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Monday, December 22, 2014

Koronadal City, South Cotabato: Setting foot in Notre Dame of Marbel University

This a new building in progress inside the campus. Outside, the renovation is still on-going and we would not have gotten a good view of the school had we not met Ms. Dalia Mesias of the registrar's office of the university.

After we finished the Zumba at Rizal Park, we wanted to take a look at the alma mater of some of our friends. While walking along Bonifacio Street, I chanced to ask from a local who also exercised that morning where the Notre Dame of Marbel is. After assuring me that it is just across the street, she asked me why I want to go to the school. I told her, I want to see the school of some of my friends, some went there in high school and another went there for college. Alas, Lady Serendipity ushered us to the right person. The lady whose family is rooted in Bago City, Negros Occidental works in the registrar's office. So, the gate was opened for us.

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A pose in front of the statue of the founder of Notre Dame of Marbel University. According to the School's website, "The Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU) is a sectarian institution situated in the culturally pluralistic province of South Cotabato, in the island of Mindanao, Philippines.   It started as Notre Dame of Marbel (NDM), a secondary level educational institution founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) with the Religious of Virgin Mary (RVM) Sisters in 1946.  It is the first high school to open in South Cotabato and Koronadal Valley.  In 1950, the Oblate Fathers turned over the ownership and management of the Boys Department to the Marist Brothers of the schools (FMS).  Two years later, the Dominican sisters assumed the direction of the Girls Department.   The Marist Brothers, through the years, have transformed it into a College (Notre Dame of Marbel College)." 


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We love this obelisk which has local translations of "May Peace Reign on Earth" 
and "Peace" (Paghidaet in hiligaynon) on each side. 

Maaden Su Kalilintad sa Dunya (Muslim) -- Kalinaw
Ektanak Nawa Gfun Ebanwu Ane (Bla'an) -- Shalom
Hendus Yom Ketinof Nobe Talaktonok (T'boli) -- Kapia


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We passed by this mural just outside the school.

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