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MSU On My Mind

September 1st, 2005

Today is the 44th founding anniversary of my Alma Mater, the Mindanao State University (MSU).

Created under RA 1387 as amended through authorship of Senator Domocao A. Alonto, the Mindanao State University was established in Marawi City on September 1, 1961. Dr. Antonio Isidro, former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines, was its founder and first president.

Formal classes opened in June 1962 with 282 students, 19 faculty members and staff, and three core colleges: Community Development, Liberal Arts and Education.

After more than three decades of operation, the University has grown into a multi-campus University System with seventeen colleges and degree-granting units in the Marawi campus alone.

I consider MSU Marawi City as my second home. I practically grew up in the campus. It is there where I passed my coming of age. It is there where I got not only my elementary, high school and College education but also a greater education about life, on simple living and hard struggles.

Life in MSU is so simple but so beautiful. Whenever I take a stroll down memory lane, my first destination is always MSU. Whenever I see a place endowed with the beauty of nature, I remember MSU. Its cool climate is comparable to the climate of Baguio. In the midst of a wartorn land, MSU remains a sanctuary of peace, a place of bliss. Students of different faiths, having different social status and coming from different places live together in a campus far from the vestiges and profligacy of urban lifestyle. They are bonded together by a simple, almost ascetic, lifestyle. A common experience shared with pride by all MSUans.

To compare MSU with other academic institutions would be like comparing apples to oranges. MSU has a unique identity of its own. An identity known by those whose lives she had touched and intellect she had helped nourished.

To my Alma Mater and to all MSUans, happy foundation day.

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  1. September 1st, 2005 at 23:35 | #1

    i’ve been to MSU-main only once… but in my head, i’ve seen it a thousand times. it’s a beautiful place.

    Happy Foundation Day!

  2. September 3rd, 2005 at 20:36 | #2

    As you know, there’s an agreement to create an umbrella organization uniting all the forces against GMA. it’s called “bukluran para sa katotohanan.” we’d like to get the blogosphere involved by those of us who agree on the points of unity, to come out wthstatement of support on monday,m when the big, and final push for impeachment will begin. the points of unity are: 1. each is a truth seeker 2. gma must go because she does not have the trust of the people 3. we beleive in peaceful, democratic ways of solving this crisis.

    let me know if you’re interested in joining the common blog effort on monday.

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