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“Incredible Fashion~ Pearl of the Orient Seas” (Fashion of the Philippines) by Dionle Ariba

Fashion is a standard of glamour and confidence in showcasing elegant works of art that motivate humanity. Numerous nations retain their own uniquely stunning fashion. The Philippines, also known as the Pearl of the Orient Seas, is a nation filled with extravagant fashion. Tribes in diverse regions in the Philippines are immersed with countless fashion that have mesmerized the sights of several people.

The Philippines is a spectacular country filled with cultures and traditions. Filipinos are hospitable and sociable to their friends. Filipinos also adore engaging beauty pageants to showcase marvelous works of fashion that are confidently inspiring. One of the most famous Filipino fashion designers, Michael Cinco, has created many astounding and stunning gowns for famous people like Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, etc.

Fashion is one of the numerous characteristics that exemplify Filipino culture. The history of distinctive apparel should make the young generation proud of their Filipino nationality.

Filipinos have a myriad of diverse contemporary fashion trends and styles, but some of the notable Filipino fashion trends that embody historical Filipino culture are the Barong Tagalog, Mestiza Dress or Filipiniana dress, and Baro't saya.

Fabulous Baro’t Saya

Baro’t Saya is a traditional dress worn by Filipino women. Furthermore, it is recognized as a blouse and Imagina skirt. A dress that illustrates the characteristics of pre-colonial And Spanish clothing styles.

It traditionally comprises four parts: a blouse (baro or camisa), a lengthy skirt (saya or falda), a kerchief worn over the shoulders (pañuelo, fichu, or alampay), and a short rectangular fabric worn over the skirt (the tapis or patadyong).

In the aristocratic edition of the Baro’t saya, the famous Filipiniana dress, also known as the Maria Clara Gown or traje de mestiza, was worn by Filipino women. The material used in this dress is pina fiber, the same used in Barong Tagalog. The Filipiniana dress still has the same components as the Baro’t Saya.

Barong Tagalog of the Philippines

Men in the Philippines also have unique fashion, made of fine pineapple fiber that is renowned in many countries.

Barong Tagalog is an embellished long-sleeved traditional shirt for men and a national dress of the Philippines. Barong Tagalog incorporates components from both the pre-colonial local Filipino and colonial Spanish clothing methods. It is traditionally composed of sheer textiles (nipis) woven from piña or abacá, although in modern times, inexpensive equipment like organza silk, ramie, or polyester are also used.

Dionle L. Ariba is a 13-year-old 8th grade student of Leaton School Inc. from Sangi, Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines 🇵🇭. Aside from enjoying fashion and writing, his favorite hobby is collecting lego minifigures, his favorite color is blue, and he loves homemade Filipino cuisine. He is a Roman Catholic that believes in Jesus Christ. He believes that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Photo Cover Credit: Luiza Danco


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