The history of the Philippines since the prehistoric age has always been characterized as being rich yet tumultuous, often marked by the abundance of vibrancy in culture and the emergence of colonization by various foreign men and women. The country has gone through a lot of events that has initiated the birth of a unique way of living that has influenced the lives of Filipinos then and today. While we might often think the aspects of our culture, specifically traditional Filipino costumes, are dealt so as to preserve its authenticity, it is sometimes bewildering to see how some people deal with its value.
“To appreciate a culture is to be respectful of the culture as a whole, including the people who belong to it. Learn about them” (Isis Evangelista on Cultural Appropriation) found here
Modernising traditional Filipino costumes, really all boils down to one important principle, and that is respect. To be a true makabayan, one has to be aware with the Filipino’s long fight with cultural misrepresentation and debasement by taking part in concrete ways that would honor the history of the Philippines and the state of its people. Always remember: one’s culture is not (and should never be) another man’s fashion trend.
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