A colorful 64th Founding Anniversary was celebrated by the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, Cotabato last October 1, 2016. It was a week of fun and festivity beginning with a torch parade that went through the downtown area of the municipality on September 26, 2016. The parade was capped by a fireworks display that lit the skies of the school’s expansive campus.
The daily “Pasiklaban” had all the colleges and various student organizations competing in creating the best and most stylish huts. Business establishments also put up booths in the campus. From these selling booths came a myriad of food, drinks and novelty items for students and visitors to enjoy.
The university plaza was converted into an amusement avenue with a shopping strip on one side and shows on the other.
The festivities included the Searches for Top Models, GinoongPasiklaban and Hiyas ng Pasiklaban 2016.
M Lhuillier’s OPEC Kulintang – CotabatoMaguindanao Region supported the GinoongPasiklaban and Hiyas ng Pasiklaban competitions. M. Lhuillier facilitated the candidates’ pictorial sessions and sponsored the printing of tarpaulin banners. The Search for Ginoo and Hiyas ng Pasiklaban 2016 was held at the Pasiklaban Quadrangle on September 30, 2016.
The celebration culminated in a Kanduli and floral offering in honor of USM Founder Bai Hadja Fatima Matabay N. Plang.