Davao history and art appreciation books launched

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 August) — Two book launches,  three days apart.

The second printing of Dr. Macario D. Tiu’s “Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory,” National Book Awards winner for 2005, was launched at the Museo Dabawenyo along Pichon (formerly Magallanes) in Davao City at 10 a.m. at August 2 while “Alampat: An Introduction to Art Appreciation,” will be launched at 4 p.m. August 5, at the same venue.

The demand for copies of Tiu’s book, published in 2005 by the Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU) Research and Publication Office for the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (Mincode)  has continued but the copies printed in 2005 had all been sold, prompting this second printing in 2013 by the ADDU’s University Publication Office, with the concurrence of Mincode.

In his “Notes on the Second Printing,” Tiu, now Research Director of the Philippine Women’s College, said the catch phrase in the Mindanao studies circle is “to theorize.”

“I have been trying to do that for some time. To be sure, I continue to evaluate the theories I have advanced. Perhaps in the future I can write about the theories that appear sensible as well as the theories that I have throwin into the Davao River. For that is how we advance in knowledge and in understanding ourselves as a people and as a nation.”

“Alampat: An Introduction to Art Appreciation,” is co-authored by 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.

A press statement from UP Mindanao quoted Prof. Perez as saying the  publication is designed to be a text book for students, with a focus on visual arts and that what makes the book unique, is that the examples used as illustrations are art works of Mindanao artists.

Prof. Perez, or “Bong” to friends, is a faculty member of the UP Dept. of Humanities who earned his degree of Doctor of Fine Arts in Plastic Expression from Kyushu Sangyo University (Japan) and his Master of Arts Education from Saga University (Japan), and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Ford Academy of the Arts.  Rogelito “Jun” Cayas is also a graduate of Ford Academy’s Fine Arts program, while Norman “Nonoy” Narciso earned his MA in Education from the University of Southeastern Philippines. The book is published by Blue Patriarch Publishing House. (MindaNews)