The second Mindanao Book Festival will open in Davao City on June 13th


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 11) – The 2nd The Mindanao Book Festival will open here on June 13 with a collective launch of Mindanao books published in the period of COVID-19 from 2020 to 2022.

Like the first book festival in 2014, the 2nd The Mindanao Book Festival (2MBF) will also be held in other Mindanao cities throughout the year and will carry the same theme as 2014: “Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao”.

The first of this series, organized by MindaNews in partnership with St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI) and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (OMPH), will take place June 13-17 in Davao City as part of the 50thth Anniversary celebration of the OMPH, better known as the Redemptorist Church.

The joint book launch will take place on Monday 13 June at 3pm in the SATMI Audio Visual Room, while the exhibition will be on view in SATMI Classrooms 5 and 6 in the Redemptorist Monastery behind the church until 17 June from 9am to 6pm .

Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar, one of the organizers of the book festival, said that while not all the authors of the books published from 2020 to 2022 will be present, those who cannot come will also be honored along with their books.

MindaNews has listed at least 46 books during this period, including former cabinet member Jesus Dureza’s book Walked with the Presidents, which was published by the University of Mindanao and launched at the university on May 28, the forthcoming book Transfiguring Mindanao: A Mindanao Reader, published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, written by various authors and edited by Jose Jowel Canuday and Joselito Sescon, and the 2022 edition of Two Hills of the Same Land: The truth behind the Mindanao Problem by historian Rudy Rodil, writing as Rad D. Silva, published in e-book format by MindaNews.

Thirteen of at least 46 Mindanao books published between 2020 and 2022. MindaNews photo

Apart from the Mindanao books published during the pandemic, other Mindanawon books published before 2020 will be featured in the exhibition – books written by Mindanawons on various subjects and books written by both Mindanawons and non-Mindanawons about Mindanao became.

Several titles will be for sale during the exhibition. Information on ordering books is also provided.

From 35 to 46

On January 23 of this year, MindaNews reported a first list of 35 Mindanao books to be published in 2020 and 2021. Other titles released in 2020 and 2021 were shared by readers who read the original list. The updated list also includes books published in 2022 as of May 31st.

Here is the updated list:

2022 BOOKS

1. ‘mBayuka Tanu!

Maguindanaon Proverbs (Bayuk) transliteration, translation and annotation
Mansur Limba
ElziStyle Bookstore, Cotabato City

2. Transforming Mindanao: A Mindanao Reader
Edited by Jose Jowel Canuday and Joselito Sescon
Ateneo de Manila University
(official launch on June 22, 2022 at Ateneo de Davao University)

3. Two hills of the same land
Edition 2022: e-book
BR Rodil
MindaNews Publications

4. Went with the Presidents: An Autobiography
Jess G Dureza
University of Mindanao
(launched May 28, 2022)

2021 BOOKS

1. The day in Panahong Nanglabay
Melchor M Morante
Aletheia Printing and Publishing House, Davao City

2. Climbing the Fourth Mountain: A Personal Account of the Marcos Years
Maria Virginia Yap Morales
Bughaw, a reprint of Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City.

3. Babaylan Sing Back: Filipino Shamans, Voice and Gender
Grace Nono
Cornell University Press

4. Balasahon with Agik-ik and Talidhay (Book of giggles and laughter)
Eric SB Libre
Lulu Publishing, USA

5. Beyond the Sky of Bansalan
Leila Rispens Noel
8Letters Bookstore and Publishing House, Manila

6. Civilization imperatives
Oliver Charbonneau
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City

7. Coffee table, Hesus, pwede ta mag-estorya?
Ateneo de Davao University Publications Office, Davao City

8. Davao – reconstructing history from text and memory (2nd edition)
Macario D.Tiu
Ateneo de Davao University Publications Office, Davao City

9. Des nomades a l’arret: Corps, lieux et cosmologie des Blaan de Malbulen (Philippines)
[Nomads at a Standstill: Body, Places and Cosmology of the Blaan of Malbulen (Philippines)]
Antoine Laugrand

10. Diaspora Journey: Stories of Filipino Migration to Hong Kong.
Editors: Leila Rispens-Noel, Heda Bayron, Felma Joy Tadios-Arenas, and Cindy Wong
WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong, Ltd.

11. GAHANDOLANSAY (Garay, Handumanan, Pamalandong and Saysay)
Elvi C Tamayo
Blue Iguana Computer Consulting Services, Davao City

12. Handumanan (Reminder): Digging for Indigenous Spirituality
Karl M. Kaspar
Claretian Communications Foundation Inc., Quezon City

13. Pamorawag: Marawi City’s Cultural Heritage Mapping 2021 Edition
MSU Heritage Mappers
Meranaw Cultural Heritage Center, Mindanao State University – Marawi

14. PagTuhan: The Spiritual Tausug Tradition
Darwin J Absari
University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City

15. Prayer book, Hesus, pwede ta mag-estorya?
Ateneo de Davao University Publications Office, Davao City

16. Memories of Davao and Beyond
Br. Renato C. Ocampo, SJ
Ateneo de Davao University Publications Office, Davao City

17. The Challenges of Reporting Violent Extremism: Lessons from Mindanao Carolyn O. Arguillas. Anna Tarhata Basman. Dalomabi Lao Bula. Amalia B. Cabusao. Jose Jowel Canuday. Sittie Ayeesha Dicali. Elin Anisha Guro. Samira Ali Gutoc. Gail Tan Ilagan. Mansoor L. Limba. Miletus B. Mendoza. H. Marcos C. Mordeno. Macapado A Muslim. Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI. Vic M Taylor
Edited by Carolyn O. Arguillas
MindaNews Publications, Davao City

