Giordano taps five Filipino artists for its latest Voltes V collection
No one can argue the impact of Voltes V on generations of Filipinos who grew up watching the Japanese mecha anime. It has been a significant part of our lives and has left an indelible mark on Filipino pop culture. And now Giordano celebrates this occasion with new shirt designs by ultraelectromagnetic die-hard fans!
Not only has it ushered the way for a deeper relationship between Filipino TV viewers and Japanese anime, but it has also inspired countless creative professionals who saw Voltes V as a realization of their art projected on their screens. Some of these artists are now paying tribute to Voltes V by contributing their art to Giordano’s latest collection celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Voltes V.
These five artists were chosen through the Voltes V Tee Design Contest which was launched late last year. They are Jarrel Soliman, RJ Camacho, Frederick Gan, Jhomel Antonio, and Jefferson Velayo, and all of them expressed their admiration for the anime and shared how it has inspired their art.
“I was in awe with how technologically-advanced the show was at that time. As an awe-stricken child, the show inspired me to draw its characters and eventually design my own,” Soliman said.
Velayo added that whenever he is at a loss for inspiration, all he does is watch an episode of Voltes V. “Whenever I find myself procrastinating over a piece, I just watch Voltes V and that helps me get in the zone and illustrate. The show is an inspiration for an artist like me.”
They also discussed the inspiration behind their designs and how it reflects not only the elements of Voltes V but also reflects the deep passion of Filipinos for the show. One striking design came from Frederick Gan. Gan’s design shows Voltes V while attacking using his Laser Sword. According to him this brings him memories from his childhood when he played as the primary antagonist of the series Prince Zardoz and one of his friends will play Voltes V. This childhood memory played a significant role in his winning design.
Meanwhile, Rj Camacho shared that his design came from a his relationship with the anime. “I feel it’s a self-portrait of sorts. This is how I saw Voltes V.”
This passion for the anime plus their creative talent allowed these artists to come up with truly unique designs that will surely resonate with Filipinos.
“This is a way for us to show our appreciation of Filipino talent,” Lloyd Lim, VP for Business Development said. “By tapping these five artists we are able to show how passionate Filipinos are for Voltes V, and we capture this relationship in pieces of apparel that celebrate the 40th anniversary of Voltes V while giving cognizance to its cultural significance.”
Aside from the designs of the five artists, the collection will also include several designs that brandish the iconic robot and some of the most significant characters of the show. A limited edition design which has Combattler V, Daimos, and Voltes V in one shirt will also be released. The collection will come in men’s printed tee, women’s printed tee, junior printed tee, men’s polo, men’s embroidered tee, and men’s hooded cotton jacket.
To get your Giordano Voltes V 40th Anniversary apparel, visit the nearest Giordano store or shop online at www.giordano.ph. Like and follow Giordano on Facebook at facebook.com/