Remember when I blogged about this doll before? Here’s the post. It was one of those projects that I worked on while I was nesting. Yeah, the little girl was still baking in my tummy when I made this little doll. I had a doll kit complete with materials. The stuffed body was already made. I just had to sew in everything else.
So when my kid managed to dig up this doll after all these years, I recalled how much fun it was to work on that project. I also fondly remembered the group behind it. I touched base with them and I’m glad that they were open to the idea of a blog feature. Thanks Trisha for accommodating me 🙂
Here’s my short Q&A with Manikako…
How did Manikako start and who are the people behind it?
Manikako was created to raise funds for the House of Comfort Art Network until it became an independent organization last 2009. The people behind it are Hannah Liongoren, Gabie Osorio, Joey David-Tiempo, Trisha Uy and Jan Denise Dizon.
What is the advocacy behind Manikako?
Manikako has three goals:
1. Fund free doll-making workshop for less fortunate Filipino children.
2. Inspire volunteerism among the youth.
3. Provide livelihood to needy communities.
How did Manikako evolve throughout the years?
Creativity makes us all equals, so we now offer our free doll-making workshops to all, regardless of age, culture and social class.
Any memorable milestone you’d like to share?
The 100 Doll Exhibit and Auction that included National Artists Napoleon Abueva and Abdulmari Imao held in 2008. Here are some event photos.
You can read about this event here
. For more recent events of Manikako, check out their Facebook page
How much are your doll kits and where are these available?
A Manikako kit costs 200 PHP. They are available through online ordering. We also sell them at the Liongoren Gallery, 111 New York St., Cubao, Quezon City.
Here are some more interesting and quirky dolls that I found on their Facebook page.
And some adorable custom dolls