In this age of random selfies, a Filipino guy like me deserves to be caught wearing something extraordinarily special like a barong (baro ng Tagalog). It's not all the time that I get to travel the Philippines in rugged wear. There will always be special occasions in my trips like a formal museum opening or a wedding of a friend that requires donning something more than a polo shirt. Thankfully, Obra Ni Juan has the modern cut designed for travelers like me who may need a Filipiniana look once in a while.
Obra Ni Juan is proudly Filipino-made which makes supporting it all the more remarkable. What started as a small family tailoring business in Antipolo City with 6 to 8 sewing machines is now a full-fledged apparel brand in the Philippines.
Inspired By The Countryside
The siblings who currently manage it all grew up living in Roxas City, Capiz, where seeing the beauty of the countryside was ordinary to them. It was routine for them to see fishermen with their fresh catch in the morning. The sight of farmers with carabaos plowing the fields and vendors clutching exotic fruit harvests was also a daily occurrence. The scenery continues to inspire the designs that the brand has today.
The brand's inventive barong tagalog designs use cotton, linen, tencel (a regenerated fabric from wood) and cotton mix which are considered quite comfortable when worn. They are all available in Robinsons and SM Department Stores nationwide.
Fine Quality and Masterful Design
As a proud owner of one of its executive line products, I can truly attest to Obra Ni Juan's fine quality when it comes to fabric, style, and cut, including being "presko" enough to be worn outdoors. The brand's name connotes masterpiece and it's quite evident in my short-sleeved executive barong that was masterfully designed and manually dyed at its workshop.
The piece is something that can also be worn at offices or venues that require being clad in semi-formal wear. At one of its outlets in Kultura SM Megamall, the Executive Line's other designs can be seen in different sizes along with the brand's Authentic Line (casual wear) and Formal Line (long-sleeved).
Photo Shoot Venue: Lily Vacation Farm House in Jala-jala, Rizal
Obra Ni Juan
Official website of Obra Ni Juan
Factory Address: Sitio Ligtasan, Brgy San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Phone: +632-6976743 to 44