Maryknoll/Miriam College Family of Authors
Around 50 Maryknoll/Miriam College alumnae came together last April 23 to witness and be part of the launch of the Maryknoll/Miriam College Family of Authors (MMCFA) project. Initiated by the energetic Marla Yotoko Chorengel of Maryknoll Class ’63, with the support of Miriam College led by Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, the project features a special section on the second floor of the HEU Library that will house books and other literature written and authored by Maryknoll/Miriam Alumni.
Among those who came to the event were authors and distinguished professionals in the field of literature, journalism, broadcasting, research, fashion and education. Among them were former Miriam College Board of Trustees Lolita Delgado-Fansler; Yes! Magazine Editor and investigative journalist Joanne Maglipon; fashion designer Patis Tesoro; writers Raquel Villavicencio, Mariel Francisco, and Lorna Kalaw-Tirol and Ma. Rosa Carreon Buck; Annie Katigbak who represented daughter and Palanca awardee Mookie Katigbak; and ABS-CBN broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas. Many of them came with their published books, magazines, and scripts in tow, easily filling up shelves devoted for the Family of Authors section.
Also present were Tess Choa, Asuncion David Maramba, Joy Abaquin, Gay Ace Domingo, Miriam College and International Studies Chair Gigi Francisco, former RPMO Head Jasmine Acuna and members of the Miriam College President’s Council and administrators. Some alumnae even came as far as Pangasinan and Baguio to be part of this first-of-its-kind project on campus which is aims not only to find a home for the many books and published materials authored by alumni but which is also envisioned to inspire the current and future generation of students.
The morning culminated in a commitment to give more than just books as Mariel Francisco brought up the idea of giving writing workshops to students among other promising proposals.
The MMCFA is an ongoing project and Chorengel urged everyone to spread the word to other alumni saying, “we have barely scratched the surface.” Alumni are encouraged to submit published books, researches, scripts, films, magazines which will all be a part of a substantial collection that is proudly Maryknoll/Miriam.