Made in Manila, Made for the World: adidas and Quiccs release the Harden Vol.5 ‘Manila Heritage’
Over the past two weeks, the Philippines has been a hot zone for all things basketball. Be it news about our National Team or the ongoing NBA Playoffs, Filipinos are in the know of everything going on. During the first round of the Playoffs, Nets star James Harden wore something that truly hit home for Pinoy hoops fans everywhere. The former MVP rocked the Harden Vol.5 ‘Manila Heritage – a brainchild of adidas and renowned Filipino toy designer Quiccs.
Dropping in time for the country’s Independence Day, Quiccs took inspiration from the Filipinos’ love for basketball, the brand and Japanese-style robots. Seeing the shoe up close, you’ll notice a lot of elements that truly are a nod to the Philippines:
- The shoe’s colorway features the country’s flag colors – Yellow (hope), Red (blood and valor), and Blue (freedom and imagination)
- The three dots seen on the heel represent the three major islands – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
- +63 is the country’s code, also seen on many of Quiccs’ creations and on the shoe’s upper.
- The date 6.23.19 also marks the time James Harden last visited the PH.
- Quiccs’ wordmark and crossbones logo can be found on the shoe’s heel, while the TEQ63 character and Quiccs-ified James Harden are printed on the shoe’s outsoles.
“I’ve always been a big fan of basketball and adidas, so I’m beyond honored that adidas has given me this opportunity with ‘Manila Heritage’ to use my creativity in paying tribute to the Philippines and James Harden,” Quiccs Maiquez said.
The Harden Vol.5 x Quiccs ‘Manila Heritage’ drops today, June 12 across adidas PH stores, Sports Central and Titan stores around the metro. The shoe retails for Php 7,000. The release also entails two new Quiccs-designed tees featuring the robo-fied James Harden.