Mariano Marcos State University

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Mariano Marcos State University
Pambansang Pamantasan ng Mariano Marcos
Motto in English
"Where instruction, research and technology promotion are at their finest"
Type State University
Established 6 January 1978
President Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis- present
Students +16,000
Undergraduates +13,500
Postgraduates +1,500
Location Batac City, Ilocos Norte; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Currimao, Ilocos Norte; Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Region,  Philippines
Campus 300 hectares (main campus)
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname MMSU Stallions
Affiliations SCUAA I, NCC Philippines.
Mascot Stallion

The Mariano Marcos State University is a multidisciplinary, state-funded institution of higher learning that serves the Ilocos Region and its surrounding regions in the Philippines.


Established on January 6, 1976 by virtue of PD 1279 otherwise known as its Charter, Mariano Marcos State University was a merger of two growing state colleges in the province of Ilocos Norte: the Mariano Marcos Memorial College of Science and Technology (MMMCST) in Batac and the Northern Luzon State College (NLSC) in Laoag City. Also integrated were the tertiary level courses of the Ilocos Norte Agricultural College in Pasuquin and the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades in Laoag. Predecessor institutions have existed as far back as the early 1900s.


MMMCST (1974) was founded as the Batac Farm School in 1906. It metamorphosed into the Batac Rural High School in 1918, the Ilocos Norte Institute of Technology in 1964 and MMMCST in 1974. The Currimao School of Fisheries, the Dingras National Agricultural School and the Ilocos Norte School for Craftsman in Paoay formed its satellite campuses.

On the other hand, NLSC started as an experimental vacation school of the Philippine Normal School in 1917. As its enrolment grew and its offerings became upgraded, it was renamed the Ilocos Norte Normal School in 1952, the Northern Luzon Teachers College in 1963 and NLSC in 1976.

It became an active member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the International Association of Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), and the Association of Technological Education in the ASEAN (ATEAN). The United States Information Service (USIS) through the Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center selected MMSU as seat of the American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) in Northern Luzon. These strong foundations were laid during the administration of Dr. Consuelo S. Blanco, the first president, whose leadership spanned from 1978 to 1983.

Summa cum laude graduates[edit]

In its 36 years of existence, the university has produced only two summa cum laude graduates. They are:

  • Gemma G. Ulep (+) (1.192, BS Accountancy, 1999)
  • Dane Mikhael S. Calica (1.1994, BS Biology, 2013)

Class valedictorians[edit]

The following graduates led their respective batches during the annual commencement exercises held at the University Sunken Garden (at the back of Administration Building):

  • 2001 – Aris Reynold Cajigal, B Secondary Education (magna cum laude)
  • 2008 – Karl Nick Balintec, BS Accountancy (magna cum laude, 1.28)
  • 2009 – Dexter Madamba, BS Accountancy (magna cum laude, 1.36)
  • 2010 – Leophil Rasco, BS Accountancy (magna cum laude, 1.36)
  • 2011 – Jerome Agpaoa, BS Computer Science (magna cum laude, 1.2110)
  • 2012 – Krisdionne Jureya Cabading, BS Accountancy (magna cum laude, 1.3143)
  • 2013 – Dane Mikhael Calica, BS Biology (summa cum laude, 1.1994)
  • 2014 – James Ceasar Ventura, B Secondary Education (magna cum laude, 1.3268)
  • 2015 – Jude Patrick Cabading, B Secondary Education (magna cum laude, 1.3338)
  • 2016 – Joshua Salvador, BS Accountancy (magna cum laude, 1.3607)

Academics and degree programs[edit]

To address key areas for social development outlined by the Office of the President, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees from one of its nine colleges.

