Meriza Mamaril’s high school life was not an easy road, but she walked it 30 minutes a day every schoolday for four years, and look where it has led her!

Every day, Meriza Mamaril would walk for 30 minutes from Brgy. Barangka, Marikina to Miriam College High School. Little did she know that the half-an-hour walk she took for four years, every school day, would lead her to the stage—to a diploma and a valedictory speech.

Meriza never hid the fact that her parents were street vendors of itlog (egg) and kwek kwek (deep fried battered quail eggs), that they didn’t have their own house, or that she couldn’t afford to ride public transportation going to school. She wasn’t ashamed that prior to studying at Miriam College, she was a public school student at Barangka Elementary School and that to be able to study in Miriam, she needed a scholarship from Tulong Dunong. Her station in life has motivated her to work hard and achieve her dreams of giving her family a better life.

“I want us to have our own house. I want them to get out of the scorching heat of the sun and get the rest they deserve. Instead, I’ll be the one to work and provide for them. I’ve seen their sacrifices and hardships for me so I could study and have a good future. It’s time for me to return the favor.  Sometimes I want to give up, but I just remind myself that I’m doing this for them,” says Meriza.

At an early age, Meriza learned that in order to get what you wanted, you must not give up. Things may not come easy for you but as long as you keep your eye on the prize, you will get it, no matter how hard the struggle. “I learned how to prioritize, to study first before going out with my friends, to say no, and to manage my time. If you keep your goal in mind, then you’ll know which path you should take,” she says.

Her favorite subject is Math because it always challenges her. She joined various contests where her or her team emerged as champions like the Ateneo Youth Economic Summit and Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar. But like every other graduate, the lectures or the contests are not the only ones she will remember. She will also remember the people who helped her along the way, the people who stayed with her, win or lose.

“At first, I thought I wouldn’t have friends here because I didn’t feel like I belonged. I wasn’t paying for my tuition. My classmates came from well-off families. But I was not afraid to tell them about my situation. High school turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve met friends that I will treasure for a lifetime and it provided me with various opportunities to learn. I will always remember my classmates and the friends who helped me get through all these things, those who accepted me for who I am,” she muses.

This coming school year, Meriza is taking up Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering at Ateneo de Manila University as a scholar. And as her thanks, she will be tutoring her fellow Tulong Dunong Scholars.

“My parents taught me to never give up. To keep dreaming even when I fail. I want every student to know that it’s up to you to change your life. You hold your own future in your hands. You determine how you will achieve it. You choose the path you will walk on. And you alone will determine whether it will be something you can look back on with pride.”



SOURCE: Manila Bulletin > www.mb.com.ph/a-walk-to-remember/#KowppC3Dj2KFtxYG.99

Jane Antiola’s knowledge in educational technology paved the way for her to become a teacher at St. Columban College High School in Mindanao, earning for her an award in recognition of her highly creative way of using a learning management system in presenting instructional materials and conducting instructional activities. However, she believes that there is a need to improve her knowledge and further her skill as a 21st century teacher in order for her to meet the needs of today’s learners.

Antiola went to a series of summer classes and workshops for the whole week last April—but instead of a teacher, she was there as a student. Usual summer classes and workshops are meant for advance learning to give insights on certain topics. Antiola, together with over a hundred educators from various parts of the country, attended Miriam College’s Summer Institute on Technology in Education (SITE) from April 18 to 22. The workshops aim to educate participants on matters concerning today’s digitally dependent learners to better understand them and to catch on to new age tools that support 21st century teaching and learning.

SITE, a five-day certification training and workshop, has been engaging educators as well as administrators, librarians, and IT and media specialists in a highly interactive environment which gives emphasis on educational technology—for four years now—as a part of innovation and to bring forth their creativity.

SITE offered four courses this year and each of these courses fit the need of participants on areas that are of interest to them. Course 1 focused on implementing the tablet PC-based education; Course 2 was about developing and adapting digital and mobile applications; Course 3 explored instructional design and supervision of a digital learning environment; and Course 4 shed light on cyber ethics and digital law.  

