Agusan Del Norte

The Golden Tara of Butuan

The Golden Tara is regarded as the Icon of the Storied Past of the Pre Colonial Times of Butuan.  It was found by a Manobo woman in Wawa River in Agusan after the 1917 flood. The Tara measures 8 inches in height, 4 pounds in weight and is made of 21 karat gold. It is said that it dates back as early as 14th century.

agusan del norte butuan tara

The Golden Tara is one of the two undeniable manifestations that the Kingdom of Butuan was trading with the Indians during the Sri-Visayan Empire sometime 700-1370 AD.


Today, a replica is stored at the Butuan museum and a monument is erected near Balanghai Hotel which is also adjacent to the City Hall.


The original Tara? It is now at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

4 replies »

  1. THIS IS SO COOL. Butuan and the Agusan provinces have so much history. Our government should focus on developing this part of the country for historical sights. Great insight 🙂

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