Last February 21, 2015, the MCHS Pepsquad Hardcourt Dancers and Boosters were declared First Runner-up in the Juniors’ Division of the 45th Season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They competed against nine teams.

The team was trained by Coach Zar Semsem, Norman M. Diaz, Valene G. Lagunzad, and Charisse Mae D. Soriano. The event was  the last in the series of competitive events for the current season.

Two hundred fifty female students from Metro Manila and Mindanao attended the 14th Young Women Leaders’ Conference last March 2, 2015 at the Miriam College-Environmental Studies Institute, with the theme “Bring Back the Peace: Support the BBL.” Along with high school and college students from Miriam College, students from Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, Mindanao State University, Philippine Women’s University, Technological University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas attended the conference.

A community dance for peace commenced the event. Speakers were Samira Gutuc, founder of the Young Moro Professionals Network who talked about the importance of continuing the peace process in Mindanao; Brenda Pureza, Sanggunian ng Mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam President; Hapsa Batu-an, Mindanao State University Student; and representatives from Miriam College High School who discussed the role of young women in peace building processes. The event was culminated by a candle lighting ceremony and a pledge of commitment to peacebuilding (please see pledge below) which signified the formation of the Young Women’s Peace Table.

Young Women’s Pledge of Commitment to Peacebuilding

We, young women leaders from schools and universities in Metro Manila and Mindanao, have gathered at the 14th Conference of Young Women Leaders with the theme BRING BACK THE PEACE: SUPPORT THE BBL! to express our support  for the resumption of the peace process.

At no time in the history of the Philippine has the issue of peace been more critical than now. The Mamasapano tragedy  took away the lives of 70 including 44 from the SAF of the PNP, 18 from MILF and several civilians, including a young girl.  They are just the latest casualties in the decades-long conflict between the Muslim/Moro people and the Philippine government. As in the past, hundreds of families, mostly women and children, have to flee to escape the  bombings and military. They will be displaced and may have to stay in evacuation centers for many months and even years.

The impact on women and children is devastating— lost homes and livelihoods,hunger, disease  and illness, fear and trauma. Children will not be able to go to school and all economic activities will have to stop during the conflict.

At this time of uncertainty and tension, the drums are once again calling for an “all-out war” with total disregard for the efforts of the government, MILF, civil society and the international  community  to arrive at an honorable and lasting peace in Mindanao. In light of these events, we, young women leaders, commit ourselves to:

  • Articulate  our  perspectives and position on the issue of the peace process. As the future leaders of our country, we reject the culture of war  and hate  as we embrace and promote a culture of peace, understanding and tolerance. We deserve  a future  that is peaceful and that provides for a promising and enabling environment  for  the youth in this country;
  • Question the  perpetuation  of stereotypes and the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters in trimedia. Instead we aim to present the human and dignified representation  of the Moro people as our fellow Filipinos;
  • Promote peace and non-violence in the country and to uphold the rights of women and girls, especially those living in the context of conflict in Mindanao;
  • Promote to never give up on peace in our country, to continue contributing our efforts to peacebuilding, to vigilantly advocate for open-mindedness, understanding, interreligious dialogue and cooperation in the spirit of solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers;
  • Being advocates of peace in our homes, in our schools, and in our own communities.

Around 200 participants from different provinces attended the 2nd National Cross Cultural Art Education Conference (NCCAEC) hosted by Miriam College with Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at the helm. It was held at the ESI Conference Room last February 21, 2015.

Anchored on the theme “Culture, Art and Digital Communication,” the conference aims to establish a deeper sense of shared national Filipino identity as it moves towards a yet-to-be defined ASEAN identity, according to Dr. Samson. “This year’s conference is dedicated to understanding the national issues on cross cultural art education that are affecting the Philippines as it participates at the ASEAN integration in 2015,“ she said.

The keynote speakers  invited were industry practitioners, able to provide first-hand experience on the ASEAN market and give insights on how teachers and students can participate and compete in this single market.

