June 8, 2013 12:30 – 1:30 pm
There 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 life.
To 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.
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. 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
The 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.
The 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 those times.
MARIA CLARA or FILIPINIANA
These 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 pineapple material.
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. This outfit is sometimes called Imelda dress.
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. It is very colorful and usually made of silk.
FILIPINO COSTUME MODELS AT THE PARK
On 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.
The kids look so adorable in traditional Filipino costume.
The male models wore barong tagalog while one wore the Muslim warrior costume.
Lady models look exquisite in their Filipiniana attire!