Help Flood Relief in the Philippines

As a Filipino American, I had to post this one.

On August 6, Tropical Storm Haikui wreaked havoc into the capital city of the Philippines: Manila. My awesome mom was born and raised in Manila, and a lot of my family still resides there. Tropical Storm Haikui brought massive flooding and landslides, over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people have moved into emergency shelters. And still, an estimated 2 million people live in informal settlements in high risk areas along river beds that are prone to flooding.

Threadless is selling a t-shirt design in which 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this tee will go to Architecture for Humanity’s Philippines Floods Response Program.

Yes! 100%! When was the last time you heard that in regards to a proceeds promo?

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.

On their blog, Threadless featured the t-shirt artists, fellow Filipino designers Feanne and AJ Dimarucot, and their beautiful t-shirt design that incorporates elements of the Filipino flag and culture.

Even the title of the design is beautiful: “Bayanihan,” which is a word that refers to the spirit of a community that unites to achieve a goal. How appropriate and perfect.

I’m particularly a fan of this design, because I find that it’s easy to have the elements of a design featuring the Filipino flag come together and look hokey. (That, or I’ve seen way too many ill-designed Filipino-themed tattoos. :P)

This is a design I would proudly wear both for the aesthetics and even more for what it stands for.

I got my t-shirt.

It would mean a lot to me – and the several thousands of others in Manila – if you got yours too.

You can purchase the Bayanihan design from Threadless here.

Salamat (thank you) for reading!