TRICIA Gosingtian, Joanne Duarte, executive director of Gifts
FORMER/ C4 & Graces (G&G), andMarivic Limcaoco, G&G chair KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ
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Philippine Daily Inquirer / 08:20 AM November 23, 2014
For this former 2bU contributor, there’s no such thing as giving back enough.
“I already have charities I help, but I feel like I should give back more,” says popular blogger Tricia Gosingtian, who recently donated P150,000 to Gifts & Graces (G&G), an organization that partners with marginalized communities and helps them produce and promote their products.
“When I was in college, I was a contributor to 2bU—I contributed street style photography, since photography is my passion. This was way before I started blogging,” she says. “So when my dad asked me about charities I would like to donate to, I asked if Inquirer had one. That’s when G&G was brought up.”
G&G officers, led by Inquirer president and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Marivic Limcaoco and Joanne Duarte, accepted Gosingtian’s donation. Also present during the turnover was Gosingtian’s father, author and marketing strategist Josiah Go.
“I wanted to give back to something Inquirer supports, because Inquirer supported me when I was just starting out. Even if that was a long time ago, I have never forgotten it. I would never, ever forget the good things that the Inquirer has done for me. I would never forget the good memories I had as an Inquirer contributor,” she says.
“I was just a college student, and the Inquirer believed in me enough to accept my contributions to the newspaper. Imagine that.”
“We are super grateful for this donation. We are inspired because it shows support for our mission,” said Duarte, G&G executive director. “This is really a gift. We can use this to provide working capital for the communities, for example. It will go a long way in the company, and we hope it would grow a hundredfold.”
Duarte added that with the holiday season coming up, G&G faces a “good problem.”
“Right now, it’s the holidays, and we’re pushing the producers to deliver. At this point we have more demand than supply. It’s a good problem, actually. It’s that time of the year,” she says.
This year, Duarte and Limcaoco say G&G is pushing brass ornamental products made by the T’boli in South Cotabato.
“Artist Ivi Avellana Cosio made a whole sketchbook of designs for the T’boli,” says Limcaoco, G&G chair. “The products are inspired by the T’boli culture. They’re always surprised to find out that their works are really well received.”
Those who want to know more about G&G may visit its website at www.giftsandgraces.com. Gosingtian blogs at blog.triciagosingtian.com.