Tagalog for Clothing and Accessories

Business Vocabulary
Traditional Tiboli Outfit

Clothing and Accessories Vocabulary:

  • accessory – palamuti
  • belt – sinturon
  • blazer – manipis na jacket
  • blouse – blusa
  • boots – bota
  • bow tie – kurbatang laso
  • bracelet – purselas
  • brassier – bra
  • brooch – brotse
  • button – butones
  • buttonhole – uhales
  • camel hair – camel hair
  • cashmere – cashmere
  • chalk – tisa
  • coat – amerikana
  • collar – kuwelyo
  • cotton – bulak
  • crown – korona
  • cuff link  – himelo
  • to cut – putulin
  • to design – magdibuho
  • designer – taga-dibuho
  • diaper – lampin
  • dress – bestido
  • earring – hikaw
  • fabric – tela
  • factory – pabrika
  • fashion – moda
  • fashionable – sunod sa moda

Sample Dialog:

Sa Opisina

Boss:  Ladies and gentlemen, our regional director from the US, Mr. Brian Davies will be expecting us all to a dinner later this evening at Manila Peninsula.  It is his birthday and his way of saying thank you to everyone for a job well done in the previous quarter.  Without your help, the business of Sara Lee will never be the same. Maraming salamat at aasahan ko ang inyong pagdalo.
Mitzy:  Yes sir. Thank you sir. We love you sir.
Allan:  Mitzy, ngayon pa lang ayos na ayos na ang buhok at make-up mo. Ibang klaseng sekretarya ka talaga!
MitzySiyempre naman.  Wala pa nga yan kasi half-day ako ngayon.  Sa hapon, pupunta na ako sa parlor.
AllanMagpapaganda ka pa sa lagay na yan?
RominaAllan, iba talaga ang babae.  Kung kayong mga lalaki, dadating na lang kayo sa hotel na hindi man lang nagpapalit ng damit, pwes kaming mga babae dapat magpalit ng suot.
MitzyTama ka Romina! Ano nga pala ang damit mo?
RominaRed halter dress.  Tapos ang accessories ko, hikaw na dangling at kuwintas na diyamante.
MitzyAng sa akin, itim na bistida.  At may pulseras na pilak at pitaka.
AllanTama na yan. Balik trabaho na. Kapag hinanap ako ni boss, pakisabi kinuha ko lang ang pina-dry clean kong Pitoy Moreno Barong.
RominaIbang klase ka rin Allan!

The Use of Gold:

DID YOU KNOW…

…that the use of gold for barter was very common in the pre-Hispanic period of Philippine history?
…that as a universally accepted currency, gold was used in the form of barter rings and tiny engraved coins called piloncitos?
…that early Filipinos often finalized transactions involving land through the use of long chains made of gold?
…that Arab merchants who reached the Philippines through India and other Southeast Asian kingdoms brought the idea of the “yellow money” as a means of exchange?
…that as part of this “yellow money,” cowry shells were so rare that the merchants often had facsimiles of them made from other materials, like the golden cowry shells from Siam? (Siam was the old name of Thailand).
…that Chinese immigrants entering Manila brought with them porcelain chips which they used for betting?
…that these chips could well have been an antecedent of today’s plastic casino chips?

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