The Children of the Limokon


The Children of the Limokon


This story hails from the Mandaya of Mindanao. While there are similar Bukidnon and Bagobo origin stories, this story seems to exhibit the least foreign influence. The limokon is believed to be the messenger of omens from the spirit world. The direction from which its coos are heard is said to foretell danger or success for the Mandaya.


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In the early days before people, the limokon roamed the earth. The limokon came from from the spirit world and were powerful dove-like beings who had the power of speech.




One limokon laid two eggs, one at the mouth of the Mayo River and one farther up its course.

After some time, the eggs hatched, with the one at the mouth of the river becoming and the other becoming woman.


The man lived alone on the riverbanks for a long time, but he was very lonely and longed for a companion. One day, when he was crossing the river, something swept against his legs with such force, that it nearly drowned him. He stood back up and realized that it was hair. He followed it up the river to find whence it came. He traveled upstream, looking on both banks. Until finally he found the woman, and he was very happy to think that at last he could have a companion.


With time, they were married and had many children. Today, their children are known as the Mandaya, who still live along the Mayo River.



In honor of the indigenous Filipinos, Gunitaan partnered with PAGASA to help support Aeta, Lumad, T'boli, and communities in Buhi, Camarines Sur affected by supertyphoons. In exchange for donations of any amount of your choosing is a digital compilation of the library designed for mobile.

The library is also a risograph art zine in collaboration with Bad Student, for pre-order until Dec. 11, 2020. In light of the typhoon damage they sustained, 10% of the zine proceeds will go towards their recovery. The rest of the zine proceeds will also be donated to the indigenous communities supported by PAGASA.



Gunitaan is a humble library of folktales that tell us who we are, who we have been for centuries, and what inspires us as a culture. Gunitaan seeks to use design to shed light on, honor and preserve the beauty inherent to the many cultures that keep our identity alive. 

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