I've been in Manila for a week and a half now. Bought some pina fabric for a barong in a town that specializes in it (Lumban, Laguna) and brought it to Cornell's a couple days ago. Barongs are made in different types of fabric. The most formal, most traditional, and toughest to make is pina. Here's a website with pretty good descriptions, pictures, and videos of its making and uses. Pina does have its disadvantages, including being more delicate than the second most formal type, jusi, which is is made of raw silk. Here's a pic of the pina fabric I got (on the right). Next to it is a version in jusi, bought by one of my students. Despite the bad photography, you might notice a few differences, including the darker color, rougher texture, and less even, hand embroidery of the pina version: By buying the fabric in Lumban, we got the pick of a hundred designs and paid about half the cost in Manila. I'll post pics of mine when it's done, I think on Monday. I'll also have a fitting then for a shirt and a suit made from this fabric: The suit will be made of a cotton linen blend in an open weave. Interestingly, any cloth with an open weave is called "fresco" here. The top and bottom shirt fabrics are seersucker. The middle one to my uneducated eye looks like end on end. Its weave is pretty porous too though. I also dropped off some kind of linen blend for shorts. The suit will cost about $20 for fabric and $135 for making. Shirts are $5-8 for fabric and $14 for making. The barong's total cost is about $80. Shorts are around $18. My thanks to acidboy and bbaquiran who helped me make a few decisions about styling.