Buwan ng Wika, being the first school activity of the year for most schools can send us parents panicking when looking for a costume. When your child's appointed ethnic costume can not be bought from department stores and having it customized isn't your option, check out these Filipino costume ideas put together from old clothes.
If your choice at home is limited, I recommend the Segunda Mana Store by Caritas for second hand clothes. Having 5 stores around the Metro, you will surely find one you will like. Great finds can be had at local second hand clothing stalls in public markets for as little at P10 per piece, or P50 at second-hand clothing stores selling imported pieces. Remember to wash those thoroughly before putting your ensembles together. Featured here are additional costumes from last year's 9 DIY Costumes for Buwan ng Wika. View this gallery to know what to look for and how to put it together at a very minimal cost.
All photos are by the author.
Sources: www.muslimmindanao.ph Manobo by: Lydia Mary De Leon litera1no4.tripod.com http://www.tausugonline.com/
Assorted tops of simple prints can be turned into costumes. These can come from your closet, old trunk or second-hand clothes stores.
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Ethnic prints are difficult to find. In choosing a print for your costume assemble, go for simple designs like stripes and checkered in basic colors red, blue, green and black. This can come close to the design you are trying to replicate.
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Plain fabric to match the printed ones. Shiny materials are for royalty and plain for the commoner.
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Plain, collarless long sleeved top matched with a malong can give you a Mindanaoan costume. You may top this with a printed head dress made of an old shirt.
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Maranao Maranao women wear turban on their heads and malong over a blouse
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Plain white top - P10 Printed shiny PJs - P10 Sash - cloth trimming
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Maranao boy Maranao men wear loose baggy pants with a polo shirt and a headwear with geometric designs.
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red checkered long sleeved top - P50 wrap-around skirt with ethnic design - borrowed from Tita Add an old shirt for the turban
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Manobo Manobo costume is very intricate and difficult to replicate. Basically, wide checkered patters are weaved, embroidered and beaded. Original clothings are colored using dyes from plants and trees, thus clothings are in basic and contrasting colors. Saya or a knee-length skirt is just as heavily adorned as the top. Headwears can be simple or big and eye-catching depending on the class of tribe.
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Plaid long sleeved top - P50 baby sling red sash - cloth trimming Add a red bandana for head dress
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Tausug Weaving is a major part of Tausug's tradition so male headress and sash made by the women explains the geometrical patterns. Although Tausug men commonly wear tight fitting pants, loose trousers and and malong is always in fashion.
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Red plaid long sleeved top - P50 Long dark printed wrap-around skirt - from Mommy Malong - from Tita Head gear - old cut-out shirt
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Blaan Blaan are southern folks also famous for using the malong or the long tube multi-purpose wear. A famous dance "blit blaan" is a dance of courtship performed by women.
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Vertical striped polo shirt without collar - P50 plain black pants - P50 red sash - cloth trimming from an old uniform skirt - P10 Add cap made of black felt paper board and cloth trimmings for accent - P17
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Moro Moro is a wide ethnic group in Mindanao. The men wear shirts of linen open at the front, tight fitting trousers with a sash tied on the waist as belt. A cap called kopiya is originally made of weaved pina cloth. Men who had been to Mecca would wear a white cap.
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plain white shirt - from the drawer white knitted poncho - P50 bohemian skirt - from mommy small dye printed scarf - from mommy
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Tagalog Lass White shawl or loose linen blouse can be versatile as a top. With a panuelo (handkerchief), simple skirt and slip-ons, these can make a common Filipina costume.
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Carinosa Same top matched with a long simple skirt and a scarf tied on the waist half-way over the skirt can give the same costume a different look. Match it with a fan, closed shoes and hair-in-a-bun for that aristocratic feel.
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Vertical striped long sleeved collarless top - P50 plain 3/4 pants - old pjs big red hanky - from Dad
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Rural boy A common tagalog costume of vertical striped polo over a plain colored 3/4 pants and a matching triangular scarf can get your boy ready for tinikling.