18 The Greening of the Heart – A Journey to Ecological Correction
Sr Marjorie Guingona
SAC Claretian Communication

19. The Siege of Jolo, 1974
Agnes Shari Tan Aliman
Central Books

20. The Sulu Zone, 1768–1898: The Dynamics of Foreign Trade, Slavery, and Ethnicity in the Transformation of a Southeast Asian Sea State
40th anniversary edition with revised intro and a foreword by Noelle Rodriguez
James Warren
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City

21. The Untold Tales of Camiguin
Andrés Narros Lluch
Xavier University Press, City of Cagayan de Oro

22. Tingle: Anthology of Pinay Lesbian Writing
Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong

23. Tinubdan: New Voices from Northern Mindanao
1 and Lilia Abregana Cotejar
This CHED-funded project was carried out by Xavier University’s Department of English Language and Literature as the Center of Development for Literature.

24 We call her Ina Bai
How strong women are made

JR Santiago II and Margarita Valle
IBON Foundation, Inc.

25 The year 2021 also saw the release of Manga Katharo si-i ko: Bitikan a langkap sa doniya a kamamanosiyae go so Islam, a Meranaw translation of “Maqalat fi ‘l-qanun ad-duwali al-insani wa-‘l Islam”, Arabic for “Articles on Islam and International Humanitarian Law”, compiled and edited by the renowned Tunisian scholar Dr. Ameru Zammali, former International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Islamic World Advisor. The book, published by the ICRC, contains 15 articles written by various scholars from the Middle East, Africa and Europe on the intersection of Islamic law and international humanitarian law.

The book was translated from Arabic into Meranaw by Dr. Abdussalam S. Disomimba, Ph.D., Dr. Anwar M. Radiamoda, Ph.D, Alim Abdulmajeed D. Djamla, Alim Abdurasad A. Sarangani, Alim Alinor G. Umpara, Alim Mohammad Hadi M. Macarampat, Alim Ansary H. Bato Edited and reviewed by Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir M. Ayo, Dean of the King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies at Mindanao State University (MSU). Campus in Marawi City.


1. A timeline of Mindanao disasters
Alfredo Mahar A. Lagmay and Ma. Criselda B. Baldago
University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City

2. Abi Nako, that’s what I thought
Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City

3. Biyaheng Pinoy: A Mindanao Travelogue
Edilberto N. Alegre
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City

4. Butuan in the Pre-Colonial International System: Reconstructing International History from Text, Memory, and ArtifactsJohn Harvey D Gamas
Research Council of the Ateneo de Davao University

5. Danger
Alongan Piseyanan
Illustrated by Mikha Annisah M. Alawi
Meranaw Heritage Center
Mindanao State University, Marawi City

6. Darangen Manga Kaplomna 7.A
Kormatan Borodan
Illustrated by Mikha Annisah M. Alawi
Meranaw Heritage Center
Mindanao State University, Marawi City

7. Escape to Mindanao
From Corregidor to Davao Penal Colony
Lieutenant Commander Melvyn H McCoy

Barajima Books
January 9, 2020

8. Inalisbo sa Pulbora: Piniling mga Sugilanon ug Balak
Eric SB Libre
Blue Patriarch Publishing House, Davao City

9. Kinaadman Journal Volume 42
Xavier University
Xavier University Press, City of Cagayan de Oro

10. Klaro na Masyado: Poems in Tacurong and Kabacan Tagalog
Gerald C Galindez
Kasingkasing Press, Iloilo City

11. Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State (extended edition)
Patricio N Abinales
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City

12. Marawi Siege: Stories from the Front
Carmela S. Fonbuena
Journalism for the Nation Building Foundation, Pasig City

13. Mga Lumadnong Sugilanon nga Mahinuklogon
Melchor M Morante
Aletheia Printing and Publishing House, Davao City

14. Mindanao
Theodor Josiha Haig
A thrilling novel about treasure hunters, scavengers and conspiracies during the Separatist movement
side release
Kindle edition, November 5, 2020

15. Rooms: Narratives of the Mission by Fr. Engel Calvo, CMF
Maria Frencie Carreon
Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc., Quezon City

16. The Battle of Marawi
Criselda Yabes
Pawikan Press, Davao City

17. Tree flora of the Maguindanao campus of Mindanao State University
Rangers Gindol Rey Limbaro and Mark Erickson Laurie
Kindle edition, September 17, 2020

Two of the books won the Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards last November: Handumanan (Memory): Digging for the native spring by Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar of Davao City, published in 2021 to commemorate the 500thth Year of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, meanwhile, won in the Spirituality category Rooms: Narratives of the Mission by Fr. Engel Calvo, CMF by journalist Ma. Frencie Carreon from Zamboanga City, released in 2020, won in the Ministry category.

Both books were published by the Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. in Quezon City.

MindaNews is reissuing its 2002 book, Turning Rage into Courage: Mindanao under Martial Law, Volume 1, in e-book format this month.

Datu Michael Mastura’s The Rulers of Magindanao in Modern History, 1515-1903: Continuity and Change in the Traditional Realm in the Southern Philippines, published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, is expected to come out of the press in the last quarter this year. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)


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