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Barong Tagalog

In the Philippines a modern, westernized style of dressing is common everywhere. In the urban areas as well as in the rural areas. For a long time already. Happily, it doesn't mean that it is impossible to see typical Filipino dress. 

At ceremonies, festivals and all other kind of important meetings, you will be able to see some men wearing the Barong Tagalog.

Barong Tagalog is an upper garment and known as the formal men's wear of the Philippines. 

The Barong Tagalog has a long tradition of more than four centuries. The look as well as the meaning of the dress have evolved throughout four centuries. The special traditional features remained untouched; the dress is thin and transparent (with a shirt under it), has decoration and one will wear the barong tagalog 'tucked out'. 


 Barong Tagalog  


The meaning of the name

"Barong Tagalog"


  'Baro'       = word for 'dress' 

  'Barong'   = means 'dress of '

  'Baro ng Tagalog'  = 'dress of the  




The Tagalog:  people that lived  on the island of Luzon, already  a very long time before the Spaniards arrived on Luzon. 

The origin of the specific features of the Barong Tagalog


Long time before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippine archipelago, the Tagolog people on  the northern island of Luzon, wore already a dress, that can be seen as the origin of the Barong Tagalog. The dress reached slightly below the waist, was colourless and had an opening in the front. The dress was, as the picture shows, tucked out.


  More information concerning the origin and designs, go to the next page!    

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