Sunday, July 6, 2008

Barong Tagalog & Wedding Rings

June 19

After obtaining our marriage license at SF City Hall, we walked towards a couple of statues, admired them and spied a fair nearby.

A statue of Ashurbanipal, who was the last great king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. He established the first systematically organized library in the ancient Middle East.

Simón Bolívar, was one of the most important leaders of Spanish America's successful struggle for independence from Spain, along with Argentinian general José de San Martín.

We were admiring the different goods displayed, when we got to a Filipino stall! It was quite a find!

Pangga said that he always liked the upper garment worn by Filipino men and he wanted to wear one on our wedding. He was referring to a "Barong". The suit we prepared for him to wear would be too hot for summer, so we're both happy with the alternative.

"A Barong Tagalog (or simply Barong) is an embroidered formal garment of the Philippines. It is very lightweight and worn untucked over an undershirt. It is a common wedding and formal attire for Filipino men. The term "Barong Tagalog" literally means "Tagalog dress" in the Filipino language." -

We headed next to downtown SF to look for wedding bands. I think we combed all of Chinatown's jewelry store before we decided on a pair. We chose very simple white- gold wedding rings. The owner of the store's very talkative and nice. We mostly talked about Asian wedding traditions. There was a good aura about the place. We've been there before when my promise ring needed mending.

Whew! We accomplished a lot today and we're both happy about that.

1 comment:

  1. Take a look at these beautifully made Piña cloths that surely marks as our Philippine pride. We Filipinos are truly blessed with being artistic and creative. We're loom weaving fibers from Piña and Abaca. Aklan's Piña fabric is the Queen of Philippine Textiles
    We offer Filipino barong (short jack and long sleeve) for men, ladies barong (hand embroidered), barong calado, shawl, piña cloths (per yard), and handpainted fans. If you are interested, just send us a message.



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