Graduate School[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Rural Development
  • Master of Rural Development
  • Master of Arts in Nursing
  • Master in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Agroforestry
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Graduate Diploma

College of Medicine[edit]

College of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Law

College of Health Sciences[edit]

  • BS in Pharmacy
  • BS in Nursing
  • BS in Physical Therapy
  • BS in Medical Technology

College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development[edit]

  • BS in Agriculture
  • BS in Forestry
  • BS in Development Communication
  • BS in Home Technology
  • BS in Agricultural Technology
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Technology
  • BS in Environmental Science
  • Diploma of Agricultural Technology
  • Forest Ranger
  • Technical Homemaking
  • Associate in Home Technology
  • Associate in Technical Homemaking

College of Aquatic Science and Applied Technology[edit]

  • BS in Marine Biology
  • BS in Fisheries

College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • BS in Mathematics
  • BS in Computer Science
  • BS in Biology
  • AB in Sociology
  • AB in English Language
  • AB in Communication Arts
  • BS in Chemistry (Dissolved)

College of Business, Economics and Accountancy[edit]

  • BS in Accountancy
  • BS in Accounting Technology
  • BS in Economics
  • BS in Business Administration
    • Marketing Management
    • Human Resources Development Management
  • BS in Tourism Management
    • Travel and Tour Management
    • International Service Management
  • BS in Cooperative Management
  • BS in Entrepreneurship
  • BS in Hospitality Management

College of Engineering[edit]

  • BS in Agricultural Engineering
  • BS in Ceramic Engineering
  • BS in Chemical Engineering
  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • BS in Computer Engineering
  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • BS in Electronics Engineering
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering

College of Industrial Technology[edit]

  • B of Technical Teacher Education
  • BS in Industrial Technology (ladderized)
  • B of Automotive Technology
  • BS in Industrial Education

College of Teacher Education[edit]

The College of Teacher Education is a separate entity under MMSU, officially the Mariano Marcos State University - College of Education Campus in Laoag City. It is also one of the Normal Schools in the Philippines.

  • Bachelor in Secondary Education
    • English
    • Filipino
    • Biological Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH)
    • Social Studies
    • Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE)
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
    • General Education (GenEd)
    • Preschool Education (PsEd)
    • Special Education (SpEd))
  • Short-Term Programs
    • TCP

Student publication[edit]

SIRMATA is the official publication of the college students of Mariano Marcos State University. It is the oldest existing student publication in region 1, founded by Dr. Sosimo Ma. Pablico.The first Editor in Chief was Rodelio Lumbo(1987-1988), followed by Lloyd Ruben Castro(1989-1990).In 1990-1991, the first woman EIC was Maria Jesusa G. imperio from the College of Nursing. She was selected again the next year (1991-1992). Others who followed were:

  • Donald Galacgac (1992-1993)
  • Jollibyrd Gusto (1993-1994)
  • May Richelie Mata (1994-1995)
  • Roxanne Lee Castro(1995-1996)
  • Ryan Dean Sucgang (1996-1997)
  • Roger Cacayorin (1998-2000)

Students who want to become members of the editorial team must take a qualifying exam administered every academic year. A selection committee is created, as per pertinent provisions of Republic Act 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, who is tasked to evaluate the applicants based on their written exams and group or one-on-one interviews. During the past years,[when?] SIRMATA almost disappeared when the editorial staff failed to cope up with regular issues.

In academic year 1998-1999 SIRMATA was reinvented when Roger Cacayorin, a BS Development Communication student, assumed the paper's highest post as editor in chief, after serving as college correspondent during the previous year. At that time, the paper became witness to many student-centered events, on top of which was alleged sexual harassment by a top university official to an agriculture student. During the academic year 1999-2000, Cacayorin remained as the paper's chief editor.

After this the editorial staff decided to pick a new publications adviser. They unanimously selected Emile Kathleen Aguilar, a journalism professor at the Department of Development Communication of the College of Agriculture and Forestry. She is a graduate of BA in Mass Communications at the UP College of Baguio in Baguio City.

In 2010, the publication conducted its 1st SMAP Journalism Workshop in honor of its founder and holds an annual gathering for student journalists.

There are also existing publications of the different units of the university.

Literary Folio[edit]

In 1998, the first ever literary journal separate and distinct from the regular tabloid issuance of Sirmata was produced. The first consolidation and production of a literary journal entitled "Anthology" was spearheaded by Sirmata Literary Editor Florante Nicolas, also a BS Development Communication student who was also the concurrent editor-in-chief of "The Sentinel" (MMSU- College of Agriculture and Forestry student's publication). Thereafter, succeeding literary editors of Sirmata produced an annual series of literary collection.


MMSU is in Ilocos Norte, a province in the northwestern part of Luzon Island, Philippines. Its main campus of about 300 hectares is in Batac City, 472 km from Manila.

