Monday, October 12, 2015

"Bukidserye" Featuring the Plush and Play Stuffed Toys from Gawad Kalinga

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My daughter's classmates went to visit our home last Sunday after a grouping nearby for a school project so I decided to pause my work for a while and let them be downstairs so they would be comfortable without parents looking into and hearing their discussions. My son, who was upstairs when they arrived, also went down to join them as he is also fond of meeting people especially if it's her sisters friends.

I went upstairs to our bedroom to have a short nap but fell asleep for several minutes only to woke up at the sound of laughter and singing. True enough, the teens were all happily having a great time by themselves and doing all sorts of stuff like hearing each other sing and tell stories.

An idea struck in mind when I heard them discussing about my son's singing voice and giving suggestions on how he could improve it. I went down bringing along the Plush and Play stuffed toys along with my camera and directly suggested my idea to the kids. I asked them if they can use their talent to come up with a story involving the stuffed toys which I can take videos of and eventually upload online.

I was in luck because they were all in to it. They loved the idea and went on to think of an impromptu story and coming up with personalities that would match the stuffed toys. They were all keen on making the story relevant to the current issues of today involving political and showbiz characters.

The Philippines considers the two mentioned sectors of society the most interesting as Filipinos really engage with news pertaining to both showbiz and politics. You'll find these two as the top trending news everytime especially if it also involves love teams and/or scandals.

Please keep in mind that this was done in a matter of minutes only. There was no script, no storyboard, no re-takes, and everything was done at the spur of the moment just relying on the creativity and imagination of the kids.

So for your viewing pleasure, here's Pink, Arian and Lyn, doing the voices and acting for the Plush and Play stuffed toys namely  Manny Pakwan, Anne Kamatis, Jessica Saging, Mang Gustin, Buco Martin, Karla Mansi, Pan Talong, and  Filipinya.

The Plush and Play stuffed toys shown in the video are just some of the many characters available. They are all partially handcrafted but wholeheartedly created with love by mothers at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. 

The stuffed toys are now available at the Toy Kingdom SM Megamall branch at Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong. It was recently launched there last October 3 where a celebration was held attended by the founder, Fabien Courteille and his partners, Howard Lorenzo, Ainee Idanan and Coco Castro Cruz, Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, celebrity guests Danica Sotto Pingris and LJ Moreno Alapag with husband and basketball superstar Jimmy Alapag who was the main attraction that day as he engaged with the first buyers of the stuffed toys in a game of basketball using one of the stuffed toys Buco Martin, Several photo ops and selfies occurred all throughout the launch. 

The Plush and Play stuffed toys are available in two sizes, and are sold at very reasonable prizes ranging from Php 179.75 to Php 249.75 for the small sizes. 

Plush and Play has been around for a couple of years but it's the first time that a Filipino brand of stuffed toys has penetrated the Toy Kingdom market where only quality toys are sold. 

Even your own kids can be as imaginative as my daughter's classmates. Purchase the Plush and Play stuffed toys for your kids and get to see their eyes sparkle and minds go hyper as they come up with their own "Bukidserye" stories.

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