Midanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City is the flagship and the biggest campus of the MSU System. It was founded in 1961 with a vision of being the “Premier Supra-Regional University in the MINSUPALA (Mindanao, Sulu Archipelago, and Palawan) region”. Under Republic Act 1387, MSU was created and opened with 282 students and 12 faculty members.
The university got bigger. From one campus, it has grown into 7 collegiate campuses which includes: MSU-Main in Marawi City, MSU-IIT in Iligan City, MSU-TCTO in Tawi-Tawi, MSU-Naawan in Misamis Oriental, MSU-Maguindanao, MSU-General Santos and MSU-Sulu in Jolo. As of 2011, it has a total of more than 53,000 students.
The campus is at 930 meters (2,800 feet) above sea level which explains why the weather here is relatively cool. It is said that during dusk and at dawn, the place is covered with fog due to its high elevation. With that, the campus provides a majestic overlooking view of the fascinating Lake Lanao.
When we got there, I was introduced by Sam to her friend Happi. Together, we took a stroll around the campus while sharing stories about ourselves.
I really learned a lot from these two young ladies. They shared stories about the life inside the campus. Also, I was specifically enlightened with a lot of things about Islam as I asked Happi different things about their religion. Their history, culture, practices and traditions. I’m glad that she is so accommodating in answering my queries.
I was impressed with the expanse of the campus. It is indeed a premier university in Mindanao. You shouldn’t miss Mindanao State University when visiting Marawi City.
Mindanao State University - Main Campus
Marawi City, Lanao del Sur
HOW TO GET THERE
From Ozamiz City. Go to Ozamiz Port and take a ferry going to Mukas Port (20 minutes). From there, take a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro City and get off at Southbound Terminal (1.5 hours) in Iligan City then take an MSU bound jeepney (1 hour).
From Cagayan de Oro City. Go to Bulua-Westbound Bus Terminal, take a bus going to Iligan City and get off at Southbound Terminal (1.5 hours) then take an MSU bound jeepney (1 hour). Alternatively, you can take a shuttle van from the terminal that ply the CDO-Marawi City route.
This is a part of my trip to the cities of Marawi, Iligan and Ozamiz last September 16-18, 2011. Marawi City in Lanao del Sur is the 37th province on my list and a part my 10th solo trip. Discover the places I've been to, new friendships I've made and the experiences I gained in this quick visit to the Islamic City of Marawi.
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