In his introduction, the editor of the book says this about his work:
[The writer] was born in Davao City. She is proud of her Chinese and Spanish roots from the small town of Cateel, Davao Oriental, and her Maguindanao heritage from Kidapawan, Cotabato... [She] is not based in Penang Island in Malaysia, where she lives with her husband...[She] continues to pursue her aspirations for freedom and peace for the Bansamoro and the peopls of Mindanao through her work as a peace scholar and practicioner.
"This anthology presents new voices that offer a glimpse into the life of a people whose opinion, history, and circumstance have somehow been stifled, giving them an important and distinct place in our national imagination."
This is the third Ramadan that I am spending in Malaysia. On the first occasion, I was lucky enough to be joined by another Moro girl who was doing her internship in the university where I work. Our Eid'l Fitr, the culminating celebration day of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, was a little melancholic since we were missing home, stuck in our apartment with no families and friends to celebrate with. During last year's Eid, however, I was more than glad to have gone home to Manila, supposedly on time for the big masjid prayers; but it turned out that my family and the entire Muslim community in the Philippines convened for the congregational prayer just the day before I arrived.
The celebration of Hariraya, a local term for Eid'l Fitr, is done with little fanfare in Manila as compared here in Malaysia. Still, Muslim families in the Philippines take great importance in attending the Eid prayers at the local masjid. We would go home after prayers and enjoy a "special little meal than normal" that my mother prepared for that day. We would get together with other families and visit relatives and do house-hopping. It is unfortunate, though, that the rest of our family lives in Mindanao. We content ourselves with spending the occasion as really more of a family "quiet time" at home. Sometimes, I would celebrate it with a number of Muslim friends who are in the vicinity of Metro Manila.