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Interior Design Students Play It Forward With Unilab Foundation

Jas and her team shared the Foundation's passion for improving the hospital experience of sick children, "we want to create a place where the kids can feel safe and have fun. We want them to take their minds off their sickness and focus on getting well."

Volunteerism chooses no background. Every talent is a contribution. Each skill is an asset.


That's why seven select students of the Philippine School for Interior Design (PSID) chose to share their time, talent and passion in designing a playspace for Unilab Foundation's Project Play It Forward in Hospitals. The select team will work under the supervision of Prof. Jie Pambid, PSID Director for External Affairs.


The Play It Forward playspace will serve as the team's thesis, but they admit that they view the project as more than just a school requirement.


"We felt privileged to be given this opportunity by Sir Jie to showcase our talents as well as give a special place for the kids to enjoy," says team leader Jas Ancheta.

Coming from different backgrounds such as early childhood development, furniture design construction and even engineering, the team put together a good mix of talent and perspective in providing a structurally and aesthetically sound 47sqm playspace.


Jas and her team shared the Foundation's passion for improving the hospital experience of sick children, "we want to create a place where the kids can feel safe and have fun. We want them to take their minds off their sickness and focus on getting well."


Recently, they visited Fe del Mundo Memorial Medical Center, the pilot site for Play It Forward in Hospitals, and they have started drawing up plans for the future playspace for the kids.


"We have spaces for storytelling, reading, arts and crafts, even a lounge for the parents and guardians to wait in. We've also made sure that children in wheelchairs have access to these places," shares Jas.


Play It Forward is a therapeutic and developmental play intervention program of the Unilab Foundation. Currently, it promotes play therapy in post disaster areas and hospitals. Fe del Mundo Medical Center is the first of 10 pilot sites in hospitals to be built under the program this year..

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