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Filipino Artists Express the Power of the Human Spirit in Vodka Collab

The artworks seek to dispel negativity.
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The world is besieged by hate and toxicity, even when one of the most challenging pandemics it has ever faced cripples many nations. Because of this, Absolut Vodka tapped Filipino artists to shine a light in the darkness of negativity and 

The vodka brand rallies behind a new tagline, “It’s In Our Spirit,” recognizing the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity and reconnect a broken world.

The Power of Human Spirit

Absolut encourages people to draw from within ourselves to start the positive change that they want to see in the world. In the Philippines, the brand fuels positivity by collaborating with Filipino artists Eunpyon, Hulyen, Kris Abrigo, and Tokwa Penaflorida to create art that inspires everyone. Below are the artworks they created. 

“The Spirit of a Filipino”

Photo by Eunpyon.

Digital artist Eunpyon channeled her desire to express herself and her advocacy for gender equality in a bright and dazzling piece, titled “The Spirit of a Filipino.” “Current events and the way the youth has dealt with them has definitely been a huge inspiration for me,” she said. “The way they don’t back down despite the challenges they face was something that helped me maneuver the pen.”

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” (Sparkling Heart Emoji)

Photo by Hulyen.

Comic artist Hulyen wanted to exhibit human connection in her simple yet resonant piece for Absolut, titled “????” (Sparkling Heart Emoji). “I admire Absolut’s initiative for a more positive world,” said Hulyen. “It has become more challenging to live right now so I think anything that promotes creativity, diversity, and making the world a better place for everyone is something we can welcome.”

“New Perspectives”

Photo by Kris Abrigo.
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Visual artist and muralist Kris Abrigo drew up “New Perspectives,” a colorful maximalist work that frames Absolut as something that can brighten people’s moods. “In this artwork, I combined some of the painting I did during the quarantine,” said Abrigo. “The more fulfilled I am, the less negative stuff I put out, hopefully spiraling towards togetherness and compassion. I feel the closer we look, read, or listen, the better our chances for a more positive world.”

Busilak (Purity)

Photo by Tokwa Penaflorida.

Illustrator and painter Tokwa Penaflorida came up with “Busilak (Purity),” an ethereal and fairytale-like work that evokes inclusivity and the spirit and support of communities. “The pandemic made me realize a lot of things, most importantly the idea of ‘community,’” said Penaflorida. “A lot of our actions and sacrifices during the pandemic revolves around empathy toward other people. That inspired my art the most.”

“We truly recognize the need for hope and positivity at this time, and we’re lucky to be working with four of the most talented Filipino artists for this project,” said Frances Favila, Absolut Vodka Brand Manager. “Their artwork has the potential to inspire many Filipinos to persevere through challenges and help create a better world.”

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Photo by Absolut.

All four artworks will be turned into covers of limited-edition journals available through Boozy.ph. You can get them when you purchase special Absolut bundles with each journal on Boozy. 

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