They were digital expert Jonathan Chua who talked about Social Media and Asean Integration;  animator Analyn Pineda who shared her experiences in the colorful world of animation; Engr. Arnulfo Malinis and Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin Nebres, both from Bicol University Polangui Campus,  who discussed the need for collaboration and engagement of schools in the promotion of Cross Cultural Arts Education; and our very own Dr. Edizon Fermin, MCHS principal, who talked about transcoding communicative identities in the digital age.

Separate workshops on dance, music and computer were conducted by Baebee Reynoso, Jhames Labrador, and the group of Cholo Benipayo, Nelson Udaundo and Agnes Guardiano, respectively.

The conference ended with an audience enlightened, enriched and at the same time challenged by the future that the Asean integration will bring. “This understanding of other cultures can be achieved through partnerships among colleges and universities in the country through researches, collaborations and exchanges. It is clear that when we see other cultures we sense our own uniqueness, too,” concluded Dr. Samson.

Last February 21, 2015, the MCHS Pepsquad Hardcourt Dancers and Boosters were declared the first runner-up, Juniors’ Division of the 45th Season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They competed against nine teams. The team was trained by Coach Zar Semsem, Mr. Norman M. Diaz, Ms. Valene G. Lagunzad, and Ms. Charisse Mae D. Soriano. The event was the last in the series of competitive events for the current season.

The 10-member delegation of MCHS bested 89 other academic institutions, mostly colleges and universities in Asia and the Pacific at Asian English Olympics held on February 10-14, 2015 at Binus University in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Denise Galias (11-Purmassuri) was chosen as a speech octofinalist. Naomi Sibayan (12-Orosa) ranked 14th among 44 scrabble competitors. Glecy Canonoy (12-Del Mundo) placed second in the spelling event. Hyorim Cho (10-Mendoza) was awarded First Place and Best Prepared Story in the story telling division. Daniela Castillo (11-Purmassuri) was declared Champion and the Most Liked Storyline in the story writing competition.  Natasha Caluza (12-Wu) was declared champion in the News Casting category. She also received the Best Live Report and Best High School Reporter awards. Finally, in de bate, Anna Eldricka Bautista (12-Barrion) and Alyssa Bianca Encarnacion (12-Tereshkova) were declared Fourth and Second Best Speakers, respectively. They were also declared the Champions in the main break. 

The students were accompanied by Valene G. Lagunzad and Kristina B. Reyes of the Department of Arts and Humanities. At this very focused competition determining competence in English, MCHS was declared 3rd Overall Winner in 2013 and 2nd Overall Winner in 2014.

Visiting professor Prof. Kim Tae Bok (2nd from right) of Cheongju National University of Education in Korea, held an art exhibit entitled "Dreams" last February 5-7, 2015 at the MMJ foyer.

Dr. Tae Bok is the first grantee of the artist-in-residence program at Miriam College under the  College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Applied Arts, for school year 2014-2015.

The program is a residency opportunity for artists, art educators, curators and academicians to research, explore and present their works with meaningful experience and immersion in another culture.  The grantee must complete his/her residency at Miriam College with an exhibition, workshop, and other events with host institutions.

Photo shows the artist with Chi-Rho writers and Communication students Jacqueline Beatriz  Hidalgo (left) and Athena Jeremie Ordona (right), and Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Staff of the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) whose secretariat is the Center for Peace Education, went to the Senate on  February 3, 2015 to lobby proposals to further engender the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The WE Act 1325 Secretariat went to the Senate last year to personally submit the proposal to Senators. This time, CPE Executive Director Jasmin Nario-Galace spoke to the legislative officers of the Senators and walked them through the proposed language. 

WE Act 1325 was able to meet the legislative staff of Senators Pia S. Cayetano, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Grace L Poe, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Teofisto “TG” Guingona II, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara, and Loren B. Legarda. The proposed language was positively received with some of them committing to including it in their proposed amendments to the BBL draft.

