DUBAI – A Dubai-based Filipino artist bagged the top award in the international design competition organized by lifestyle brand New Era.
Lina Ureta Al Moudi’s Balqis or the Queen of Sheba headwear bagged the top design in the "New Era Introducing" contest. New Era is a US-based company, best known as the maker of official baseball caps for Major League Baseball.
|Lina Al Moudi's Queen Sheba design cap
“The reason I chose to tell the story of Bilqis, Queen of Sheba is because she wore the hat of a mother. She wore the hat of an inspiring woman, of a leader and of a warrior,” said Al Moudi.
Sam Fogden, the public relations manager of New Era – EMEA also praised Al Moudi’s work.
“The level of work and the effort that she put in to her submission was fantastic and it was by all means way past our expectations,” said Fogden.
Al Moudi bested more than 100 finalists from Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Her family was likewise proud of her achievement. Al Moudi is a niece of film, television and radio personality, Ariel Ureta.
“I'm really so proud of my daughter and really she amazes me and she's really full of surprises,” said her mother Carmela Ureta.
Aside from Al Moudi, there were five other Dubai-based Filipino finalists in the contest.
“Tuwang-tuwa kami sa kanya kasi ang bata-bata pa niya ang laki na ng achievement niya, said finalist Ella Orencillo.
“Lahat kami proud to be included sa competition and because majority ng finalists Filipino rin we're just happy for each other,” said another finalist, Flordeliza Pesigan.
Other Filipino artists see Al Moudi’s achievement as an inspiration.
“I feel very honored especially I'm proud to be one of the Filipinos who participated in this event," Kristy Ligones said.
Meanwhile, Al Moudi has a message for aspiring Filipino designers: “Just go forward because you'll never know where the roads are going to take you next. Just be passionate and love what you do”. Report from Majah Moralde, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau