The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology proves that it can excel in two worlds. These, of course, are the worlds where knowledge springs from –– Reason and Passion.

So did MSU-IIT flaunt its rule of these “worlds” last July 9 in a packed and steamy gymnasium when its artists sparkled and illumined the night with their talents in Gabi ng Sining.

Already noted for its excellence in the Sciences and Engineering, the MSU-IIT displayed what it has to also become “world-class” in the Arts. Perhaps not yet at par with the Ivy League ranks, the Institute made clear, however, what it can become through this memorable showcase that united its artists by an élan and enthusiasm that did the Institute proud.

The 42nd Charter celebration was doubly significant because it marks the last term of Chancellor Marcelo P. Salazar who in the last 6 years has steered the Institute to its enviable post.

Through its resident groups, the MSU-IIT has long been recognized as trailblazers in Philippine Art. The Octava Choral Society, having represented the country in international fests, has twice become national champions, the first award garnered as early as the 1980s when they were the nation’s best college choir. Two years ago, the choir won their second award in a nationwide competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Octava Choral Group

The Kalimulan Cultural Dance Troupe that specializes inlumadand Islamized dances has showcased Mindanaon dances in tourism events in Taiwan and in parts of the country.

Kalimulan Dance Troup

The Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) tags its international prominence as a leading performing company bagging a long string of awards and recognitions from the over-a-hundred cities it has performed in worldwide.


The Echoes Band binds the youth with its innovative arrangements of Philippine pop and Top 40 hits. Wrapping up this significant program of local talents were the Ringkaran choral group (the High School singing reps), Kalilang (an ensemble specializing in M’ranao dances and music), the Dance Society (with their energetic hip-hop numbers), and the Pep Squad of the institute.

Despite the successes these groups have achieved, their climb to recognition has been fraught with challenges, not the least of these being the arid conditions Philippine Arts thrive in.

But, like the MSU-IIT, these conditions have been challenges rather than barriers. And Gabi ng Sining has proven how these groups, like the MSU-IIT, through persistence, have continued to think global, take action, and overcome the obstacles.

Gabi ng Sining teaches that the sheer tenacity to continue and excel amid adversities produces results. Such is the evolution the MSU-IIT has been borne from.

Gabi ng Sining, created through the collaboration of the various offices, was conceptualized and directed by Zayda O. Macarambon and Arlem Abanes. Music was supervised by Joshua Paquingan, Lourda Carupo, and Lua Burias, with segment choreography by Kenn Velasquez and Rommel Rabur. Technical Direction was by Andrew Salazar as stage managed by Hermie Dico.

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