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The Barong Tagalog

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Three US Presidents in Barong Tagalog shirts. The leaders' collared, ivory-hued button-downs are Barong Tagalogs. The top is a traditional Filipino men's shirt fashioned from lightweight natural fibers indigenous to the Philippines, like pineapples or bananas. The Barong's history can be traced back to the 15th century, the early days of the Spanish colonial era. Back then, the Spaniards forced indigenous Filipinos to wear the blousy shirts untucked, so as not to be confused with the ruling class. In the 1950s, former Filipino President Ramón Magsaysay made the shirts fashionable when he wore one to his inauguration and to his subsequent private and public events. These days, Barongs are worn to very special occasions. Photo : The Textile Atlas Barong Tagalog is traditionally made with sheer textiles (nipis) woven from piña or abacá; although in modern times, cheaper materials like silk, ramie, or polyester are also used. “Piña” fiber is extracted from the leaves of a pinea

Hang Tuah, Malaysia and Indonesia's Hero.

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Imaginary picture of Hang Tuah. Hang Tuah was a warrior hero who lived in Malacca during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah in the 15th century. Legend of Hang Tuah was very popular both in Malaysia and Indonesia. This writing won't discuss details of the warrior's history, but we will show you how this man was highly respected both in Malaysia and Indonesia.  We can't show all of Hang Tuah related buildings or roads. According to Ministry of education's database (January 2021) , there are 147 (one hundred and forty seven) educational institutions named "Hang Tuah" in numerous cities of Indonesia, ranging from kindergartens to universities.  Malacca Sultanate. Photo: wikipedia Hang Tuah lived in The Malacca Sultanate (Kesultanan Melayu Melaka). It was a Malay sultanate centred in the modern-day state of Malacca, Malaysia. At the height of the sultanate's power in the 15th century, its capital grew into one of the most important entrepôts of its time, with a t