Laging Una (Always First)
The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Filipinos in the United States, those we now respectfully call the “Manongs,” began a drive to form an all-Filipino military unit. Quickly trained, Filipino immigrants turned-soldiers would be sent to help push the Japanese out of the Philippines. They would fight bravely for the liberation of their homeland.
Inspired by the Filipino soldiers of the 1st Filipino Regiment Infantry and the 2nd Filipino Battalion. The front logo Laging Una or “Always First” was the motto of the 1st Filipino Regiment Infantry. The cross kris blade and Igorot war shield represents the two warrior tribes of the islands. The volcano represents the area in which the units were located. The three stars are taken from the Philippines Coat of Arms which represents the principle islands – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The design on the back was inspired by the Filipino soldiers holding their choice of weapon, the Bolo.
Proceeds from the sales of the Laging Una shirts will go towards the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII Vets. www.vetsequitycenter.org
Bayani Art X Itak
5.5 oz 100% Ringspun Cotton Tubular T-Shirt* Super-soft ringspun cotton. ¾” Set-in collar. Printed tag. Double-needle bottom hem and sleeves. Shoulder-to-shoulder tape. Pre-shrunk to minimize shrinkage. Machine washable.
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