I’ve long, loooong wanted to sketch this costume since I’ve had this idea summer of last year. Unfortunately, Miss Universe got moved way too late. I also knew creating this costume would be a tall order because it will be difficult to get the details right (I only draw with my fingers on a broken iPad :-P).
After a folklorish theme last year with my babaylan costume, I thought I’d create something big and grandiose this time. And with the recent Feast of Nazareno and the upcoming papal visit, I figured this is just the time to highlight the country’s religion passion.
This year, my national costume is…
… the carrozza (carriage).
Not Filipino in origin but it’s something that we’ve made our own as a procession of these carriages depicting Jesus’ days before his death is a common sight in the country during Lenten season.
I can’t find any literature on the Internet on how the tradition began in the Philippines, but it has been part of our culture for a century, or maybe even more. Photos of actual carrozzas may be found here.