A Barong Tagalog
(or simply Barong
) is an embroidered formal garment of the Philippines
. It is very lightweight and worn untucked, similarly to a coat. It is the common wedding and formal attire for Filipino men. Barong Tagalog literally means "Tagalog
dress" in the Tagalog language
This Filipino tradition dates back to the Spanish Colonial era. The Spaniards made Filipinos wear barongs untucked to distinguish them from the ruling class. Also, barongs had to be made of thin fabric so that the Spaniards could assure that the wearer was not bearing a weapon under the garment.