SITE is a collaboration between Miriam College and Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) with the participation of Diwa Learning Systems Inc, the country’s leading provider of K-12 educational resources, and the one that introduced Genyo, the Philippines’ first and only fully-integrated online learning management system on Basic Education.

To learn more about BBFI and Diwa, visit www.batobalanifoundation.org.ph and www.diwa.ph, or email info@diwamail.com.


SOURCE: The Standard > thestandard.com.ph/lifestyle/sunday-lifestyle/205604/miriam-college-trains-new-age-educators-in-a-summer-workshop

Maryknoll/Miriam College alumna Alicia Garcia Reyes (HS Batch ’58, College ‘64) was conferred the National Artist Award for Dance in ceremonies held in Malacañang on April 14, 2016.  Reyes is among six awardees who were proclaimed National Artist by President Benigno S. Aquino Jr. as early as  2014 but was not conferred yet. 
 
At the formal induction in Malacañang, Reyes joins other esteemed names in art and culture among them Francisco Feliciano (music, posthumous), Cirilo Bautista (literature), Francisco Coching (visual arts, posthumous), Frederico Aguilar Alcuaz (visual arts, posthumous), and Manuel Conde (Cinema, posthumous). 
 
Reyes is the founder of Ballet Philippines, one of the country’s premier company in ballet and contemporary dance. She is known for initiating the professionalization of the art in the country.

A dad shares how these toys and games can teach kids the fundamentals of programming.

The trouble with being a geek dad is that you’ll invariably try to influence your children to be more like you, someone with a more-than-fleeting interest in things like Star Trek, video games, DIY toys, self-published comics, building drones, hacking NERF blasters, tweaking gadgets, and constructing Rube Goldberg machines out of Lego. But, that’s not a bad thing. Geek culture has sparked a renewed interest in the subjects of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, which is something we need to encourage and support if we want our country (and our kids) to be competitive in a future that’s already knocking at our door.

While, ultimately, I will let my son decide what he wants to do in life, I’m doing my bit to plant these seeds of influence. His room abounds with science toys, and he already knows who Darth Vader is. But I’m thinking of levelling him up and getting him started on the basics of coding.

“Coding” means “programming,” or simply being able to tell a machine what to do. It’s a skill that I personally believe is essential--not just “cool” to have--for our kids (us, even). We’re in the middle of a machine revolution where even coffee machines are connected to the Internet, air-conditioners are controlled by apps, and light bulbs change color when you drag your thumb across your mobile phone. It pays to understand how it all works.

My son is just turning five so a Bachelor’s Degree course in the University of the Philippines is out of the question. But, then again, the principles of coding don’t require you to be fluent in the languages of computer science, at least not yet. Underlying fundamentals can be communicated through the things that interest young boys and girls, namely toys and games. 

Take Lego, for instance. Popular with both kids and adults, the plastic brick system from Billund, Denmark, is used to teach basic robotics and programming via the Lego Education WeDo concept. The WeDo kit lets children build colorful Lego robots, complete with motors to move parts and sensors that respond to the environment. These are connected to a computer, where students use a simple drag-and-drop programming tool to control the movement and behaviour of their creations.

The Lego WeDo system has been used in Miriam College’s Child Study Center (CSC) summer robotics workshop, which just finished its run last April. Designed for kids of kindergarten age, the five-day course gets them started at practically the same time they start learning how to read. Facilitators provide students with different engaging activities that flexed their creativity while introducing them to basic logic and problem solving. Solo and group projects encouraged kids to work with an end goal in mind.

“Parents need to know and understand that this is not an ordinary course,” says Jula Arcano of the Miriam College CSC. “In the course, parents learned how inquisitive and creative their kids can be, and better appreciate the talents and skills of their child when it comes to understanding instructions, how they can diligently follow steps and work with the materials.” 

Though its WeDo program has already ended, Miriam College is offering a second round of robotics workshops, this time using the Sphero system (just like the BB-8 toy), among other STEM workshops.

Another popular tool to teach coding to youngsters is the Mojang game, Minecraft. This game lets you explore and create in a world of pixelated blocks. Think Lego, but mission oriented and digitized, playable on a PC, tablet, or mobile phone. Kids are already hooked on the game. Why not work within their interests and make it more of a learning experience?

