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Bayong made from karagumoy
The weaving process in making bayong

Bayong refers to bags originating from the Philippines made by weaving dried leaves. The leaves used for making the bayong vary but the traditional bayong is made from buri leaves in the Visayas and pandan leaves in Luzon.[1][2] Abaca, bacbac, karagumoy, sabutan, romblon and tikog are among other organic materials used in making the bayong — all of which are derived from plants native to the Philippines.[3][4]Plastic strips are also used as synthetic substitute for leaves.[1]

The use of Bayong is common among Filipinos going to wet markets especially in rural areas or provinces. Recently the bayong is being promoted as an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Filipino Icon: Bayong". FFE Magazine. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sanchez (17 May 2009). "Bayong: A fashionable alternative to plastic shopping bagsf". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ Mendoza, Sonia (1 April 2012). "Use 'bayong,' cloth bag". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  4. ^ Loterte, Marlon (19 September 2012). "Bayong evolves from traditional to modern design". Legazpi, Albay. Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 29 January 2016.