Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Understanding the LUMAD: A closer look at a misunderstood culture

This book hopes to help readers gain better insight into the Lumad culture.  It celebrates the Lumads' right to be different.  It hopes to contribute to the effort of correcting the historical injustice done to the Lumads for centuries.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


The process of differentiating impacts of climate change on women, indigenous peoples, farmers, among others, and their contributions to mitigation and adaptation are crucial when climate change policies are formulated and programmes are designed, implemented and evaluated. The extent of work done around differentiation can define the success or failure of projects and programmes. Addressing climate change from this perspective helps surface issues of social justice, equality and empowerment, which sometimes are ignored in the climate change debates. -- from the Introduction by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba Foundation

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

William "Billy" Funa-ay Claver: Towards Genuine Implementation of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Law

Selected Speeches and Statements  
Edited by: Giovanni B. Reyes and Kathleen T. Okubo

"Atty. Claver dared to stand up for the rights of the Cordillera people during Martial Law when many lawyers were intimidated by the military. He selflessly defended victims of human rights violations who are mostly poor farmers. Had there been two or three lawyers with Atty. Claver's daring and dedication, it would have been easier for our people during Martial Law." - Rev. Eduardo P. Solang, former Provincial Board Member, Mountain Province and past Chairman of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, April 24, 2003.

Monday, February 27, 2012

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, FORESTS AND REDD PLUS: Sustaining and Enhancing Forests Through Traditional Resource Management by The Tebtebba Foundation

"Indigenous peoples' efforts to protect and conserve their forests and to sustainably manage these prove that they are the ones who have contributed to significantly in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, even before REDD came into the picture. If their customary institutions and practices for managing forests and other resources are reinforced, their contributions... will be further enhanced." - Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Troubled Odyssey by Patricio P. Diaz

From the back cover:

“‘Odyssey,’ the word is adopted from Odyssey, the Greek epic of Homer. Odyssey is a myth, Troubled Odyssey is history. Like Odyseuss’ wanderings to find his way back to his kingdom, the Moros’ quest for their ancestral domain — the core of the Mindanao Bangsamoro Problem — has been beset by a host of troubles. Odyseuss’ troubles were mythical interventions; those of the Moros are historical iniquities and ironies.
‘Odyssey’ means epical or long voyage. Epical, indeed, is the search for a political solution to the Moro problem within the Bangsamoro right to self-determination.”
     Patricio P. Diaz
(From the Preview)

MINDANAO Into the 21st Century: A Photographic Journey by MindaNews

From the back cover:

The photographs in this book offer a ringside view off Mindanao through the lens of MindaNews photographers. We share our awe at finding majestic waterfalls in areas where Mindanao still has lush forests. Grieve with us at the sight of her once stately mountains now ravaged by mining. Stand with us as we accompany Mindanawons not only in fleeing the war or burying the dead, but also in celebrating a Lumad wedding and triumphantly conquering the surging waves. This is OUR Mindanao.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bangsamoro: Pagpupunyagi sa Sariling-Pagpapasya ni Lualhati M. Abreu

Bangsamoro: Pagpupunyagi sa Sariling-Pagpapasya ni Lualhati M. Abreu.  MATAPOS dumanas ng mga dantaon ng kolonyalismo at pang-aapi, marapat lamang na kamtin ng sambayanang Bangsamoro ang isang tiyak na resolusyon ng kanilang pakikibaka para sa sariling-pagpapasya ang pagkakaroon ng angking bayan at ang pamumuhay sa pangmatagalang kapayapaan. Hindi sila lamang-- ang sambayanang Moro--ang nagsusulong ng pakikibakang ito; bahagi na ito ng kasalukuyang pakikibaka ng mas malawak na bayan para sa lupa, sariling¬pagpapasya, soberanya, at tunay na demokrasya.

     Sa kasamaang-palad, ang kamalayang publiko tungkol sa pakikibakang Bangsamoro ay nahubog, sa kalakhan, ng mga prehuwisyong pangkasaysayan at pangkultura, at ng mga institusyon kabilang ang estado, midya, edukasyon na nagtuturing sa usapin bilang simpleng pabigat na digmaang iginigiit ng isang "palaaway na taumbayan," nang hindi umuunawa sa malalalim na ugat nito sa kasaysayan at istrukturang panlipunan. Sa matagal na panahon, ang gobyerno, laluna ang sandatahang lakas nito, ay sumagupa sa pakikibang Moro mula sa perspektibang militar.
     Dapat ring mas pansinin ang papel ng interbensyong US sa Mindanao, na mauugat noon pang mga taon ng kolonyalismo. Tumitindi ngayon ang interes ng US sa isla, laluna ang ukol sa eksplorasyon ng langis at iba pang layuning pang-ekonomya. Kinukumpirma ng mga ito ang paghihinala na ang patuloy na mga operasyon ng US Special Forces ay may naiibang adyenda at bahagi ng sekretong plano para sa permanenteng pananatiling militar sa Mindanao.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

From Redaction to Subversion by Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava Ph.D.

"From Redaction to Subversion" is an output of Dr. Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava who was one of the benficiaries of the research grants by the National Historical Institute in 2004. Her work underscores the imporance of the corrido in the history of the Hiligaynon-speaking people of Panay. Introduced as a literary form by the Spaniards, the corrido became compatible with the epic stories of the island and many works were composed in the native dialect. This literary form became linked with the common man and was identified with the recurring theme of good eventually winning over evil and the exaltation of the humble. Indirectly, the corrido helped in the development of Filipino nationalism as Filipinos subliminally identified the villains in the stories to their real-life colonial oppressors. Dr. Nava's work on the Hiligaynon corrido opens a new window in understanding its role in the development of nationalism among the people of Panay.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mangyan Treasures by Antoon Postma

Mangyan Treasures by Antoon Postma 
From the Introduction.  The Philippines is blessed with the riches and wealth of poetry in many styles and variations, to be found among the multitude of Major and Minor Ethnic Groups living scattered within this archipelago. The collection of indigenous poetry hereby presented is proudly possessed by a small Ethnic Group of Mindoro, occupying the southern portion of the Island and usually referred to as the Hanunoo-Mangyans.

They are one of the seven different Mangyan tribes that are inhabiting the upland areas of Mindoro, and the reason for focusing on this particular group, is the simple fact that I have had the privilege of staying with them for the past 45 years.