Together with actress Anne Curtis, television broadcaster Daphne Oseña-Paez is an addition to the list of celebrities, foreign and local, who are advocates of the welfare of children with UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund).
Daphne was recently conferred the National Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in a simple yet significant and meaningful celebration at the Philippine international agency’s hall.
Oseña-Paez was super-duper happy about her conferment. “I want to help children who are indigent, especially, those caught in the war zones and conflicts all around the world,” said Daphne in an exclusive interview when she was honored by the Lopez, Quezon Greater Manila Area Residents Association (LOGREMARA) on its 71st anniversary held at the Club Filipino.
According to Oseña-Paez who was with husband-broadcaster Patrick Paez, she was and still is travelling the whole country for her role as a socio-civic leader.
I, being a native of Lopez, Quezon and town mate of Daphne is proud of her achievements in the social sphere. Although she is more assigned on TV in lifestyle shows, Oseña-Paez is your woman of style and substance. She’s a pretty face as well and got gray matters between her ears.
During the Logremara’s recognition of her, I was with two awarded fashion designers, the relatively newbie in the runway, Erick Valeña and the ace, veteran haute couture Albert Figueras.
Incidentally, Erick will have a fashion show on March 9 at the Casino Filipino in Malate, Manila with transgender actress Cataleya Surio as one of his models.
“Magkababayan kami ni Cataleya. Although she’s from Catananuan, Quezon I feel close to her. She’s a very supportive actress,” volunteered Valeña who comes from a family of musically inclined people.
Meanwhile, here are Daphne’s shared thoughts on her being a UNICEF ambassador: “Moments like this don’t come very often to one’s life. To say that I am grateful is a big understatement. My conferment as UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador is something I had never imagined.
“I just want to say that more than the honor, I am grateful for the trust given me. I’m also very honored to have been appointed alongside Anne Curtis. In any situation anywhere, children are always the most vulnerable. I have seen and told a lot of stories of crisis and threats children face. But I have also seen every day heroes and good programs that help children thrive. It is my hope that in everything—whether it be government policies, programs that run in communities, in institutions, companies, and businesses—we always put children first. And you bet I’ll be wearing that UNICEF vest with pride. So happy my parents could attend.
“This milestone gave me the chance to look back at the work we have done in UNICEF in the past 9 years. It’s amazing how a simple introductory meeting with UNICEF led to a breastfeeding advocacy that bore many field visits, talks, fundraisers, and campaigns that brought me all over the country—Sarangani, Maguindanao, Davao Oriental, Tacloban, Cebu, House of Representatives and many more.
“As I renewed my commitment to uphold and protect the rights of children, I also want to thank you, our circle of nice people, for trusting and believing in me and supporting the causes for children. We all need to work together to make sure every child will survive and thrive, grow, play, be safe, learn, be loved, and have fun. There is still a lot to do. And if you would like to make a difference in a child’s life.”