A white cotton fabric with thin blue stripes from the Spanish verb rayar meaning to draw lines was the material for uniforms of the Philippine Revolutionary Army in 1898. Enlisted soldiers were given rayadillo pants and coats, the long sleeved top coat had a pointed collar, breast pockets and brass buttons. This was worn with a salakot, later replaced by a straw hat with its front brim pinned up. Officers were distinguished from the enlisted men by their shoulder boards, epaulets and boots.
The wearing of rayadillos by the Philippine Army goes back to our revolutionary years, particularly during the Philippine Revolution of 1898 when there were hardly any funds for the army to acquire uniforms or arms and the revolutionaries had to pillage rayadillos from the Spanish arsenals.
Eventually the uniform was redesigned by Juan Luna the famous artist- brother of General Antonio Luna who funded the making of the uniforms.