MSU-IIT holds ground breaking ceremony for new building in Hinaplanon, Iligan City

MSU-IIT holds ground breaking ceremony for new building in Hinaplanon, Iligan City

by Neal Alfie Y. Lasta, CED-IDS

 MSU-IIT Chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol led the groundbreaking ceremony on April 15, 2021 at Hinaplanon, Iligan City to officially start the construction of the 5-storey College of Education (CED) Laboratory Building (Phase III).

Chancellor Tanggol, in his message, thanked the local officials for the support provided to the University, as well as his plans for landscaping the area.

The Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Amelia T. Buan, was also present during the occasion. In her speech, she was grateful that the MSU-IIT Administration has always supported the College of Education in its endeavor to be one of the leading institutions in teacher education.

Moreover, Dr. Buan added that the construction of this new laboratory school “is very important in exploring pedagogical innovations to adapt to the highly evolving teaching methods in the pursuit of achieving quality teaching and learning.”

Prof. Minda C. Sexon, the Principal of the Integrated Developmental School, concluded the program, citing in her closing remarks the importance of changing for the better, and that the present is the time for growth.

The five-storey building is the third phase of construction done in MSU-IIT’s property in Hinaplanon. The first two phases are two other buildings. The first building is nearing its completion while the second building’s construction is ongoing.

The third building will house new classrooms for students of the Integrated Developmental School and various other facilities.

Present during the ceremony were Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Finance Polaus M. Bari, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Gaudencio C. Petalcorin Jr., Vice Chancellor for Student Services Marie Joy D. Banawa, CED Dean Amelia T. Buan, Integrated Developmental School Principal Minda C. Sexon, and other MSU-IIT officials.

Photos by Jan Christian Pagarigan, OPI

IDS alumni fete former teachers

IDS alumni fete former teachers

by Rex Godinez Ortega

LIKE the celebrities that they truly are in the lives of their students, teachers from the Integrated Developmental School (IDS) of MSU-IIT are feted by their former students in a touching tribute organized by IDS Batch 1994.

The Tribute to Teachers that is held Thursday night (December 26) at the Go Hotels at Robinsons Place in Iligan sees the members of IDS Batch 1994 lavishing gifts and praises on their former teachers, and thanking them for sharing a part of themselves with their former students. 

“Tonight we pay tribute to you, our dear teachers, for molding us into who we are today,” IDS Batch 1994 President Mr. Frederick ‘Bojie’ Flores tells his former teachers at the tribute.

“You have made such a tremendous impact on our lives… [and] we are so grateful to you,” Flores continues.

To demonstrate this appreciation, Flores and his batchmates proceed to entertain their former teachers with songs and a big dance number that sees all of IDS Batch 1994 take to the dance floor.

IDS Batch 1994 member Ms Jenalyn Morales, who is the lead singer of the popular local band Jenzpeak, makes an appearance at the event and, to the delight of everyone, serenades the former and current IDS teachers present.   

Former IDS Principal, Prof. Lydie D. Paderanga, thanks IDS Batch 1994 for organizing the event. She likens students to seeds that are carefully nurtured and guided to grow right, and expresses her happiness at seeing how they have turned out.

Another former IDS teacher Prof. Gloria Madulara also gives a response during the tribute. She observes with delight how her former students have brought with them the values she and her fellow teachers have inculcated in them. 

She also observes with a naughty laugh how “many of you have grown sideways.”

Aside from Paderanga and Madulara, the other IDS teachers (former and current) who attend the tribute are Digna Padura, Lorda Carupo, Raymundo Ayop, Mariliz Crelencia, Antonio Lahoylahoy, Judith Magnetico, Rizaleo Larot, Esterlita Valmoria, Grace P. Liwanag, Jesus Lagrimas, Eduarda Monoy, Rebecca Ramos, Minda Sexon, and Sally Gonzaga. 

The Tribute to Teachers is the latest in a string of activities being organized by the IDS Batch 1994 this year which will culminate in their hosting of the December 28, 2019 Grand Alumni Homecoming of the MSU-IIT High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) to be held at the MSU-IIT Gymnasium.

IDS Batch 1994 is the second batch to take the Tribute to Teachers activity outside the campus in order to focus more on the activity. Batch 1993 is the first to do so in 2018.

IDS batch 1993 holds soiree for former teachers

IDS batch 1993 holds soiree for former teachers

by Rex Godinez Ortega

Capping the 50th charter anniversary celebrations of MSU-IIT is a beautiful tribute by high school alumni who held a soiree for their former teachers at the Lai-Lai Garden in Pala-o on July 16, 2018.

