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What is the history of the Barong Tagalog As the Philippines national dress the Barong Tagalog enjoys a distinction all its own Its fine needlework or hand-painted designs in cool cotton or handwoven pina or jusi have given it a flair that has won international recognition and acceptance President Ferdinand E Marcos who has worn the Barong Tagalog with such impeccable grace and searing devotion underscored its prestige when he issued in 1975 a decree proclaiming Barong Tagalog Week June 5-11 and more significantly officially designating the Barong Tagalog as the national attire The presidential act was meant to focus nation-wide attention on the Filipino national dress to wider use and enhance its export potential As it is both the wide use and export potential of the Barong Tagalog have been explored its full impact just a matter of time What deserves another look is the manner the Filipino national costume has evolved and grown picking up and shedding features fashion-related or otherwise in its journey from pre-Hispanic native wear to national dress But first a few things have to be straightened out Barong Tagalog is properly referred to as the Baro ng Tagalog dress of the Tagalog and it cannot be contracted to simply Barong since that would be equivalent in English to saying He is wearing a dress of The word Barong one realizes means dress of If one wishes to shorten the phrase then it would be Baro or dress Yes the Barong Tagalog is a dress a garment a coat in itself It is not a shirt If it were then it would need a coat or a jacket over it to qualify as formal wear and would have to be worn tucked inside the trousers The Earliest Baro The earliest known fact on the Baro ng Tagalog discloses that the natives of Ma-I the Philippines as it was called before the Spaniards re-discovered the archipelago
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