The Maynila Set

The Maynila Set is a non-traditional, multipurpose mahjong set I designed, handcarved, painted and shellacked from November 2017-May 2018. I translated symbols from the traditional Chinese set for a Philippine worldview by researching mahjong’s history, exploring the canonized tile set’s design origins, identifying semiotic incompatibilities with Filipino culture, and reinterpreting symbols to be congruent with folklore from the archipelago’s major island regions.