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exzachly | Everpress: Chika Minute Phone Card Shirt
Zach is an artist who came to Queens, NY in 2005 from the Philippines. This was a time before FaceTime was a thing and the only way to call family back home was to buy phone cards from the deli. Behind the counter would be an endless wall of phone cards for every country, even multiple designs for the same country. Just point at the one you want and the guy behind the counter would rip it from the hook.
The design features the Philippine Eagle, the national bird of the Philippines and Chocolate Hills from Bohol. "Chika Minute" literally translates to "Gossip Minute", and is also a reference to a popular news segment in the Philippines. The back of the phone card lists the phone numbers and locations of actual Filipino restaurants from US cities with the biggest Filipino populations. Other easter eggs include the phone number to the NYC location of the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Independence Day as the PIN number.