Themed “NDMU: 70 Years of Living Out Marcellin’s Dream,” the Notre Dame of Marbel University had a 3-day celebration of its 70th foundation anniversary on October 1-3, 2016. There was a 3-kilometer fun run for a cause on the first day participated in by NDMU personnel and students, alumni, and guests. On the second day, the institution showcased its accomplishments for the past 70 years through a foot parade dubbed “parade of glory.” The different colleges and departments displayed their achievements in different fields like sports, academics, socio-cultural activities, and politics among others on printed tarpaulins for the whole community to marvel at. The school is particularly proud of its numerous accomplishments in academics where it has produced topnotchers in the board exams of different fields like Engineering, Education, Social Work, Medical Technology, and Accountancy. NDMU has also consistently ranked higher than the national passing percentage in the board exam results of most of its programs, with some even garnering a 100% passing rate for the past several years. The school has also produced numerous successful alumni who are now serving in the local, national, and international arena.

The elementary pupils showcasing their field demonstration

The elementary pupils showcasing their field demonstration

Moreover, the second day of the celebration showcased the talents of the whole NDMU family when the personnel and the students from the Junior High School, Senior High School, College, and the Graduate School competed in “Talentadong Marista.” The contestants battled it out through their dances and songs to the delight of the NDMU community. In the end, the contestants of the personnel triumphed over the students when Mr. Jethro Arandallo and  Ms. Ginarie Cadiz, both P.E. faculty of the College of Education, emerged the champion. The first runner-up and second runner-up were the performers from the Graduate School and the Non-Teaching Personnel respectively.

On the third and last day of the celebration, the NDMU community gathered together in a liturgical celebration presided over by one guest and three alumni priests of the University. After which, the celebration continued at the open grounds of the school, and the different field demonstrations and dances were presented by the students from elementary to college. After the presentation, everyone joined in a campus picnic aptly dubbed “Barrio Fiesta.” The personnel, students, alumni, retirees, and guests shared together in a sumptuous lunch prepared by the different units. After lunch, an academic activity was conducted where 50  student leaders from the different schools in Marbel attended a leadership forum.

Finally, the celebration was capped by a “Show for a Cause,” and the personnel, alumni, and students of the University

The faculty performers during the Show for a Cause

The faculty performers during the Show for a Cause

performed dances and songs from the 1960s up to the present. It was truly a fun show especially because the students enjoyed watching their teachers, program heads, and deans belt out songs and dance onstage. And they performed not only once but twice!  The matinee show at 3:00 pm was attended by the IBED and the Senior High School students, while the gala show at 6:00 pm was watched by the personnel, college students, and guests. All proceeds from the show, as well as from the Fun Run, will benefit the Abante Lumad Scholars– the poor but deserving youth of the indigenous community. The Abante Lumad Scholarship which started five years ago is the brainchild of Bro. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS, the University President.

Indeed, for 70 years now, NDMU has kept the fire burning to continue living out Marcellin’s dream. Cheers to 70 years more, and beyond!