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How to Pull Off a Filipiniana Theme for Your Next Event

Explore the versatile Filipiniana theme, perfect for weddings, debuts, or any celebration of Filipino excellence. Discover what you need to create your own Filipiniana Glamour in this post. Keep reading for inspiration and ideas!

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Planning the Event

Decide whether you want your event indoors or outdoors, considering the weather or season when setting the date. For the venue, you can’t go wrong with heritage sites open for private or public events and culturally rich locations. Consider heritage churches and venues with Filipino-Spanish elements, ancestral houses turned event spaces or serene beaches. These options can add a touch of old-world charm and create a lush, romantic atmosphere for your celebration.

Invitations and Stationery

Add a touch of Filipiniana charm to your designs! Infuse Baybayin script and traditional motifs for an authentic nod to Filipino culture. Showcase the country’s diversity by incorporating local languages. Elevate your stationery with native materials like rattan and indigenous handicrafts. Choose brown paper or opt for abaca, piña, or handmade paper to capture a distinctly Filipino aesthetic.


Encourage your esteemed guests to grace the occasion in elegant attire, embracing the rich heritage of the Philippines with the timeless Barong Tagalog, Terno, or Baro’t Saya. Infuse a touch of modern flair by blending contemporary silhouettes or infusing personalized elements into traditional clothing, creating a harmonious fusion of past and present styles.


Capiz lanterns, native textiles, and wooden accents are essential for any Filipiniana event. Combine these elements to create a unique atmosphere. For a tropical blend, incorporate palm and banana leaves, monstera, and vibrant native flowers. To achieve a regal look, pair gold tones with wooden details. If you’re aiming for a town fiesta vibe, include prints, patterns, banderitas, and other festive decorations.

The Filipiniana theme often features earthy and neutral tones. For a more elegant scheme, stick with golds, creams, and champagnes. Alternatively, bold and deep colors inspired by the Philippine flag can create a striking visual impact.

Food and Beverage

Filipino food is often the gateway to Filipino culture, as cuisine reflects its essence. Serve a variety of traditional dishes and introduce rarely eaten delicacies. You can also set up uniquely Filipino food stations such as a street food or tusok-tusok station and a kakain station.

For an authentic touch, use native serving ware like woven baskets and wooden platters. Incorporate cut-up banana leaves and elegant wooden utensils to complete the vibe.

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Entertainment can include folk dance performances and traditional Filipino music. Consider adding traditional dance performances and music for a cultural touch, or opt for a modern twist with Filipino pop or OPM. Interactive activities can involve traditional games or cultural demonstrations for a lively and engaging experience.

Photography and Videography

Capture the essence of your event by showcasing its traditional elements in photos and videos. Enhance the photo booth with traditional props and backdrops for a unique touch. Consider adding banigs (woven sleeping mats) and other Filipiniana elements to create an authentic backdrop experience.

Souvenirs and Giveaways

Handicrafts like hand fans or “abaniko,” along with products made of rattan, bamboo, or buri palm, infuse your souvenirs with a touch of Filipino craftsmanship and vibrant culture. For a delicious twist, consider edible souvenirs like packets of local delicacies such as polvoron, pastillas, dried mangoes, or coffee beans sourced from various Philippine provinces.

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In all, a Filipiniana celebration highlights our culture. From traditional attire like the Barong Tagalog and Terno to incorporating native materials and flavors, every detail adds to the authenticity of the event.

Celebrate your heritage with exquisite cuisine! Indulge in Hizon’s Catering’s inspired dishes, ensuring your occasions are unforgettable tributes to you. Ready to elevate your event with exceptional catering? Book with us today for a culinary experience that delights and honors your heritage!

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