1st Filipino artist design for Starbucks features Philippine Sarimanok

Starbucks Philippines' Sarimanok
Popular coffee chain Starbucks is set to launch its newest tumbler collection with Maranao designs by Manila artist Patrick Cabral. Facebook video screengrab of Patrick Cabral’s initial 3D rendering of the approved design.

The Philippines’ Sarimanok mythical bird has landed on Starbucks’ new collection as the popular coffee chain’s collaboration with Filipino artist Patrick Cabral.

The Maranao royal heritage symbol in black, white, and gold elements will be seen on the Starbucks tumblers and LOQI bags to be released on June 9, 2020.

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Known for his internationally acclaimed work for “Endangered Species,” a multi-layered paper sculpture series featuring 11 of endangered species from around the world, Patrick Cabral shared that the Sarimanok has been his favorite among the Philippine mythical figures, being the symbol of royalty and good fortune among Maranao people in Mindanao.

“I always wanted to incorporate local themes in my design,” the young experimental artist said to media. “The sarimanok has always been my favorite local mythical figure so it was an easy decision to make.”

The world-renowned artist added, “While my work is mainly focused on the theme of environment conservation, I feel that the conservation of cultural heritage is of equal importance.”

The Starbucks x Patrick Cabral Collection, which consists of three tumblers, one water-repellent eco-bag, and a Starbucks Card, all bear the Sarimanok design based on Cabral’s unique papercut art style.

Cabral also said he is delighted to be the first local artist tapped by Starbucks to design its collection inspired by the Philippine culture and symbol.

“I’m really excited for this collab and really thankful for the opportunity and support that the Starbucks team has been giving me,” he wrote on his Facebook post on June 6. “Camy and I were once only customizing designs for Starbucks tumbler… now we actually have an official product for Starbucks!”

The Sarimanok-designed items are priced as follows:

  • Double-wall ceramic mug – Php1,295
  • Stainless steel tumbler – Php1,595
  • Acrylic tumbler – Php895
  • Black LOQI water-resistant tote bag – Php595

The mythical Sarimanok has been a favorite subject and inspiration to Filipina beauty queens’ national costumes in international pageants, such as Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss Earth Philippines 2013 Angelee delos Reyes, Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel, Miss Globe Philippines 2018 Michelle Gumabao, and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2019 Emma Tiglao.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Patrick Cabral for having his Sarimanok designs featured on the new Starbucks collection.

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