It was a show of elegance and style not to mention the uniqueness of the attire each worn by the models. This fashion show was organized by VP Mely Sivage (farthest left), who's been the chair for many years. The costume was described by emcee Ted Lintan.

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Kids and teen-agers add color to the cultural fashion show and a way of the association for this young generation to appreciate the Filipino culture.


The Igorots, one of the natives of the northern tribes of the Philippines, wear this costume for their daily activities. More accessories are used for special occasions.

Maria Clara's dress was named after a mestiza heroine of one of the novels of the Philippine National hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Its origin was the national costume of Filipino women which is baro't (shirt) saya (skirt).

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Barong Tagalog, the official national costume of Filipino men, originated from the northern part of the Philippines, and is originally made of jusi or pineapple cloth called pina. It is worn over a Chinese collarless shirt called camisa de Chino. Today, barong tagalong can come from different materials and different colors. It is usually used for formal occasion and meetings.

Barong Tagalog is now a popular shirt for men not only for Filipinos but for foreigners as well, as modeled here by no other than Oceanside Mayor James Wood.

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Made more popular by former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, some even called it Imelda dress or terno, mestiza dress is known for its elegance and butterfly sleeves. It is usually worn for formal occasion.

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This dress originated from the Visayas, can be worn for everyday activities as casual dress or for formal occasion. Its origin was the baro't (shirt) saya (skirt), the national costume for Filipino women during the early years.

The girl in casual kimona dress is shown with two models wearing red pants and white shirt with red handkerchief, usually worn by farmers or "magsasaka".

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This attire is worn by the Muslims who live in the southern part of the Philippines. As you can see from the costume, it shows the mix of Arab, Malaysian and Chinese. Batik design is common and silk cloth is also used with golden threads. Elaborate umbrella makes a nice fashion statement, usually used by a Muslim princess.

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A dress rehearsal was held on May 30th at the Luiseno Park in Vandegrift Blvd. corner Douglas Drive, Oceanside, CA.

Participants wear their beautiful smiles and mestiza dress or terno.

Men wear their stylish barong tagalong while the women wear their terno or mestiza dress.

A casual kimona dress worn by a model or with blouse called "patadyong".

The kids enjoy wearing the traditional Filipinos costumes - for girls, the casual kimona and terno and for the boy, the barong tagalog. These kids will showcase the traditional Filipino costumes on June 3rd during the Oceanside Council Meeting as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance which will be televised on Oceanside Channel KOCT.

Two beautiful Maria Clara dress models - the first one accentuating it with butterfly sleeves like a terno, the second one is the original maria clara look with loose sleeves.

The Igorots have their own unique costume that makes them distinctive from other tribes in the Philippines.

Who will not love to wear these beautiful Muslim outfits?

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