The Integrated Developmental School Class of 1993, Inc. or IDS’93 treated their IDS teachers (mostly retired) to a sumptuous dinner and lavished praise and honor on them. The group also serenaded their high school teachers with known hits from the 70s, 80s, and the early 90s.

“This is our way of showing gratitude and respect to those who made a big difference in our lives,” said IDS’93 President Ritchie Rubio.

Rubio said that holding the activity was made more challenging by the fact that “many of our teachers had already retired, and we had to look for their addresses and visit them one by one.”

Former IDS teacher Nieves Tuante who attended the tribute thanked her former students profusely in a Facebook post she published a day after.

“Our hearts are overwhelmed with joy and happiness,” she said.

 The soiree also doubled as a dinner-for-a-cause event with the proceeds going in support of projects being undertaken by IDS’93.

Currently, IDS’93 is implementing a tree-growing program.

IDS’93 conducted the tribute in partnership with the MSU-IIT High School Alumni Association (MHSAA).

The soiree is part of a series of activities being conducted by IDS’93 leading up to this December’s high school grand alumni homecoming, which they have the privilege of hosting.

IDS wins highly-touted energy quiz bowl of Northern Mindanao

IDS wins highly-touted energy quiz bowl of Northern Mindanao

by Rex Godinez Ortega

L-R: IDS Team coach, Ms Ivy Claire V. Mordeno, and Grade 10 students, Princess Hannan I. Tumog, Abdel-Nasher S. Tanggor, and Fraunhofer Sherlock J. Sajonia. (Photo by: Mr. Merrill Mercado Sajonia)

THE weekend offers an electrifying development for MSU-IIT, particularly for its high school family – the Integrated Developmental School (IDS), as news of the victory of its representatives to one of the most popular quiz shows in Northern Mindanao reaches home.   

Grade 10 pupils Fraunhofer Sherlock J. Sajonia, Abdel-Nasher S. Tanggor, and Princess Hannan I. Tumog, who compose the IDS team sent to Cagayan de Oro on Friday (December 2), edges out 35 other teams from different secondary schools all over Northern Mindanao to win the championship in the STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) Energy Quiz.

Friday’s win solidifies IDS’s hold over the long-running energy quiz show that is now on its 12th year.  

This is actually the 4th time IDS emerges as champion of the SPI Energy Quiz, previously winning in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The victory is especially sweet for IDS as it beats Xavier University High School of Cagayan de Oro for the championship, and by just one point.

To recall, IDS’s winning streak in the energy quiz show is broken by Xavier in 2015.

“It means a lot, considering the fact that we could feel that the school [IDS] really wanted to win it that bad,” Sajonia says of the victory.

Sajonia describes the atmosphere at the competition as “super intense,” but explains it off as just “mostly unintentional pressure from everyone involved”.

The IDS team is chaperoned to the Lim Ket Kai Mall where the competition is held by coaches Ivy Claire V. Mordeno and Alma Gloria L. Silva.

“We are very happy because this is a Regional contest, and all our efforts paid off,” Mordeno says.

Sponsoring the quiz bowl is the STEAG SPI, a German-owned coal energy company established in 1995 to build, operate, and maintain Mindanao’s first coal-fired power plant. The company prides itself in being a leader in advanced coal power-generation technology.

The annual SPI Energy Quiz is conducted as the company’s way of promoting energy conservation and the understanding of efficient energy use.

Topics : IDS  STEAG  Energy Quiz

MSU-IIT IDS celebrates National Science Club month

MSU-IIT IDS celebrates National Science Club month

by Paolo Miguel C. Cañete

The Science clubbers of Region X once again converged at the MSU-IIT IDS grounds last September 3 and 4, 2016 to celebrate the National Science Club Month (NSCM 2016) with the theme, AGRInnovate: Revolutionizing Agricultural Outlook for Sustainable Growth”. This is one of the 10 regional sites for national camping as stewarded by the Philippine Society of Youth Science Club (PSYSC). The PSYSC is the only national federation of youth science clubs in the Philippines created to promote scientific consciousness among the youth.

In consonance with this year’s theme, guest speaker Mr. Victor Lapoot talked about the importance of the agricultural sector and the current challenges that needed to be addressed for a sustainable future. The said lecture articulated PSYSC aim for the youth to find innovative ways in increasing agricultural productivity and ultimately feeding the growing world population while protecting the environment. The two day and one night event saw the members of different science clubs in Northern Mindanao and nearby provinces coming together to discover and explore the wonders of agriculture via series of lectures, workshops and team-building activities.

Lecture and workshops on Science and Health, subcamp quizbee and PSYSC Science Olympiad (PSO) were held on the first day. PSO aims to challenge the participants through written, practical and theoretical exams in different fields of science such as biology, chemistry, physics, information technology and earth science. In the evening, the pledge and socials night were held. This gave the participants an opportune time to relax, get acquainted and bond with each other.

