South Cotabato

Mindanao State University – General Santos

By on July 6, 2011

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Mindanao State University – General Santos (MSU-Gensan) is a premier state university in Southern Philippines. It is one of the 10 campuses of MSU System, the primary mandate of which is to provide quality yet affordable education in Mindanao. The campus in General Santos has been doing just that since 1967 and it has continued to expand its reach and influence ever since. As a result, many students from this region have been given an opportunity to get an education that is relevant to their context, without costing them all their parent’s life savings.

Its 156 hectare campus is located in Barangay Fatima which is a few minutes away from the General Santos airport. Although there are main entry points, my good friends who are also alumnis in this university, shared that they sometimes climb over the perimeter fence for a quicker shortcut. Most students also wouldn’t mind walking to and from the main gate even if there are habal-habals (motorcycles) plying this route. With its sprawling yet scenic complex, it is hard not to lose a few pounds when you are studying at MSU-Gensan.

msu gensan - kusmod

This campus eatery is called kioskmud/kusmod (kiosk + frown) since their crew are allegedly supporting a long face everytime.

This is actually the third MSU university I have been to after being an alumnus of MSU-IIT in Iligan and some brief visits to MSU-Main in Marawi during my college days. While there is a healthy rivalry amongst the sister schools, I believe that each has uniquely survived annual budget cuts, played to its own strengths and developed its own own culture through the years.

Most importantly, each MSU satellite school campus or university has played an important role in shaping the local economy by producing top calibre graduates who are now working as professionals in the private sector, public servants in the government and even bankable stars in the entertainment industry.

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I would have wanted to find my college professor who is now teaching at MSU-Gensan’s College of Engineering, but we were pressed for time that morning when we dropped by this campus last year. It was a rather brief visit but I enjoyed my time there nonetheless.

If you graduated from MSU-Gensan, what are your best memories of this place? Any food hunts, interesting buildings that I should take note if I could visit it again someday?

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    October 5, 2011

    Have you climb the Y-building roof top? Just above the MSU-Museum. The scene there is breath-taking.

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    October 22, 2011

    This MSU General Santos. I love playing tennis and I love walking around when I have nothing to do.

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    October 23, 2011

    Hi Heide and neth, welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂

    I haven't tried climbing the Y-building roof top and walked around the campus much as well. But thank you very much for the tips though.

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    January 19, 2012

    Hello sir! I really love reading your posts and the adventures you've had here in Soccskargen. I couldn't help but be inspired on what you and your friends had conquered especially the places you've been were just approximately near Gensan where I am living and I hope in the future I could also visit these places. Hope you could visit again our province. It's nice to know that there still tourist who visit our province seeking adventure and new experiences. Thank you sir!

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    March 9, 2012

    Hi Bren, thank you for making a blog on my alma mater… Got nostalgic seeing the H-Building. Too many memories on almost every spot of that building. I missed the "humba" of the kiosk too…

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    March 10, 2012

    Hi K.Rhandz. I'm glad I reminded you somehow of your alma mater. 🙂


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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