Salinta Monon
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Salinta Monon
Salinta Monon
Born(1920-12-20)December 20, 1920
DiedJune 4, 2009(2009-06-04) (aged 88)
Known forBagobo-Tagabawa textile
StyleTraditional Bagobo-Tagabawa design
Agton Monon (m. 1946;d. 1970s)
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Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan

Salinta Monon was a Filipino textile weaver who was the one of two recipients of the National Living Treasures Award in 1998. She was known for her Bagobo-Tagabawa textiles and was known as the "last Bagobo weaver".[1]


Monon was born on December 12, 1920[2] and grew up in Bituag, Bansalan in Davao del Sur and watched her mother weave ikat a traditional abaca fabric when she was a child, She asked her mother how to use the loom at age 12 and learned how to weave within a few months.[3] She weaves a design for three to four months. In a month she can weave fabric which can be used for a single abaca tube skirt which measures 3.5 x 0.42 meters. Her favorite design is the binuwaya or crocodile which is said to be among the most difficult to weave.[4]

According to Cherry Quizon, an anthropologist based in New York, the origin of Monon's design can be dated back as early as the 1910s.[3]

Monon was awarded the National Living Treasures Award in 1998.[1] She died on June 4, 2009.[2]

Personal life

Due to her reputation as a weaver, Agton Monon, a farmer and her husband, had to pay a high bride price to her father Datu Bansalan Barra for him to be allowed to marry her. The two got married in July 4, 1946 and had six children. Salinta Monon had to manage the farm after her husband died in the 1970s.[3]


  1. ^ a b Shahani, Lili Ramos (28 August 2014). "Weaving dreams". GMA News. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Official Calendar". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Tacio, Henrylito (4 October 2014). "The last Bagobo weaver remembered". Edge Davao. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Tobias, Maricris Jan. "Salinta Monon". National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 2017.

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