pledge your hands commitment event

I celebrated Global Handwashing Day with Unilever to kick off their Pledge Your Hands Campaign in a commitment ceremony held at the Aurora Quezon Elementary School.

Pledge Your Hands is Unilever's global commitment to teach proper handwashing to 3 million children nationwide. A 2 million increase from just 1 million in the previous years.

Why handwashing?

According to Unilever's Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Chito Macapagal, handwashing is the simplest and most affordable way to prevent outbreaks and save lives.

His passion for the cause is quite moving and I couldn't help but feel inspired as well after our short talk in the holding tent that morning...

unilever chito macapagal pledge your hands
A morale push I needed badly to compensate for getting up at 6am to make it on time...

Sometimes you have to make sacrifices but at the end of the afternoon, this didn't feel like a sacrifice at all. I felt like I gained more than I gave. The enthusiasm and appreciation I witnessed from the 1000 participating students was so heartwarming.

pledge your hands commitment event
pledge your hands aurora elementary school
Before the actual handwashing ceremonies began, a mini show hosted by Tuesday Vargas and Zaijan Jaranilla (better known as Santino) was held to promote awareness regarding the importance of proper hygiene.

tuesday vargas and zaijan jaranilla pledge your hands
Which was then culminated by the turning over of 6,000 Vaseline bars to the school by Mr. Chito Macapagal.

tuesday vargas pledge your hands
And finally, it was time for volunteer students from De La Salle university, VIPs, and us bloggers to teach the students of Aurora Elementary the 7 steps to proper handwashing...

pledge your hands kick off event
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The feeling you get from giving back is quite priceless and a great de-stresser. I definitely recommend everyone to personally experience this, volunteer and Pledge Your Hands To Save Lives.

To know more about this campaign, visit:

connect with #PledgeYourHands socially through Twitter and Instagram (@pledgeyourhands) for real-time event updates and to see which other celebrities have made the pledge