Kid-Style: Best in Filipiniana 2014

Noong panahong ako ay isang mag-aaral, ipinadiriwang ang Linggo ng Wika tuwing buwan ng Agosto sa buong bansa. Ang paggamint ng wikang Filipino ay simbulo ng pagkakaisa sa pamamagitan ng komunikasyon. Ito ay isang pagkakataon upang ipagmalaki ang ating mayamang kultura at pagkakakilanlan. Mula 1997, ang dating Pangulong Fidel Ramos ay gumawa ng Proklamasyon Bilang 1041 at ginawang Buwan ng Wika ang Agosto.  Ito ay bilang pagkilala rin sa tinaguriang "Ama ng Wikang Pilipino", ang dating pangulong Manuel Quezon, na ipinanganak sa buwan ng Agosto, at siya ring nagsulong ng paggamit ng wikang Filipino. Sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika, maraming kaganapan sa mga paaralan tulad ng balagtasan, pagtutula, pagsasayaw, at kabilang na rin ang masaya at makulay na parada ng mga kabataang naka-kasuotang Pilipino.

M is her traditional kimona at patadyong and tsinelas last year.
Were you able to read that without stuttering? =) That was challenging to write too! I have not spoken nor written that way in years! Filipino is truly a unique and rich language. Count that as my way of participating in the celebration of National Language Month, or Buwan ng Wika.

I've already featured some of my friends' kids in Filipiniana attire two years ago and shared the meaning of the celebration (you can read up the rough translation of my opening paragraph from that Kid-Style post). Wearing Filipiniana is a fun and stylish way to celebrate it, especially with kids. Anyway, I was not aware that my earlier post is in the top search results for "kids in Filipiniana" (go Google it, hehehehe) until mommy Fleur tagged me since her daughter's photo from that feature was in the top image search results. I was thrilled, of course!

Every August, local schools prepare their own activities and have children come in Filipiniana costume during their Buwan ng Wika programs. It's that time of the year again so I thought I'd do a long-overdue sequel to that first Filipiniana blog post.

Here's Fleur's cute little girl, two years after, in this modified terno with matching tapis (over skirt).
A, 5 y.o. (photo from Mommy Fleur's blog)

Understated plaid terno, distinct with it's butterfly sleeves, and tapis over a short skirt
G, taken when she was 5 y.o.

A more traditional take with bell-sleeved camisa top over a paneled long skirt (saya).
Add a panuelo (neck scarf) over the shoulders and this will transform into a Maria Clara ensemble.
Y, 6 y.o. 

The Kimona (sheer embroidered top with extended sleeves) and Patadyong (wrap skirt) are popularly paired as casual attire, originated from the Visayas. 
These pretty girls modeled modern versions in printed skirts, and accessorized with a panyo (head scarf) and folded alampay (neck scarf).

J, 7 y.o. 

B, taken when she was 6 y.o.

A, 5 y.o.

Representing the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato -- this has to be my favorite of the lot mainly because B looks so chic wearing an authentic tribal garb, made from indegenous Tinalak (handwoven T'boli fabric).
B, 5 y.o. (photo from Manila Fashion Observer's blog)

Usually, the girls monopolize my Kid-Style features mainly because there are more styles to showcase.  But these adorable boys won't be left behind with their creative take on early Filipino men's daily attire.

Our junior katipunero with a native salakot, kamiso tsino shirt, red pants and bandana.
Z, 7 y.o.

Acting wacky in a plaid polo, our haciendero (or is he a farm boy?) plays it cool with a buntal hat, bandana, and anahaw fan.
S, 6 y.o.

Dressing up in Filipiniana is really a very exciting and more interesting way for Filipinos, especially the children, to celebrate the Filipino language and culture in style, even just once a year.

Y and her cousins all glammed up in Filipiniana

These photos were shared in this blog post with permission from their parents.

More costumes here:
Flashback to my first Kid-Style: Best in Filipiniana feature.

So this is what we ended up with for her Buwan ng Wika school program...an improvised kimona and patadyong. =)
I bought her a beaded kimona in Kultura which she wore over a tank top and reversible wrap skirt from Mothering Earthlings.

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