Kid-Style: Best in Filipiniana

Five Fridays for August... today is the fourth... time for Freestyle Friday!

I can't believe I have not posted a special Kid-Style feature in over a year!

Since August is also the National Language Month - "Buwan ng Wika", schools celebrate with cultural programs with kids garbed in their best Filipiniana costume.  It used to be just Linggo ng Wika (national language week) in my time, but now the commemoration is the whole month of August.  Why August?  It's the birth month of former president Manuel L. Quezon (August 19), who is considered the father of the national language (Ama ng wikang pambansa), so it's like a tribute to him as well.

In line with Buwan ng Wika, KID-STYLE presents these adorable children in their most creative, most formal, traditional, and fabulous Filipiniana attire. =)

From the Cordilleras... an elegant Kalinga / Ga'dang-inspired ensemble
X, 7 y.o.

Cute girls in a classic Patadyong (wrap skirt) and Kimona top
T, 4 y.o.
A, 3 y.o.

Handsome twins in formal garb - a modernized Barong Tagalog
Twins G and G, 5 y.o.

Off to battle in a native Katipunero look
J, 6 y.o.

Traditional southern Datu Raja inspired costume
E, 10 y.o.

A crafty take on Visayan ruler Lapu Lapu
G, 7 y.o.

The Philippines has diverse cultural influences throughout our history, and these are reflected in the various Filipiniana costumes, as presented by students during celebrations such as the Buwan ng Wika.

Can you imagine these 'costumes' were a regular attire then?  =)

p.s. In case you're wondering, my kids are not featured here since they do not have any Filipiniana costume. Only the boy had participated in school three years ago and I can't seem to find a photo of him.

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

2013 Update:
This year, my girl was able to wear a costume, a borrowed floral patadyong.

More costume ideas here: www.mymomfriday.com/2014/08/kid-style-best-in-filipiniana-2014.html

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