LOOK: The traditional attire of indigenous people in the Philippines

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED October 12, 2017 01:46 pm | UPDATED October 12, 2017 01:49 pm
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(Inside Manila) The indigenous group are proof that Filipinos have their own culture, belief and practices even before the colonization of the Spaniards.

At present, several indigenous groups have managed to keep their cultural identity alive which prompted the government to declare the month of October as the National Indigenous Peoples Month.

The proclamation declares the rights and preservation of the tribal communities in the country. A part of this preservation is the preservation of the groups' tribal wear.

Here are few indigenous tribes and their tribal clothing that exemplifies the country's abundance in culture and history.


The Badgaos is a Mindanaon tribe who resides in the islands of Sulu. They are known as sea-faring people with their colorful and woven sails.

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Patadjong is the traditional attire of the group, a large cloth fit to any person and worn by both men and women. It also can also be used in various ways: head cover, waistband, sash, blanket, hammock, shoulder bag, cradle, pouch, hood, or pillow.


Igorots are located in the mountain ranges of Cordillera. They are rice-cultivators and are known as the tribe who built of the Banaue Rice Terreces, a historical and famous attraction in the country.

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The bahag is the most common costume of the male Igorots that firm secure and cover their private parts. It's a long woven material about 3 to 5 feet long and 10 to 15 inches wide.


Manobos are part of the non-Muslim indigenous people referred to as Lumad. The group resides in the southern Philippines.

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The present Manobo dress for women are tight close-neck blouses with colored crystal bead and glittering lines while the men wore kerchiefs called prong.


The Irayas is one of the tribal groups belonging to the Mangyan. They reside most in Occidental Mindoro.

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In the olden times the Iraya traditional attire was made of dry tree bark pounded flat and soft. Women usually wore blouse and men in g-strings made of cloth. Today, however the Irayas chose to dress in lowland clothes.


The Tumandok are one of the few trisbes existing in the Visayas region in the Panay Island.

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The Tumandok's princess called "Binukot" wears a red traditional costume of panubok and jewelry made of coins and layers of patadyong.



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