What makes Christmas decorations memorable? Is it their brightness, the light they give or the colors they play with? We know that Christmas decorations are all about visual appeal, but what makes them endearing is the story they represent. My Santa Claus socks always remind me of the mornings I spent excitedly looking for gifts in them. the parols they are an excuse to spend an afternoon with the family amid jokes and laughter.
When we travel, we have actually picked up something that reminds us of how Christmas is celebrated differently around the world.
The story and sentiment behind Angels for Angels are what make these handmade Christmas decorations so special. The project features a unique angel decoration made by various communities with sustainable materials. The initiative is from the Swiss Embassy in Manila, in association with SM Supermalls and SPARK Philippines.
“We wanted to take advantage of the experience of supporting a community, similar to our work with the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC),” shared Swiss Ambassador Alain Gaschen. “Previously, we only worked with one organization to make a Christmas angel made from sustainable materials like recycled Nespresso capsules, but for this year, we are now working with and supporting seven different communities, each of which is producing their own angels made from different sources. , “He continues.
“More than showing the creativity and skill of these communities, Angels for Angels aims to provide another source of income for its members, as the proceeds from the sale of these ornaments go directly to the producers themselves. Now more than ever, we have seen how the pandemic can affect jobs and livelihoods; Therefore, for some, this effort serves as a kind of lifeline, ”explains Ambassador Gaschen. Funds raised by the action will also help fund World Vision child nutrition projects.
The seven different communities represent the various ombudsmen of the Swiss Embassy in Manila. Each community also highlights the unique materials they are well versed in, making each angel exceptional.
The Progressive Ladies’ League (PLL) uses water hyacinth. In contrast, the Quezon City Jail female dorm uses red eco-friendly fabric, black garter, cardboard, silver foil, gold glitters, and white Katcha fabric for the bag.
Kababaihang Iisang Layuning Umunlad ang Sambayanan (KILUS) uses aluminum foil packages and insulating materials in light of its mission to be an advocate, leader and partner of Pasig’s Solid Waste Management and other Environmental Programs, as well as the Cooperative. HABI (Philippine Textile Council) uses textile remains that show the creativity of the weavers of Ilocos, Bicol, Zamboanga and Iloilo.
Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) created the angels using used Nespresso capsules, while Tetra Pak took advantage of used beverage cartons. Lastly, the Rise Above Foundation Cebu angels are made from sacks of rice flour.
Angels for Angels is available online through Lazada and SM Call to Deliver. You can also find them in seven different SM shopping malls: Megamall, Mall of Asia (MOA), Aura, The Podium, Seaside City, and Lanang Premier.