Poster-Making Contest symbolizes the University’s 57th Founding Anniversary
by Nasrimah R. Sampaco
The Foundation Day Souvenir Program Poster-Making Contest which started in 2001, spearheaded by the Office of Information, Press and Publication under the leadership of Dr. Elin Anisha C. Guro, and the Office of the President with the leadership of Dr. Camar A. Umpa, plays an integral part in the celebration of the University Founding Anniversary as it proved that MSU students do not only excel to the roster of topnotchers in various Board or Bar Examinations but also to any form of art. Not only did it maximize the involvement of the students in the celebration nor showcased their creativity, but also raised the awareness of the people to different societal issues. Moreover, it gave birth to OKIR- the only Art Club in the campus- which was headed by Luis Alfonso Gogo together with other artists, one of the champions of the yearly competition.
After four years of halting, 25 young artists from different colleges of the University battled for innovation and creativity on August 23 through their artworks that centered on the University’s 57th Founding Anniversary theme, “MSU at 57: Resilient, Relevant and Resurgent in Leading the High Road as a National Peace University.” All young artists amazed the crowd with their art pieces which made the occasion more remarkable and memorable. Yet, only one piece stood out.
Jalicareza R. Jamail, a 20 year old engineering student, prevailed during the competition as her artwork conveys unity, peace, and development of the entire nation through MSU. Her piece highlighted the resiliency and relevance of the Filipino people despite all odds. This made her artwork be the cover design of this year’s founding anniversary souvenir program. She also received a cash prize worth PhP3, 000.
The art piece of the young artist of the College of Agriculture, Mohammad Ali D. Diangca, focused on how the University racked the people of Lanao during and after the recent Marawi Siege. This made him earn the second lead where he was given PhP2, 000 cash prize. Rashdi L. Mamowalas II of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy won the third prize.
Two special awards were also given to some contestants whose artworks emerged during the contest. The people’s choice award was given to Nabel A. Abdulcader of the College of Agriculture and Sittie Hayah A. Amer of the College of Engineering. Ahmad Yusoph D. Elias of KFCIAAS received the Artists’ choice award All artworks were also exhibited at the Isidro Hall the following days where it was viewed by the students and employees. Currently, the pieces are displayed at the University Library under the possession of Dr. Elin Anisha C. Guro, who is the brain and founder of the said contest.
Considering the spinoff of the Poster-Making contest whose impact has heaved beyond the University and not only created and encouraged artists—Meranaws and non-Meranaws alike—but has made a striking representation of Mindanao State University, it is suggested that this activity be institutionalized.
For now, the Office of Information, Press and Publication in partnership with the University Library is grateful for the return of this activity after four years of hiatus. The contest is believed to be one of the means of enhancing the skills of the MSU millennial, and empowering them to portray their diverse perceptions in addressing the different issues of the University in order to serve its vision of being a World – Class University.