The Women and Gender Institute conducted a Gender Fair Education (GFE) Training for the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) at Boso-Boso Highlands Resort, Antipolo from May 18-20, 2015. The training was attended by 27 participants consisting of faculty members, course directors and second level position staff. 

Marita Pimentel, WAGI GFE coordinator; Prof. Aurora De Dios, WAGI executive director; Dr. Jasmine Nario Galace, CPE executive director; Atty. Claire Luczon and Stella Fong, faculty of Miriam College; and Atty. Carmelita P. Yadao-Sison of the Commission on Higher Education, all took part as lecturers during the training.

In a separate activity, WAGI conducted a workshop on “Gender Integration in the Curriculum and GAD Implementation in Schools” for the Cebu Philippine Science High school, from June 29-July 1, 2015 at the Environment Studies Institute (ESI) Miriam College

The training was attended by 41 participants composed of faculty and staff. They engaged in a round table discussion with High School Assistant Principal Reina Rama and with some members high school faculty, learning from the best practices of the unit and their strategies and preparations for the K-12 program. 

The participants were also given a tour of the  Miriam College High School grounds.

Miriam College participated in the 14th National Convention of UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) at the University of San Carlos, Downtown Campus, Cebu City, from May 7 to 9, 2015.  The theme of the three-day convention was “Preparing Teachers for Our Preferred Future.”

Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, faculty at the Department of Psychology, presented a plenary workshop on “Happiness and Well-being of Teachers”.  Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay of the Department of Psychology and Open Distance Learning Program (ODLP) presented a plenary presentation on “Fortifying Lifelong Learning Competencies: Revisiting the Four Pillars of Learning”.  

During the parallel sessions, Angelina B. Alcazar, associate dean for Student Affairs, presented a paper on “Transitions in Student Formation:  Implications for Teacher Development” while Sheila L. Dingcong of the Department of Tourism and Leisure Management and ODLP, presented a study on “Active Learning in a Virtual Environment: Miriam College’s Experience on Teaching Online Facilitation.”

Current APNIEVE Philippines officers from Miriam College are: Dr. Baybay, president; Alcazar, secretary and Dr. Caroline de Leon (College of Education), treasurer.

The Administrative Services Office of the Higher Education Unit (HEU) led by Vivian Arionday-Salonga, coordinator, held a series of Basic Life Support and Rescue training from June to July to better equip heads and members of the HEU-General Administration Emergency Response Team, students, athletic coaches, and outsourced and cafeteria personnel on emergency drills, first aid, and rescue.

On June 8, 2015  the non-government organization Rescue 177 sent members from their training center to give a seminar on Intermediate First Aid and Basic Emergency Search and Rescue Exercises. This included sessions such as Bandaging/Splinting, Basic Life Support (BLS) with CPR, and man-to-man rescue application.

On June 17, 2015, an Earthquake Preparedness Talk was held at the Little Theater with resource speaker Aldo R. Mayor, Public Safety Division Chief of the Metro Manila Development Authority. Topics include what to do before, during, and after an earthquake; earthquake drill guidelines; and learning about earthquake-related hazards.

The last in the series was the HEU-GA institutional earthquake drill re-orientation meeting held last July 2, 2015. Discussed were the purpose and objective of a drill, function and member’s area of concern, earthquake-related hazards, and the HEU-GA evacuation plan.  Vests were also distributed to the members of  HEU-GA Emergency Response team.

Delegates from Miriam College’s Basic Education Unit (BEU) participated in the Aspiring Leaders Conference organized by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) held at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia last May 28 to 30, 2015.

The group, composed of Nancy L. de los Reyes, Miriam College Lower School  (MCLS) principal, Maria Coney G. Pallones, Miriam College Middle School (MCMS) assistant principal for Student Affairs, and Joshua M. Repomanta, MCMS Student Council moderator, took part in seminars and simulations designed to help aspiring leaders handle situations that arise within the school setting. The sessions were facilitated by CIRCLE (The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education Pty Ltd).

The team also benchmarked with different girls’ schools such as St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Mt. Alvernia College, and Brisbane Girls Grammar School, all located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Photo shows (from left), Ms. Pallones, AGSA Executive Officer Loren Bridge, Ms. De los Reyes,  and Mr. Repomanta.

Music Center guitar teachers and Triple Fret members Jenny de Vera (left) and Iqui Vinculado (center) won the top prize at the 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival held on June, 28, 2015 at Shinagawa, Tokyo. De Vera and Vinculado together with Marga Abejo (right) comprise the all-female guitar trio, Triple Fret.

