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Wars of Extinction: Discrimination and the Lumad Struggle in Mindanao

by Arnold P. Alamon This book aims to trace the history and evolution of these narratives of structural discrimination among a number of Lumad communities in Mindanao. It seeks to document the stories of social, political, and economic marginalization from the past to the present that are the bases for their continued structural discrimination. Through the gathering of community histories and life-stories among the old and the young from select lumad communities, the study aspires to surface not just the stories of oppression but also highlight the narratives of resistance and hope among the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

Latest Stories

Guardians of the Mountains (Last of two parts)

As they progressed as a tribe, they gradually rid themselves of what I thought were old superstitious practices. See, Tatay Danny narrated the process of proving one’s innocence or guilt through their traditional justice system. >>

Guardians of the Mountains (First of two parts)

I often wondered what lay in the womb of the great unsung mountains of Bukidnon. Whenever I sat on a bus as I traveled to the small town of Malaybalay City, my thoughts would always wander far into the sea of trees that surrounded the thin layer of cement the bus journeyed on. There would be some parts of the journey where we’d pass by long stretches of farmlands, forests, and meadows filled with cows, goats, and sometimes, horses too. >>

Araw at Linggo: Pineapple Plantations and the Agricultural Workers of Bukidnon

Bukidnon is well-known for its vast tracks of pineapple plantations that stretch for thousands of hectares. Located up north of the province, in the municipality of Manolo Fortich, the first pineapple plantation of Del Monte Pacific Ltd still continues to operate, decades after the Americans established their base there, putting up a ‘little America’ in the heart of northern Mindanao. But while the little town soon bustled with production and the pineapples became the pride of export enthusiasts, the stories of the workers--many of them Lumad--remained untold. >>

Pillaging the earth

Today is Earth Day. Let’s take a look again at the controversial mining operations in Caraga and its impact to the environment. >>

Let the River Flow

Along Sayre Highway en route to Kibawe, glimpses of the Pulangi River will welcome commuters. The Pulangi River has been the main source of livelihood for the indigenous communities along the river and their safeguard from the companies that wish to exploit the natural resources that they beautifully preserved in their ancestral domain. >>