Mga Sinag Sa Balangaw
Hues of a Rainbow)

An Exhibition on
hilippine Costumes & Textiles
September 5 - December 20, 2010
Hamilton Library,
ersity of Hawai'i

Reception and special presentation by
Dr. Aurelio "Ariel" Agcaoli,
Dr. Pia Arboleda and the
Mahalohalo Kolintang Ensemble
October 26, 2010,
PM to 7:00 PM

"Show your F
ilipino pride.
Dust off your Filipino costumes
and w
ear it to the reception..."

Kalinga Traditional Attire

Capturing the colors of the rainbow is a recurrent theme in the descriptions of the royal dresses in Darangen, a Maranao epic. This is apparent in a poignant scene where Bantogen's sister reluctantly allows her son, Lomna, who is still a child, to go on a dangerous mission. She tries her best to protect him by making him a suit of clothes. She kept them in a golden box for perilous moments such as this. This box, when opened, reveals an array of beautiful garments whose colors at first glance reflect the varied hue of the rainbow.
(From the Rainbow's Varied Hue, Hamilton 1998.)

Maranao Traditional Attire

There are over 90 million Filipinos in the Philippines. About two million work overseas, and not to mention those Filipinos in the diaspora who call various countries like the United States, "home away from home." In Hawai'i, Filipinos make up about 14 percent of the population. This number does not include those with mixed heritage backgrounds.

They identify as Ilokanos, Visayans and Tagalogs to name a few. However, they are a small representation of all the ethnic groups that make up the Filipinos. With 7,107 islands, 175 languages and over 300 dialects, the Philippine archipelago is a smorgasbord of cultures. It begs the question, "Who are the Filipinos?"

T'boli Traditional Attire

This exhibition attempts to answer this question by giving you a small sampling, a glimpse if you will, of its rich and long tradition of weaving, brass casting and jewelry making that reflects the diversity of the Philippines. This is only a short journey from the northern end to the southern tip of the Philippines. Nevertheless, it aims to enrich your knowledge of the Filipino culture and to inspire you to learn more.

Photos by Eri Oura
Co-Sponsors: Iris Gil Designs,
Center for Philippine Studies,
Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED),
UH Manoa Ilokano Program & Timpuyog:
Ilokano Student Organization,
Filipino & Philippine Literature Program
and American Friends Service Committee

For more information,
please contact
Elena Cl
ariza at

Philippine Couture

Handlooms of the Ifugao, Yakan and T'boli

Treasures of Mindanao

Abel Iloco (Textiles of Ilocos Sur)

Treasures of the Cordilleras

Piña (pineapple fiber) wedding dress
from the Visayas

And much much more.....

"....A very special mahalo
goes to Iris Gil Viacrusis....
Without his artistic eye
and generosity with his time

and personal collection,
this exhibition would not have
been as beautiful

and rich as it is....."


Thank you for all those who helped and
who graciously lent their materials for this exhibit!

Mr. Iris Gil Viacrusis
Drs. Rochelle and Harold McArthur
Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano
Ms. Eliza Agabin
Ms. Ana Agabin
Mr. Martin Flandez Prudencio
Mr. Conrado "Shing" Balatbat

Ms. Charina Repollo
Mr. Jhobert and Hayden Repollo
Ms. Felicia Flores
Ms. Aileen Maypa
Ms. Naissana Sampaco
Ms. Carol D'Angelo
Ms. Eri Oura
Mr. Shakeel Makarani
Ms. Eva Washburn Repollo
Mr. Curtis Washburn
Ms. Darlene Rodrigues
Mr. Clem Bautista
Mr. Mel Domingo
Ms. Rose Churma
Dr. Ricardo Trimillos
Dr. Amy Agbayani
Ms. Agnes Respicio Malate

Ms. Teri Skillman - Kashyap
Ms. Nicolita "Nicki" Garces
Ms. Etsuko Chopey
Ms. Linda Laurence
Mr. Jason Taro
Dr. Vernadette Gonzalez

My sincerest apologies if I missed anyone...