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  • "Life Line" by Liv Vinluan and "Wing-Tipped" by Leeroy New. Works from the "Rebel with a Cause" auction for Haiyan relief.  
  • The gustatory lineup at the "Rebel with a Cause" food throwdown held at Rockwell's Plaza Drive    
  • Spring rolls from Spring by Ha Yuan  
  • Arroz Caldo Parcel with sticky rice and lechon kawali by Sarsa  
  • Chef Nicco Santos of Your Local  
  • A Pink Panda cook whips up Crab Mie Goreng  
  • Bottled cold brews, craft sodas, and cocktails from EDSA BDG  
  • Rebellion bites in this bevy of ginger beers  
  • High noon at the Plaza Drive  
  • "Basic Needs" by Nikki Luna  
  • "Untitled" by Soler Santos  
  • "Untitled Blue" by MM Yu    
  • "Fred Perry with Paint" by Everywhere We Shoot  
  • "Schritte" by Isabel Santos
  • "Black Stars" by Costantino Zicarelli    
  • Works from Rebel with a Cause at Univers, One Rockwell      

12/16/14 Shirt Change: Haiyan Relief from Fred Perry’s Rebellion

Photography by Francisco Núñez

Aid, no matter its form, is always in good taste. The sensory delights derived from Fred Perry Philippines’ food and art throwdown held from December 12 to 14 were just gravy. Bringing mavericks from the culinary and visual arts together for the three-day event, Fred Perry was tipped toward rebuilding school infrastructure in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban.

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At the Power Plant Mall’s Plaza Drive, food realm renegades including NOUS alums JP Anglo of Sarsa and EDSA BDG’s Sly Samonte offered bites, booze, and brews to help in Habitat for Humanity’s Haiyan Relief. EDSA’s bottled cocktails made for potent pairing to punchy Asian eats such as the 8 Treasure duck galantina from Kwong’s Provisions, a bak chor mee from Your Local, and hit sisig hotdogs and pork belly empanadas from Sarsa. For all three days of the event, none other than pasta revolutionary—indeed, the woman who introduced Manila to al dente—Gaita Fores whipped up a charitable frenzy, serving the nostalgic bola bolas of her shuttered Café Bola to haute, homestyle roast turkey with foie gras. Call it soul food, especially with 100 percent of sales going to Habitat for Humanity’s Tacloban efforts.

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Throughout the event, retail became the podium that art stood on to draw attention and funds to the cause. Exhibiting at Univers in One Rockwell were the works of 15 artists, each given a classic Fred Perry Twin Tipped shirt to reimagine and render in a way they see fit. The exhibition also stood as a silent auction, from which all proceeds would also go to improving education in Tacloban.

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Marking these three days, that iconic laurel wreath shone bright in LED lights—an alternative Christmas wreath if you will. Maybe it was a reminder that at the heart of all this branding and selling is the act of giving, plain and simple. Amid consumer cynicism and the sourgraping of other artists, consider it real rebellion.

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