The Barong Tagalog (or simply barong, from the word baro) is an embroidered formal garment of the Philippines. It is very lightweight and worn untucked (similar to a coat/dress shirt), over an undershirt. It is a common wedding and formal attire for Filipino men as well as women. The term "barong Tagalog" literally means "a dress that is Tagalog", or "a Tagalog dress" (i.e., "baro na Tagalog", with "barong" being a contraction of "baro na") in the Tagalog language.
The barong was popularised as formal wear by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, who wore it to most official and personal affairs, including his inauguration as president.
In Lumban, a great number of shops and households boast of embroidery at its best - the product of an age-old tradition that has molded this quiet Laguna town into becoming the Embroidery Capital of the Philippines. Coming around here, particularly on the third week of September when we celebrate the Burdang Lumban Festival, bring about a unique sense of gratification as one panders to the seemingly limitless collections of embroidered masterpieces that even the smallest piece of accessory could be a rewarding find.