In Celebration of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014, the US Embassy partnered with the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) and held a forum entitled Knowing is Living: A World AIDS Day 2014 Forum at the Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College, Quezon City.

The speakers included persons living with HIV, Wanggo Gallaga, a writer and HIV advocate, and Elena Felix, a former migrant worker. They shared their stories of trials due to discrimination but later on becoming empowered to actively speak about their situation so that more people will be aware about HIV and the precautions that one must take to avoid this life threatening infection.

Executive Director of Love Yourself Ronivin Pagtakhan was also one of the speakers. He shared with the audience the importance of getting tested and being more aware. Another speaker included in the forum is Katerina Tolentino Leyritana, Medical Director of The SHIP Foundation Clinic, who elaborated on the growing population of persons living with HIV in the Philippines.

Distinguished guests were also present during this jam packed forum. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was present to give the opening remarks, while United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Amb. Philip Goldberg graced the event.

MC Administrators led by MC President Dr. Rosario Lapus and WAGI Executive Director Prof. Aurora De Dios warmly welcomed the special guests.


Last September, the Child Development and Education Circle (CDEC) pulled resources together with the entire student body of Miriam College Lower and Middle School in a book donation drive campaign dubbed as “Build a Library, Donate a Book Campaign.”

This was part of the many activities done by the College of Education for the College Week which had for its theme:  ‘Fortifying Lifelong Learning Skills: Learning To Know, To Do, To Live Together and To Be’. An estimated number of 40 boxes of used books were delivered on Sept. 6 by  Mia Teoxon, MCGS LMC Supervisor and Therese Pelias, CDE Department Chairperson, to Tanauan South Central School in coordination with Anthony Mariano and Zarah Gagatiga of Sambat Trust, an NGO focused on building libraries in the countryside.

To date the books form a big portion of the book collection of their library. The kids of Tanauan, Batangas are truly grateful.

MC sent a delegation of 11 students and one Miriam College employee to the Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLCP) of Kobe College in Nishinomiya City, Japan from November 4 to 18, 2014. This is part of the mutual agreement signed between the school and Kobe College in 2008.

The students were Christine Ann Cariño, (III-BSLTM); Aira Pauline Rizelle Centeno (IV-BSPSY); Maria Tracy David (III-BSLTM); Karla Patricia Dimaculangan (III-BSLTM); Kyra Elysse Generoso, (III-BSLTM); Mary Margareth Lim (IV-BACOM); Gianina Concha Limbo, (IV-BSPSY); Arlyssa Bianca Pabotoy (II – BACOM); Yumina Kaye Racaza (IV-BACOM); Dianne Louise Recomono, (IV-BSCDE); and Catherine Tablate (III-BSLTM). Accompanying them was Trisha Iris Barcenas the HEU Admissions Office.

The students’ participation provided an opportunity for them to enrich their knowledge of the Japanese language and culture and to promote a healthy and dynamic interaction between their Kobe College counterparts.  Other activities under the program were Japanese language classes, Instant Ramen Museum tour, special talk given by Koko Kondo on the “Atomic Bomb Experience”, Kyoto Tour, Hiroshima Tour, Class on International Management, classes on “Kawaii”, a slice of Japanese Pop Culture and on “Koto” Japanese Harp, Japanese Tea Ceremony, and Homestay with Japanese families.

International Studies student Natalia Baltao (right photo),  represented the Philippines together with two other delegates from UP Diliman and Bicol State University at the Power Shift Malaysia Conference. It was held last October 16-19 at the Center for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), in Penang, Malaysia.

350.org, an international campaign that aims to mobilize global climate movement to solve climate crisis, spearheaded Power Shift Malaysia, an international youth climate movement. The youths were joined by experienced speakers from Malaysia’s UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiator, activist groups, NGOs and community leaders.

The youth camp was attended by more than 70 youths from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sudan, Vietnam and Yemen. The participants were empowered through a variety of workshops such as digital campaigning, policy and governance, understanding media and creative activism.

The youth were encouraged to be aware, exchange cultural knowledge and contribute for the betterment of the world.

Department of Child Development Education Third Year student and Junior Council Internal Vice-President Marianne S. Santos is one of the 81 participants chosen for the Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2015.

Santos has successfully passed several phases in the selection process. She is one out of 163 student leaders who qualified for the interviews, the third and last phase of the search.  

There were 718 initial applicants from top colleges and universities nationwide.  The delegates were selected based on the positive impact of their leadership to their constituents and their dedicated involvement in the outreach programs of their schools and communities.

