MINDANAO 2006: Fewer Mindanao books in 2006 but….

“Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory,” written by Palanca awardee Dr. Macario Tiu, a Dabawenyo, won the National Book Award for History.

ImageThe book was published in 2005 by the Mindanao Coalition for Development Networks and the Ateneo de Davao University’s Research and Publication Office.

Tiu teaches at the Ateneo and writes a Bisaya column, Bisag Unsa, for MindaNews.

Ukkil: Visual Arts of the Sulu Archipelago by Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2005 was a finalist in the Gintong Aklat Awards 2006, for the Arts.

MindaNews recorded only 12 books and journals published in 2006 compared with 32 in 2005; 29 in 2004; 19 in 2003; 18 in 2002; eight in 2001 and seven in 2000.

At least 125 books about Mindanao or written by Mindanawons between 2000 and 2006 have been listed by MindaNews, most of them on history and peace-building.

Of the 12 books in 2006, one is a photo book, another is a book for children, another is on anthropology. Two of the authors are from MindaNews: Gail Ilagan and Bobby Timonera.

The harvest of 2006:

Fly on the Wall by Gail Ilagan is a collection of her “Wayward and Fanciful” columns in MindaViews, the opinion section of MindaNews. ImageThe book was launched September 11, 2006 at the Ateneo de Davao University and is now on its second printing.

Fiesta sa Mindanao: The colorful festivals of Mindanao, Philippines is MindaNews editor Bobby Timonera’s photo book. A publication of www.mindanews.com,  the book is printed in the United States by Lulu, described as “the web’s premier independent publishing marketplace for digital do-it-yourselfers.”

ImageThe book is now available for ordering under Lulu’s “Arts and Photography” category. It costs US $39.95 from http://www.lulu.com/content/518604 but copies can be purchased in Mindanao’s Iligan and Davao cities for P2,000 each.

“The Hairy Fruit. Rambutan: Ang mabalahibong prutas,”  by Mary Ann Ordinario-Floresta, illustrations by Kora Dandan-Albano. First printing of first edition, 2006. ABC Educational Development Center, Plaridel St. Kidapawan City

A State of Constant Beginnings. Proceedings of the 12th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Edited by Christine Godinez-Ortega.  2006. Published by Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City.

Diary of the War. WW II Memoirs of Lt. Col. Anastacio Campo. Annotated by Maria Virginia Yap-Morales. Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Give Peace a Chance: the story of the GRP-MNLF Peace Talks by Abraham Iribani (posthumous). Published by the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, it was launched on December 4, 2006, during the Mindanao Week of Peace. Iribani passed away a couple of months before the book went off the press.

Church, State and Civil Society in Postauthoritarian Philippines: Narratives of Engaged Citizenship by Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, SJ. 

Fr. Moreno is the Vice President of Social Development and the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences of Xavier University. The Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Zamboanga has elected him as the next President of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City vice Fr. William Kreutz, SJ who will retire in June 2007.

Moreno used the Dioceses of Malaybalay and Negros as cases for comparative analysis. His outstanding presentation of lay participation in the Church through the Basic Ecclesiastical Community Movements provides a glimpse of how democratic decision-making practices in the local church has formed people for responsible political exercises both in the local and national levels.

Anthropological Transculturalism: Understanding Context and Diversity in Health Care. By Antonio J. Montalvan, Capitol University Press, Cagayan de Oro City.

The enemy of war is war itself. (2nd edition)  By Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI. Published by the Initiatives for International Dialogue. This second edition is edited by Carolyn O. Arguillas and Brady Eviota.


Tambara  (academic journal of the Ateneo de Davao University) Volume 23. Edited by Macario D. Tiu and Gail T. Ilagan. Published by the Ateneo de Davao University, December 2006

GS Research Journal. Official Publication of the Graduate ASchool. Notre Dame University, Cotabato City. Volume 1, No. 4. Edited by Dr. Nida P. Rodriguez, Dean. Dr. Norma T. Gomez, Dr. Ester O. Sevilla, Dr. Dolores S. Daquino, Dr. Oscar N. Kinazo, Prof. Estrella Cantallopez. December 2006.

Autonomy and Peace Review. (Four quarterly issues in 2006). Published by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, Cotabato City.

Floresta’s book for children is her 9th. Among her best known works are El and Ey, the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for best short story for children 2004 and War makes me Sad, CMMA best short story for children 2003 (used for therapy sessions to war stricken children in Mindanao), My Muslim Friend, translated into Nippongo by the Christian Child Welfare Association in Japan, The Crying Trees and Diola-Heroine of the Philippine Eagle.

Tiu’s book won along with Luciano Santiago’s “To love and to suffer: The Development of the Religious Congregations for Women in the Spanish Philippines 1565-1898” (Ateneo de Manila University Press) won the National Book Award for History.

The four other finalists for the history category were “The Malacañan Palace,”  by Manuel L. Quezon III, Paulo Alcazaren and Jeremy Burns; Patterns of Continuity and Change: Imaging the Japanese in Philippine Editorial Cartoons, 1930-1941 and 1946-1956  by Helen Yu-Rivera; Tsinoy: The Story of the Chinese in Philippine Life,” edited by Teresita Ang See, Go Bon Juan, Doreen Go Yu and Yvonne Chua; and Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination” by Benedict Anderson.

The citation reads:  “In this book, the centrality of Davao to the Philippines and maritime Southeast Asia is presented and argued forcefully and masterfully from an interdisciplinary perspective. Perhaps the study’s most significant contribution to the increasing number of works constituting Mindanao studies derives from its angle of vision — Davao, in all its complexity, comes out alive as a site for various encounters that have shaped its history until the present period. Davao is not seen as an inert, dark frontier, but a community in the center of things shaping its own destiny.

“Moreover, by extensively utilizing local myths and folklore, Macario Tiu Imageoffers an alternative to ‘official history’ even as he proceeds to demonstrate the wealth of insights such texts from the indigenous communities possess as indices to the consciousness of the people of Davao.

“Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory is an incisive, textured and multilayered narrative that is bound to influence the way we view historical studies.” (Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews)