Feminist Publishing in Asia




Women's Studies Series

Essays on Women
ed. Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB

Woman and Religion
ed. Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB

Women Resisting Violence:Spirituality for Life

eds. Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, et al.

Intercultural Course On Women and Society Training Manual


Brave Little Women:
A Study on Incest

The Research Team, IWS/IIC

Beyond Bonding: A Third World Women's Theological Journey
Sr. Virginia Fabella, MM

Master Suppression Techniques


Lila: Asia Pacific Women's Studies Journal


The Woman Question in the Philippines
Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB

Fiction, Poetry and Literary Criticism

Rosario Cruz Lucero

Flight is Song
(Ang Lipad ay Awit sa Apat na Hangin)

Merlinda C. Bobis

The Long Stag Party
Dolores Stephens Feria

Anatomy of Corruption
(Anatomiya ng Korupsyon)

Malou Leviste Jacob

Cantata of the Warrior Woman Daragang Magayon
(Kantada ng Babaing Mandirigma Daragang Magayon)

Merlinda Bobis

Storya and Other Poems
Lina Sagaral Reyes

Bago ang Babae: Mga Tula
Rebecca T. Anonuevo

Twice Blessed
Ninotchka Rosca

Spaces: Earthbound, Skybound
Aida F. Santos

Special Publications

Challenges to the Inner Room:
Selected Essays and Speeches on Women

Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB

In Every Woman:
Asian Women's Journey to Feminist Awakening

Fe Corazon Tengco-Labayen

Ecofeminism as Politics:
Nature, Marx and the Postmodern

Ariel Salleh


St. Scholastica's College
Research and Publications Program

Although the Institute has been in existence since 1988, the Research and Publications Program was instituted only in 1991. Since then they have been publishing books and pamphlets for women, of women and by women. The Institute is a non-government organisation and their funds come from foreign sources. The Research and Publications Program is just one of their component programs.

All our publications deal with women's issues. So far, we have come out with books on the following issues: women and violence, women and the environment, women and world religions, women and culture, women and migration. All of the publications are in English but some of the fiction and poetry are also published in Filipino, our national language.

Our main problem is gathering materials for publication. Seeing the fruition of the work we have undertaken - seeing the book finally published and read by people is the greatest pleasure we experience. And we have this in each of our publications.

A network of women's publishing publishing groups is helpful for information building and gathering, for exchanging ideas and trends in the publishing world. Definitely, new technologies like the Internet can be used to communicate with each other and strengthen each other's publishing efforts.

Lisa Dolor Fruto
Research and Publications


    Women's Studies
    St. Scholastica's College
    Research and Publications Program
    931 Estrada Street, Malate
    1004 Manila, Philippines


Cantata of the Warrior Woman
Daragang Magayon

Kantada ng Babaing Mandirigma
Daragang Magayon

Merlinda Bobis


Book and cover design
by Ida T.Bugayong.
All rights reserved: BWPC.

    Filipino academic, poet and performing artist Merlinda spent her childhood in the foothills of Mt. Mayon. Legend has it that Mt. Mayon arose from the tomb of a 'beautiful maiden', Daragang Magayon. There are several variations of the myth but in each Daragang died when shot by an arrow which was either intended for her or struck her as she shielded her lover. This is a myth common across many cultures where the life of the woman is determined by the men around her. More often than not the woman sacrifices her life for her father or her lover or her tribe.

    Merlinda's retelling of the myth is the story of Cantata of the Warrior Woman. Her poems give a significant twist to the myth. As she explains, "Bikolanos often think of the mountain as female. We say her appearance changes from moment to moment. She refuses to be fixed or named in one aspect alone. So I wonder how the old story about her which I learned as a child, came to be told." She is certain "Darangang Magayon didn't tell that story. It was spun by other tongues, like all the stories that keep the lifelines of women from running beyond our supposedly ever-open, and thus vulnerable, palms."

    Cantata of the Warrior Woman, therefore, is a different story. The one which Merlinda Bobis heard Daragang sing. The one which Merlinda sings now.

    This book will make you feel like going to the mountains. It will reaffirm your faith in feminine strength. This is a bilingual edition both in English and in Tagalog.

    245 pp. 2nd ed. (c) 1993 US$17.00

    Also by Merlinda Bobis,
    Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals and White Turtle.
    (Both published by Spinifex Press)


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