In addition to their prize, they also won the Japan Guitar Association Award, the Kohno Guitar Award and the Harumi Award for Best Performance of an Original Contemporary Composition for Guitar Ensemble.

All members of the “Triple Fret” come from the University of the Philippines College of Music and the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. Formed in 2011, Triple Fret is known to be only all-female guitar trio of its kind in the country.

The group has an extensive repertoire of Spanish guitar pieces, tangos, jazz standards, Filipino traditional music, and classical pieces.

They have also performed in various countries in Asia and Europe.

In pursuit of studying best practices in school guidance and counseling, Maria Rosanna Monica V. Marabut, Miriam College High School (MCHS) Guidance, Testing, and Research supervisor; Jeanilyn I. Guarnes, MCHS Guidance Counselor; and Maria Teresa K. Lagonera, Miriam College Middle School Guidance, Testing, and Research supervisor, attended the American Counseling Association-Asia Pacific Counseling Conference 2015 (ACA-APCC 2015).

The conference, which aims to connect counselling professionals in the United States with their Asian counterparts, was held in Singapore on June 18-19, 2015. It carried the theme “Being an Effective and Resilient Counselor.”

It was an excellent venue for discussion between Asian and international mental health practitioners. Samuel T. Gladding, professor of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, gave the keynote which touched on the topic of Characteristics of an Effective Counselor.

Breakout sessions covered topics such as Promoting Effectiveness and Resiliency Through Counseling Ethics, Ways of Helping Groups Become More Effective, and Establishing the Sense of Safety for Clients Through the Creative Arts among others. The closing lecture was presented by ACA President Robert L. Smith on Solution-Focused Therapy: What It Is and What It Isn’t.

Oral presentations and poster sessions were also featured at the conference.

Top photo shows (from left) Guarnes, Lagonera, and Marabut with speakers ACA  president-elect Dr. Thelma Duffey, and Gladding.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, chairperson of the Department of Communication; Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II, associate professor and executive director of the Center for Strategic Research; and Fourth Year Communication student Inna Dominique Piencenaves were the official delegates of Miriam College to the 24th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference.  Another Communication student, Faith Manalo, was able to attend the conference while visiting her family in Dubai.

The conference was held on June 10-13, 2015 at the American University of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dr. Acosta presented her paper on “Visual Voices: Children's Family and Media Experience” while Dr. Alagaran presented his paper on “Explore, Engage, Empower Model: Integrating Media and Information for Sustainable Development in Communication Education Curriculum.”

Celine Guillermo of MCHS Batch 2011 graduated cum laude at the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) where she took up BS Life Sciences Specializing in Biomedical Sciences and Minor in Literature.

Celine is a 2014 Gintong Kabataan Awardee for Academic Excellence (College Level), the  highest youth awards given by the province of Bulacan.

On top of these achievements, she is also one of three BPI-DOST Science Awardees of ADMU sponsored by the BPI Foundation and DOST. Through the , she was able to present her thesis at the national level. “I remember how I used to love Science and Biology while I was in MC. My experiences really gave me strength to pursue my passion and be a doctor in the future. I am currently on the way towards that goal,” she shares.

Celine is all set to enter the Ateneo School of Medicine  and Public Health this August.

College Guidance Supervisor and College of Education faculty Maria Lourdes L. Chavez, RGC, RP, received a Special Citation as Outstanding Professional in the field of Guidance and Counseling from the Professional Regulation Commission. The awarding was held at the 2015 Awards Night for Outstanding Professionals, Outstanding Organizations, and the Nubla Excellence Awards last June 18, 2015 at the Manila Hotel.

Together with PRC, the event was held in coordination with the Foundation for Outstanding Professionals (FOP), Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Boards (PAPRB), and the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA). The theme for the occasion was formal ASEAN in line with the ASEAN 2015 integration.

Christian B. Manaloto (M.A.Ed. Instructional Management, 2014), who placed third in the March 2015 Licensure Examination for Teachers and garnered the highest ranking among examinees in Luzon, delivered the response on behalf of the other inductees at the 27th Oath Taking Ceremony for Professional Teachers held last June 28  at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

He delivered a brief but heartfelt response in Filipino, punctuated by occasional applause. Manaloto pointed out the challenges in the teaching profession and urged his fellow teachers to dream of helping build a proud and resurgent Filipino people.  Dr. Rose A. Aligada, dean of the College of Education, was also present at the event.
Manaloto is currently assistant professor of theology in the College of Arts and Sciences and was a volunteer teacher in the Miriam Adult Education.

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