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. But the 2013 harvest has three photobooks – two photographic guides to amphibians, reptiles and bats of Mindanao, and a photobook on the other faces and facets of Sulu.

In 2012, MindaNews listed only five, placing the total number of  books on Mindanao or written by Mindanawons from 2000 to 2013 at 346.

Of the 35 books published in 2013, three are photobooks; six are on history, including a coffeetable book on the Jesuits in Mindanao and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s centennial; two on governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),  including a collection of stories on good governance winners.

Eight are on peacebuilding, three on literature, two on arts and architecture, five collections of essays, a first issue of a journal of an Islamic institute, a yearbook on Davao City, an e-book (Kindle edition) on self-medical diagnosis by a doctor from Davao City and three children’s books, two of them written and illustrated by UP Mindanao Professor Marcy Dans Lee: “Maylan and his toy top” and “Piagsupatan: Stories of the Mandaya.” Other illustrations in the latter were done by Conrad Raquel and Aldy Aguirre. Both books are on the Mandaya. “Piagsupatan” is Mandaya for “the horizon” while “Bagong Tulay, Bagong Buhay” is written by 11 children-survivors of super typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley province.

Here’s the harvest for 2013: 


1. Photographic Guide to Amphibians, Reptiles and Bats of the Caves of Mindanao, Philippines. Olga M. Nunez, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. 2013

2. Photographic Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindanao, Philippines. Olga M. Nunez. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. 2013

3. Kusug Lupah Sug. Photobook. Photos by Bim Quemado, Julkipli Ahijon, Jude Tulawie, Jemuel Bulala, Lloyd Reyes, Romy Reyes, Fazur  Stories and captions by Frencie Carreon with Nash Abduhadi providing captions for few photos. Bim Quemado and Frencie Carreon, publishers. 2013.


4. 100 years of the Ateneo de Zamboanga. Revised Edition. August 2013.

5. Jesuits in Mindanao. The Mission.  Jose S. Arcilla, SJ. Principal Writer and Archivist. Philippine Jesuit Province. Alfred A. Yuson, Editor. Ramoncito de Ocampo-Cruz, Publisher. Media Wise Communications, Inc./Muse Books. 2013

6. A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao. Oona Paredes. Southeast Asia Program Publications. Cornell University Press. 2013

7. Islamic Far East: Ethnogenesis of Philippine Islam. Isaac Donoso. University of the Philippines Press. 2013

8. Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory
Dr. Macario D. Tiu, University Publication Office, Ateneo de Davao University (with the concurrence of Mincode). 2nd printing, 2013

9. Rudy Buhay Rodil. Two hills of the same land. 2012 edition. MindaNews Publications 2013.


10.  Galing ARMM! 8 Stories of Emerging Good Local Governance in a Misunderstood Land. Galing Pook Foundation. 2013 

11. State of Local Democracy in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (SoLD ARMM). Edna E.A. Co, Ramon L. Fernan III, Maria Faina L. Diola, Amina Rasul, Mehol K. Sadain, Acram A. Latiph, Rufa C. Guiam, Benedicto R. Bacani, Raphael N. Montes, Jr.  National College of Public Administration and Governance. University of the Philippine Diliman (UP-NCPAG) and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID). 2013


12. Meaning-making in Mindanao: Everyday Violence, Ordinary People, Finding Peace.  Editors. Fr. Charles M. Inzon, OMI, Mira Alexis P. Ofreneo, Tesa Casal de Villa. Notre Dame of Jolo College. 2013

13. Out of the Shadows: Violent Conflict and the Real Economy of Mindanao. Edited by Francisco Lara, Jr. and Steven Schoofs. International Alert. 2013

14. Rethinking the Bangsamoro Perspective. Michael Henry LL. Yusingco. Al Qalam Institute and Ateneo de Davao’s University Publication Office. 2013

15. Costly Wars, Elusive Peace. Collected Articles on the Peace Processes in the Phlippines, 1990-2007. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. University of the Philippines Press. 2013

