“It’s a beautiful language. You carry it as you grow up, when socializing, to work. You carry it the rest of your life,” says Carol Ui, principal of the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID).
Ui is referring to the Signing Exact English, or SEE, which MC-SAID practices as a method of communication for its students. “Our philosophy in educating the students who are deaf is “Total Communication,” she adds.
THE DEAF CAN!
These remarks come in conjunction with a forum and conference titled “PWeDe Nating Gawin: Enriching Education for Persons with Disability” which Miriam College, with the support of the United States Embassy Manila, and in coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs, is hosting this month. The campaign is called “PWeDe Nating Gawin!” which translates to “We can do it!” The capitalized “PWD” in the slogan refers to persons with disabilities.
The conference likewise champions President Benigno Aquino Jr.’s Proclamation 688 in November, making 2013-2022 the country’s decade of “Make the Right Real” for persons with disabilities.
MC-SAID prides itself on being the pioneering private school in the country to immerse and merge students who are deaf with the hearing populace.
The Miriam College Swimming team (top photo) of the Higher Education Unit bagged bronze medals at the 44th WNCAA 2014 Swimming Competition held in San Beda College, Alabang, last January 26.
The Bronze Medal winners for the 400-Meter Medley Relay are Vanessa Sudario, Robyn Joanne Manila, Eriel Pintang, and Kristine Ariel Boone (bottom left photo).
The Bronze Medals winners for the 200 - Meter Freestyle Relay were Sophia Dianne Garcia, Mhikuo Jecino, Patricia Joy Cedo and Janelle Alyanna Paz while the winners of the 200 - Meter Medley Relay were Vanessa Sudario, Robyn Joanne Manila, Eriel Pintang and Kristine Ariel Boone (bottom, center and right photos, respectively).
Two teams composed of faculty members from different departments, staff, and graduate students of Miriam College went to Bohol last January 3 to 6 to give direct service and train volunteers in two of the hardest hit municipalities in Bohol—Antequera and Calape. The activity was called “Padayon: Psychosocial Care for Earthquake Survivors in Bohol.
Team 1, led by Dr. Grace Evangelista, gave direct service to children and trained local volunteers for children. The main facilitators were Theology Faculty Clint Gamboa, and MAE Guidance Counselor Reymily Sta. Ana, while co-facilitators were Psychology Faculty and Asian University Digital Resource Network Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Psychology graduate students Rachel Peddy, Cathy Pestano, and Barbara Paragas.
Team 2, led by Dr. Rachel C. Reyes-Laureano, gave direct service to adults and trained local volunteers for adults. The main facilitators were Social Work faculty Jowima Reyes, MAE Student Affairs Coordinator Emma Igos, Psychology Faculty Samantha Mendez, while co-facilitators were Psychology graduate students Grace Lee, and Cathy Pestano.
Hannah Abellera of the Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) provided logistical support and served as process documenter. Prof. Al Leonidas, Social Science professor, provided a magic show that was highly appreciated by the local community.
This initiative was a joint venture of Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan, Dean of the College of International, Humanitarian, and Development Studies; the College Faculty Association headed by its President, Dr. Victoria Narciso Apuan, the Bohol Local Development Foundation headed by Dr. Nestor Pestelos, and INSA, headed by Malou Turalde-Jarabe.
The Philippine E-Learning Society (PELS) recognized Miriam College as one of its institutional members during the PELS International Congress on E-Learning 2013 held last Dec. 6-7, 2013 at the Heritage Hotel in Manila. Accepting the PELS Institutional Award 2013 for Miriam College was Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez (left photo).
Right photos shows Dr. Fortez with Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) Executive Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay who was a speaker at the event.
From 2010 to 2012, a ground-breaking independent study headed by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, a full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University and a columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, looked into the multi-media and gadget use patterns of students from Miriam College High School and Ateneo de Manila University High School. The results of the study, well-known international literature, and experiences and testimonies of students, parents, and teachers were put together in the book, Growing Up Wired: Raising Kids in the Digital Age (Queena N. Lee-Chua, PhD * Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio, MA * Nerisa C. Fernandez * Michele S. Alignay, MA, RGC, Anvil 2013).
Lynda C. Garcia, chair of the Applied Arts, Humanities and Foreign Language Department and a faculty of the Department of Communication participated and was recognized for her work in advancing the equitable treatment of women and men in the media by organizers of UNESCO’s inaugural global forum on Media and Gender held in Bangkok, Thailand last December 2-4, 2013. Garcia was invited to participate in the forum as an IREX UNESCO Media and Gender 2013 Fellow. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.
Garcia says that the forum was an opportunity to learn about the global status of women in media through sessions that featured current research on gender and media and women in entertainment media. She adds that the conference inspired her to continue the school’s active involvement in the World Association of Communication Educators Gender, Media and Monitoring Program (GMMP) and to strengthen the Gender and Communication subject offering of the Department of Communication.
Ira Monea Navarra (left), won a Gold medal while Natasha Kim Valmonte, (right), won a Silver Medal at the recently concluded 2013 National Age Group Competition at Rizal Memorial Taekwondo Gym. The competition was held last December 8, 2013.
Navarra is a Second Year EPM student while Valmonte is a First Year BA-COM student.
Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, former president of Miriam College, was conferred the Gen. Carlos P. Romulo Award by the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) last January 14 at the PNP Multi-purpose Hall, Camp Crame. The awarding ceremony coincided with the 115th Birth Anniversary of Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, also known as “Mr. United Nations”. Romulo was known for his commitment to the concept of the United Nations.
Dr. Licuanan was recognized for her invaluable contribution to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia Pacific Region, putting the Philippines in the world map. She was also honored for her leadership role in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Licuanan expressed her commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), which she herself helped craft almost 20 years ago. The BPFA has long served as a blueprint and benchmark for the advancement of women’s rights and equality.
Also honored at the even