That’s just what groups like iCode Academy are doing. The school offers a three-level Minecraft Modding summer program that lets students create their own Minecraft mods. Offered to kids from 9 to 12, the course gives pupils a taste of coding using programming blocks that you plunk into a workspace in order to control and modify your characters. Level 3 students go beyond the programming blocks to actually code in Javascript. (iCode Academy’s Minecraft Mod course runs this May, along with another course, Adventures in Programming with Scratch. Click here to register.)
 
You can find something similar online via the “Hour of Code” courses at Code.org, which likewise uses programming blocks. I’m in the middle of their Minecraft course, and it’s fun yet challenging even for an adult.

Also, if you’re the DIY type, you might want to bring home some of these teaching toys. I’ve been drooling over the Piper computer kit, which introduces kids and adults to basic principles of electronics, computer engineering, and programming. Piper lets you build your own DIY computer, using a Raspberry Pi board, complete with lights, sensors wires, the whole caboodle, running Minecraft. It’s a gorgeous piece of tech, something I would have wanted growing up.

“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” I didn’t say that; Steve Jobs did. But I’m a firm believer in that statement. At its core, learning to code teaches you to look at a problem, break it down into manageable parts, and logically come up with steps that lead to a solution. That’s a skill that I would very much like my son to have, whether he eventually becomes a doctor, lawyer, painter or engineer.


Karlo Nilo B. Samson is a long-time tech editor and member of the Philippine Cyberpress. He is the father of one rambunctious boy with a keen love for LEGO. And ninjas. Don’t forget the ninjas.


SOURCE: Smart Parenting > http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/raise-a-programmer-with-the-help-of-lego-and-minecraft-a1166-20160511

Talent, values and feistiness do run in the family, as these extraordinary women prove in these special Mother’s Day profiles

MARGIE Moran-Floirendo with Monica and Cosima Ugarte and matriarch Rosario Moran

Education and keeping an open mind motivate Margie Moran-Floirendo and her daughter Monica Floirendo-Ugarte to explore possibilities to be happy in life.

A born achiever, Margie credits her mother Rosario Roxas Moran, a teacher at the University of the East, for emphasizing the importance of education. “She was a diligent scholar. She encouraged us to pursue our interests, yet work hard,” recalls Margie.

Her mother would drive Margie and sister Lulette to Hyatt for their noontime modeling stints and take them back to St. Theresa’s high school. Despite Margie’s involvement in the Karilagan cultural group and Broadway musicals, she managed to maintain good grades.

She was a freshman at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College) when she won Miss Universe in 1973. After her reign, she returned to school and completed her business administration course, graduating cum laude.

Margie was involved in projects that advocated peace and women’s rights in Muslim Mindanao. Her community work with Habitat for Humanity spurred her to pursue graduate studies in rural development at the University of London.

Her daughters Gabby and Monica, who grew up in Davao,  took up ballet and piano lessons.

“Mom taught us to be independent and to live our own lives,” says Monica, who majored in political science at the University of Bristol in New York, then studied cooking at the French Culinary Institute. Gabby studied at Brandeis University in Boston and now works at Rustan’s Supermarket.

Monica looks up to her mother as a role model who has a sense of purpose. She always saw Margie keeping busy—from managing Pearl Farm in the ’90s to sustaining the 47-year-old Ballet Philippines, of which Margie is president.

“My mother is hardworking. It’s a trait that defines her. I would like to pass that on to my daughter,” says Monica.


Maritoni Rufino-Tordesillas, daughter Tessa and mother Mita Rufino

Love for the arts and being focused on one’s goal are the threads that bind Mita Rufino, daughter Maritoni Tordesillas, and tweener Natalia Teresa.
“My mother, Remedios Palanca Bantug, was a business person, but she was artistic,” says Mita Rufino. “She loved Filipino music and dances. Before I was sent to Australia as Rotary exchange student, she made me study folk dances so that I could show them our culture,”
Today, Mita is president of the Filipino Heritage Festival.

