The members of the association, whether young or old, had worn their best Philippine attire to exhibit the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through its costumes. The emcee described the costumes, its origin, materials and design as well and the names of more than 35 models who participated.
The 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.
A traditional outfit for men mostly made from pina or pineapple cloth, jusi or banana and are elaborately embroidered.
FARMER’S or MAGSASAKA
The FARMER’S or MAGSASAKA outfit – worn by Visayan farmers and most made in cotton material for comfort.
The regular or casual kimona outfit are worn by the Visayan women for work while the dressy ones are worn for special occassions. These costumes originated from the western part of the Philippines.
MARIA CLARA or FILIPINIANA
These are the outfits introduced by the Spaniards when they colonized the Philippines.
These 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.
TERNOS OR MESTIZA DRESSES
These 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.
DRESS REHEARSAL AT THE LUISENO PARK – June 3rd (Sunday)
from 1 – 4 pm
It has been a tradition in the FIL-AM organization that a dress rehearsal and get-together “potluck luncheon” of all traditional costume models and their families gather at the park for a final fashion show rehearsal and pictorial.
Oh what a beautiful afternoon in the park to see the kids and ladies in their traditional Philippine attire!