Ibinahagi ng Iloilo-based fashion designer na si Matt Yeu ang kaniyang likhang modern Barong Tagalog na may Filipiniana sleeves na isinuot ng isang opisyal ng bayan sa isang araw ng inagurasyon doon.
Aniya, pang-Pride Month umano ang konsepto nito. Ang kliyente niya kasi o ang nagpatahi nito ay proud member ng LGBTQIA+ community.
“I came to an idea to break the stereotype Barong and modify it by the ensemble of the Filipiniana sleeves since my client is also a proud member of (the) LGBT community and pride month din naman, so I think this is very relevant,” tugon ng 24 anyos na fashion designer sa panayam ng Manila Bulletin.
Ang carabao icon na nakadibuho sa sleeves ay representasyon umano ng Carabao Caroza Festival, na ipinagdiriwang sa kanilang bayan.
Umani naman ito ng iba’t ibang reaksiyon at komento mula sa mga netizen.
“Well done in good taste. Now let’s see who else would be confident and proud enough to wear this.”
“Okay lang… pero ang tanong, tama ba?”
“Good concept but poor execution. It’s a no from me.”
“I think you can pair the barong with a skirt… simple concept but it does speak volume.”
“Sad… As we practice and express RESPECT with our differences with one another. Respect our NATIONAL COSTUME. Don’t do this…. Don’t change it… Don’t use our NATIONAL costume to express your individuality.”
“Nice design. And I think it would be much way more better for other patterns…”
“Let the men’s design remain as it is. The women design to be as it is. This is not our culture. You can express being LGBT even if you wear men and or women’s dress and everyone will still respect you.”
“We cannot preserve the so-called ‘culture’ if we modify it beyond. Hence, Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana are the signature attire of being a Filipino/Filipina.”
“There are more ways to express one’s sexual orientation, gender and identity, but this. Our nation, in general, is very warmth towards LGBTQIA+, hence culture shall also be respected equally.”