The Meranaw Cultural Heritage Center in Mindanao State University was created under the Meranaw Then and Now Program which was proposed by Prof. Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph, PhD in 2018 with her team (Dr. Rebekah M. Alawi, Dr. Minang D. Sharief, Dr. Fema Abamo and Dr. Alma E. Berowa). The program was approved by the Philippine Departmentof Budget Management (DBM) as supported by the good Senator Loren Legarda and facilitated by the MSU officials headed by Dr. Habib W. Macaayong, the System President (2016-2022).
MCHC is a place dedicated to preserving the culture and traditions of the Meranaw people. It features a wide range of artifacts, exhibits, and a replica of a traditional Meranaw house that offers a glimpse into their daily life. The center also hosts cultural events and performances, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in learning about the rich history and customs of this indigenous group.
Prof. Yusoph, being the lead proponent of the Meranaw Then and Now is the Center’s Founding Director and Research manager of the Center as stipulated in the creation of the center with its BOR Resolution Number 18 Series of 2020 of the Mindanao State University.
is a version of the past received through objects and display, representations and engagements, spectacular locations and events, memories and commemorations, and the preparation of places for cultural purposes and consumption.
Not only does Mindanao State University provide you the practical skills that is necessary to transition seamlessly into the workforce upon your graduation, but we also make sure that you will have a good sense of social justice so that you make the transition responsibly.
The MCHC Logo design is inspired by the Panolong so the new generation of Meranaw people will love its beauty as seen on the Torogan. It symbolizes the wealth and importance of the Meranaw culture as it is fashioned in the Meranaw Torogan. It is an architectural translation of a “prow,” meaning the protruding part in the front of a ship. It is designed to make the house appear as a floating boat in the eyes of the viewer.
is currently the Mindanao State University- Meranaw Cultural Heritage Center Director, in con current as Director of the OFFICE OF INFORMATION, PRESS AND PUBLICATION , and also the Research Activity Manager and Officer . She is the main proponent and Over-all Program Leader of the “Meranaw then and now: Cultural Heritage Mapping Research and Preservation of the Meranaw Cultural Heritage.” She has been trained by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts on Cultural Heritage Mapping in 2018 and has been a researcher and translator of several books from English to Meranaw concerning Meranaw culture and social development. Recently, she has produced the research-based e-book entitled Gender Snapshot of the Marawi Conflict under OXFAM sa Pilipinas highlighting the plight of the Meranaw IDPs and their plight as an ethnic group and as Muslims in times of war. She has a column in the SunStar Philippines writing about Meranaw lifestyle, culture and social issues under her section on “Meranaw Perspectives.” She has also a community broadcasting program highlighting the lives and culture of the Meranaw people of Lanao and their plight these days as internally displaced individuals. She has also assisted in the translation of books from English to Meranaw since 2011. As the senior faculty member of the Communication and Media Studies Department of MSU, she has used her culture especially her language to be her avenue in expressing her thoughts and voicing out the rights of his people.