When Orange Magazine celebrated its 5th anniversary last July 1, I was one of the happy bloggers who attended the kick off of Orange Magazine 5x5 Campaign, in partnership with World Vision. In very simple explanation, attendees would donate 100 pesos per raffle ticket. There are no pressures in this campaign, one might donate just one hundred pesos and it will be received whole heartedly. Like I said, I don't have that much money, so I donated 300 pesos. I was given three raffle tickets to fill up, and I placed two of those in the bowl at the event.
After serving dinner, the program started - we learned all about this partnership as well as a background about World Vision. As a surprise, two awesome musicians performed - Lirah Bermudez (who once joined the TV Show Protégé on GMA-7 under the mentorship of Janno Gibbs), and rapper extraordinaire, Gloc-9. It was my first time to hear them perform live, and they are just super awesome! Gloc-9 already established his name in the music industry, and I already know he is a phenomenal rapper, but hearing him perform live was just awesome. They performed "Takipsilim," and I suggest you go check the song out on YouTube or Spotify, because it was one heck of a song - super powerful!
|photo credits to Jude Ng and Orange Magazine|
Anyway, both Lirah and Gloc-9 are the campaign's ambassadors, and this campaign is not only aiming to gather donation to help send five kids to school, World Vision also aims to help communities. In other words, they aim to help give kids the "fish" they deserve, they also aim to help communities "how to fish" so that more people will have better futures.
True, all bloggers who attended this party were asked to give donation... but it was actually a give-and-take situation, because in exchange of the donation we made, we stood a chance to win prizes worth more than the donation we gave.
I placed two raffle tickets, and I won an Energizer gift pack and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago's latest book, "Stupid is Forevermore." Very timely prizes to win, as the country is now under the rainy season and rainy season meant chances of power interruptions, and this flashlight and battery sets will definitely be useful. As for the book, well I am very happy to have won that because my mom bought the first book months ago, and now I have the second book! This will be a great addition to my growing number of books.
Other prizes given away were Tai-Chi gift packs, Veri-Fit gift packs, Doggie's Choice gift packs, Francis Magalona shirts, and signed Gloc-9 CDs.
Biggest prize of the night was an O+ smartphone, which I sadly didn't win, but I still have one raffle entry, so I will try my luck winning on the grand raffle.
Aside from the raffle - prizes provided by sponsors - Orange Magazine's main man Jeman Villanueva also shelled out personal items to help gather more donations. On a separate table, he lined up unused items - a Starbucks glass tumbler, a Madonna CD, an Urbanears headset, a watch that is the same brand and look that Katy Perry wore on her "Birthday" music video, and a Huawei smartphone. These items have their own price tags, and attendees were given the chance to buy a raffle ticket for each of these prizes. It was difficult for me to choose which I wanted to bid on, but in the end I chose the Starbucks glass tumbler because well... it was Starbucks and it was made of glass! It still had the original price tag (598 pesos), but I only paid 50 pesos for a ticket...and yes, I did win! Awesome!!!
As for the Bath & Body Works pack (it has hand soap, hand cream and candle - all apple scented), it was given to the earliest bird, which I also won. Just a little bit of explanation, I arrived at the World Vision building quarter past 5pm, and since the event would start at 6pm, I felt I arrived way too early, so I stayed in their lobby and read an eBook for a while. When I heard someone asked the guard where the Orange Magazine event venue was, I decided to stand up and joined the person. :)
|Photo credit to Jude Ng and Orange Magazine|
A very fruitful night for all of us - tummies filled (thank you to Goldilocks, Pizza Hut, and McDonald's for the food), ears and hearts entertained, and bags filled with goodies, but the most fulfilling part of the night was knowing each of us helped (or will help) people in as little possible way that we could. Yes, the prizes I took home were more than the amount I donated, but I could sleep soundly at night knowing that the money I donated will go a long way.
Orange Magazine will have a bigger and better raffle happening towards the end of the month, and you can totally take part of it! All you have to do is donate as little as 100 pesos to these World Vision bank accounts:
PS Bank: 038-33200013-8
and forward a copy (a picture) of your deposit slip together with your complete name, address and contact numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at (02) 374-7660.
Every 100 pesos donation is equal to 1 raffle ticket, so you have a say as to how many raffle tickets you can earn. The grand raffle (prizes include smartphones) will be on July 31, but of course any donation to World Vision after this campaign is very much welcome.
To know more about this campaign, please visit the official website - https://www.worldvision.org.ph/5x5-campaign. If you have questions about the campaign, please check out Orange Magazine Facebook Page or the Orange Magazine Website.
*** Jenn ***