It is strikingly akin to most basic female garments in the Southeast Asian world, and seems somehow related to the Indian sari. The Filipino wrap-around skirt called tapis or patadyong my have emerged from environmental conditions and technical repertoires similar to those that produced the sarong and the sari. As the female counterpart to the [...]

Traje de Mestiza


At the turn of the century with the Spanish and Spanish American war, the Filipinos asserted themselves through crystallizing their identity with costume. For four hundred years, Filipinas wore plain wrap-around skirts (saya) fashioned out of opaque plaid or striped cotton and sinamay varieties, and the baro (blouse) fashioned out of sheer lace fabrics. In [...]



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 of two parts, the lower and the upper part. The Filipino terno alludes to the matching of the blouse and skirt, joined at the waist [...]

Barong Tagalog


In 1975, President Ferdinand E. Marcos designated the Barong Tagalog as "the national attire” and issued a decree proclaiming Barong Tagalog Week (June 5 - 11). The presidential act was meant to” focus nation-wide attention on the Filipino national dress to wider use and enhance its export potential”. Its fine needlework or hand-painted designs in [...]

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