Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in the Philippines

It’s that time of the year when cob webs and spiders fill the corners of every wall. Everybody’s getting their spook on ready because the Halloween season is here! But this year, why not make it extra special on top of all the fun in dressing up and collecting candy from each door? Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF gives everyone the opportunity to make the most out of this season. Present worldwide and running annually for 62 years already, kids get to help out other kids in this ultimately kind endeavor.
It all started with a family in Pennsylvania in 1950 who decided to collect coins for children who were in one way or another, affected by World War II. Now, it has become a tradition during Halloween, to pour our hearts in helping out less fortunate children and individuals, courtesy of UNICEF mission areas all over the world.

Now this year is the very first time Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is launched here in the Philippines with the theme, ‘SUPERHEROES,’ because everyone CAN be a superhero in their own way! One of which is by taking this ‘mission’ to extend our efforts to those who are truly in need. 

(photo credits to interaksyon.com)
It was my honor to host the event launch at SM Megamall last October 6, with Superman, Gerard Sison. My costume on the other hand was clearly improvised! It was the week before finals so I had no time to source for a legitimate, well-fit, spandex  superhero costume. So there I was wearing the only superhero shirt I had in my closet, with my silver cut-out paper wings, shorts and boots as ‘Captain Americana,’ so to speak.
Batman also got to grace the event along with other well-dressed characters!
(photo credits to interaksyon.com)
Like Shrek! Who knew he’s such a gentle giant in real life?
Showing off my UNICEF Superhero Badge! You get one too if you register!
(photo credits to interaksyon.com)
The several partner schools of UNICEF also supported the event, such as Multiple Intelligence High School and Reedley Interntional School, my alma mater!

There were games, presentations, an inspiring video from UNICEF Ambassador, Selena Gomez, and talks from other local supporters such as Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez.

So how do you exactly become part of this and make Halloween extra meaningful to everybody? Just drop by SM Megamall or The Podium and look for the Orange UNICEF Booth and register to get your T-O-T for UNICEF Kits for free! Registration is on-going until October 27. Now, as you go trick-or-treating at every door, just show your little orange kit and let them know you’re a UNICEF superhero while asking for any amount of donation for the cause. But most importantly, don’t forget to turn in your collections of those donations from Nov. 2-4 at the same booths where you registered at. Or if you miss those dates, you can also deposit the amounts through Metrobank, all Bayad Center, and all SM Bill Payment counters in SM Department stores.

For the past years, all those coins, bills and checks have raised over ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS for UNICEF programs all over the world! So you see? The little things do make a difference, most especially when we’re all in it together! 

Spooks are around every corner this Halloween, but after all this trick-or-treating for a great cause… we’re definite to cause multiple smiles to several families and children in need. Happy Halloween!  Let’s all make this season count! 

P.S. We even got to land on the cover of The Philippine Star’s Starweek!
For more info, visit their site: http://www.unicef.org/philippines/
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