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APEC Leaders Wear Barongs Made from Piña Fibers of Western Visayas

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Belle Piccio | Nov 23, 2015
APEC Leaders Wear Barongs Made from Piña Fibers of  Western Visayas
2015 APEC Leaders' Family photo with their spouses; photo from

We all know that the spouses and leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) wore our country's barong Tagalog during their meeting in Manila last November 16-19, 2015.

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Renowned Filipino fashion designer Paul Cabral custom-tailored each barong to be worn by the APEC leaders such as Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Barack Obama to name a few.

US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; photo by Edgar Su, Reuters | more photos at

Do you know what are the materials used in making these world-class Barong Tagalogs?

The quality materials used are the piña fibers from Aklan and silk from Negros Occidental.

The piña fibers are made from the spiked leaves of native pineapples which are then combined with filaments produced by silkworms to make each strand glossy.

The age-old tradition of piña weaving has been handed down from generations in Aklan. The townspeople have already made a living through piña-weaving. including La Herminia that has been exporting its . The La Herminia Piña Weaving Industry, located at Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, has been supplying piña fabrics locally and internationally.  Other products that Aklan is known for are its abaca and raffia loom-woven fabrics.

READ: Abaca Da Best!

The silk production came from the farmland and training center located in Brgy. Tabunan, Bago City, Negros Occidental called Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) Sericulture.

OISCA has been producing 90% total silk in the Philippines. Tons of silk yarns are produced every day in the factory are bought by clothing manufactures in the country and also all over the world.

READ: Improving Lives Through Sericulture in Negros Island

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