Where to Buy Children’s Filipiniana Costume for Buwan ng Wika
Maria Clara Costume
Shopping in Manila
August 2014 Manila Philippines – “Agosto” is the month of Philippine National Language (Buwan ng Wika) when Philippine schools nationwide celebrate the event by wearing Filipiniana costume and preparing Filipino-inspired cultural programs like Filipino dances, songs, story telling, palabigkasan, display of Philippine craft and native products, letting the children appreciate Filipino native food and playing the traditional “larong Pilipino” (Filipino games).
Where to Buy Children’s Filipiniana Costume
Kultura store at SM Department store – with limited design and display
Landmark – limited design
Quiapo – costumes are available year-round. I particularly like the area because there were a strip of specialty shops located near Quiapo church. If you want your child to have unique ready-made Filipiniana costume, browse Maning’s and its neighboring shops they have complete ensemble from costumes, head dress, props, foot wears and accessories.
Commonwealth Market – for those living North of Quezon City, the 3rd floor has a few selections of Filipiniana costume.
Tesoro’s and Rustan’s – for quality costumes
Online shops or (online sellers) – Online shopping can be fun but remember items posted on sale are not always WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get). Online shop offers brand new and preloved items. Be aware that images/photos can be filtered, ask seller for accurate condition. We recommend online shops from eBay and Instagram. But for Ayos Dito and OLX (formerly Sulit) we haven’t tried them yet.
For DIY Filipiniana costume, you can have it custom-tailored. Pick your choice of costume and bring it to your “mananahi”. Choose fabrics close to your design and consider comfort when the child wears it. Typically the best place to buy quality textile/fabric at the cheapest price are the following markets:
You may also try Fabric Warehouse (but the branch we visited in SM North EDSA have limited stocks) we end up roaming the streets of Tabora market.
In celebration of “Buwan ng Wika,” our child’s school hold various activities to deepen the student’s love for our country and culture. Highlights of the activities are “Palabigkasan” or Elocution exercises, “Malikhaing Pagbasa” or Interpretative reading, “talumpating Di-Handa” or Extemporaneous Speaking and “Malikhaing Paglalahad/Pagkukwento” or Story telling held in the respective levels.
From the past years, our Drei wore mix and match Filipiniana costume. During her pre-school she had a checkered patadyong and kimona with native slipper accessorized with Palawan’s rice pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet which she wore again when she was in first grade, we bought bakya (wooden slipper) at Kultura. First grade class individual palabigkasan piece was entitled “Ang Masayahing Bata.” They perform sing/dance of “Ang Bawat Bata Sa Ating Mundo.”
This year (she could have wear the costume again hahaha! frugal mom that’s what we are) but we asked her what does she want to wear for the Filipino elocution, everyone agreed with a Maria Clara costume complete with native slipper, Davao pearl earrings, flower brooch and red beaded bracelet from my closet, DIY necklace charm made from Rainbow Loom rubber bands and her aunt’s head dress by Rene Salud (from previous year-end ball). The Palabigkasan went smooth, she also led the opening prayer. Second graders recite “Sino Ako” ni Ronald Ebuen Mancesa. The whole class perform an ethnic dance by Pinikpikan (Una-Kaya).
I hope the list of market places can help you with your Filipiniana costume requirements. I particularly like to try Visayan and Mindanao costume in the coming Buwang ng Wika (aren’t we all sick of Baro’t Saya, Balintawak,or Katipunero costume, it’s an awesome costume but very common during this season) in fact there are more cultures need to explore from other regions of island Philippines. 🙂
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