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.

Three books are on soldiers: “Soldiers for Peace” by Bobby Timonera, “War Wounded” by Gail Ilagan and “Soldiers as Peacemakers, Peackeepers and Peacebuilders” by Ret. Lt. General Benjamin Dolorfino.

MindaNews recorded 224 between 2000 and 2009: 33 books in 2009; 36 books and journals in 2008; 30 in 2007; 12 in 2006; 32 in 2005; 29 in 2004; 19 in 2003; 18 in 2002; eight in 2001 and seven in 2000. With 31 more in 2010, that’s a total of 255 books and journals published from 2000 to 2010, as listed by MindaNews. There could be more.

Two books won prestigious awards in 2010: “Bakwit: The Power of theDisplaced” by Jose Jowel Canuday (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2009) won the National Book Award in the Social Science category; while Agaw Dilim, Agaw Liwanag by Lualhati Milan Abreau (University of the Philippines Press, 2009) won the 2010 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.

The 2010 harvest:

1. Soldiers for Peace
Text and photos by Bobby Timonera

Edited by Gail Ilagan
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.

2. GRP-MILF Peace Drafts 2010: Comments and Analysis
by Patricio P. Diaz and Rudy Buhay Rodil.
MindaNews Publications with the assistance of The Asia Foundation

3. War Wounded: Combat Stress Sequelae of 10ID Soldiers
by Gail Tan IlaganAteneo de Davao University Research and Publications Office

4. Batasan Adansil: Customary Laws of the Higaonon Tribe in Iligan City
Intellectual Property of the Higa-onon Tribe of Iligan City
Kasabuwa hu Kalinaw daw kalambuan (Kagsabuwa, Inc)
With the support of DED (German Development Service) and
Technical assistance from City mayor’s Office – Office of the Maranao,
Higaonon and Other Cultural Communities
87 pages, written in Bisaya

5. GRP-MILF Peace Process: Compilation of Signed Agreements & Other
Related Documents (1997-2010)
MILF Peace Panel in conjunction with The Asia Foundation

6. Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative 1890-2006
PN Abinales
Ateneo de Manila University Press

7. Primed and Pursposeful: Armed Groups and Human Security Efforts in the Philipines
Soliman Santos, Jr. and Paz Verdades M. Santos with Octatvo A. Dinampo, Herman Joseph S. Kraft, Artha Kira R. Paredes and Raymund Jose G. Quilop
A joint publication of the South_South Network for
Non-State Armed  Group Engagement and the Small Arms Survey

8. Challenges to Human Security in Complex Situations: The case of conflict in the Southern Philippines.
Editors. Merlie B. Mendoza and Victor M. Taylor
Published by the Asian disaster Reduction and Response Network with
funding support from AusAid

9. Referendum on Political Options for the Bangsamoro: Study Papers on the Legal and Historical Basis
Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement with the financial assistance of Mensen met een Missie, The Netherlands

10. Noor-US Salam: Women of Faith, Light of Peace. Proccedings of the Regional Conference of Women Peace Advocates. 24-27 January 2010
Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy

11. The NUCP Story: Now the work begins Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy

12. About Us. Proceedings of the 17th Iligan National Writers’ Workshop Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension’s Multimedia Information & Dissemination Unit (OVCRE-MMIDU)
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

13. Making Theatre: The Craft of the Stage
by Steven Patrick C. Fernandez
Integrated Performing Arts Guild-ARM

14. The Masses are Messiah: Contemplating the Filipino Soul
By Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR
Institute of Spirituality in Asia, Quezon City.

15. Voices from Sulu: A Collection of Tausug Oral Traditions
Compiled and edited by Gerard Rixhon
Storytellers: Mullung (Muhammad Absari Salahuddin), Muhan Julasman,
Hatib Mama and Panglima Adjarani Kuja’asan)
Ateneo de Manila University Press. Quezon City.

16. Soldiers as Peacemaekers, Peackeepers and Peacebuilders.
By (ret) Lt. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino. Limited edition. But the
Institute of Autonomy and Governance in Cotabato City is reprinting
copies of the book to make it accessible to more readers.

17. Ehemplo: Spirituality of Shared Integrity in Philippine Church and Society
Albert E. Alejo, SJ
Institute of Spirituality in Asia

18. PacMan: Behind the scenes with Manny Pacquiao. The Greatest Pound
for Pound Fighter in the World
By Gary Andrew Poole. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MassachusettsMindanawon:

19. Agaw Dilim, Agaw Liwanag
By Lualhati Milan Abreu
University of the Philippines Press

20. Sarena’s Story: The Loss of a Kingdom
Criselda Yabes
University of the Philippines Press.

21. Compilation of AFRIM Publications : Peace and development
AFRIM Publications

22. Compilation of AFRIM Publications : Banana Issues in Mindanao
AFRIM Publications

23. Compilation of AFRIM Publications : Agrarian Reform in Mindanao
AFRIM Publications

24. Chavacano de Zamboanga, Compendio y Diccionario
(Chavacano-English and English-Chavacano)
written and compiled by Dr. Rolando Arquiza Santos
edited by Dr. Claribel Concepcion and Dr. Aireen Barrios-Arnuco
Ateneo de Zamboanga University Press

25. Expanding Spaces for Change, Peace and Development Communities: A decade of Building Peace in Mindanao
ACT for Peace Programme

26. Peace Modules
By the Mindanao Team of the Catholic Relief Services
ACT for Peace Programme

27. Enriched Lesson Plans
by a Team of Peace Educators in the Caraga Region
ACT for Peace Programme

28. Essence of Islamic Leadership and Governance: A tool for Personal and Societal Transformation
By Alkhaulan Hashim with contributions from James Alih Abdul,
Professor Alih Aiyub, Nurhasan Danial, Engineer Earl-Darren Asmad and
the development advocates of Western Mindanao
ACT for Peace Programme

29. Conflict-Sensitive Peace Promoting Barangay Development Plan
By Dolores Corro, Jose Dax Evaristo Tibus and April Jhim dela Cruz
ACT for Peace Programme

30. Mindanao Forum Vol. 22 no. 1 (June 2009)
Issue editor: Dr. L.C. Sevidal Castro
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension’s Multimedia
Information & Dissemination Unit (OVCRE-MMIDU)
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

31. Mindanao Forum Vol. no. 2 (December 2009)
Editor: Christine Godinez-Ortega

32. Mindanao Forum Vol. 23 no. 1 (June 2010)
Editor: Christine Godinez-Ortega

33. They Own the People
The Ampatuans, State-Backed Militias, and Killings in the Southern Philippines

34. Fact-finding during Armed Conflict
Report of the 2009 Verification Mission to the Philippiens to
investigate Allegations of Anti-Personnel Landmine Use by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Chris Rush (Part 1 and 3); Mission Team (Professir Eric David, Phil
Halford and Chris Rush (Part 2)
Geneva Call

35. Towards a Mindanao People’s Peace Agenda Initiatives for International Dialogue MindaNews wasn’t able to include in its 2009 list the book “Diwalwal: Bundok ng Ginto” written by Edgardo M. Reyes.

(This piece is one of the articles featured in the second issue of OUR Mindanao, the monthly publication of the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center, which will be launched along with the first at 10 a.m. January 10, at the Tower Inn in Davao City. MindaNews welcomes additions to the 2010 list. If you have publications that are not listed here, please email