Japanese global retailer UNIQLO recently announced the winners of its Pokémon-themed UT GRAND PRIX 2019 T-shirt design contest.
The contest attracted a record 18,000 entries worldwide, reflecting the staggering popularity of Pokémon. The judging panel selected 22 winning designs, among them Filipinos Hannah Lee, Louis Nichole Santos, and Dana Asahan.
UNIQLO has conducted its UT GRAND PRIX design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Nintendo, Star Wars, and Marvel.
Pokémon is one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises. It began in Japan in 1996, with the launch of the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games. Pokémon gameplay features collecting, training, and trading unique creatures.
There’s also a Pokémon trading card game and the beloved animated series. Thus far, total games have sold in excess of 300 million and the Pokémon GO mobile game, released in 2016, reached over 1 billion downloads worldwide.
You can choose from your favorite Pokemon characters, such as Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Ditto, Magikarp, and many more. Men’s and women’s UTs retail for Php 790; kids UTs Php 390.
Items are available at UNIQLO stores.