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Barong Tagalog Shirt Worn by Men at a Filipino Wedding

April 27th, 2012
Barong Tagalog Shirt is a traditional upper garment worn by a men at a Filipino wedding as well as for other formal occasions for more than four centuries.

Barong Tagalog Shirt Worn
by Men at a Filipino Wedding

For over four centuries a Barong Tagalog Shirt has been worn by a man at a Filipino wedding as well as for other formal occasions.

Barong Tagalogs somewhat resemble the guyabera, or the traditional Latin wedding shirt. 

Many believe that the roots of the Barong Tagalog actually begin from the Spanish rule.



Others beileve the origin or History of the Barong Tagalog Shirt with specific features of the Barong Tagalog was sorn by the Tagolog People on  the northern island of Luzon a long time before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippine archipelago.

Barong shirts were usually made of a thin almost transparent fabric with no pockets and with the shirt tails worn out - never tucked in. It is true that the Spaniards rulers demanded that Filipino men wear the Barong Tagalog so that they could see that the wearer was not bearing any weapon under the garment. At that time when some Filipinos became successful business men or successful in agricultural, these lucky and more important middle classmen were required tto wear the Barong Tagalog just as Spanish rulers demanded.

Centuries of rule uncer the Spanish refined the distinct artistry of the Barong Tagalog, turning it into the Philippine National Costume for men. The barong was popularized as formal wear by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, who wore it to most official and personal affairs, including his inauguration as president. Out of this developed one of the really nice traditions of couples getting married in traditional dress, which includes the groom getting married in a traditional Barong Tagalog Shirt. 

Today it is common for a Barong Tagalog can be worn at formal and informal occasions, for day and evening wear, for business and even at leisure. For less formal occasions, most people wear the cheaper barongs made from jusi cloth (abaca fiber or banana-leaf fiber, woven with silk), which are not as expensive as piña, and are often worn with an opaque undershirt and darkly-colored formal slacks. 

The sheer fabric of the barong allows a shirt-layer item to show through; where the embroidery stands out in dramatic contrast to the light-colored opaque shirt worn underneath. Which ever you ware, you are not just carrying a style, you are wearing a true legacy.

Barongs are definitely more comfortable than a normal dress shirt in the California heat and my wife says it brings out the Cary Grant in me. We had a large Filipino wedding last summer and I was able to order a Pina-Jusi Barong Tagalog Shirt in extra large size online at BarongsRus.com

My son and the ring bearers looked very handsome in their barong shirts.  My wife and I only wish we would have ordered a barong for my son's first communion.  I am sure happy about not having to wear a suit to this wedding instead, I have a dressy barong.  

If you are in need of a Mens Barong Tagalog Shirt, I suggest BarongsRus.com online. Here you will find all your needs for any special occasion party or formal event at very affordable prices.  It was my first time to use online shopping and to my surprise, it was fast and simple. 


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Article by:
Dean Burns
 
 
 

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