“Maharlika.” draws inspiration from a song by TWICE’s "Feel Special" and is influenced by three key elements that makes him feel special: Filipino Culture, Womanhood, and Painting. The collection credits his Filipino family and friends, particularly the strong women in his life, as well as feminist artist Georgia O'Keeffe for moulding him into the man he is today and inspiring this fashion collection as a love letter to representation, belonging, and empowerment.
"Maharlika." and its theme revolves around the idea of making women feel royal and powerful through cultural representation, a feminist point of view, and formality. The collection draws inspiration from the iconic Filipino national garment called "Filipiniana" and aims to address gender-based flaws of the oppressive system and push for equality between men and women. The mission is to empower women by making them feel like a blooming flower that they are, fighting for women to globally dismantle attitudes that undermine their worth and value.