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Tortoise-shell and silver salakot.
A silver-inlaid salakot fit for a Gobernadorcillo or a Cabeza de baranggay.

A salakót is a traditional wide-brimmed hat from the Philippines. It is often made of either rattan or reeds, and is a traditional headdress besides the iconic conical Asian hat found in neighbouring Southeast and East Asian countries.

History[edit]

Ancient tradition recounts that the first Malay settlers in the archipelago purchased the valleys and plains of Panay Island from the native Aetas in exchange for a golden salakót and a very long pearl necklace called a manangyad, which touched the ground when worn by the wife of the Aeta chieftain.

The custom of embellishing the salakót developed during the Spanish Era. Though normally worn by farmers, wealthy and landed Christian Filipinos and mestizos (especially the members of the nobility called the Principalía) would also wear the salakót. It would be adorned with embossed silver, and sometimes silver coins and pendants were hung from the hat's brim. Many depictions of gobernadorcillos and cabezas de barangay would portray these colonial public functionaries as wearing ornate salakots. It was not uncommon for this class to wear salakót made of more prized materials, such as tortoiseshell and precious metals.[1]

Cultural significance[edit]

The salakot is a common symbol for Filipino identity, often worn by the National personification Juan dela Cruz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfredo R. Roces, et al., eds., Ethnic Headgear in Filipino Heritage: the Making of a Nation, Philippines: Lahing Pilipino Publishing, Inc., 1977, Vol. VI, pp. 1106-1107.

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GMA News
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:58:31 -0700

"The stamp features three children of Filipino origin who live in Andorra – Veronica, Dylan, and Von Mart – wearing barong tagalog, balintawak and salakot," it said. "Andorra´s postal service is operated by Spain and France whose postal administrations ...
 
Inquirer.net
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:07:30 -0700

A world where people lived fickle lives, dependent on luck or the elements or fate or God, which could turn out for the better or worse at the drop of a hat, or salakot. The. harvest could be bountiful one day and miserable the next, which could feed ...
 
Philippine Information Agency
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:52:30 -0700

Identified activities are Diyandi Festival sa Iligan City; Repair and Renovation of Bahay Salakot, City Tourism Office; Gathering and updating of tourism-related data/information for data banking; Concept Design for the initial rehabilitation of Tinago ...
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