ASEAN month Commemorative Events Add Color to 57th University Founding Anniversary Fete
by Nasrimah R. Sampaco
From the year of its establishment on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand by five of its pioneering members (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand), ASEAN has been fostering solidarity across boundaries through community outreach activities pertaining to the improvement of its three pillar communities: economic, political-security, and socio-cultural. Bound by the principle, “One Vision, One Identity, One Community,” its country members remained firm in working hand-in-hand together towards peaceful and prosperous Southeast Asia. Thus, a community of Southeast Asian nations tied together in attaining sustainable holistic development.
As the entire ASEAN community celebrates its 51st anniversary chaired by Singapore with the theme, “Resilient and Innovation,” the Mindanao State University-Marawi lined up various activities that marked ASEAN month as part of the University’s celebration to its 57th anniversary. This was through the initiatives and efforts of Dr. Cesar A. dela Seña, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension and Chairman of the ASEAN month celebration committee; Dr. Juliet T. Mendoza, Presidential Assistant for International Linkaging; Dr. Elin Anisha C. Guro, University Library Director; and Prof. Maymunah Melbah M. Angni, Senior High School Director.
One of these activities was the Search for Best in National Costume of ASEAN Member Countries. It was participated by the representatives from 15 participating colleges for the student category and 18 competing offices for the staff category on September 1 held at the University Convention Center. The participants showcased the culture of the country they are being represented with glamour and elegance as they wrath the stage with their catwalk.
An ASEAN Culinary and Tourism Exhibit was also conducted on September 10 where different cuisines of ASEAN member countries were displayed by the CHARMers at the CHARM Pavilion. It was attended by the University officials led by Dr. Habib W. Macaayong, faculty, staff, and students. Clesan R. Calbe-Naga and Angel Ivy A. Gamo, alumnus of the said college performed an actual culinary training demonstration on their own version of Goi Cour Spring Roll, Chicken Pandan, and Creamy Custard Flan. Products were shared and tasted by all of the people present in the event. Darangen Cultural Dance Company made the occasion more entertaining as they enthralled the crowd with their traditional dance performances.
Another event that made the celebration memorable was the conduct of Seminar on the Heraldic Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 8491) on October 17 at the MSU Convention Center. It is an act prescribing the code of the national flag, anthem, motto, coat-of-arm and other items and devices of the Philippines. Head of the Heraldy Division of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Hon. Teodoro S. Atienza gave the lecture.