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Sen. Angara Pays Tribute to Batch Sumalindaw at 53rd Commencement Exercises

Posted on: Monday, March 26, 2018
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Sen. Angara Pays Tribute to Batch Sumalindaw at


53rd Commencement Exercises


Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny”  Angara addressed the 1,013-strong Batch Sumalindaw at the 53rd Commencement Exercises, First Semester, AY 2017-2018, held at the Dimaporo Gymnasium on January 24, 2018. Sumalindaw is a dialect term meaning   “radiant light”. It was a significant graduation ceremony as it was the first to be held in MSU Main Campus in Marawi in the post-Marawi Siege period. The 52nd  Commencement Rites, 2nd Semester, AY 2016-2017, was held at MSU-IIT on July 13, 2017, at the height of the Marawi Crisis.  Twenty-five who graduated with honors – 4 magna cum laudes and 21 cum laudes -- led the one thousand and thirteen graduates.


Despite warnings, Sen. Angara came to grace the graduation program as Commencement Speaker.  “We need to trust one another”  he said.  “I trust the MSU leaders and I know I will be safe here.” He praised the self-possession and steadfast, firm leadership shown by Pres. Macaayong who never abandoned his post during the Marawi Siege.  It was the young Senator’s second visit to the campus.  The first was in 2012 as a Foundation Day Guest of Honor when he was still a representative of Aurora.  This time he came well informed about students’ life in MSU, giving touches of local color to his address with allusions to pater, favorite haunts like Mishka’s and Dining Room where students hang out at the Comcent, and rushing to class without a bath because there is no water. He said:  “Do not forget to look back and remember. Those are precious moments that must be stored up in memory.  Balik-balikan.”  Adversity, like enchantment, has its uses.  MSU students’ struggle with difficulties must be proudly worn like a badge of courage.  He cited as an example the struggle with poverty of his own father, Angara the Elder, who had to work his way through college with the kindness and help of some teachers, and a childless man, a philanthropist, who took him under his wings.       


Then he paid tribute to the graduates’ resiliency, courage, maratabat, and determination that brought them to this never-to-be duplicated or repeated moment in time.  The Moros, he reminded them, are a proud, unvanquished race. They were never conquered by the colonizers.  This is the source of that maratabat. He is impressed at MSU graduates’ performance and made special mention of Social Work Licensure Exam topnotcher Aming.  To honor the Sumalindaw Batch, he used the millennials’  language:  Petmalu. Lodi.  


MSU Graduates ’17, he exhorted, must seize the day by making full use of opportunities available to them.  The time is opportune.  The ‘’Moros’’ or Muslims have a more powerful voice in the government than ever before with the appointment of a number of them to cabinet positions and ambassadorial posts. These are favorable auspices. 


From the graduation ceremony, the Senators who counts culture and arts among his major advocacy efforts, proceeded to the Aga Khan Museum. His party, accompanied by Pres. Macaayong and his lady, was welcomed to the colorfully and lavishly decked out museum by Dir. Linang Cabugatan, Drs. Rebekah Alawi and Minang Sharief, and the AKM staff. After a tour of the museum, he was feted with a performance of the Sining Pananadem.    



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