There’s something charming about a classic reimagined, especially when it’s a piece as traditional as a Filipiniana, a garment that feels nostalgic for all of us. This pina-crafted ensemble is something embedded in our memories—seen in portraits of our history books or worn ourselves for our schools’ annual Buwan ng Wika festivities. Today, the Filipiniana is creatively reinvented by local designers and brands, who take elements of the piece, be it the silhouette or the textile, and turn it into something exciting for the modern Filipina.
Here are 10 Filipiniana-inspired tops designed by local brands and designers:
1. Camisa Top by Vania Romoff
Sometimes, bigger is better. One of the best things about the camisa blouse is how its silhouette lets you play with volume. The sleeves allow for exciting experimentations with size, which is seen here in Vania Romoff’s Camisa Top. It presents oversized silk organza sleeves that almost touch the elbow—super bold and dramatic, yet keeping to a feminine and romantic sensibility.
Camisa Top with Bow Detail, P7500, VANIA ROMOFF, vaniraromoff.com
2. Gabriela top by Christiana
If you need a new outfit for your next formal affair, look to this blouse by Christiana Manila. The Gabriela Top (named after the Filipina heroine Gabriela Silang) is a camisa-inspired blouse made with a lustrous Mikado Silk. It can be worn two ways: with the bows in the front or back. To complete your dressed-up look, style it with your favorite pair of suit pants or a long satin skirt.
Gabriela Top, P4500, CHRISTIANA MANILA, christianamanila.com
3. Terno Ruffle Bolero by Mich Dulce
Part of Mich Dulce’s Assemblage Collection, the Terno Ruffle Bolero can be worn as a three-piece set with a coordinating apron and belt. Aside from its deconstructable nature, the piece is actually quite traditional with its use of pina fabric, the quintessential terno textile that’s structured yet airily translucent. Let this bolero be a way for you to be a little more exploratory with your style by layering it on top of your sleeveless pieces.
Terno Ruffle Bolero, Starts at P12,550, MICH DULCE, michdulce.com
4. The Phalaenopsis Top by Kelvin Morales
If this top looks familiar, it might be because it’s one of the pieces Kathryn Bernado wore for our March 2022 cover. Although it takes more from the barong than the camisa, it holds the same charm with its translucent textile and oversized sleeves. Adorned with green, embroidered flowers, it makes for a fun and playful piece.
The Phalaenopsis Modern Barong, P13,500, KELVIN MORALES, kelvinmoralesph.com
5. Guita Terno Top by Katutubo
There’s a whimsical spirit in the Guita Terno Top, brought about by the playful scattering of embroidered flowers all around the blouse. If “tropical fairy” was a thing, this blouse would be spot on. Imagine the kind of magic it can bring to your everyday blue jean and white tank combination.
Guita Terno Top, P4950, KATUTUBO, shop-katutuboph.com
6. Puto Bumbong Maiksi by Via MNL
Via MNL has locality in its DNA, anchoring their designs to traditional Filipino weaves. See it at work with the Puto Bumbong Maiksi, a blouse that features an intricate, handmade weave crafted to make the cropped body. It’s completed with puffed sleeves that are reminiscent of a camisa but feels super “now.”
Puto Bumbong (Maiksi), P1999, VIA, via_mnl
7. Lea Filipiniana Top by Bayo
The Lea Top does the hard task of balancing traditional Filipino charm and modern minimalism. It features patterned butterfly sleeves made with handwoven upcycled fabric, and is balanced by a clean, structured body. Done in soft shades of pink, this blouse makes for a wearable piece that can refresh your current wardrobe rotation.
Lea Filipiniana Top, P3495, BAYO, styleshops.com.ph
8. Terno Top by Araw
Araw transformed the traditional camisa into one of their signature linen offerings with their Terno Top. Dialing down on the volume of the sleeves and the length of the body, it makes for a super wearable everyday piece. If you’re looking to upgrade your favorite cropped tee, add this piece to cart.
Terno Top Puro, P4200, ARAW, araw-araw.com
9. Hindrika Bouquet Apron by Gabbie Sarenas
Designer Gabbie Sarenas calls her namesake line a “love letter to the Philippines.” Her Hinrika Bouquet Apron borrows the textiles of the Filipiniana and is crafted with her signature embroidery. Choose from her selection of styles where she features different blends of familiar flowers like bougainvillea and sampaguita.
Hindrika Bouquet, Price upon request, GABBIE SARENAS, gabbiesarenas.com
10. Panuelo Tube by Ma.
The Maria Clara ideal of modesty is long gone, and in place of it is a fearless reclamation of what it means to be a woman. Local label Ma expresses this by reinterpreting the panuelo (the shawl part of the Filipiniana) into a shoulder-bearing tube top. Made with piña shifu (a piña and abaca blend), it’s the summer wardrobe staple you need.
Panuelo Tube, P5200, MA, ma-collecta.com
Preview is now on Quento! Click here to download the app for iOS and Android and enjoy more articles and videos from Preview and your favorite websites!