Help flood relief in the Philippines
On August 6, Tropical Storm Haikui brought massive flooding and landslides to the capital city of Manila in the Philippines. Over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people have moved into emergency shelters. An estimated 2 million people live in informal settlements in high risk areas along river beds that are prone to flooding.
Filipino artists feanne and the110 aka AJ Dimarucot approached us about designing a tee to support flood relief efforts. Today we released their design Bayanihan, which is a Filipino word that represents a community coming together as a family for the greater good.
The design is a sun made from species and flag symbols of the Philippines. If you look closely, you'll even find Pandaka pygmaea, a fingernail-sized fish, formerly the smallest fish in the world. Sadly, this fish is now considered extinct in the Philippines, due to the same kind of environmental degradation that was a major factor in the recent floods.
100% of net proceeds from the sale of their tee will go to Architecture for Humanity’s Philippines Floods Response Program. Their goal is to raise at least $100,000 to execute a disaster resiliency and reconstruction program and provide communities with the skills and training needed to mitigate the impacts of future flooding.
Feanne explains more about the design:
In collaboration with my fellow Filipino artist AJ Dimarucot, I have chosen these three iconic animals to illustrate a t-shirt design that will be sold online on Threadless to raise funds for Architecture For Humanity's sustainable rebuilding efforts in our country. We believe that this global movement, in cooperation with local partners, will bring real and lasting change by creating resilient, flood-resistant communities with smart architecture and urban planning. In the design, the Philippine eagle represents dignity, the tamaraw represents strength, the dwarf pygmy goby represents humility, and the sampaguita flower represents goodwill. Below these roll the waves that represent the bodies of water that suffuse and surround our tropical archipelago. Above is a luminous night sky, unobscured by air pollution. The entire design references our national flag-- a triangle with a star at each point, and a circle that symbolizes both the life-giving sun and our nation's status as the Pearl of the Orient.