2020, December 12. Salinta Monon, Birth Centenary
National Living Treasures Awardee
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Singles, Sheets of 40
12p Salinta Monon, Bogobo Weaver, Singles (30,000)
Design Coordinator: Roche Severo, GAMABA
Secretariat, Office of the Executive Director, NCCA
Layout Artist: Eunice Beatrix U. Dabu
First Day Covers:
SALINTA MONON - BIRTH CENTENARY, MANLILIKHA NG BAYAN (1920-2020)
Salinta Monon. A
Filipino textile weaver, recipient of
National Living Treasures Award in
1998. She was known for her Bagobo-Tagabawa
textiles and was known as the "last Bagobo weaver".
Salinta watched her motherís nimble hands glide over the loom,
weaving traditional Bagobo textiles.
At 12 she asked her mother to teach her how to weave
herself. Her ardent desire to excel in the art of her ancestors
enabled her to learn quickly. She developed a keen eye for the
traditional designs. She
can identify the design as well as the author of a woven piece just
by a glance.
All her life Salinta has woven continuously.
She has built a solid reputation for the quality of her work
and the intricacies of her designs. There is a continuing demand for
her fabrics. She has reached the stage where she is able to set her
own price, but she admits to a nagging sense of being underpaid
nevertheless, considering the time she puts into her work. It takes
her three to four months to finish a fabric 3.5 m x 42 cm in length,
or one abaca tube skirt per month.
She used to wear the traditional hand-woven tube skirt of the
Bagobo, of which the sinukla and the bandira were two of the most
common types until the market began to be flooded with cheap
machine-made fabrics. Now, she wears her traditional clothes only on
special occasions. Of the many designs she weaves, her favorite is
the binuwaya (crocodile), which is one of the hardest to make.