Linya-Linya Just Released Their First-Ever Line of Bisaya-Inspired T-Shirt Designs

"It's our duty to represent every Filipino," said their creative director.

(SPOT.ph) Local brand Linya-Linya is known for taking facets of Filipino culture—from food to art to famous sayings—and turning them into silly T-shirts. Their latest collection aims to explore and showcase the diversity of the homeland, particularly when it comes to language, even more. For the first time ever, Linya-Linya has come out with T-shirts featuring the Bisaya language!

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The Philippines boasts over 180 languages and Bisaya is just one, spoken in many parts of Visayas and Mindanao. According to Linya-Linya, they decided to make the tees after releasing online content in Bisaya "with the help of Cebuano friends," which then received a a lot of positive feedback. "As a brand [that's] proudly Filipino, it’s our duty to represent every Filipino. And to do that we recognized that we also have to create content and merch in languages other than Tagalog," said Linya-Linya creative director Ali Sangalang.

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The collection features two T-shirt designs. One sports the single-worded question "palihug?" up front, referring to the Bisaya word for "please" and combining it with the English word "hug". The T-shirt's cutesy message is all about warm physical affection.

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Palihug? Shirt (P595)
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The Gugmalas Shirt features an amalgamation of the Bisaya word "gugma," meaning love, and the Tagalog "malas," meaning bad luck. You can probably guess what they're suggesting with the portmanteau—we’ve all been unlucky in love at least once in our lives, right?

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Gugmalas Shirt (P595)
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Linya-Linya's Bisaya-inspired T-shirts are available at their stores nationwide and on their website, Lazada, and Shopee.

For more information, log on to Linya-Linya's Facebook page.

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