Kabacan, Cotabato–The University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Cotabato celebrated a colourful founding anniversary on October 1, 2016 that marked its 64th year of existence. The affair opened on September 26, 2016 by a torch parade around down town in this municipality followed by fireworks that lit the skies of the giant campus.
The celebration culminated with two programs, a Kanduli and floral offering in honour of USM founder Bai Hadja Fatima Matabay N. Plang, and the anniversary program proper.
There was a daily “Pasiklaban” where every college and every student organization built their respective huts racing on the beauty and style of their entries.
Businessmen from different communities joined through setting put up their stores in the campus that also brought them profits. The anniversary activities converted the University plaza into a shopping market at one side and like theatrical show on the other side.
The program for kanduli and floral offering was graced by two heirs of the founder, namely Ms. Janella M. Abdulsani and Dr. Che Abdulshaik F. Plang who came from America where she live. Guests, retirees of the University, faculty, staff and students joined the kanduli.