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Internationally acclaimed Filipino toy designer QUICCS is collaborating with leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) for TEQ5G, a limited-edition designer toy collectible exclusively designed for Smart that lucky subscribers can get a chance to win.
This partnership comes at a time when designer toys have created a phenomenal following of their own. Now more than ever, people are gravitating towards these high-quality collectibles especially with so many toymakers experimenting on designs and the numerous collaboration opportunities with different brands. It has definitely piqued the interest of most, and if you’re not in on this hype yet, you’re missing out.
Passionate dreamer and goal-slayer
Juanito Maiquez aka QUICCS is a homegrown toy designer who, after a lot of determination and perseverance, has now become an internationally-renowned visual artist. QUICCS is a big deal in the fields of hip-hop, basketball, street fashion, toys, and the street art world, and part of his cred includes working with famous brands around the world to create stunning pieces that reflect his one-of-a-kind style and artistic vision.
By no small coincidence, his creativity was also partly molded by PLDT and Smart growing up. “My dad, Teody Maiquez, was an executive in PLDT and Smart for 35 years where he dedicated most of his life to,” QUICCS shared. “My sister, Luday/Angel Maiquez-Guiang who is also my manager, also worked with PLDT and Smart for a time. Back then, PLDT was known for holding art competitions, and my dad would encourage me to join every time.”
While he grew up to become a graphic designer, his main dream was to create, design, and produce his own toys. His road to becoming a famous toy designer in the Philippines was no doubt challenging, but his passion never wavered. QUICCS would eventually see his passion bear fruit, especially with the advancement and accessibility of technology.
That grind would eventually turn QUICCS into the internationally sought-after toy designer and artist he is now. After a long journey, his toys have become must-have icons among toy collectors and street culture aficionados all over the world, drawing tons of hype with each highly-anticipated release. He would also eventually land his career-defining partnerships with brands such as Adidas, which hugely contributed to his rising stock in the culture.
The world is your gallery.
He embodies the passionate dreamer in Smart Signature customers by being a certified goal-slayer who has managed to bring his passion and love for the arts to life with the help of the world-changing power and possibilities of technology.
“You don’t need to follow the blueprint of being a traditional artist,” QUICCS said. “Back in the day, artists are expected to join art competitions, connect with galleries. Now, you can use social media as a tool to make your own gallery. You don’t have to follow the norms, there are other paths that artists can take. The world is your gallery.”
QUICCS’s trailblazing work and journey is fitting for his partnership with Smart, as the telco giant is also leading the way to new and limitless possibilities for its subscribers by providing the fastest 5G network in the country.
Win a TEQ5G toy collectible with Smart 5G
The designer collectibles made by QUICCS are all one-of-a-kind, carefully crafted, and much-anticipated pieces that people are willing to pay big bucks just to own, and the TEQ5G toy collectible exclusively designed for Smart is no different. QUICCS designed TEQ5G to embody the game-changing power of 5G technology and inspire subscribers that they too can turn their passions into reality.
TEQ5G is a limited-edition release with only 500 pieces available, and only Smart Signature 5G subscribers will get a chance to get their hands on it! They can be a lucky owner of the TEQ5G collectible for free by experiencing the power of Smart 5G. To join, subscribers only need to use Smart 5G mobile data, conduct a speed test, take a screenshot, and share it at smrt.ph/Quiccs5G along with their full name and Smart Signature Mobile Number. Subscribers may submit their entries from Sept. 10 to 30, 2021.
The raffle is open to new and existing subscribers of Smart Signature 5G SIM-Only Plans, Smart Signature 5G Device Plans, and Smart Signature Device Plans bundled with a 5G device, and the draw will be held in October, with the winners to be officially announced on Smart’s official Facebook page.
This unique collaboration is in line with Smart Signature’s “Live Larger” campaign, which empowers goal-slayers to further excel and dive deeper into their passions powered by Smart 5G, the country’s fastest and widest 5G network. Smart Signature enables customers to live larger and finally make the shift to 5G with its 5G Plans and wide selection of Smart 5G-certified handsets that suit every lifestyle. That’s not all, too—subscribers can also expect bigger things to come from QUICCS and Smart Signature in the future.
Philippines’ fastest and widest 5G network
Smart Signature subscribers enjoy next-level speeds with Smart 5G, powered by the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firms like Ookla and Opensignal.
Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently cited Smart as the country's fastest 5G mobile network for the first half of 2021. Smart has also reasserted its dominance as the Philippines' fastest mobile network for the fourth year in a row, based on analysis by Ookla of tests taken with Speedtest within the same period.
On the other hand, Smart scored a rare sweep in the April 2021 Philippines Mobile Network Experience Awards by independent analytics firm Opensignal, essentially reestablishing it as the Philippines’ fastest network.
Know more about Smart Signature 5G Plans at https://smart.com.ph/Postpaid/signature
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