🌈 Philippine Women’s Touch Rugby
Toqa outfitted the 2019 Philippine Women’s Touch Rugby Team with uniforms for the World Cup in KL, Malaysia. We located Toqa at the apex of athletic performance.
High fashion uniforms aid a functional purpose: psychologically, if you look good, you feel good, you perform better.
Western states colonized the PH for over 300 years; China’s politics continue to strongarm our own. Here, our team achieved landmark wins: beating the Netherlands in a first-ever win over a European team & steamrolling China in a 7-3 upset. We witnessed a proxy for a politics that might never occur in reality. In Toqa, our island athletes supplied a narrative agency to their cultural history, pivoting hundreds of years of oppression into the spotlight.
In rugby tradition, players swap jerseys at tournament’s close. Any athlete may approach another & propose a trade for sentimental or aesthetic reasons. While each member of the Philippine Womens’ team was approached, not one traded her Toqa uniform.