USM celebrates 1st Hadja Bai Fatima Matabay Plang Day
Written by Halima Abdulmaguid, MinTech   

usm-celebrates-1st-hadja-bai-fatima-matabay-Plang-Day thumbsThe best gift of gratitude to a person deceased is remembrance, but Bai Matabay Plang is not just a memory to be dunked into every USM student as a founder. She is a woman, an educator, a mother, and a founder who went above and beyond to make MIT-USM a reality.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of North Cotabato finally approved Provincial Order No. 624 in its 119th Regular Session held on March 12, 2019 which sets April 13 as Hadja Bai Fatima Matabay Namli Plang Day. This recognizes her as a champion for education, advocate for the integration of the tri-people and just peace, model for compassion to the needy and poor families, respectful and contributor to the preservation of cultures, and an epitome of women empowerment.

She abandoned the luxury of being a Moro Princess and devoted her life to social work. In fact, Bai’s contributions are not only within the borders of Kabacan but also in the different areas of Mindanao. Moreover, the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) and Mindanao Institute Polytechnic Foundation College (MIPFC), which was also founded by Bai, rejoice with USM.

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Subsequently, a gathering was done on this 13th day of April being its First Celebration. The USM honored her through a Kanduli at Bai Matabay Plang Landmark and afterwards, paved a visit to the Plang Memorial Park where she was buried at Batulawan, Pikit, North Cotabato. The event was sponsored by USM Muslim Student Association and was participated by the humble Plang family, CFCST, USMians, and Hon. Jonathan Tabara, author of the ordinance. All the way from Alaska, Dr. Abdulsheik Fajardo Plang addressed his gratitude to his grandmother Bai with overflowing sincerity.

Dr. Francisco Garcia further emphasizes that the Foundation Anniversary every October 1 is not enough to compensate the late founder’s efforts but she must be known to everybody for her legacy continues: the USM graduates whose excellency are highly appreciated, the current students being honed to serve the society at their fullest potential, and in every success of this University. In addition, there is a plan to increase her degree of recognition to national level.
Today, we give thanks to Bai. Tomorrow, we shall not stop and pay back.


Cover Layout by: Robert Padilla, MT Art Editor
Photos by: MJ Kamama and Jul-Jalali Jailane Kalipapa, MT Photojournalist

 

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