Marianne and other MC nominees were mentored by Clarisse Ligon, Susan Morillo, Therese Pelias, Dr. Celia Aguila and Dr. Marge Acosta.


Busienss Administration students  placed second at the business plan competition held at the Philippine Trade Training Center last November 26. The team composed of Tine Jacinto, Sam Khu, Kiannah Dionglay, JC De Ocampo, Lina Palaganas, Mari Rose Bernabe, Alex Alberto, Wendell Tallow, Marie Manalo, and Kim Derpo won for their portable solar-powered mobile charger called SOLB. This is the 7th year that the school has been joining and winning in competitions organized by Junior Achievement of the Philippines (JAPI).

SOLB is designed to be the first mobile solar charger organizer that can be used anytime, anywhere. The group also designed it in such a way that the mobile phone can be used while charging.

The organizer will  recognize the best company, product, and officers among competing schools nationwide at the culminating event of the competition which will happen in  April 2015. Photo shows the team with the judges.

For more information, announcements and updates, like us on www.facebook.com/solb.ph, follow us @solb_ph on Twitter and Instagram, or call 0936-3080505 for orders and inquiries. Go, BA!

Miriam College bested 300 contestants all over the Philippines during the 14th Philippine Fine Jewelry Design Competition (PFJDC), a major project of Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc., (MJIA), sponsored by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport), the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Municipality of Meycauayan.

Geneleen Cruz won 1st prize for the Chic category. She went home with a cash prize of Php10,000 and a trip to Hong Kong. Her win qualifies her for an automatic entry into the international competition in Hong Kong next year. Anna Paulina Manalang, meanwhile was named top 5 finalist in the same category.

Jomaecha Llaneza and Katrin Gracellne was named top 5 finalists for the Ethnic and Plain Gold/Silver Design category and Formal Design category, respectively.

The awarding ceremony was held last December 3, 2014 at The Jewelry in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.

The winners were awarded by Cecilia Ramos, chairman of Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association and Peter Zuniga, president of Meycauayan Jewelry Design Association. A plaque of recognition was also awarded to Miriam College as one of the winning schools. This is the first time that the students of Entrepreneurship in Product Design and Development (PDD) have joined  the competition.

The  winning entries are now  showcased at The Jewelry, 2nd Floor, Greenhills Shopping Center. Faculty adviser Rino Datuin and Department of Entrepreneurship chair Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian are this years’ PDD mentors.

For more information, please contact: MC Department of Entrepreneurship, CBEA 580-5400 local 2129.


Humans have always been fascinated by superheroes. Generations never seem to tire of the stories of Spiderman, Superman, X men and even locals like Lastikman, Darna and Inday. In this world, these fictional characters are yet to be met in the flesh but the closest character you can to one is in the guise of a teacher.

Superheroes answer to the call of danger, often involving another person’s life or death. As a teacher I realized that in a real classroom, you can’t afford to fail, be late, lax down or miss out on anything because there are REAL students who would get disappointed, REAL students who are expecting from you. It’s not in the literal sense of life and death but it does spell out what kind of life may be up ahead for the children entrusted to your care. In your class there are the future doctors, engineers, architects, artists and teachers. What guides me every time I wear my teacher superhero costume is the thought that the next Cory Aquino, Leah Salonga, Marilou-Diaz Abaya or Gabriela Silang may be in my class.

Clark Kent’s transformation to Superman often requires the presence of a phone booth. For teachers, this transformation happens in the classroom everyday. Most of us shed our personal troubles, set aside our inhibitions once we step inside a classroom in the presence of all the students who are often mindless of what persona we are outside the room’s four walls. They are clueless of one’s boyfriend/girlfriend heartaches, trepidations over a sick child, or anxieties over unpaid bills.

A few years back, the movie “Sky High” showcased a life of future superheroes and sidekicks in-training in a special school to hone their superpowers. Most of us did receive prior training in college. But theories we learned prepare us for what to teach for once you are there, you begin to expect the unexpected for anything may happen in the middle of a class. College may equip you with the theories and logical answers but once in the classroom, no single textbook or behaviorist can offer the best solution. It will all be up to you.

After training to become the teacher-heroes, our lives become affected by who we choose to become – agents of change, side kicks, villains or observers. When one is a student, one fails to see the arduous plight of teachers. Only when fills in teacher’s shoes can he truly discover the torture of daily lesson plans, the throbbing headaches caused by students, the bore of unremitting routines, the vexations of unpredictable times and the complexity of budgeting one’s measly salary. So as a teacher superhero, are we really up to that challenge?

