Team Philippines Strut in Modern Barong Tagalogs at London 2012 Olympics

Nagbansagan ang mga atleta at delegado ng bawa’t bansa noong Opening Ceremony sa London 2012 Olympics. Kitang-kita sa suot ng mga Olympians ang kultura at tradisyon ng kanilang inang-bayan. Siyempre, hindi rin magpapatalo ang mga Pinoy sa pabonggahan ng style.

Si Rajo Laurel, ang pinili para bihisan ang ating mga delegado. Inilarawan niya ang kanyang modernong bersyon ng Barong Tagalog:

“I want to pay great respect to the tradition of the garment. I’m just going to give it a more tapered fit, a slightly cropped length and small fabrication changes,” sabi niya.

Gawa ito sa rayon at wool, mga materyal na bihirang ginagamit sa pangsuot Pilipino dahil sa init. Ngunit dahil nga napakalamig doon sa London, pwedeng-pwede ito doon.

Kasama na rin sa uniporme ang “salakot,” isang tradisyonal na sombrero, karaniwan na nakikita sa mga bansa na nasa Southeast Asia.

Ang mga nag-martsa ay sina: Mark Javier at Rachelle Cabral (Archery), Rene Herrera (Steeplechase), Marestella Torres (Long jump), Mark Barriga (Boxing), Daniel Caluag (BMX), Tomohiko Hoshina (Judo), Brian Rosario (Shooting), Jessie Lacuna at Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming) at si Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting) na nagdala ng bandila.

Panoorin at supportahan natin ang mga Pinoy ngayong Olympics 2012!

 

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Each country’s athletes and delegates arrived in stellar fashion at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Representatives donned uniforms that showcased their homeland’s tradition and culture. The Filipinos showed up just as pimped-out as the rest of them, thanks to celebrated Pinoy fashion designer Rajo Laurel.

Laurel talks about his modern take on the classic Barong Tagalog for our Olympians:

I want to pay great respect to the tradition of the garment. I’m just going to give it a more tapered fit, a slightly cropped length and small fabrication changes,” he says.

The wear is made of rayon and wool, materials uncommon in Philippine clothing due to the tropical heat. But since London is known for its chilly weather even in the summer, the materials were a perfect choice for the delegates. We Filipinos are used to warmth after all.

The “salakot,” a traditional headwear common in Southeast Asian countries, tops off the design.

The Philippine representatives are: Mark Javier & Rachelle Cabral (Archery), Rene Herrera (Steeplechase), Marestella Torres (Long jump), Mark Barriga (Boxing), Daniel Caluag (BMX), Tomohiko Hoshina (Judo), Brian Rosario (Shooting), Jessie Lacuna & Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming) and flag-bearer Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting).

Watch and support our Pinoy athletes this Olympics 2012!