Under the Crescent Moon

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Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao is a book written by Marites Dañguilan Vitug and Glenda M. Gloria. It was published by Ateneo Center for Social Policy & Public Affairs and Institute for Popular Democracy in 2000.


About the book

The story of Mindanao is truly much more than a story of war. But war's very persistence on that great island suggests that the peace and progress Mindanaoans crave – Muslims, Christians, and lumad – cannot be reached without first revisiting the sources of conflict and retracing its tortuous path to the present.

This book is an exhaustively researched, evenhanded, and briskly written report on the Mindanao that most Filipinos read about everyday but have never really known. It holds great value for scholars and pedestrians alike: a sifted mass of detail that often reads like a political thriller.

All the characters of great drama are here – upstage, downstage, and in the shadows – and all the powerful emotions: courage, betrayal, anguish, and even the occasional flash of humor. To read it is to begin to understand, after all these centuries, what Manila, Mindanao, Malaysia, and Mecca have integrally to do with one another.

External link


  • Vitug, Marites Dañguilan and Gloria, Glenda M. Under the Crescent Moon. Quezon City: Ateneo Center for Social Policy & Public Affairs and Institute for Popular Democracy, 2000.



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