The inspiration behind the design derives from an Indigenous legend, called “Sleeping Beauty Mountain” that takes place on Mt. Patukan in Kalinga Province of the Philippines. The story is about a woman who lost her loved one during a battle. Rather than leaving Mt. Patukan to find another, she wanted to stay alone believing that he’ll return. She waited so long, that she became one with the mountain ranges as a maiden laying down, mourning from her loss. This story has been told for generations among the people of Kalinga.
The representation of this story along with decades of Indigenous people of the Cordilleras defending and preserving their ancestral lands brought this design together. The recent typhoons that took place in the Philippines, along with man-made changes to the environment, left many lives affected by the aftermath.
For our collaborative project, 100% OF PROCEEDS will go towards typhoon relief funding in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera communities. Our funds will go directly to Bulanao Centro Women’s Organization led by Indigenous peoples of Kalinga who strive to aid local communities of the Philippines.
Photo of typhoon relief efforts in Cagayan, 12/13/20 from Bulanao Centro Women’s Organization.
Special thanks to Aaron Jurell Sarmiento, Robin Aquilizan, Melvin Laso, Kirin Macapugay, and Dale Thongmahavong for the collective effort to make this project.
Project led by Igorot-American artist, Gerald Mayupao of Anito Spirit
Gabriela Silang (March 19, 1731 – September 20, 1763) earned the title “Henerala” as the first Filipina woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonialization of the Philippines. Her couragous leadership became a symbol for the importance of women in Filipino society, and their struggle for liberation during colonization.
Art by Tata Ponsi
The design created by the Filipinx Heritage Studies (FHS) class of 2020 is a tribute to their ancestors. Written in Baybayin are the words kinabukasan (future) and nakaraan (past). They are connected by the “KA” which they’ve chosen to unify the words. They see themselves as the “KA,” the present day bridge between their hxstory and their future.
Art by Julia Galang & Jason Codilla
FHS will be donation proceeds of shirt sale to two different campaigns.
For more information about the SAVE BRANDON LEE campaign, visit:
Funds will also be donated to Salupongan International in order to help sustain basic education programs and schools that help Lumad students obtain their basic right to an education. For more information about Salupongan International, visit:
Lapulapu was a Datu of Mactan, an island in the Visayas. He was the first native of the archipelago to fight against Spanish colonization. On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and his men triumphed over the Spanish invaders led by Ferdinand Magellan that is known as the Battle of Mactan.
Art by Tata Ponsi and Albert Malonzo
Andres Bonifacio “Supremo” also known as “Maypagasa” (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897) a Filipino revolutionary leader and patriot, is known as the “Father of the Filipino Nation.” He was one of the founders and organizers of the Kataastaasan Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan, whose aim was to achieve Philippine independence through revolution.
Bayani Art X Kristian Kabuay
Art by Tata Ponsi / Baybayin script by Kristian Kabuay
Gabriel “Flash” Elorde was born on March 25, 1935 in Bogo, Cebu Philippines. Originally an eskrimador, Elorde started began boxing to support his family. He became the super featherweight champion after knocking out Harold Gomes in the first round. Elorde retired with a record of 88W(33KO), 27L-2D. In 1993, he was the first Asian fighter inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Currently, there are gyms named after Flash across the Philippines.
Art by Albert Malonzo
Ceferino Garcia was born on August 26th1906 in Naval, Briliran, Philippines. While working at a bakery in Cebu City, he met a boxing promoter that propelled his career. On October 2nd, 1939 Garcia fought Fred Apostoli for the Middleweight championship. Garcia knocked down Apostoli three times in the 7thround before knocking him out. Garcia is the first and only Filipino champion to win the Middleweight division.
Art by Tata Ponsi