This Fall 2012, Freeway veers away from their usual visual artists and honors a man from a purely audial field. Now on its seventh installment, composer Levi Celerio was honored as the first National Artist for Music on the National Artists Collectors’ Series.
Best known for being the first man to play music using a single leaf, he was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for doing just that and named National Artist for Music and Literature on October 9, 1997. As a prolific lyricist, he has written what most consider as classic Filipino love songs like "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," "Sa Ugoy ng Duyan," and "Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal" as well as the well-loved Christmas song "Ang Pasko ay Sumapit."
Instead of sticking to just casuals, this collection also offers a range of officewear for the fashionable consumer. Using his famous lyrics imprinted on each design, Freeway combines the music that moved our nation with classically cut pieces in a palette consisting mostly of rich blues, galaxy prints, and the occasional pop of rusty orange.
Levi Celerio joins the ranks of other national artists such as Nick Joaquin (Literature), Ang Kiukok (Visual Arts), Jose Garcia Villa (Literature), Ramon Valera (Fashion Design), F. Sionil José (Literature) and Vicente Manansala (Visual Arts) in Freeway’s roster of collaborations between art and fashion.
Click on the gallery to view the Freeway x Levi Celerio Collection!