The first time I see malong that been worn by men was when I am in Saudi Arabia. I noticed that Saudian people always wear their national dress for men which is called thobe. And even muslims here in the Philippines do sometime wear thobe as Islam was a National Religion for Saudi Arabia. But aside from Saudians, I see Indians, Bangladeshi, Indonesians wear Malong as their skirt or lower garments that is why when I came back to the Philippines and establish Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, I started to wear Malong as my lower garments at home. Since Philippines is one of the Thalossocratic country, which is surrounded by sea, it is comfortable to wear Malong specially on hot and sunny days. Malong can be one of the cultural pride of our country aside from the Habi and Abel coming from different regions of our country. Besides from that I see Malong can be useful in doing Hilot as Malong is known to be cloth from Cradle to Grave. It has been known to use by our Maguindanaon Brothers and Sister to wrap their new born child in malong so as their dead before sending them to the Grave. I see its worth in giving warmth during Rainy and cold days, so as Shelter in Sunny days. For me instead of using umbrella under the sun, I use malong as a Shade even during rainy days.
Like i am telling you all the time that Hilot is not just massage but there are other modalities that an Authentic Manghihilot could provide as cure for an illness.
So How Malong could treat an illness? Well, I could share more ways how malong can be employed in Healing if you enroll on our training program in becoming a Hilot Binabaylan.
But basically, Malong is a form of clothing that mostly worn by thalassocrat people who lives in nearby sea. Which is common in southern Philippines and nearby neighboring countries. It is one of the earliest clothing of our ancestors aside from bahag and saplot at tapis. Though it was my long dream to meet and befriend a Fashion Designer that could revive or reinvent Saplot and Tapis to be worn in this modern times rather than Baro’t Saya for female and Barong for men which has its Spanish…
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