Photo: The author, Prof. Arnold Alamon, hands a copy of the book to Irene, daughter of slain Lumad leader Renato Anglao.
University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City – ‘Wars on Extinction: Discrimination and the Lumad Struggle’ in Mindanao was launched in Metro Manila today, September 19, 2017.
The book, authored by sociology scholar and columnist Arnold P. Alamon, details the narrative of the struggles of the Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao long absent from the history books prescribed in schools.
An excerpt from the review of the book by professor of sociology of UP Diliman, Gerardo Lanuza, published in the website of RMP-NMR, stated, “Professor Alamon’s book is a timely intervention that sociologically peeps through the problems of Lumad and their right to self-determination without falling into cultural idealism, romanticization of Lumad in their pristine condition, and reducing discrimination to mere collateral damage of western development”.
The book launching is organized by the Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND), Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination (SANDUGO), and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR).
During its Mindanao launching in Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan the previous month, Professor Alamon named the Indigenous Peoples his co-writers. Giving tribute to them through a symbolic gift-giving to the regional organization of Lumad, Kalumbay, he acknowledged that the narratives in the book are that of the indigenous communities, thus the co-creators of the book.
The book was also launched at the Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), where Professor Alamon teaches.
The was published with support of the European Union through the Mindanao Interfaith Institute on Lumad Studies established under the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project lead-implemented by RMP-NMR. ###