Part of the celebration is having children wear traditional Filipino costumes in school for a day. You can either DIY or just buy. Now a days, it is not too hard to find RTW costumes. Just go to SM (since they've got it all) and you can choose from a variety of Filipino costumes. I think the most in demand costumes for boys would be the maglalatik and the barong, while for the girls it would be the baro't saya attire.
Last Friday, R's school had their Filipiniana day. I like that the school reminds the parents to keep the costumes simple and not expensive. I already had a peg in mind and wanted him to dress up like a datu. I was pretty conscious that I also did not want to spend too much on his costume since this would only be a one time affair and honestly, the kids couldn't care less. For his costume, it was a mix of store bought finds and clothes and accessories that we already have at home. The only thing that I bought was the vest from SM Kultura for P229. I also bought a bigger size so that he can use it again in the future. If I only know how to sew, I would have made his costume from scratch!
|R in school during their costume day.|
Also last weekend, my son R and his cousin Q had a pictorial at home to commemorate Buwan ng Wika. Since my niece will be migrating to Canada, we wanted to capture her wearing a Filipino costume before she leaves.
How cute are they? Her costume was purely DIY-ed! Her Nonna (grandmother) made the malong. It was difficult to make these two kiddos sit still, I almost thought we would not be able to get a decent shot!
What about you, how did you prepare for Buwan ng Wika?