Mindanao State University - Ceramics Development center

Ceramics Development Center

About The Ceramics Center

The FFI – MSU Ceramics Development Center was organized & established during the Acting Presidency of the late Governor ALI DIMAPORO under the support of the Filipinas Foundation Inc. (FFI). However, for decades, the FFI has never supported the Center. From then on, its mandate on ceramics and pottery production has gradually diminished despite its available workforce. Henceforth, the renaming of FFI Ceramics was proposed by the newly appointed Director of the Center, Engr. Acsara A. Gumal to MSU Ceramics Development Center was approved during the APC meeting on September 13, 2018.

Former President Dr. Habib Watamama Macaayong revived the functions and mandate of the Center. Along with his designation as Director of the Center on August 21, 2018, Engr. Acsara A. Gumal, Ph.D., has been given the same responsibility to revive the Center’s function.

And with the continued support of the current MSU System President, Atty. Basari Dimakuta Mapupuno, the Center hopes to reach greater heights and becomes the Center of the Ceramics Industry in the region.


The center aims to carry out the vision of the University and to be of service to the community though systematized program of research, development technology dissemination or transfer of technology, manpower training, promotion of ceramic industries and in the process gain supportt of the community in Lake Lanao and nearby provinces of Mindanao.


               As a component arm of the University through the office of Vice Chancellor for Research,   Extension and Development in its training program, research, development and extension services functions, the center is tasked towards developing an effective ceramic technology in order to:

  1. The utilization of the natural resources of the Lanao provinces and help develop its human resources. This may gradually expand to other areas in Mindanao populated by other relatively under- developed cultural communities.
  2. The development and promotion of the clay-based industry in the City of Marawi and province of Lanao del Sur through effective transfer of technology, to develop the Indigenous populace to eventually establish the industry into a viable economic activity in its respective localities;
  3. The provision of low-cost substitute housing construction materials to enable local residents to have better shelters as envisioned in the National Housing Authority program of the national government;
  4. The generation of adequate income and employment opportunities for the less-developed cultural communities in Mindanao, most particularly in the Lake Lanao region.
  5. The improvement and development in the long run the socio-economic condition of the communities of Mindanao through the concept of appropriate indigenous technology and finally,
  6. The preservation and development of indigenous Meranao aesthetic art forms and design through ceramics ware and craft.


  1. To develop and promote the clay-based industry in the City of Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur.
  2. To conduct research on the native designs of ceramics, and continuously improve and upgrade ceramics wares.
  3. To offer regular training courses in ceramics works and industry to the Meranao Muslims and interested IP’s from among the students, faculty and staff of MSU.

Staff of the ceramics center

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  • "Acsie" - Engr. Acsara A. Gumal, Ph.DDirector II
  • "Jho" - Engr. Johari M. Raki-in, CerE, CGMEngineer - I/Laboratory Supervisor
  • "Rax" - Rachma S. Sarip, CGMURA - II
  • Casan S. MalawaniAdministrative Asst. V/Supervisor
  • "Babat" - Abdulqahhar D. YussophDraftsman - II
  • "Camar" - Camarodin P. CamamaAdministrative Aide I
  • Abdulqayyum D. DaromimbangAdministrative Aide I
  • Jovanie A. GampolocAdministrative Aide I
  • Saidaliah S. Hadji AmerAdministrative Aide I
  • Mahdi Jr. M. MarohombsarAdministrative Aide III
  • Sittie Almiera M. GuroAdministrative Aide V
  • Mahid M. MonteAdministrative Aide IV
  • Kerwin U. RosendoAdministrative Aide I


Services Offered In The Center

Center’s Contact Info

Engr. Johari M. Raki-in, CerE, CGM

Macarambon Hall, 1st Street,

Mindanao State University
Marawi City, Philippines

+63 9558570303

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

  • Ceramics Development Access Center
  • Ceramics/Pottery Production
  • Technology transfer programs
  • Ceramics Collaboration Hub
  • Local ceramics materials exploration research






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Did you know the raw materials formulated in the CDC?

The formulation of the products of the ceramic development center is 100 per cent eco-friendly and made of local materials.  It is formulated from Clay, RHA (Rice husk Ash), and Quarry sand.

MSU - CDC Participated in SUC Fair 2022


Why Visit Here?

Visiting the Ceramics Development Center of the Mindanao State University-Main Campus be a unique and enriching experience for several reasons:

  1. Knowing about the Pottery-Making Process: The MSU – CDC provides a firsthand experience of the pottery-making process. Visitors can learn about the different stages of pottery production, including clay preparation, body forming, Firing, and polishing.
  2. Learning from Expert/s in Ceramics: The center has a resident Ceramic Engineer who can explain the techniques, chemistry, and properties that could help them improve their skills and answer any queries about pottery ceramics.
  3. Personal and Professional Development: Visiting the Center’s studio, the visitors can gain new skills and knowledge related to pottery-making, which can benefit personal hobbies or professional pursuits
  4. Access to Professional Equipment and Resources: The Ceramics Development Center allows access to its equipment for those interested parties. Visitors can take advantage of these resources and learn the new process in ceramics production.
  5. Exposure to Research:  University’s Ceramics Development center studios may be involved in academic research related to ceramics. Visitors can learn about current research projects and how they relate to the production of ceramics.

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