Saturday, January 13, 2007

Barong Tagalog

For those of you unfamiliar with the Philippines...the men's national dress here is known as the Barong Tagalog

It is actually a very nice piece of clothing and there are very few men who actually look bad in a covers a multitude of sins! It is worn for most formal occasions - weddings, meetings, conferences, formal family gatherings etc...and as a very acceptable alternative to a colleagues often wear a barong when working over the weekend instead of a suit.

So it was obviously going to be the garment of choice at the ASEAN summit and to be honest it does look better on the delegates than the majority of national dress outfits they have been squeezed into in the past.

The PDI had a very simple column about the ASEAN summit and the wearing of the Barong...given that every Filipino knows what a barong is, given that the readership of the PDI does not extend too far out of the Philippines, I would assume that the column was aimed at those foreigners either living in the Philippines or possibly visiting for the summit...which is why the following sentence was really, really unnecessary...

A Manila pub once used the national see-through attire to dress waitresses without any underwear in hopes of luring crowds of men at night.

The Philippines has a bad enough reputation overseas as a sex tourism hot spot...without adding inane comments such as this...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How would it look work with my kilt?


10:57 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

You are asking that of a woman who goes weak at the knees at the sight of a man in a kilt?

No doubt it would look fine...but for me the only real 'top-half' accessory for a kilt would be Daniel Craig's chest...or something thereabouts!!!!

11:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will work on this, may take some time yet. to the gym.


11:22 am  
Blogger wysgal said...

It looks like an Associated Press article though ... and not a PDI column. So we should blame the AP correspondents (not PDI) for painting such a lurid picture of our country. =)

4:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just attended a Filipino wedding and they were stunned with my Barong Tagalog. I just told them that I bought it online at

10:13 pm  
Blogger gpounder said...

I always had a fascination with the Barong. I think it is the most beautiful Filipino clothing ever made... entire fashion based on that should be emphasized into other fashions... I wore them as a child as church wear and always felt proud wearing them.

3:42 pm  
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