September 15, 2011 to September 22, 2011
The third week of September is celebrated as Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino. During this period, our people’s various native dresses and costumes are highlighted.
Philippine history and culture were recorded not only in documents but also in the material culture of our people. The varied names, uses, meanings and motifs of our people’s dresses suggest the rich history and culture of our country.
The “Barong Tagalog,” “Balintawak,” and “Baro’t Saya” are the prominent Filipino attire but our people have many other native dresses – the Ilonggo jusi and pina, the Moro malong, the Bicol sinamay, nipis, and patadyong, the Ilocano abel, the Visayan tapis pintados, the Bagobo dagmay, Bilaan tandayon, and the Mandaya ikat. Among our foreign-influenced dresses are the Camisa de Chino, Kamisa, Maria Clara, Traje de Mestiza Terno, and Mantones de Manila.
Our dresses and costumes are beautiful expressions of our many national traits. They express the various foreign influences that entered our country as well as our taste, artistry, and sensibilities to life’s various moods and demands.