To deepen the commitment of the institution to bolster awareness of Davao history and culture through education, appreciation and historical preservation, representatives from the Holy Cross of Davao College have attended the launching of the 2nd Mindanao Book Festival on Monday, June 13, 2022.

The exhibit features books and other publications printed during the pandemic. These are those written by Mindanawon authors, or about Mindanao written by both Mindanawons and non-Mindanawons. 

With the theme, “Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao,” the exhibit brought together prolific writers from the region, and beyond.

Among the attendees were the three pillars of Davao’s historical and literary scenes, which include Br. Karl Gaspar, CSsr, Councilor Pilar Braga, and consultant of HCDC-Institute of Davao Studies (IDS) and historian, Mr. Tony Figueroa. 

Witnessing the event was the Focal Person of the HCDC–Institute of Davao Studies (IDS), Rhyss Lloyd Lacia; Focal Person for the HCDC–Institute of ASEAN-European Studies (IAES), Mia Dela Cerna; and the Head for the Center for Linkages, Internationalization, & Language Studies (Link-In & LS) and Concurrent Head of IAES & IDS, Sheryl Urdaneta. 

2001 Palanca Awardee and Mindanawon Macariu Tiu also graced the event and launched the second edition of his book, Davao Reconstructing History from Text and Memory.

Meanwhile, Br. Karl Gaspar, CSsR, launched his book, Handumanan (Remembrance) Digging for Indigenous Wellspring.

Also present was the consultant of the Institute of ASEAN-European Studies (IAES) at HCDC, Leila Rispens-Noel, with her book, Beyond the Bansalan Skies, and Diaspora Journey: Stories of Philippines Migration to Hongkong.

The book festival, co-sponsored by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center/Mindanao Institute of Journalism (MNICC/MIJ), in collaboration with the Ateneo de Davao University, the Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) Parish and the St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI), will run from June 13 to 17 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm) at the main building of the Redemptorists (at the back of the church). (Link-In & LS)