Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Gives Back

Imagine looking at a piece of artwork and seeing more than just strokes, the relationship of lines used, and the artist's manipulation of space, but the lives you have touched simply because you have that work of art on your wall.

Having long been a supporter of one's passion – with activities like The Zen of Tea, a tea appreciation seminar with Master Tea Blender David DeCandia and What's Your Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Story?, for ardent storytellers – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Give in to Giving campaign aims to spark its customers' interest in the art of giving through art.

"This exclusive auction is part of The Bean's ongoing initiative of pursuing one's passion," says Paolo Del Rosario, Marketing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf "Proceeds will go to the different participating advocacies of 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Give in to Giving campaign. So each time you follow your passion for art, you fulfill another's passion as well."

On the block are Temperature by Augusto Albor, Salvador Joel Alonday's Celeste, Benjie Cabangis' …and remember what peace there may be in silence, Zean Cabangis' diptych Tess and Lito, Noell El Farol's Mounds with stone settings similar to those in Batanes Island, those known from much older settlements, may have been equivalent to making a religious, as well as political, statement about a wider world-order and cosmology, Riel Hilario's Whatever Happened to Pygmalion and Galatea, Sandra Fabie-Gfeller's Paper Bag XX, Erwin LeaƱo's Bend, Jim Orencio's Leaves, Ling Quisumbing's Madre Simula (BIRTH), Jose Terence Ruiz's Mana: TAKBU, and Carlo Angelo Saavedra's This is the Sea.

"All the artworks can also be found on the covers of our commemorative limited edition Giving Journals as part of the 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Give in to Giving campaign," continues Del Rosario.

The 12 partnering organizations that will benefit from the exclusive charity auction cater to different advocacies giving The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf customers a chance to support the cause they are most passionate about.

Kababaihan Gabay sa Bayan (KAGABAY)

KAGABAY is a Social Development Organization set up to address poverty reduction through social, political and economic empowerment of women in communities.

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)

In its four decades of existence the PBSP has been relentlessly instilling a culture of corporate citizenship in its member-companies. Its ability to deliver long-term business interests alongside improving the quality of life for Filipinos makes corporate citizenship a win-win business principle that benefits the member companies and our nation.

Bahay Tuluyan

Bahay Tuluyan is a non government organization established in 1987 to serve the street children who flooded the red light districts of the Malate area. Since then, they've branched out to all regions of the country educating the community of their responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill children's rights.

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

PAWS is a volunteer-based NGO whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy.

Haribon Foundation

The Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources is a membership organization dedicated to the conservation of Philippine biodiversity. One of its projects called Rainforestation, aims to restore our original rainforests by planting tree species native to a particular forest.

Cartwheel Foundation Inc.

Cartwheel is a non-stock, non-profit organization which has focused its efforts towards giving the marginalized and disadvantaged communities of indigenous peoples (IPs) the chance to enjoy their right to an education.

Caritas Manila-Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice Program of Caritas Manila renders service to prisoners and the members of their families in all jails in the Archdiocese of Manila through formation, paralegal assistance, and outreach programs.

Kythe Incorporated

The Kythe P100 Miracles Project is a nationwide advocacy campaign that encourages people to donate 100 pesos a month to support Kythe's Child Life Program which is designed to alleviate the anxiety of pediatric patients and their families.

Autism Society Philippines (ASP)

ASP is a national, non-profit organization committed to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder especially in the provincial areas that are underprivileged and underdeveloped, to have access to intervention services.

Philippine Cerebral Palsy Inc. (PCPI)

PCPI assists and aids cerebral palsy victims by providing facilities, equipment and supplies for the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, training and rehabilitation of cerebral palsy sufferers as well as to engage in, maintain and support research activities designed to aid in the prevention and care of cerebral palsy.

Resources for the Blind Inc. (RBI)

RBI began as a personal project of Dr. Arthur Lown to produce a Braille version of the Filipino Bible. And now it has grown to programs that prioritize education through the Philippine Braille Technology Center which is set up to ensure that blind students have access to all the same information that sighted students have in order for a successful integration into a regular school.

The Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM)

PBM was founded by Irving S. Hart, an American war veteran who came to the Philippines in 1899 and for 68 years, it has attended to indigent Filipinos suffering from cleft lip and palate, congenital cataract and glaucoma, and hydrocephalus & meninggoceale.

"We hope that you follow your passion and join us at the Give in to Giving Art Auction and put your passion to the paddle to help the different advocacies," says Del Rosario.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is located at TriNoMa, SM The Block, Gateway, Ortigas Park, Paseo Center, Bonifacio High Street, Mall of Asia, Convergys Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Robinson's Ermita, Greenhills Promenade, Robinson's Galleria, Eastwood, Tomas Morato and 3 more branches in Cebu. Visit their website at for more information

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