The iconic Pinoy jeepney has found its way to a shirt designed by a Filipino artist for the United States baseball team Oakland Athletics (A’s).
The exclusive shirt for the Oakland Athletics Filipino Heritage Night, scheduled on September 20 at the Oakland Coliseum, was identified by the sports team’s social media as designed by Filipino artist Joe Aquilizan of Bayani Art.
Aquilizan who lives in Oakland, California traces his heritage to Tondo in Manila. The Bayani Art went on social media to thank the U.S. Baseball Team.
“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to design the 2019 @athletics Filipino Heritage Nightshirt design,” confirmed Bayani Art on social media.
The Filipino Heritage Night is an annual event as the A’s way of celebrating the rich Filipino Heritage in the Bay Area. Local Filipino food trucks, performances, and the Jeepney shirt are some of the features that showcase Philippine heritage.
Oakland Athletics Filipino Heritage Night happens on September 20. For special tickets, fans and supporters are directed to go to this link.
The Philippine jeepney is an acknowledged icon of Filipino ingenuity that began with Cavite’s Leonardo Sarao Sr. turning a post-war U.S. military jeep into a mass transport vehicle. The Sarao Jeepney has since risen to nationwide popularity embraced by various manufacturers and hailed as the “King of the Road” for its massive numbers.
The Pinoy jeepney has become a foreign tourist attraction to visiting celebrities such as Netflix stars Shay Mitchell and Penn Badgley, British band Coldplay, among many others.
The Filipino transport vehicle had also inspired Japan’s Tamiya to release a Jeepney model kit, and was used as a promo image for Hollywood’s animated feature Sherlock Gnomes.
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