With so many local celebrities here in the country, I can pick only a few who I think are not only worth watching on TV/cinema but also worth emulating by my daughters. I am very careful when it comes to this area because, well, I know that celebrities are imperfect and have hidden flaws, and these can easily be misunderstood when written in the net. They can easily become negative examples of teens. Anne Curtis, for me, had a great reputation for a very long time. She has a clean but classy fashion sense, she speaks well and she is confident in herself. All of these attitudes are exactly what I want my kids to imbibe.
This time, Anne Curtis is making me a fan of hers a little bit more. Anne Curtis is turning another page as a children’s book author for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). On February 19, Anne will be signing her book entitled “Anita, the Duckling Diva” at SM North EDSA The Block during the Children First! Storybooks launch.
Anne’s fondness for children has been evident among her followers and fans. As an advocate of UNICEF, she is lending her lesser known talent as a writer to help the organization raise funds for its various programs for less privileged children in the Philippines. These include programs on education; health and nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; child protection, and disaster risk and reduction and emergencies.
Aside from Anne’s book, UNICEF will also launch five of its own children’s books: Ang Sabi ni Nanay, Ang Sabi ni Tatay by Sacha Calagopi; Ang Dalawang Haring Siga by Rene O. Villanueva; Ang Bata sa Basket by Augie Rivera; Yaya Niya, Nanay Ko by Ma. Corazon Remigio; and Nina Wonders, Nina Asks by Marcy Dans Lee. Each book has both English and Filipino text to encourage wider readership.
From February 19 to 25, an exhibit will be showcasing original artworks from UNICEF’s books. These artworks are created by members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (INK), which is the first and only organization of Filipino illustrators for children.
The public will also be given a chance to contribute to the organization’s programs for children throughout the weeklong exhibit. Anne will likewise read to children in the venue along with other featured storytellers on the day of the UNICEF Children First! Storybooks launch.
The event is being made possible by a partnership between UNICEF and SM Cares. A corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, SM Cares maintains various programs that focus on children’s and women’s welfare, elderly care, PWD inclusion, and other endeavors that makes the mall a “mall for all”. The two organizations have been partners since 2008.
To know more about the event, you may call UNICEF at 758-1000.