They were a bit pricey, as far as tee shirts go. I mean, hey, I work for the government. I had even made a promise to myself that I’d keep shopping to a minimum this Christmas season and even beyond.

However, just one look, and I was hooked.

Landscape Without Figures by Nick Joaquin by Freeway

And Nick Joaquin is one the best writers ever, and still very much revered, even after his death in 2004. I figured, if I were to spend on a shirt, this was justifiable since I adore his writing. My first brush with him was when I was in the fourth grade, when my dear Mother gave me this book, Joaquinisquerie: Myth a la Mode, which was basically a collection of fairy tales that he had retold. Think Neil Gaiman retelling Snow White in his Snow, Glass, Apples.  How smart was my Mother, to introduce Nick Joaquin to ten-year-old-moi in the friendliest way possible? Oh Ma, I’m so thankful to this day, that you made me and my brothers love reading.

So back to the shirts.

The colors and design reminded me so much of another favorite brand of mine, Custo Barcelona. So whimsical. So me.

The shirts were so pretty, so I bought another one:

A Portrait of An Artist as a Filipino by Nick Joaquin by Freeway

A Portrait of An Artist as a Filipino was one of his works that we were required to read in first year high school. Seeing that shirt brought back lots of memories.

the care tag...I love it!

The shirts had probably one of the sassiest care tags I’ve ever seen!

hang tag

And yeah, I bought the shirts at Freeway.

It’s not a shop that I frequent, but their National Artist series is a great idea, methinks.  There are other fun stuff in the collection, including a cute shirt dress, but my I was so afraid of blowing away a week’s pay cheque in one go.

Maybe next time.


This holiday season, they’re featuring another artist, Ang Kiukok. If I had enough moolah, I would’ve gotten the gorgeous Ang Kiukok shirt in blazing orange.

*insert another sigh here*

But still…….. I have two pretty pretty pretty shirts!

I’m a happy girl!