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 Mindanao collection in 2011, bringing to  287 the number of books on Mindanao or written by Mindanawons since 2000.

But while a number of books are still on the usual themes of history and peace-building – the dominant themes since 2000 — literature dominates the 2011 harvest, including a collection of Tita Lacambra-Ayala’s poems and the first book of  17-year old Kristelle Alina Rizardo Omar- a compilation of essays about her family and feelings, politics, her crazy life as a teenager and student.

The tale passed on from generation to generation of Lumad (indigenous peoples) and the Moro people about their ancestors, the brothers Tabunaway and Mamalu, is now in thin book form, fully illustrated and simply titled “The Tale of Tabunaway and Mamalu.”

In his foreword, the Cotabato City-based Daniel Ong, said he was inspired to do the project because Lumad and Moro peoples in the areas he visited in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, kept on talking about the brothers’ peace compact in resolving conflicts in their areas.

“The historical folktale is thus an affirmation of the power of memory and ancient traditions in sustaining bonds of friendship, love, mutual understanding and respect between and among the native inhabitants of the island,” Ong wrote.  The retelling of the story was written by the poet, Victor Jose Penaranda, illustrated by Bagwani Amplayo.

“Peace Warriors: On the Trail with Filipino Soldiers” is not just a book on the military and  peace-building in Mindanao but a literary piece as well by Criselda Yabes, a journalist who has won several awards in creative writing. Yabes was born in Quezon City but spent her childhood in Jolo, Sulu and Zamboanga City  before moving back to Quezon City for journalism at the University of the Philippines. She won the UP Centennial Literary Prize for Creative Non-Ficton for “Sarena’s Story: The Loss of a Kingdom.” Another book set in Sulu, “Below the Crying Mountain,” was shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize for 2010.
MindaNews contributed four books to the 2011 harvest. Aside from Omar’s “Haileystones,” it also published the photobook, “Mindanao into the 21st Century: A photographic journey” edited by Bobby Timonera; Patricio Diaz’ “Troubled Odyssey,” a book on the government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace process, “ and Fr. Roberto C. Layson’s “Fields of Hope: Stories of  Inter-religious dialogue and peace-building.”  The three books were published with support from the Australian Aid for International Development.


The 2011 harvest also includes a book on anti-corruption: “Kakistocracy: The Rule of the Unprincipled, Unethical and Unqualified” written by  Ronnie V. Amorado of the Ehem Anti-Corruption Movement.

MindaNews welcomes additions to the 2011 listing.

Check your list:


1.Mindanao into the 21st Century: A photographic journey. Edited by Bobby Timonera. MindaNews Publications 2011


2.Troubled Odyssey: The GRP-MILF Peace Process. Patricio P. Diaz. MindaNews Publications 2011


3.Fields of Hope: Stories of Inter-religious Dialogues and Peace-building. Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI. MindaNews Publications 2011


4.In Defense of and Thinking Beyond the GRP-MILF MOA-AD: A Peace Advocate’s Essays on the Controversial Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain. Soliman M. Santos, Jr. Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao.  2011


5.Bangsamoro sa malapitan: Pagpupunyagi sa sariling pagpasya. Lualhati Milan Abreu.  Edited by Bonifacio P. Ilagan. Center for People Empowerment in Governance. Quezon City.

6.Tibay ng Loob: The Mindanao Resilient Communities Project Report. Gail Tan Ilagan,  Nelly Z. Limbadan and Ericson D. Batican. 2Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao. 2011


7. The tale of Tabunaway and Mamalu. Kadtunataya Foundation, Inc. Cotabato City and Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst Church Development Service. 2011


8.Peace Warriors: On the trail with Filipino Soldiers. Criselda Yabes. Anvil Publishing, Inc. 2011.


