“Rido” wins National Book Award for Social Sciences

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – The expanded edition of “Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao,” won the National Book Award for Social Sciences category in the 34th National Book Awards in ceremonies held Saturday night at the Old Senate Session Hall of the National Museum.

The National Book Awards is given every year by the National Book Development Board (NDBD) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) to the best books written, designed, and published in the country.

“Rido,” edited by Wilfredo Magno Torres III and published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, was chosen along with winners in 27 other categories for books published in 2014.

The book contains cases studies from research findings on “rido” (clan conflict) by several Mindanawon scholars and scholars on Mindanao.

“The studies in this volume dal with a type of violent conflict variously referred to as feuding, revenge killing, blood revenge, vendetta, intertribal war and clan conflict,” Torres wrote in his Introduction.

“Characterized by sporadic outbursts of retaliatory violence between families and kinship groups as well as between communities, this phenomenon frequently occurs in areas where government or a central authority is weak and in areas where there is a perceived lack of justice and security,” Torres, who is finishing his PhD at George Mason University in the United States, said.

Torres’ sister, Ma. Teresa, accepted the award on his behalf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe book’s first edition was published in 2007.

Dr. Steven Rood, Philippine Country Representative of The Asia Foundation wrote in his preface to the new edition that “not only has the demand for the (first edition) exhausted our supply of books but considerable progress has been made in actually resolving cases of rido.” He said the expanded edition, which includes a revised introduction and several additional chapters, “is meant to carry the story forward to the present.”

The book’s Part 1 features Jamail A. Kamlian’s “Survey of Feuding Families and Clans in Selected Provinces in Mindanao;” Abhoud Syed M. Lingga’s “Dynamics and Management of Rido in the Province of Maguindanao;” Moctar I. Matuan’s “Inventory of Existing Rido in Lanao del Sur (1994-2004);” “Management of Clan Conflict and Rido Among the Tausug, Magindanao, Maranao, Sama, and Yakan Tribes,” by Ofelia L. Durante, Norma T. Gomez, Ester O. Sevilla and Howard J. Manego; “Responses to Interkin Group Conflict in Northern Mindanao” by Erlinda Montillo-Burton, Moctar Matuan, Guimba Poingan and Jay Rey Alovera; “Understanding Inter-Ethnic Conflicts in North Cotabato and Bukidnon” by Guiamel Alim, Jose Bulao Jr., and Ismael G. Kulat; Monalinda Emperio Doro’s “Management and Resolution of Rido among Meranao in Baloi, Lanao del Norte; Case Studies;” Jose Jowel Canuday’s “Big War, Small Wars; The Interplay of Larce-scale and Community Armed Conflicts in Five Central Mindanao Communities;” “The Celebrated Cases of Rido in Maguindanao and North Cotabato” by Samsodin C. Amella and Norhakay K. Sumalayan from United Youth for Peace and Development; and “A Personal Reflection” by Samuel K. Tan.

Part 2 features Gerard Rixhon’s “Tausug and Corsican Clan Feuding: A comparative study;” Alber A. Husin’s “Kalis and Armalite: Symbols of Weapons and Meanings;” “Inclusive Peace in Muslim Mindanao: Revisiting the Dynamics of Conflict and Exclusion” by Francisco J. Lara Jr., and Phil Champain; Hamidullah Atar’s “Clan Wars in Lanao: New Dynamics and Approaches for Conflict Resolution and Management;” Norma V. Constantino’s “’The Other’ No More: My Story of a Peace(ful) Mediation;” and Haironesah M. Domado’s “Oreo.”

The book also features Torres’ “Epilogue: Letting a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Rido Management and the Mitigation of Localized Conflict.”

Other books written by Mindanawons that won the National Book Awards for the same category, Social Sciences, are “Tao Po! Tuloy: Isang Landas ng Pag-unawa sa Loob ng Tao” by Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ in 1990; “Fellow Traveler: Essays on Filipino Communism” by Patricio N. Abinales in 2001; and “Bakwit: the Power of the Displaced,” by Jose Jowel Canuday in 2010.

