Art Gives Back: Kenneth Cobonpue and Habitat Youth Council Unveil First Light for Yolanda Survivors

Because Christmas is about giving, Cobonpue and Habitat for Humanity Philippines gives light for those affected by the super typhoon

( After the super typhoon hit, there was a call to put a stop to Christmas, but instead of taking away the hope that this holiday brings, Habitat Youth Council from Habitat for Humanity Philippines partnered with Kenneth Cobonpue to literally use the light of Christmas to dispel the darkness in the communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.



First Light by Kenneth Cobonpue


First Light are lamps shaped like delicate houses, bearing all the trademarks of Cobonpue’s simple yet elegant designs. Figures of people, a prominent element in Cobonpue’s fixtures, are bustling with activity around the houses-putting the focus on rebuilding to bring literal and figurative light into homes once again.


"The lights are a way for me to merge what I love to do with what I want to do for my fellow Filipinos," said Kenneth Cobonpue during the launch of his design at his eponymous showroom in Makati. Cobonpue hails from Cebu, where Yolanda made its third landfall.



Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Charlie Ayco going for the First Light


A set of three sells for P3,500 and all the proceeds will go to Habitat Youth Council’s efforts to re-build homes for families affected by the super typhoon. Simon Tantoco, co-president of the council, states that they are prioritizing partnerships with the local government units for an efficient implementation of their projects.


Art may sometimes be used as a distraction from cruel realities, but at this juncture, Cobonpue makes a move to use his skills to create something a little more functional than usual and to encourage empathy for the plight of others.


First Light will only be available for the holiday season at Swatch shops in Metro Manila and the KENNETHCOBONPUE showroom in Greenbelt Residences. Contact Habitat for Humanity Philipines at 843-2177 to place your orders.

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