The second day saw the simultaneous hosting of Mathematics, Science and Kapaligiran (MathSciAka) interactive and Engineering/Science challenge workshops. MathSciAKa aims to promote ways of learning Science, technology, and the environment through fun-filled experiments and workshops. This will test the students’ translation and application of different science concepts.

Closing program and awarding ceremony followed in the afternoon. The MSU-IIT IDS PSO participants – Abdel-Nasher Tanggor, Gregg Dominic Sam Rebollo and Ronald Stephen Galorio won 3 rd Place. The partnership of Rhyll Romerosa and Fraunhofer Sherlock Sajonia topped the MathSciAka Engineering/Science challenge workshop with their efficient and powerful water pump design and fabrication. Similarly the IDS team with members Jannah Amerol, Gezen Giganto, Angeli Manseras, Al-Fisher Coronado, and Camille Guarin notched First place in the MathSciAka Interactive workshop after accumulating the most points from 10 stations of varying mental and physical challenges. These major victories catapulted MSU-IIT IDS as the overall winner for the MathSciAka at the end of the Summit.

The MSU-IIT IDS Science department and its student facilitators and volunteers spent dedicated hours in providing the stage for every activity, ensuring the smooth flow of the different workshops and playing gracious hosts to the many participants and guests. These has thus extended a strong support to NSCM 2016 realization of its thrust to promote science in a fun and interactive manner, foster camaraderie and develop the leadership skills among the participants.

Topics : Science club  agriculture  PSYSC Science Olympiad

IDS wows Cinemagis

IDS wows Cinemagis

by Ms. Honeylet Dumoran

Frenchlyn Duran (Best Female Performer – UKIT)
Alyson Ting
Alyson Ting (KISS THE RAIN)

After having been acknowledged in the Mindanao Film Festival as a school with a very promising film-making culture, IDS once again sent films in a region-wide film festival, where two student films, Ukit and Kiss the Rain, qualified as official entries. This film festival, called Cinemagis, cruised in its maiden voyage as Northern Mindanao’s first film festival on January 23, 2009. Held in Cagayan de Oro City’s SM Cinema 2 and spearheaded by Prof. Hobart Savior, the director of Xavier University’s Culture and Arts Office, Cinemagis aimed to provide a venue for film-makers to reflect on and express Mindanao experiences and aspirations through their art. This is a fitting choice of a theme, since the Jesuit phrase magis, which translates to “the more”, is the Atenean philosophy of doing more for Christ and for others.

In the twenty plus entries submitted for scrutiny in Cinemagis, six were chosen as the official entries to the contest, with three entries each in the Student and Senior categories. Switch, a film from the College of Science and Mathematics, qualified as an official entry as well, thus completing the three Student Film Category finalists, which, incidentally, were all from IIT.

Ukit’s main actress was recognized as Best Female Performer, having played the tree-turned-human girl whose point of view of life was not only amusing, but also enlightening. Using appropriately witty language, Ukit tells the story of a tree who has seen too little of human life to want to be human too. Now told from this fresh perspective, the film unveils what it is that makes human beings human—their very essence—as the tree-turned-girl learns how it is to love and to sacrifice. Ukit, directed by Deo Charis Mostrales, won as Second Runner-up in the Student Film Category.

Formerly an entry in the Mindanao Film Festival, Kiss the Rain got the spotlight that night, as it was hailed Best Student Short Film, on top of three other major awards (Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Director). Kiss the Rain also won the Audience Choice Award and its lead actress Alyson Ting was recognized as Female Star of the Night. As part of NCCA’s recognition to the film, the group was invited to a screening of Kiss the Rain in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila this February as an entry to CinemaRehiyon, another prestigious film festival.

             Atinen (REACH)
Psychie Atinen (REACH)

Cinemagis also awarded the NCCA Special Achievement Award for Animated Film to IDS’s 3D animation, Reach. Directed by Helena Josol, Reach tells the familiar human tale of dreaming and failing but ultimately triumphing. This story, however, is not ours, but that of a little ball, whose ultimate dream is to fly. In its attempt to achieve this goal, it falls from a very high tree and “dies”. In an interesting play of irony, the ball, now a ball-spirit, grows a halo and flies, reaching not only the treetops but also, and most significantly, heaven. 

These stories are undying and universal; their conflicts almost proverbial; their resolution anticipated. However, translated to film, they become fresh and uplifting. Their impacts become more significant. It will always be a pride that such creations spring from students of IDS.


Nezcel Macaspac (Cinematographer-UKIT)

Topics : contest  cinemagis  arts & culture  film  ids