Help more vulnerable children with UNICEF Cards Featuring Art by Malang

Master the art of giving with a gift that can change children’s lives

31 October 2023
UNICEF Christmas Cards 2023
UNICEF Philippines

Manila, 26 October 2023—This Christmas season, people throughout the Philippines can make a meaningful impact on children’s lives with UNICEF’s limited-edition Christmas cards featuring the masterful art of renowned Filipino artist Mauro “Malang” Santos.

Malang was a Filipino cartoonist, illustrator, and painter known for his exceptional command of color and vibrant depictions of folk life in the Philippines. He started his creative career at age 19 at the Manila Chronicle, where he gained popularity with his beloved comic strip Kosme, the Cop—Retired. As a painter, Malang skillfully combined artistic inspirations from renowned painters, such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Marc Chagall, while infusing his unique improvisations into his works. In 1964, he was awarded Artist of the Year by the Society of Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists. He was also recognized by the City of Manila with the Guide of Arts and Culture Award in 1981.

This year, UNICEF’s Christmas cards showcase Malang’s legacy with two iconic artworks selected from his family’s private collection: Family in Barrio (1967) and Vendors (1998). These pieces harmoniously blend some of Malang’s favorite themes—mother and child, women vendors, trees, and a man with his gamecock—all enveloped in rich and inviting colors.

A set of 10 cards, featuring five of each of these captivating artworks, is available for a donation of P1,000. Every contribution goes towards UNICEF’s efforts to help vulnerable children access education, health and nutrition, protection, and support during emergencies. The cards can be purchased at https://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/christmascards.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Malang's family for graciously sharing inspiring masterpieces this Christmastime to support our work for the most vulnerable children,” said Cristina Bertolino, OIC-Chief of Fundraising, UNICEF Philippines. “When you offer a UNICEF Christmas card to a loved one or friend, you are not merely giving a gift; you are also bringing a child one step closer to a brighter future.”

This year’s campaign continues the tradition of renowned artists generously contributing their time and talent to support UNICEF programs. In 2021, UNICEF introduced Christmas cards that featured works by Filipino designer Robert Alejandro. In 2022, UNICEF featured the Slice of Life design by National Artist Larry Alcala, which portrays the typically joyous Paskong Pinoy.

Share a meaningful gift this Christmas with UNICEF cards featuring Malang’s masterpieces and make a lasting difference in children’s lives. Get a set of cards for just P1,000 by visiting https://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/christmascards.

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Marge Francia
Communication Officer
UNICEF Philippines
Tel: +63 917 858 9447

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