“War solves nothing! Onward with the Mindanao Peace Process!”  This was the rallying cry during the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) celebration last February 2, 2015 held at Miriam College through the Center for Peace Education.

The cry comes amidst renewed call to go to war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) because of the Mamasapano mis-encounter between the PNP-SAF.

This message of pursuing the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro became them at the two-day WIHW Forum and Workshop for Christian and Muslim Youth. The activity was made possible by the school’s Twinning Project which is held regularly to bring together students of Miriam College and Rajah Muda High School in Pikit, Cotabato, Maguindanao.

The project aims to break barriers of historical prejudice between the two religious and cultural groups. Both schools have established peace clubs that assist in this project: Pax Christi of Miriam College and Suara No Kalilintad (Voices of Peace) of the Rajah Muda High School.

Fourth year Business Administration (Finance and Investment major) student Liezel Javines (top photo, center) placed second in the “Search for Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students 2015” organized by the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations-Philippines. It was held during the National Finance Summit last January 24 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Apart from Javines, fellow MC students Maricris Bautista and Ivy Torio both qualified for the search which was participated in by more than 100 students from different schools nationwide. The entry into the Top 15 was based on two online examinations about banking, investment, fund management, insurance, corporate finance and capital markets while the top 10 selection was based on a final interview.

The prestigious competition recognizes Financial Management students who have shown exemplary performance in both academics and student leadership in the field of finance, investment, and/or banking. Bottom photo shows Javines (2nd from right) with  her fellow 2015 Top Finance Students.

Teaching, research, and community service were celebrated at this year’s President’s Awards for Research (PAR) and President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (PATE) ceremony held last February 11 at the Marian Auditorium.

In her opening remarks, Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, recognized the full range of faculty talent in our school and the great diversity of functions education today must perform. “We are here to honor our teachers for their scholarship in two areas: Research and Teaching. By giving out these awards, Miriam College is defining what it means to be a teacher-scholar. To be a true scholar is to be a researcher—engaged in discovering, creating, and testing new knowledge that will enrich our teaching. Our vision of excellence and quality rests on the principle that we are a thriving, dynamic community, engaged in the fundamental aspects of academic work—Teaching, Research, and Community Service.”

PAR recipients are selected based on their research significance, methodology, and innovation. PATE recipients, meanwhile, are selected based on teaching effectiveness, research, publications and creative work, professional involvement, and community involvement.

Introduced by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Glenda Fortez, the winners were joined by guest speaker Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, Dean of the UP College of Education, a recognized champion for promoting teaching-research nexus for learning engagement.

A cherished school tradition, the PAR and PATE awards continue to recognize the vast contributions of teachers to their profession and for upholding the institution’s mission of providing quality education. As Dr. Lapus shares, “Although we have eagerly embraced e-learning and technology on campus, we know it is the human factor that makes a difference in the classroom. It is the teacher that makes learning happen…Good teaching has always been a part of our school’s legacy. We hope that now and in the future, in QC as well as in Nuvali, we see Miriam College continue to be a place where good teaching happens.”

Top photo shows the 2015 PATE winners flanked by Dr. Fortez and Dr. Lapus. They are ( from left) Joshua M. Repomanta (Middle School), Outstanding Rookie Faculty; Mary Francis Therese B. Pelias (HEU-CEd), Outstanding Junior Faculty; and Celeste Joy O. Matias (High School), Outstanding Senior Faculty. 

Second row photo shows the 2015 PAR winners flanked by  Dr. Fortez and Dr. Lapus. They are (from left) Dennis P. Castro (High School) for “Ang bisa ng Parikala at Balintuna sa pagpapahalaga sa mga awit ni Gary Granada”; Ma. Carmen V. Peñalosa, Ph.D. (HEU-CAS) for “’Ginhawa’: An inquiry into its semantic domain across Philippine Ethnolinguistic groups and its overall Pan-Filipino Conception”; and Glenda R. Villanueva (High School) for “The impact of blended teaching approach in developing the Cognitive Learning Competencies of the Miriam College high school students in Business and Trades: An analysis”

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