Paradise campus

Paradise campus
The Library, Central Mindanao University.

It is one of Bukidnon's best-kept secrets-a state university sprawled on more than 3,000 hectares of contiguous campus marked, off the highway, by a volcano rising up dreamily over the calm, yawning flatlands.

"That's Mt. Musuan lording over us," beams Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, president of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon.

Nestled 644 meters above sea level, Mt. Musuan looks like a postcard-pretty baby volcano that sweeps through a picturesque landscape in bucolic repose. That landscape just happens to be the rest of the campus, which is sheer pastoral pleasure: Ricefields, forest parks, ranch and grazing land; Olympic-sized sports facilities (including a competition-level swimming pool); areas planted to all kinds of trees, among others; as well as cottage housing and dormitories for teachers, staff, and students, aside, of course, from the usual school facilities.

"From a hospital to a market to a cemetery, we have it all," says Soliven. "We produce our own rice, fresh milk, and vegetables. We have animals. We have fresh bread every day. We have lakes and springs around us. We are a paradise campus."

Notes Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, CMU's vice president for academics: "Our official time is from 7 to 11 a.m. so that we can all go home to prepare lunch and have siesta before coming back for work in the afternoon."

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