Reminiscing, Reconnecting, Revisiting: CFES Marks Golden Anniversary with Largest Alumni Gathering

by Mark Gregory Q. Rule

As the Paul Anka classic ‘Time of our Lives’ played in the background, most of the alumni attendees to the CFES Grand Alumni Homecoming were nearly in tears as they were treated to a video montage showcasing their days as students in MSU and the College.

The grand alumni homecoming was just one of the many activities that highlighted the 50th founding anniversary celebration of the MSUCollege of Forestry and Environmental Studies (CFES). The two-day celebration was observed at Go Hotel Iligan and CFES grounds last August 29-30. With over 250 attendees, it was easily the largest gathering of CFES alumni, most of whom came from different parts of Mindanao.

The celebration kicked-off at Go Hotel Iligan for the Grand Alumni Homecoming where Dr. Virgilio Jose Ramos, who was one of the early faculty members of the College, served as the guest speaker. Dr. Ramos challenged the present college officials to actively recruit students from indigenous communities in Mindanao to study in the College and in MSU, highlighting also that they are the marginal groups in the society that MSU and the College should cater to. It was also on the same venue where outstanding alumni and alumnae of the College were recognized and awarded.

The festivities were continued the next day when the alumni travelled from Iligan to MSU to visit the College. A short parade was followed by a program held at CFES grounds. No less than the MSU System President himself, Dr. Habib W. Macaayong, graced the event along with other university officials. MSU Tawi-tawi Chancellor, Mary Joyce Z. Guinto-Sali, was also present at the event as she was also awarded as one of the outstanding alumnae of the College. Lanao del Sur Governor, Mamintal ‘Bombit’ Adiong, also extended greetings to the College.

After the program, alumni attendees also visited the ground zero with the assistance of NPC Watershed Manager, For. Kharis Maranda, and security details from the Philippine Army.