16. PEACE Mindanao
Edited by Jaime An Lim. University of Santo Tomas Publsihing House.  Grant from PEN International and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). 2013

17. Resolving Conflict in Muslim Mindanao: Showcasing Four Traditional Mechanisms

Role of Maguindanaun Datu in Conflict Resolution. By Abubakar Datumanong
Islamic Conflict Resolution Methods and the Contribution of Shari’ah Courts to Dispute Resolution in Mindanao. By Parido Rahman Pigkaulan

Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in Maguindanao Province. By Maguid T. Makalingkang

Traditional Conflict Resolution Management amongst the T’duray in Upi. By Juwairiya Uka-Lingga

Published by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia and the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies, Maguindanao. 2013

18. Peace Journeys
Authors: Hazel Aspera, Froilan Gallardo, H. Marcos C. Mordeno and Bobby Timonera
Editors: Bobby Timonera and H. Marcos C. Mordeno. Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. 2013

19. Political Psychology of Land Conflict and Peacebuilding in Central Mindanao: A Social Representations Approach. IPC Culture and Development Series, No. 8. By Cristina Jayme Montiel, Judith M. de Guzman, Marshaley J. Baquiano and Audris P. Umel. Institute of Philippine Culture, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University 2013.


20. Memory Writing, Writing Memory: Proceedings of the 19th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Edited by Christine Godinez-Ortega. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, 2013.

21. Twice-Told Subanon Tales. Retold by Antonio Enriquez. UST Publishing House, 2013

22. M’mry Wire. Ricardo M. de Ungria. 
UST Publishing House. 2013 


23. Piagsupatan: Stories of the Mandaya. Marcy Dans Lee. Adarna House. 2013

24. Maylan and his toy top. Story and Illustrations by Marcy Dans Lee. Adarna House.  2013

25. Bagong Tulay, Bagong Buhay. Authors: 11 children-survivors of super-typhoon Pablo. Plan International publication. 2013


26. Alampat: An Introduction to Art Appreciation

Prof. Teody Boylie R. Perez of the University of the Philippines – Mindanao, Rogelito Cayas of University of Mindanao, and Norman Narciso of Ateneo de Davao University. Blue Patriarch Publishing House. 2013

27. Balay Ukit. Tropical Architecture in Pre-WW11 Filipino Houses. Maria Virginia Yap Morales. Anvil Publishing Inc. Mandaluyong City. 2012 (released in 2013)


28. Mindanao on my mind and other musings. Nikki Rivera Gomez. Unversity of the Philippines Press. 2013

29. Papa’s Table Book Two: The Journey Continues. Rene Lizada. The Blue Iguana. 2013

30. Walking with Jesus in His Land. Sr. Milagros Lopez Gimeno m.a. Editor: Cresencia A. Panes. Printed by CSL Printing Press Corporation. 2013

31. Coming Together, Moving Forward. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ. Ateneo de Davao’s University Publication Office. 2013

32.  Bandung Spirit (collection of essays on religious diversity, a threat or an opportunity on globalization).  Al Qalam Institute and Ateneo de Davao’s University Publications Office.


33. IQRA . Journal of the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia.  Al Qalam Institute and the Ateneo de Davao University. Vol. 1. No. 1.


33. IQRA . Journal of the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia.  Al Qalam Institute and the Ateneo de Davao University. Vol. 1. No. 1.

34.  Tambara. Journal of the Ateneo de Davao University. Volume 30, Issue 1, June 2013

35. Tambara. Journal of the Ateneo de Davao University. Volume 30, Issue 2, Dec. 2013


36. Davao Yearbook
SunStar Davao. 2013 


37. Self-Medical Diagnosis: To Self Medicate or Not? Dr. Edward Cagape. Kindle edition. 

The list of 2013 publications compiled by MindaNews may not be complete. The list will be updated as soon as information on other books and journals is available. If you have publications that are not listed here, please email and (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

(This piece was first published in the January 8, 2014 issue of OUR Mindanao, the weekly newsmagazine of MindaNews).