9.The Davao We Know. 19 essays. Compiled and edited by Lolita R. Lacuesta.  Anvil Publishing, Inc. 2011


  1. Heartwood: A Chapbook of Poems.  Jhoanna B. Cruz . Davao City Road Map Series, 2011.
  2. Tala Mundi. The Collected Poems of Tita Agcaoili Lacambra Ayala. Tita Lacambra Ayala. Edited and with critical introduction and guide by Ricardo M. de Ungria. University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. 2011
  3. The Best of Dagmay 2007-2009. Ricardo M. De Ungria, Macario D. Tiu, Jhoana Lynn B. Cruz and Domique Gerald M. Cimafranca, eds. 2010. Davao Writers Guild Tubao Book Series. National Commission for Culture and the Arts


  1. The Poetry of Place: Proceedings of the 17th Iligan National Writers Worskshop. Edited by Christine F. Godinez-Ortega. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. 201


  1. Haileystones. Kristelle Alina Rizardo Omar. MindaNews Publications. 2011
  2. Colors of the Soul: Poetry and Paintings in the Spiritual Journey. Marjorie T. Guingona,  SAC.  Claretian Publications.


  1. Fractional Lives. Marfori, Margarita. Davao Writers Guild Tubao Book Series. Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts.


  1. Kakistocracy: The Rule of the Unprincipled, Unethical and Unqualified.  Ronnie V. Amorado.  Ateneo de Davao University Research and Publication Office. 2011


  1. La Parroquia: Te Catholic Chruch in Zamboanga 1910-2010. Aireen Barrios Arnuco and Ma. Christina A. Canones. Edited by Jonathan A. Siason and Pamela R. Castrillo. Ateneo de Zamboanga Press. 2011


  1. Manobo Dreams in Arakan: A People’s Struggle to Keep Their Homeland.  Karl Gaspar, CSsR.  Ateneo de Manila University Press. 2011.
  2. Revolutionary Spirit: Jose Rizal in Southeast Asia. John Nery. Ateneo de Manila University Press. 2011
  3. Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality: Vignettes from Asia and Africa. Selangor: Aurelio Camilo B. Naraval,  Gail Ilagan, AKM Masud Ali, Faustine Ngarambe ad Alvin Concha.  International Council on Management and Population Programme and New York: United Nations Population Fund. 2011


  1. Mga Pahimangno ni Fye We sa Bulan. Donabelle G. Celebrad and Kiblawan CADEP learners and facilitators. Edited and translated by Rosalinda C. Tomas, Gladys Mebrano-Garcia, and Karl Gaspar, CSsR. Center for Social Development Research and Br. Polycarp Institute for Community Development Foundation, Inc.  Davao City.  2011


  1. The Church. Roawie L. Quimba, Teresita M. Francisco, and Amalia M. Sagaral. Blue Patriarch Publishing House, Davao City. 2011


  1. Jesus Christ. Roawie L. Quimba. Blue Patriarch Publishing House. Davao City.


  1. Tambara vol 28. 2011. Edited by Gail T. Ilagan, Pamela R. Castrillo and Patricio N. Abinales. Davao City: Ateneo de Davao University (peer reviewed by an international pool of subject matter experts).
  2. Prospects for peace in the Aquino administration. Autonomy and Peace Review. Institute of Autonomy and Governance. Cotabato City. January to March 2011
  3. Upholding the Indigenous Peoples Right to Self-Determination. Institute of Autonomy and Governance. Cotabato City. April to June 2011
  4. Revisiting the Shari’ah Courts in the Philippines. Parido “Phardz” Rahman Pigkaulan in Autonomy and Peace Review. Institute of Autonomy and Governance. July to Sept. 2011.

Three other journals published in 2010 but not included in MindaNews’ listing of 2010 books are  Kinaadman: A journal of the Southern Philippines. Published by the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan  (the 2010 volume XXXII is a Fr. William F. Masterson SJ Centennial Issue);  La Sallian Research Forum vol 14 nos. 6 and 7 and vol 15 nos. 1 and 2, published by La Salle University, Ozamiz City; and  The Mindanao Forum: Official Journal of MSU-IIT volume XXIII No. 2.  (Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews)