In an article published by, the country’s one-stop urban guide to the bests of Manila, two (2) Filipinas were recognized – a Filipina Muslim from Marawi and another Filipina hailing from Maguindanao for their noteworthy and must-read works.


Almayrah Abbas Tiburon, through her book Salamin At Iba Pang Panglaw, shared her experiences as a Maranao woman in Marawi through a collection of her stories. As mentioned in her book’s foreword, “Layunin na lalong ipakilala ang tribong Meranaw sa Pilipinas na may sariling persepsyon at paningin sa iba’t ibang bagay na naaayon sa sariling paniniwala at kultura. Ibig kong ipakilala ang aming lahi na isa sa nagpapayaman sa kulturang Filipino.” 


On the other hand, Kristine Ong Muslim, a Filipina who was born in Kidapawan and grew up in Maguindanao, is the proud author of 9 books including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017). Her other books are We Bury the Landscape (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012), a new edition of which is set to come out from the University of the Philippines Press, Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), and A Roomful of Machines (ELJ Publications, 2015).


We at Mustaqim are extremely proud of the achievements of these Filipino women!