Celebrating children’s right to play, education

In celebration of children’s rights to play and education, UNICEF collaborates with Creative Kids Studio’s 20th Anniversary this month to highlight traditional Filipino games and children’s art. Dubbed Laro, the event will feature Community Art, an open art activity until May 30 at the Activity Center of Alabang Town Center where children’s art works will be on sale to the public.

Officers of UNICEF and Bambi Mañosa of Creative Studios agree to
support "Laro"
Creative Kids Studio will raise funds to support UNICEF’s work in promoting education and play for Filipino children.

“Laro is an advocacy campaign bringing children back to the outdoors through play. Using their artistic talents, it showcases Filipino games interpreted through different art and musical forms to inspire the enrichment of children through play,” says Bambi Mañosa, founder and chief curator of the studio.

Apart from the Community Art sale, Laro  featured Paint it Forward, a display of children’s art work to the public (12-24 May); Tara, Laro!, where kids played traditional Filipino street games (16-17 May); and a weekend of Interactive Storytelling on Filipino children’s literature (23-24 May). The festival will culminate with the Laro Fashion Show on May 30, showcasing children’s designs inspired by indigenous fabrics. All events are open to the public at the Activity Center of Alabang Town Center.

 “Play is crucial in shaping a child’s future success, a powerful educational and development tool. The earlier we start with enabling children to play, the better impact it can have on their physical and cognitive development. That’s why we are very grateful to Tukod Foundation and the Creative Kids Studio for promoting the importance of play. It is energising to see Creative Kids alumni support the most vulnerable Filipino children through UNICEF’s work. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing children helping other children,” says UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander.

In support of Tukod Foundation, Laro will also build a children’s playground for the resettlement community of Calauan, Laguna, for informal settlers and evacuees of natural disasters like Ondoy (2009) and Yolanda (2013). “The resettlement community in Calauan is no stranger to sadness and hopelessness. On top of providing employment through livelihood programmes, we can help the community to uplift their spirits. By providing them a playground, they will be able to exercise their right to play and to live a happy and hopeful life,” Mañosa added.

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