A fashionable 16th Century warrior-prince from the Visayas.

I’m recalling our lessons back at the academy and remembering how our Professor told us: “Warriors were amongst the elite classes, status came hand-in-hand with corresponding responsibilities.” It’s interesting to note how the times have changed. On Clothing… The bahag or G-string was the most basic of clothes, along with the malong or the tube…

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The Visayan preoccupation with hair.

Whether male or female, the Filipinos kept their hair long. Cutting one’s hair was a manifestation of deep mourning or punishment. It was only when the Spanish arrived that short hair was encouraged to further ‘tame’ the natives. When a Visayan saw another with short hair, they would commonly exclaim: “Inalotan ka!” To say that…

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Historical accounts of cat-fights.

It doesn’t really show, but I do like fashion accessories–they’re almost as interesting as hand-wraps and mouth guards–and mostly I admire these trinkets for the effort placed into their creation or the sheer novelty of the idea that it sells. While doing some research for Hinilawod comic character costumes, I was quite relieved to find…

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