Philippine Women National Dress – “Baro’t Saya (literally “Shirt and Skirt”) is the Filipino style for Women’s clothing. Traditionally, it is composed of a blouse and a long skirt with a “panuelo”.
The upper class women wore more elaborate baro’t saya sewn with beads and colorful designs. The skirt is also wider than what lower classes wore.”
The sophisticated version of the national costume, the baro’t saya (blouse and skirt) is the Mestiza dress, made more popular by former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos,some even called it Imelda dress or terno. Mestiza dress is known for its elegance and butterfly sleeves. It is usually worn for formal occasion.
Today there is a new Filipina Barbie Doll named Mutya. Mattel produced only 4,000 units of the
Mutya has tanned skin and black hair. The doll also wears the national costume of the Philippines, a terno, adorned with Sampaguita, Philippine national flower, and the sun icon from the Philippine flag.
The Filipino Barbie doll also features gold-tone earrings, necklace, bracelet and a fabric fan.
Mutya’s designer, Carlyle Nuera explained, “Mutya means pearl or beauty or muse. It’s a girl’s name and is also used in the titles of the pageants in the Philippines.”