Hey, guys! It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog and I think this is a good entry to kick things off again, especially when these guys (unbeknownst to them) helped me start my blog! If they weren’t so cool when I first covered one of their releases and without them inviting me to cover the next ones, I wouldn’t have had dope content to put on here!
So, let’s get right to it. Have a peep:
This, boys and girls, is the MNL TONDO WIP Cap — a two-toned, monochromatic cap with the dome being pale grey and its bill, black — and it’s part of WIP’s “MNL District Series”. WIP linked up with artists who take pride in calling Tondo their home, and designed a cap to showcase its raw and vibrant history.
Tondo was notorious in the eighties and the nineties, said to be the most rugged neighborhood of Manila. Mike Nakayama tried to capture this grime and grit by using the aforementioned colors, or better yet, lack of colors.
The front panels of the cap has the classic WIP MNL 3D tag embroidered in white. Nakayama added the bill rope to signify the honor WIP Caps wishes to bring to the people of Tondo. The right panel dawns a TONDO label designed by artists who hail from that area, patterning it to the outline of a tirador (slingshot), a weapon they commonly used as kids growing up in those streets. A Llanera Flag is right above the snapback of this cap (not seen in the picture). Historically, the Katipunan (a Freemason group that revolted against the Spaniards for Philippine independence) Llanera Flags were handcrafted in the neighborhood of Tondo.
WIP tried to go even deeper in the city’s roots by showing some hieroglyphic-like symbols on the cap’s under brim. These symbols were found on a plate that was dug up and found, called the “Laguna Copperplate Inscription”. This artifact was written proof that Tondo, along with other local places, existed before the Spanish conquered the territory of Tondo, Manila and the rest of the Philippines.
The MNL District Series will be featuring other main districts of Manila, namely Sta. Cruz, Sta. Ana, Ermita, Quiapo, and Binondo. The Series looks to go back to the real streets of the city of Manila. WIP Caps has taken a deeper look at the history and culture of each district to pay homage to the people who are a part of it. Each community is unique in their own right and WIP hopes to make them proud of their roots and culture.
(Information taken from WIP Caps’ website with their permission.
Cover photo taken from wipcaps.wordpress.com)
I want this cap. Do you?
Well, guess what? WIP’s got a contest and YOU (and me) have a chance to cop this at a special price (20% discount: 1,160 Php from 1,450 Php) or even FOR FREE!
WIP is giving away 28 discount coupons to 28 lucky people! And 2 luckier people will actually get this cap absolutely FREE! Now, who doesn’t want dope, discounted merch? Who doesn’t want F R E E stuff??
All you have to do is:
- Take a photo sporting any of the previously released MNL caps. BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU CAN BE! BLOW THEIR MINDS!
- Be the first 28 people to post your photos on Facebook or Instagram. (For Facebook: WIP is only accepting/awarding 18 entries. Tag them (WIP Caps) with the hashtag “#mnltondo” | For Instagram: WIP is only accepting/awarding 10 entries. Tag them (@wip_pi and @wipcaps_us) with the hashtag “#mnltondo” | Only 1 entry per person. If you posted on Facebook, you can’t post on IG, and vice versa.)
WIP Caps will pick 2 of the best photo submissions to receive the 2 FREE MNL Tondo caps. (1 from Facebook, 1 from Instagram) — GOOD NEWS: You don’t have to be one of the first 28 people to submit! This is open to everyone even if you didn’t qualify for the 28 discount coupons! But discount winners ALSO qualify to win the free caps, so technically you can win TWO PRIZES! Hollaaaaa~
Submissions will be honored until Thursday, June 30, 3 PM. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 21.
The first 30 pieces of the MNL Tondo cap will only be available through this photo contest, which will end on Thursday. Caps that aren’t won/claimed will be in all stockists a week after, but only at its original price of 1,450 Php. So I suggest you join WIP’s contest!