POETRY: Reading Poets

At a poetry reading (my first time attending), I sat listening… And, oh boy, was it interesting!   Wordsmiths amateur and senior, one or two an award winner, gave a… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The precious gift of reading a book

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Is reading a book these days – which I have always thought was a rare precious gift – an endangered species in our… »

Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – Watch out for the “punto de vista” (point of view) and “omissions, silences.” This was the challenge posed by Dr. Macario Tiu, National Book Awards… »

An afternoon of poetry at the 1st Mindanao Book Festival

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Award-winning poet, writer, artist and professor Ricardo de Ungria was among a number of Mindanawon poets who joined the poetry reading during the… »

WELCOME REMARKS: As a Sword Needs a Whetstone

Good afternoon. Assalamu Allaykum. May God’s peace and compassion be always in our hearts! It is my pleasure to welcome you all this afternoon to the First Mindanao Book Festival! George… »

At least 37 Mindanao books published in 2013; 346 since 2000

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) — At least 37 Mindanao books were published in 2013, majority still on history and peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro, the dominant themes since 2000.… »

Davao to transform public library into ‘idea center’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 Oct) – The public library in this city will soon become an upgraded version of an incubation space, where one learns to think more, develop and express… »

18 libraries, learning centers in Region 9 avail DOST’s STARBOOKS

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 September) – Eighteen school libraries and learning resource centers in Region 9 have availed the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) project since… »

BISAG UNSA: Rebyu sa Tipik

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/3 Aug) – Unsa man ang resulta kon mag-uban sa usa ka proyekto ang duha ka tawo kinsa ang matag usa kanila naghupot og daghang talento?

Coloring books, a bio on Nur Misuari and soon, an English-Bahasa Sug dictionary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 March) –  This year’s harvest of Mindanao books begins with  three coloring books on peace, joy and love; an “authorized biography” of Nur Misuari; and soon, the… »

Mindanao’s 2011 book harvest: More on literature this time

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 January)  — At least 28 books, including four journals and a collection of photos of Mindanao’s first decade under the new millennium, have been added to the… »

REVIEW: The Seductive Power of Buzzwords

(Review of “The Politics of Anti-Politics: What does the buzzword ‘community-driven development’ do? The case of Mindanao Peace and Development” by Nikki Philline C. de la Rosa, published in Mindanao… »

Two books by Mindanawons launched this week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) — Two books by Mindanawons will be launched this week: Ronnie Amorado’s “Kakistocracy: The Rule of the Unprincipled, Unethical and Unqualified” and Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar’s “Manobo Dreams in Arakan: A People’s Struggle to Keep Their Homeland.” Amorado’s book will be launched Tuesday morning at room J-301, Jubilee Hall of the Ateneo de Davao University’s Jacinto Campus.

At least 259 Mindanao books since 2000

Two hundred fifty nine?Yes, at least 259 books on Mindanao or written by Mindanawons have been published since 2000, most of them on history and peace-building. This year’s harvest is 35 (29 books, six journals and reports), including one dictionary, Chavacano-English, English-Chavacano, published by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Press.

BOOK REVIEW: Karl Gaspar's 'The Masses are Messiah: Contemplating the Filipino Soul'

Karl Gaspar’s latest book, “The Masses are Messiah: Contemplating the Filipino Soul” is a rare book – a significant contribution to the scholarship on babaylans, Filipino struggles for social transformation, and spirituality, long overdue but so difficult to make. Of course, it’s no surprise that the author could pull off this scholarly but captivating work. Karl Gaspar’s academic background as an anthropologist and sociologist, his grassroots experience of resistance during martial law and beyond, and the wide social network he has built over the years were all a preparation for this timely research.

It helps that Karl was CEO of several Mindanao-based institutions, including the controversial Mindanao Sulu Pastoral Conference (MSPC) in the late 1970s, roamed the region as poet, minstrel, and playwright in the early 1980s, and has now put all his tremendous talents to the service of the Redemptorist missions, some of which consist of the poorest communities in Mindanao and elsewhere.

Karl Gaspar's latest book launched on Human Rights Day

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 December) – Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar’s latest book, “The Masses are Messiah: Contemplating the Filipino Soul” will be launched Friday, International Human Rights Day, at the Ateneo… »

Canuday's "Bakwit" book wins National Book Award

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 November) – “Bakwit:  The Power of the Displaced,” written by MindaNews’ Jose Jowel Canuday won the National Book Award in the Social Science category of the 29th… »

Canuday's "Bakwit" book is finalist in 29th National Book Awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – “Bakwit: The Power of the Displaced,” written by MindaNews’ Jose Jowel Canuday is a finalist in the Social Science category of the 29th National Book… »

Book on peace building in the communities launched

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 Sept) — A book on peace building efforts in the communities was launched here on Tuesday, in time for the International Day of Peace and… »

3 books on Mindanao launched in Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – The books’ topics are inter-related — the consequences of the recurring armed conflicts in Mindanao on civilians and combatants,  and the seemingly intractable peace negotiations… »

“War Wounded:” because a pile of laundry won’t wash away war’s trauma

“We in the military have been avoiding this topic for the longest time because we don’t know how to handle it,” Major Gen. Carlos Holganza, chief of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said at the launching Saturday of Dr. Gail Tan Ilagan’s book, “War Wounded: Combat Stress Sequelae of 10ID Soldiers.”

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