Aug 22, 2019

When was the last time you’ve worn Filipiniana? For most, it might be at a formal event or maybe even at a Buwan ng Wika celebration at school. The opportunities to wear our national dress are usually limited because of how challenging it is to incorporate into everyday wear. Not to mention the design and material often used for this makes it uncomfortable on hot days. But designers and brands have now begun to look back at and take inspiration from the Filipiniana in creating casual wear.

Here are some designers and local brands that give baro’t saya and barong Tagalog a modern taste:

Gabbie Sarenas

www.gabbiesarenas.com
Instagram.com/gabbiesarenasph

Known for giving clothing and lifestyle a look of Filipino tradition, Gabbie Sarenas makes her own take on barong Tagalog. This Dalisay menswear is made of piña cotton with special hand embroidery on its details. 

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Dalisay menswear. Photo courtesy of Gabbie Sarenas on Facebook
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Photo courtesy of Gabbie Sarenas on Facebook

Marco Pilipino

Instagram.com/marcopilipino

Marco Pilipino makes the terno modern by using cañamazo, a Spanish term for “coarse canvas” or “burlap” used for needleworkas a component for the sleeves. The Laya and Giting terno tops are made of jacquard, brocade, and tweed classic fabric. The Kapayapaan look, meanwhile, is a modern terno top with covered buttons at the back. 

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Photo courtesy of Marco Pilipino on Facebook
Photo courtesy of Marco Pilipino on Facebook

Vinta_to

www.vintato.com
Instagram.com/vinta_to

The Tunic Barong is made of a silk/polyester blend or natural colored jusi which is hand and machine embroidered in Taal, Batangas. Its buttons are handsewn and are made of coconut wood. The Linen Gardan Barong, meanwhile, is a “new interpretation of the 1970s redesign created by Pierre Cardin for the infamous dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.”

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Tunic Barong. Photo courtesy of Vinta Gallery
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The Linen Gardan Barong. Photo courtesy of Vinta Gallery

Herman & Co.

www.wearherman.com
Instagram.com/hermanandco

For more casual but stylish wear, Herman & Co. makes modern Filipino clothing using textiles from Mindanao. This top and batik top is sourced from Sulu and Yakan from Basilan communities while this cover-up top is styled with Tingguian embroidery and can be worn in many ways.

Araw

www.araw-araw.com
Instagram.com/araw.theline

Made of layered silk of piña, this Zip-Polo Barong shirt gives a fashionable look while also maintains traditional aura.

 

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Men’s Zip Polo-Barong Shirt | Available online on June 12 🇵🇭🕊

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Header photo courtesy of Marco Pilipino on Facebook

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