No super hero is completely infallible. The Incredibles seek to keep their abilities under wraps; however, it is striking that their humanity shows. Like this heroic family, we as teachers seek to strike a balance between our personal lives and being the exceptional yet under recognized heroes that we are.

Spiderman started to gain confidence as he realized his powers. As teachers, our confidence has been a product of years of interaction; as our teaching experiences which slowly reaches and affects the development of one’s self-identity.

One of the differences of a superhero and a teacher is that after the former has “saved the day”; he/she no longer follows up on the people. The mission often serves for a short time. Teachers in guise of normal people like me need to maximize efforts and time to help students achieve their potentials as individuals. I am only a means. In the end it is my students’ choices that would completely define who they are and what they will become.

Superheroes are often caught off guard when they underestimate super villains. In the same way, every year, I realize that we must never underestimate the capability of children. We must never downgrade what they know or what they may be able to do or observe. I have students who have attention to detail and value aesthetics. A grade 2 or 6 student can make comments that would surprise you and you would wonder if you are indeed conversing with children. Even in class discussions, side comments and students’ spontaneous reactions would make you realize that they know a lot of things sometimes even more than what you do.

Some heroes have their tools- swords, hammers, belts and the like. A teacher’s tools are varied. From crude tools such as chalk, manila papers and blackboards to evolving pocket charts and manipulatives to laptops and LCDs, we choose our tools based on our daily battles. So one can be a technologically-savvy Ironman in one day, or a gadget-endowed Batman in the next one or a sword buckling She-ra in the next.


Some grand world-saving schemes involve superheroes spending time to plan for their action. Teaching demands a lot of creative outbursts. I had to brainstorm and plan my lessons weeks beforehand and even criticize and contemplate on my charts’ aesthetic quality aside from its content. Without personally knowing the students and their abilities, one cannot truly understand and comply with their needs and adjust accordingly to their capabilities. Class exposure and the teaching experience has taught me to be cautious- calm that I might be able to think before reacting to any given situation, and cautious not to make mistakes that children will notice.

 


Sometimes superheroes work in teams. Just look at the Justice League, the Avengers, the Power Rangers and the X Men. Like them, teachers need to work in collaboration with their co-teachers and supervisors to ensure maximum results and success in the teaching mission. With these alliances, teaching strategies and lessons are developed. Programs to explore other students’ talents and aptitudes best result from this mental and physical collaboration.

Science explains behavior using the phrase “nature and nurture”- that you are defined by what you have been born to be and by the experiences that come your way. What sets a superhero apart are the genes he/she has or the super stone or item that he/she has been bestowed with. But a teachers’ heart may be more than what is inside of a being given abilities by nature or nurture. I may not have mutated genes or in possession of a magical, transforming article, but as a teacher I am much more. Because I have the will, the passion and the dedication to make do with what I have in order to affect lives.

The teacher superhero analogy is not a paradox but a metaphor in itself. Where superheroes are fictional characters, teachers are the existent embodiment of what true life saving is all about. We have the power. And as what is said in the movie Spiderman, “With our great power comes, great responsibility” While this is true, teachers bear this phrase the other way around, “With great responsibility, comes our great power”.

 




Maria Regina Corazon Sevilla-Sibal

Ms. Reg Sibal is the current principal of Miriam College Nuvali.

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The Center for Peace Education, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and WE Act 1325 organized a forum on the Bangsamoro and a “Bangs for the Bangsamoro” public event at the Colegio De Las Hijas de Jesus in Iloilo City last November 28.

The forum was attended by more than 400 students from nine CEAP schools in the region. The event was meant to help broaden the peace constituency in the country as well as  support women's meaningful participation in peacebuilding. Photo shows CPE Project coordinator Mirma Tica discussing the role of the youth in peacebuilding.

The Leisure and Tourism Management team composed of (from left) Nicaela Ramos, Leanna Victoria Ravana, Annclairina Valdez, Camille They Lapie and Marian Charmaine Agbay placed 3rd in the Academic Writing competition at the International Conference on Business and Communication pre-conference held at the Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia last Nov. 15.  The event had the theme “Business, Tourism and Identity in the ASEAN Economic Community”.

The team presented their research focusing on the public and private transports used by student tourists in Jakarta entitled, “The perception of student tourists on the service quality of the transportation segment of Jakarta, Indonesia”. 

A medal, certificates and cash prizes were given to the winners of the competition.

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