“The Songs of Salanda and Other Stories of Sulu” by H. Arlo Nimmo also won under the same category in 1994.

The winners of the 2014 National Book Awards, as posted on the website of the NDBD:


FICTION CATEGORY – NOVEL (English Language): Dwellers, by Eliza Victoria, Visprint, Inc.

FICTION CATEGORY – NOVEL (Filipino Language): Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, by Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.

FICTION CATEGORY – SHORT STORIES (English Language)Wonderlust, by Nikki Alfar, Anvil Publishing Inc.

NONFICTION CATEGORY (English Language): Ramon Obusan, Philippine Folkdance and Me, by Kanami Namiki, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

ESSAYS CATEGORY (English Language): Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami, by Rey Ventura, Ateneo de Manila University Press

ESSAYS CATEGORY (Filipino Language): iStatus Nation, by Joselito Delos Reyes, Visprint, Inc.

ANTHOLOGY CATEGORY (English Language): Agam:  Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change, edited by Regina Abuyuan, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities

ANTHOLOGY CATEGORY (Filipino Language): Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway, by Jun Cruz Reyes, Visprint, Inc.

LITERARY CRITICISM/LITERARY HISTORY CATEGORY (English Language): The Postcolonial Perverse vol. 1, by J. Neil C. Garcia, The University of the Philippines Press

(Filipino Language): Talab:  Mga Sanaysay sa Wika, Panitikan, at Pagtuturo, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo, Ateneo de Naga University Press  

POETRY CATEGORY (English Language)
Hidden Codex:  Fictive Scriptures, by Jose Marte A. Abueg, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
Time’s Enchantment and Other Reflections, by Marne Kilates, Ateneo de Naga University Press   

POETRY CATEGORY (Philippine Language except Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a)
Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan, by E. San Juan, The University of the Philippines Press

POETRY CATEGORY (Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a Language)     
Tikum Kadlum, by Federico Caballero and Alicia P. Magos, The University of the Philippines Press

Rodski Patotski:  Ang Dalagang Baby, by Gerry Alanguilan (story) and Arnold Arre (illustration and color), Meganon Comics Publishing House

Tabi Po (Volume 1), by Mervin Malonzo, Visprint, Inc.

14 (Silent Comics) by Manix Abrera (writer and illustrator), Visprint, Inc.

Manila Synod of 1582:  The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors, translated by Paul A. Dumol, Ateneo de Manila University Press


Country Cooking, by Michaela Fenix, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Rido:  Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao (expanded edition), by Wilfredo Magno Torres III (editor), Ateneo de Manila University Press

The Adventures of a PR Girl, by Bettina Rodriguez-Olmedo, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Buti Pa Ang Roma, May Bagong Papa, by Noreen Capili, Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Journey of a Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave, by Norma A. Respicio, National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Birds of Cebu and Bohol Philippines, by Nilo Arribas Jr., Bobby Kintanar, and Raul Benjamin Puentespina, University of San Carlos Press

Sakdalistas’ Struggle for Philippine Independence, 1930-1945, by Motoe Terami-Wada, Ateneo de Manila University Press

Vantage Point:  The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries, by Luis Teodoro, The University of the Philippines Press

Manila Synod of 1582:  The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors, design by Karl Fredrick M. Castro, Ateneo de Manila University Press

Ambagan 2011:  Mga Salita Mula sa Iba’t Ibang Wika sa Filipinas, by Michael M. Coroza and Galileo S. Zafra, The University of the Philippines Press

Visprint, Inc.

The NBDB and MCC also give Special Awards to outstanding publishers or publishing projects while Citations are given for outstanding achievement in special categories.

MCC is an organization of professional literary critics and newspaper columnists. The group started the prestigious awards in 1982 but starting 2008, the organization, administration and facilitation of the National Book Awards was transferred from the MCC to the NBDB. (MindaNews)