgic and heartwarming Christmas Cards, UNICEF hopes to bring back joy to children and the young at heart through this fundraising campaign. Proceeds of each UNICEF Slice of Life Greeting Card set will go towards helping vulnerable children so that they stay healthy, educated and protected – before, during and after emergencies.

Get one set of UNICEF cards featuring the work of National Artist Larry Alcala for every P1,000 you donate—and give children the chance for a better, brighter, and healthier future. Donate now at https://donate.unicef.ph

The delivery of the UNICEF cards starts October 2022.

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