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SKIA President’s New Book The Rulers of Magindanao Launched

April 17, 2023 – Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. The new book, “The Rulers of Magindanao in Modern History 1515-1903: Continuity and Change in a Traditional Realm in the Southern Philippines” of Atty. Michael Ong Mastura, the SKIA President and Founder, was launched on April 13, 2023 at the Grand Pagana Hall in Cotabato City.

The program was held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. with free Iftar for all the invited guests. SKIA College Department and Hadji Datu Tucao O. Mastura, CPA, Sultan Kudarat Municipal Mayor, hosted and sponsored the book launch. Miss Carolyn O. Arguillas, MindaNews Editor-in-Chief, who coordinated the book launch served as the master of ceremonies during the program. Atty. Datu Ishak V. Mastura, BARMM Member of the Parliament, gave the welcome address who quoted the Chinese saying that in one’s lifetime, “One must have a son, plant a tree and write a book”, of which his father has accomplished.

Invited to give messages during the launching were Miss Carina Bolasco, Director of the Ateneo de Manila University Press, Cardinal Orlando Quivedo, OMI, Dr. Patricio N. Abinales, Professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa, Mohagher M. Iqbal, BARMM Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education Minister and Roberto Maulana Alonto, BARMM Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Chairman.

At the outset during his presentation, the author asked, “Are you readers in this time of digital age?” Further, he challenged the academicians, professionals and young writers with the writers’ famous slogan, “Publish or Perish”.

The book opens with the question, “How likely was it that the ancient Filipinos developed a concept of statehood at pre-colonial contact?” From there, Atty. Mastura draws on various sources, including the luwaran (code) and tarsila (genealogy) to reconstruct a dynastic history of the southern Philippines across 388 years.

A hundred copies of the book brought to the launch were all sold out including fifty reserved copies. Copies of the book are now available at the SKIA Business Office, Ateneo de Manila University Press website and online store and other online shopping stores.

The book will also be launched at the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights Campus, Faber Hall 302 of the Ateneo Department of Sociology and Anthropology on May 4, 2023 from 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. wherein the author will be presenting his lecture about the book.

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