Basketball is truly in the Philippines’ DNA — remember when the Jordan Manila store opened in December last year to much fanfare, in spite of the COVID-19 situation? It seems that nothing can get between Pinoys and their love for basketball, not even a raging pandemic.
While the sport itself was introduced to the country during the American occupation, we have truly made the game our own. Further celebrating basketball’s significance in local culture is this beautifully local take on it by graphic designer and illustrator Raxenne Maniquiz, whose work featuring local flora has earned her recognition and high-profile collaborations with brands such as MAC and Uniqlo.
Raxenne, who also previously worked with Jordan Manila for their opening last year, shared her latest collaboration with the brand on her social media. This series was commissioned for Custom23, Jordan Manila’s customization service, and combines elements of of common, native, and endemic plants in the Philippines.
“The idea of a “plant” Jordan came to me when I started working on the flagship store artwork last year. Intertwining leaves, vines, and flora take the shape of Air Jordans”, wrote on social media.
According to Raxenne, the vibrant collection is inspired by the Jordan brand “coming home” to Manila, and “and how Filipino fans all over the country have celebrated this occasion.”
Raxenne’s “Plant Jordans” illustrations are available as merch — get them on a T-shirt at Jordan Manila’s flagship store. Each purchase comes with a drawstring bag that features the artist’s wallpaper art on the cover.
This article, Shirt design featuring Air Jordans x Philippine plants celebrates basketball’s Filipino-ness, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.