Although this attire may be a tad ethno-centric that reflects the bias towards the Tagalog-speaking population in the Philippines, this shirt/dress has evolved from the country’s colonial Spanish past to become one of the most enduring Philippine icons.
Materials range from cotton, polyester to the more expensive imported and native silks such as the handmade jusi and pina fibers. Only the wearer’s imagination and taste set the limit regarding the tailoring and embroidery of the barong Tagalog.
Corrupt government officials and Pinoy movie stars are fond of attiring themselves with the barong Tagalog when receiving bribes and film awards.
Thus, the barong Tagalog can provide both effective cover or render a certain air of decency and cosmetic distraction to the eye of the beholders. In other words, this is the Pinoy version of “dress to impress.”
Try one and you will see that the finest barong Tagalog is a perfect, albeit stylish match to the tropical heat.