MMSU maintains five other campuses. These are in Batac City (main campus), Laoag City (two campuses), Currimao, Dingras, and Paoay. In Laoag is the College of Education or the College of Teacher Education and the College of Industrial Technology.

Integrated University Laboratory Schools[edit]

MMSU has high school departments. In July 2009, these high school departments went out from their mother colleges to form the Integrated University Laboratory Schools (IULS). UHS has two campuses: Laboratory High School - Laoag Campus and the University High School - Science Curriculum (also known as MMSU Science High School or Laboratory High School - Science Curriculum) in Batac City.

LHS Laoag is known for debate tournaments both national and international arenas. SHS Batac is known for having an advanced curriculum and academic excellence similar to the curriculum used by the Philippine Science High School and the DOST-accredited high schools. Science classes were formed through a Memorandum of Agreement between MMSU and Philippine Science High School during the administration of Dr. Santiago Obien. SHS has been active in joining various contests of different fields and have gathered numerous awards.

Laboratory Elementary School[edit]

The Laboratory Elementary School of the university (MMSU-LES) has two campuses: one in Laoag City and a new campus in Batac City, which comprises nursery, kindergarten and grades 1–3. It is said that the campus in Batac City will add one level every school year until grade six. LES is known for academic excellence and for their performance in provincial, regional, and national contests.

Performing Arts[edit]

  • Nasudi Chorale
  • Nasudi Dance Troupe
  • Bin-I Dance Troupe (CTE)


MMSU Stallions varsity teams:

  • Ball Games
    • Basketball
    • Beach Volleyball
    • Volleyball
    • Baseball
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Baseball
    • Sepak Takraw
  • Badminton
  • Track and Field
    • Discus Throw
    • Javelin Throw
    • High Jump
    • Long JUmp
  • Board Games
    • Chess
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo


  • Dr. Consuelo S. Blanco, June 1978–May 1983: New academic units were created and program offerings were re-engineered in harmony with its vision and mission. Highly qualified faculty was recruited them to reputable institutions in the country and abroad. It became an active member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the International Association of Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), and the Association of Technological Education in the ASEAN (ATEAN). The United States Information Service (USIS) through the Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center also selected MMSU as seat of the American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) in Northern Luzon. These strong foundations were laid during the administration of Dr. Consuelo S. Blanco, first president, whose leadership spanned the period from 1978 to 1983.
  • Dr. Santiago R. Obien, June 1983–May 1986: Obien’s term enlarged the coast in research and extension and consolidated curricular offerings in the different campuses. Committed to bringing about a better life and education for all including farmers, homemakers and out-of-school youth, he launched the thrust on formal and non-formal education for technology transfer in agriculture, fisheries, arts and trades.
  • Dr. Felipe B. Cachola, June 1986–May 1993: The stewardship of Cachola was guided by a transparent and participative management. Notable of which was the implementation of the United Nations Development Program–Food and Agriculture Organization (UNDP-FAO)–MMSU Project: "Strengthening the Development of Dryland Agriculture in the Ilocos" at the university forest reservation in Bgys. Payao and Sarnap, Batac. The accreditation by the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) raised the quality of its offerings in education and agriculture both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Key officials and middle-level management participated in a mobile seminar that brought them to SUCs in Luzon and Visayas.
  • Dr. Elias L. Calacal, June 1993–May 1999: The leadership of Calacal brought on projects that effectively used hilly lands and sand dunes. The university was distinguished as Center of Excellence for Teacher Education in Region I while several programs reached Level II or III AACCUP accreditation. Facilities were improved and underused spaces were converted into well-furnished convention venues or dormitories. The theater was provided with non-expensive indigenous acoustic materials (fiberboard egg trays on the sides and ceilings, which proved to be decorative) and renamed Teatro Ilocandia.
  • Dr. Saturnino M. Ocampo Jr., June 1999–December 2004: Ocampo’s term provided the culture of discipline especially on financial and time management; self-reliance; and observance of the 5S as an approach to achieving excellence. Course offerings were revised with the closure of non-performing ones. With board-approved organizational structure, unit heads were afforded the freedom to innovate, initiate reforms and make appropriate decisions. This resulted to three more centers of excellence/development, the conferment of scientist positions to five professors, outstanding performance in licensure exams, and quality refurbishment of physical facilities.1964
  • Dr. Miriam E. Pascua, May 2005–present

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