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#IndependenceDay2018: Celebrate The Beauty Of Traditional Filipino Clothing With These Modern Filipiniana Looks

Dress by Jojie Lloren, poncho and accessories by Piopio


As we celebrate the 120th Philippine Independence Day, we put the spotlight on the traditional clothing worn by Filipinas, appreciating the timeless beauty of their silhouettes and craftsmanship while reimagining and giving the looks a modern spin for the empowered Pinays of today.

Delicate, feminine, and modest, the baro't saya—whose popular variation is the Maria Clara gown—is the national costume of Filipina women, barong Tagalog being its counterpart for Filipino men. It is basically made up of the baro that pertains to the top blouse and the saya which is the skirt; The Maria Clara gown was typically worn with a pañuelo which is like a neck scarf that matches the ensemble and was worn over the shoulders. 

Another term that instantly crops up upon the mere mention of Filipiniana is the more modern terno, which is distinct for its butterfly sleeves.

Over the years, many talented Filipino fashion designers have come up with iterations and various interpretations of the traditional Filipino clothing—all in the hopes of preserving and promoting this aspect of the Filipino culture and heritage, in order to maintain its relevance in the modern day.   



Recently, the Intramuros Administration and Manila's 5th District Rep. Cristal Bagatsing held a culmination event at the National Museum of Natural History for their "Balik Saya" project, which included a Baro't Saya Design Competition aimed at showcasing the Filipino creativity and the talent of aspiring fashion designers, and championing a renewed appreciation for this traditional Filipino clothing. It was done with the help of mentor Jojie Lloren and board of judges that includes Inno Sotto, Randy Ortiz, Criselda Lontok, Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Jo-ann Bitagcol, Rajo Laurel, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, and Lulu Tan Gan.

In this fashion editorial, Metro.Style shows modern takes on Filipiniana, with exquisite pieces from renowned Filipiniana designer/Project Runway Philippines mentor Jojie Lloren and retail brand Piopio, whose everyday-appropriate items feature the work of traditional Filipino weavers and artisans. Modeling their creations is model Jessica Yang, who proudly represented the Philippines at the Asia Model Star Award in Korea recently.


Filipiniana top by Jojie Lloren; skirt and accessories by Piopio


Off-shoulder ethnic top, earrings and bracelet all by Piopio; neckpiece by Jun Jun Ablaza, and checkered skirt by Jojie Lloren


Tunic top, earrings and necklace all by Piopio; checkered skirt by Jojie Lloren; and bag from Rxandy Capinpin


Filipiniana dress by Jojie Lloren and Rosal earrings worn as hair accents by Karisma ni Maria


Filipiniana dress by Jojie Lloren and sunglasses by Shop Nicole Syjuco





Produced and photographed by Rxandy Capinpin
Styling by Keith Angelo
Makeup by Nikki Duque of Make Up Forever
Hairstyling by MJ Rone for Revlon Professional using hair extensions from Lynelle Hair Extensions
Model: Jessica Yang