Evolution of Philippine Costume


History and Origin of Piña

Our Piña Exhibit includes a display of the Philippine fabric made of piña and its origin. A gallery of photos shows the Filipino attire from Barong Tagalog for men to the evolution of costumes for women. The highlight of the exhibit is a private collection of the three gowns made of piña with intricate embroidery – circa 1936. These were gifts from the late Mrs. Aurora Quezon, wife of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, to her friend Mrs. Ann Schinazi.



In the historical account of the Filipino women's dress, the most prominent among them is the “Terno”. The terno comes from the Spanish word “to match” which was composed literally [...]

Philippine Costumes in 18th – 19th Century