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Dr. Macario D. Tiu

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Director of the De Davao's Univer...


Employment History

  • Professor of Literature
  • Literature Teacher
    Ateneo de Davao University
  • Head of the Humanities Division
    Ateneo de Davao University
  • Head of the Humanities Department
    Ateneo de Davao University
  • Contributor
    Minda News

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Treasurer
  • Members


  • PhD
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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) - "O ..., 22 Feb 2016 [cached]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) - "O Susana: Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao" has set a record in book launchings in Davao City and perhaps the rest of Mindanao: 450 copies sold during its launch on February 19, Dr. Macario Tiu, Director of the Ateneo de Davao's University Publication Office, the book's publisher, said.
Tiu told MindaNews a second printing is in the offing as they will likely run out of copies by month's end, based on the orders they received. he initial print run is 1,000 copies.
Tiu, a four-time Palanca awardee, Professor and historian, is also editor of the 344-page anthology written by 34 church and social development workers who are "alumni" of the Susana Building offices in the 1970s.
Davao’s Guardian of Memory – Davao Today News, reports, commentary, blogs — Davao City, Mindanao, The Philippines, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
Macario Tiu in his Ateneo office. Before him is a copy of his book and the National Book Award trophy ( photo by Tyrone Velez)
DAVAO CITY - The trophy that Davao writer Macario Tiu won from the National Book Award for his book on Davao history is, of all things, a sculpted camera.
"I'm figuring out why the sculptor designed the trophy this way," Tiu pondered as he took the award off the shelf in his office in Ateneo de Davao University's Tambara Office. "Perhaps it suggests that writers want to show the readers a picture of the world."
That may well describe Tiu's effort in Davao: Reconstructing History Through Text and Memory, where he presents a vivid narrative of Davao's growth and identity and its resistance against Spanish and American colonization.
The book provides new insights into Davao's history gathered from the writer's research of the oral traditions and histories of Lumad and Moro communities.
Tiu, a professor of literature at the Ateneo de Davao, a detainee during martial law and a two-time Palanca awardee, said the book was about telling history from the view of the Filipino.
"Previous history books started their record of Davao with its conquest by Jose Oyanguren in 1848," he said in an interview with "Not much else was said about Davao before that. Oyanguren was the Basque conqueror who came and set Spanish rule in the Davao province.
This version of history only reflected the western and elite bias that relied on foreign documents and sources, said Tiu.
For instance, Oyanguren was considered a central figure in Davao's history, while Datu Bago, a native who fought Oyanguren's troops, was branded as a pirate.
"Aren't pirates the invaders of a land? Then, isn't Oyanguren the pirate in our history? Tiu quipped.
For that, Tiu sought other sources of information, the oral literature of the elders of the tribes accounts of events, folklores, even myths. These he called "memory documents" as it preserves the communities' histories.
Interestingly, Tiu included the stories of anti-martial law martyrs in Davao, the likes of labor leader Alex Orcullo of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, who was murdered on Oct. 19, 1984, and of Socorro Par, a youth activist killed in 1985 in South Cotabato.
Tiu explained: "In the Philippine context, wherein the history of the people's struggle is to become free or to remain free, anybody who fights for that freedom is a hero."
In his book, he makes this call to remember the heroic acts of Davaoeos past and present: "The task is to locate more of these heroic men and women who have done a great deed in defense of Davao, of the country and reclaim them from oblivion."
This task has started with the book, which seeks to restore Davao's past and identity. It is a laudable effort, as cited by Soledad Reyes, panelist of the National Book Award: "Tiu offers an alternative to official history even as he proceeds to demonstrate the wealth of insights such texts from indigenous communities possess as indices to the consciousness of the people of Davao.
I read davao today in most of my free time . I am so happy to know that Mr. Tiu won an award for his book. Very inspiring article.
I'm wondering if you are the same Macario Tiu who was in Xavier University on the 60s?
I recently visited Davao City last December and had the chance to talk to Macario Tiu who happens to be a friend during our days at ADD college. He told me that he wrote two books one being the much discussed book in your article and the other "Conquest and Rebellion...".
I would like to ask for your permission since I need a photo of Mr. Macario Tiu for our journalism class under Ms. Gemima Galang.
And we need to have a copy of Sir Tiu's picture for our news article.
DWG members Flor Ranido, Macario ... [cached]
DWG members Flor Ranido, Macario Tiu, Don Pagusara, Ricky de Ungria will be among those who will pay tribute to Apoyon.
Mindanao News - Tiu’s “Davao history” wins National Book Award, 1 Sept 2006 [cached]
Tiu's "Davao history" wins National Book Award
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) , ,Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory,, written by Dabawenyo Palanca awardee Dr. Macario Tiu won the National Book Award for History, for books published in 2005.
Tiu,s book, published by the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (Mincode) and the Research and Publication,s Office (RPO) of the Ateneo de Davao Research, won along with with Luciano Santiago,s ,To love and to suffer: The Development of the Religious Congregations for Women in the Spanish Philippines 1565-1898, (Ateneo de Manila University Press).
Tiu received the award Thursday night at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
ImageThe citation reads: "In this book, the centrality of Davao to the Philippines and maritime Southeast Asia is presented and argued forcefully and masterfully from an interdisciplinary perspective.Perhaps the study's most significant contribution to the increasing number of works constituting Mindanao studies derives from its angle of vision -- Davao, in all its complexity, comes out alive as a site for various encounters that have shaped its history until the present period.Davao is not seen as an inert, dark frontier, but a community in the center of things shaping its own destiny. "Moreover, by extensively utilizing local myths and folklore, Macario Tiu offers an alternative to ,official history, even as he proceeds to demonstrate the wealth of insights such texts from the indigenous communities possess as indices to the consciousness of the people of Davao. "Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory is an incisive, textured and multilayered narrative that is bound to influence the way we view historical studies."
Tiu has won several Palanca awards for poetry and short stories and has written several books as well on literature and history.His ,Davao 1890-1910: Conquest and Resistance in the Garden of Gods, published by the University of the Philippines-Center for Integrative and Development Studies in 2003 was a finalist in the National Book Award for History.
ImageTiu teaches Literature at the Ateneo de Davao University, edits Tambara, the university journal; is treasurer of the Davao Writers, Guild and writes ,Bisag Unsa,, a column in Binisaya, for MindaNews.
In his preface to Tiu,s book, historian Patricio Abinales wrote that the Tiu,s work is ,extremely interesting, in that the author ,reconstructed a story of Davao province that is not merely a recitation of events but an evaluation of the land and of the people (indigenes and settlers), and the stories and legends that their interaction spawned from one time period to another.,
Abinales noted that Tiu,s work is a ,product of careful critical analysis, of both printed data and oral recollections of his sources ,who lived in Davao at various points of its history.,
Bisag Unsa ni Macario D. Tiu
Dr. Macario D. Tiu, ..., 1 Jan 2013 [cached]
Dr. Macario D. Tiu, University Publication Office, Ateneo de Davao University (with the concurrence of Mincode). 2nd printing, 2013
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