Bayong is a “a coarse sack of woven strips of pandanus or palm leaves used especially. in the Philippines”. The traditional bayong is woven from “buri” leaves in the Visayas and “pandan” in Luzon.
Bayong is being used as a shopping bag back in the old days before plastic bags and the so called eco-bags took over the scene. Today there are very few users of bayong for shopping purposes. If there are some, they are are mostly old people who are going to the wet market. Good thing that environmentalists and the bayong makers are campaigning for people to use the traditional bayong.
The photo of bayong above is a sample of the traditional (simplest) kind of Bayong. I got this from a from a running event with a Spanish era concept. They used bayong as a loot bag instead of the ordinary common bags. It is totally something different from the loot bags from the other running events which usually are made from common bag materials.
Bayong makers are now injecting some modern design twist in the Bayong look like these ones in the photos below. These kind of Bayongs are mostly being exported, used as a fashionable accent or displays in exhibits.