Posted on: Monday, July 04, 2011
Posted by: CIT-ISD
To All MSU Constituents! Students, Faculty, Staff, Organizations, Art and Culture Enthusiasts!
Be part of history in the making! Grab the chance to have the prestige of designing the first ever Mascot of the University! Get the opportunity to welcome home the Sarimanok who has flown far and wide to assume another transformation to become the University’s Mascot! Let it come home to MSU as Sari, the Mascot to unify, inspire and encourage us to even greater heights. Let Sari lift our spirits as we prepare for the University’s Golden Anniversary! Join the contest! Fly high with Sari!
ELIN ANISHA C. GURO, CESE
Chair, Mascot Committee
GUIDELINES FOR THE CONTEST
Criteria for judging are as follows:
Prizes for the two categories are as follows:
All entries will receive certificates of participation and MSU Golden Jubilee ephemera.
What is the Sarimanok?
It is the legendary bird or "artificial cock" that has become a ubiquitous symbol of Meranao art. It is depicted as a fowl with colorful wings and feathered tail, holding a fish in its beak or talons. The head is profusely decorated with scroll, leaf, and spiral motifs. It is said to be a symbol of good fortune.
According to tradition, the sarimanok is never displayed by itself. It must be displayed with a set of flags, standards and vexilloids. At present, this is not totally true; sarimanok may be placed on the top of the umbrella of a Sultan or dignitary, and also, the Mindanao State University has adopted it for the graduation exercises following a non-traditional use.
What is a school mascot?
Mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck – colloquially includes anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name. A school mascot is usually an animal, mythic or historical figure that represents a special feature of the school's community.
American Universities and businesses are not the only ones who use mascots. For instance, Bastet is the Official Mascot of the 11th Pan Arab Games held in Egypt. Even Meranaos use men costumed as monkeys to entertain people during celebrations.
Anyone who steps onto a sporting field in costume as any mascot is joining a large club with a very long history dating back to almost the start of civilization itself. It is not a job to be taken lightly. It is something to be proud of, when you say... I am a MASCOT!
Why the need to have a mascot? Why the Sarimanok?
Mascots represent the school spirit. They serve as a unifying symbol and inspiration to the school. They also bring fun to celebrations! Most universities have mascots. All schools’ mascots are rooted in school tradition and directly linked to school spirit.
The Sarimanok, while it is popularly identified with the Meranaos have been used by individuals, businesses such as ABS-CBN, offices, beauty pageants, the UAAP and Philippine embassies abroad. Its beauty, color and symbolism has captivated many and inspired them.
To quote UAAP:
“An enchanted mythical creature joins this year’s UAAP season. But unlike the rest of the university icons, the legendary Sarimanok is not here to enter into battle. This beautiful bird sets out from its celestial habitat to inspire the UAAP member universities to come together. Far Eastern University (FEU) hosts this year’s UAAP Season 72 with the theme, “One color. One goal.” The Sarimanok, which is featured in FEU’s coat of arms, has multi-colored wings representing the different universities in the UAAP.”
The Sarimanok is proudly displayed by MSU since its establishment during graduation rites and other celebrations. However, it has never fully and grandly made use of this powerful symbolism that should be most appropriately used by her. The image of the Sarimanok is more identified with ABS CBN now rather than the people, the place and the University where it rightfully belongs.
Using the Sarimanok as the school’s mascot will serve as a unifying image for MSUans;