It’s a beautiful morning.

I’m here in Green Palace, Zamboanga Sibugay, attending the 40th General Assembly of the Federation of MSU Supreme Student Councils. This semester’s host is the MSU-Buug Campus. This is their first time to host a FEMSUSSCO G.A. There are about 20 of us here so far coming from MSU-Sulu, MSU-TCTO, MSU-IIT, MSU-Maigo, MSU-Gensan and the host campus. MSU Naawan will be arriving today.

It’s a 12-hour trip from MSU-Gensan. We left MSU about 5am and arrived here about 530pm in the afternoon yesterday. We traveled via Cotabato to Pagadian, and then a 1.5 hour trip from Pagadian to Buug. I  love traveling. It always amazes me to see new places, and even seeing old places in a new perspective. Together with me are Joana, Cristy, Carl, and Rudy.

This is my second time to be here. The first one was last December 4-5 when I attended their Founding Anniversary. They have a dedicated faculty force, and this was shared to me by VP Lagare. They have a very warm hospitality under the leadership of Director Taha Sarip. MSU-Buug was just granted an autonomy status during the 212th BOR meeting, last September 30, 2010. This means that instead of a Director, they will now have a Chancellor as their head, and will enjoy fiscal autonomy.

The FEMSUSSCO G.A. gives me an opportunity to meet student leaders from different campuses. There are Muslims, Lumads, and Christians. More than student leaders working in the same vineyard, they’re my friends. I see them as the future leaders of Minsupala who will hold key positions in the government someday. Who knows some of them could be a member of the Peace Panel, or become mayors in their places, or even congressmen. This gives me hope. They are sincere in their duty.

MSU is the only university in the Philippines with a special mandate on peace-building in Mindanao. I cannot imagine Mindanao today without MSU. She will have her 50th birthday this coming September 1.

It’s a beautiful morning.



About bagoy

This is a personal blog of Bagoy. He lives in a peaceful community of Barangay Banate, province of Sarangani, Philippines. He loves to play POG with his nephews.
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