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    Posted February 18, 2013 by
    Saudi Arabia
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    Your T-shirt tales

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Niena says her favorite t-shirt means the world to her besides her family of course. The Filipino native, who is currently working overseas in Saudi Arabia, says this is her favorite shirt because it represents her origins. 'It tells a lot about my homeland and my love for it,' she said. She says when she wears it she gets a lot of positive reactions from people, telling her it is a unique piece. She thinks people have an attachment to clothing and t-shirts in particular because they can serve as a reminder of the past. 'They're attached to the memories and the significance,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Most of the Overseas Filipino Workers love to wear t-shirt like mine. I so love this t-shirt for its design tells a lot about my origin, the Philippines. The map of the Philippines is made up of the phrase from our National Anthem “Perlas ng Silangan” (Pearl of the Orient). The stars represent the 3 main regions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the sun with eight primary rays represents our country's first group of provinces that started the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spain. Filipinos are known for their great struggles and just like the pearls, they are difficult to break or crush.
    This shirt is very significant for me as an OFW, part of my income goes to my fellow citizens who work for this company and this is the 1st patriotic shirt that I purchased from a business oriented friend here in Jeddah. It’s not about the brand of the shirt, it’s about how the shirt gives us comfort. I will never, ever, ever give up it up until I find someone who badly needs it.
    I am proud to be a Filipino!

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