were more than 37 models, of different ages, who participated
in the traditional Philippine costume show. It was a
delight to see the numerous Filipiniana attire representing
the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and its way of
put all these models together was the difficult task
of the committee headed by Pres. Mely Sivage, Dir. Virgie
Flemming and very active pioneer Aida Viado.
first group are models wearing the IGOROT outfit. These
are from the northern part of the Philippines, specifically
in Baguio and the Mountain Provice area, the highland
tribal regions of Luzon.
traditional outfit for men mostly made from pina or
pineapple cloth, jusi or banana and are elaborately
embroidered. This outfit is very popular by men worn
during special and formal occasions. It can also be
used as a business attire. Most Philippine government
officials wear barong as their official wardrobe while
doing public work and public appearances.
FARMER'S or MAGSASAKA outfit - worn by Visayan farmers
and mostly made in cotton material for comfort. The
straw hats and salakot (wide-brimmed hat) protect them
from the heat of the sun as they work on the fields.
regular or casual kimona outfit are worn by the Visayan
women for work while the dressy ones are worn for special
occasions. These costumes originated from the western
part of the Philippines. The blouse and skirt are so
easy to wear that this attire became a favorite both
for everyday wear and for a semi-formal occasions during
CLARA or FILIPINIANA
are the outfits introduced by the Spaniards when they
colonized the Philippines. This was a very popular dress
mostly worn by middle class or upper middle class women
matched with abaniko or fan and elegant hair accessories.
It is characterized with wide sleeves and loose blouse
with a huge scarf worn over the blouse. The blouse is
usually embroidered made of fine fabric like pina or
OR MESTIZA DRESSES
come in one- or two-piece outfit, mostly comes in traditional
butterfly sleeve, elaborately decorated in sequences,
beads, pearls, and embroideries. They are worn on formal
and special occasions only. They were popularized by
the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.
This outfit is sometimes called Imelda dress.
are from the islands of Mindanao, the southern part
of the Philippines. This attire is the fashion contribution
of the Muslim people to the Filipinos. It is very colorful
and usually made of silk.
COSTUME MODELS AT THE PARK
June , 2013, a dress rehearsal was held at the Luiseno
Park in Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside, California. Most
of the models showed up in their Filipino attire for
pictorials. FIL-AM officers and directors organized
and arranged to have potluck for food and to develop
camaraderie among the members.
kids look so adorable in traditional Filipino costume.
male models wore barong tagalog while one wore the Muslim
models look exquisite in their Filipiniana attire!