MSU Celebrates Philippine Independence Day with Flag-Raising Ceremony

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By Nasrimah R. Sampaco-Fayez

MSU System President, Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno inspires MSU constituents with his Independence Day Message.

The Mindanao State University-Main Campus commemorated the 126th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2024, with a flag-raising ceremony at the MSU Oval Grounds. The event brought together university officials, faculty, staff, student volunteers, and members of the Supreme Student Government (SSG) to celebrate this historic occasion.

The program began with a stirring rendition of the Philippine National Anthem, led by the MSU Band and MSU Combo. Reflecting the University’s location within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the BARMM Hymn followed.  Mohammad Faizar Alonto, a faculty member from the King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic, and Asian Studies (KFCIAAS), delivered the invocation. His words set a solemn tone, acknowledging Philippine Independence as a stepping stone for development and expressing hope for lasting peace.

Dr. Amerkhan G. Cabaro leads the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas.

Dr. Amerkhan G. Cabaro, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, then led the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas (Oath of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag), reminding everyone of their loyalty and commitment to the country.  Judge Arassad M. Macumbal rendered a salute to the flag, a gesture of respect for the national symbol. He called it a symbol of the happiness and felicity sought by Filipino ancestors who fought for the nation’s freedom.

Judge Arassad M. Macumbal renders respect to the Philippine Flag during the Pagpupugay sa Watawat ng Pilipinas.

The MSU community then delivered a heartfelt performance of the patriotic song, “Pilipinas Kong Mahal,” evoking feelings of love and pride for the country.

In his Independence Day message, Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno, the MSU System President, emphasized the importance of unity and perseverance in nation-building, reminding everyone of their role in contributing to the Philippines’ progress.

“Even after 126 years, there is still so much to understand what it means to be free. There is still so much to work on towards the future of our country, and so much to look back and learned from our history. Tungkulin po natin na ipagpatuloy at tuparin ang ating mga mithiin at mga adhikain para sa ating inang bansa, dahil siya, at siya lamang ang bukas loob na kukupkop sa atin sa hirap at ginhawa. (Let us continue to pursue and fulfill our dreams and aspirations for our beloved country, for it is she, and only she, who will embrace us in times of hardship and ease),” he said.

President Mapupuno continued, “Let us use this day as a springboard for unity and peace. Let the spirit of bayanihan (communal cooperation) guide us. Let us embrace our diversity and channel our collective strength to build a prosperous, just, and progressive Philippines. Let us honor our heroes, past and present, not just with words, but with action. Let us educate ourselves and participate in our communities. Let us continuously prove to the world that we are so much more than what they typically know us for, that our country has an honorable place among the best nations.”

Exit Parade led by the MSU System President Mapupuno

The ceremony concluded with the MSU community singing the “Himno ng Pamantasan,” fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared identity. A solemn exit parade marked the program’s end.

This annual flag-raising ceremony served as a significant reminder of the Philippines’ rich history and enduring spirit. It was a celebration not just of national independence, but also of MSU’s commitment to fostering patriotism and civic engagement among its students, faculty, and staff.