Among her four children, Maritoni is the artist. In New York, she took voice and ballet. The Neubert Ballet School saw her potential and gave her a half scholarship.
When Maritoni decided to be a ballerina, Mita set her up in a nice apartment in New York, put her through high school and trusted her to fend for herself at age 16.
When she was principal dancer of Philippine Ballet Theater (PBT), Maritoni would still fly to New York to get coached by stars of the American Ballet Theater.
In 1994, Maritoni was one of the ballerinas cast as Odette and Odile in PBT’s “Swan Lake” with American guest artist Charles Askegard. Her mother booked a Russian coach and American icon Cynthia Gregory to polish her act which, in turn, produced exciting results.

“I find myself doing the same with my daughter Tessa,” says Maritoni, who has retired and now runs a dance school.

Tessa or Natalia Teresa—named after the ballerina Natalia Makarova—has been studying with her mother since she was three years old. Pushing 12, this wunderkind has won first place in classical and contemporary categories of local dance competitions. Last year, she got to the semifinals in the classical division of the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong.

“I instill in her the same values of perseverance and hard work that I learned from my mom,” says Maritoni.

Tessa rejoins that her mother taught her to go all out in her efforts to achieve her goals. “If you want to win, you’ve got to work for it,” she says.


Mutya Laxa-Buensuceso with daughter Mayumi and mother Alice Crisostomo

ALICE Crisostomo, Mutya ng Pilipinas ’70, is naturally friendly. “I could easily connect with people,” says this former beauty queen, who now lives in Malolos, Bulacan.

Granddaughter Mayumi Buensuceso, 5, comes up to strangers and befriends them.

“I see myself in Mayumi,” says Mutya Buensuceso, country manager for the multinational beauty company Luxasia. “She’s got better PR than me. My mom is like that.”

As daughter of Alice and former movie actor Tony Ferrer, Mutya was 14 when she joined the variety show “That’s Entertainment.” At 17, she won Mutya ng Pilipinas ’92.

Alice guided Mutya throughout her showbiz career. Mutya got along easily with farmers as well as foreign diplomats. “My mother exposed me to all kinds of people and showed me how to relate to them. That’s a valuable gift. I want to teach Mayumi the same value.”


Gemma Cruz-Araneta with daughter Fatimah and mother Carmen Guerrero Napkil

AS A young widow after World War II (her husband was killed by Japanese soldiers), Carmen “Chitang” Guerrero Nakpil had to fend for herself and her children  for many years until she remarried.

Her daughter Gemma Cruz-Araneta and granddaughter Fatimah would also become single parents, and they’ve managed to maintain stable family lives following Chitang’s advice.

“I fled to Mexico in 1975 because of martial law, bringing with me Fatimah and Leon,” Gemma says. “Mommy gave me very ‘motherly’ advice: The very least you can do is give your children three meals a day, at the same time. That will give your lives a semblance of order,” says Gemma, author and president of the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS).

Fatimah Araneta—who works for Gaspart Studio, a school for woodworking and ceramics in the south of Mexico City—singles out her mother’s culinary skills. Growing up in Mexico, Fatimah and Leon learned how to make Filipino dishes such as adobo and pancit.

An architect, Fatimah saw her mother as an example of  a woman who could  balance career and family life.
“She organized our lives efficiently so we could always be together. We always ate fresh fruits and vegetables. We’d go to a park every Sunday to run. She also showed us how to weather life’s storms with courage and equanimity—no crying, sulking frowning, please, you’ll ruin your character and get wrinkles,” says Fatimah.
Just as the elegant Chitang would remind her children to look polished at all times, Fatimah says Gemma taught them to be well-groomed, and that beauty came from within.

Fatimah finds herself imparting the same lessons to her own children Tekwani and Aurora Morales: “I hear my own mother speaking!”

Just as Chitang developed in Gemma the reading habit and exposure to the arts, Gemma’s grandchildren are voracious readers and dabble in the arts.
Gemma cites other values from her mother such as love of country, honesty, integrity, discipline, punctuality and love for the Almighty—all of which had sustained her while being a single parent in a foreign country.

Now pushing 73, Gemma enjoys reading and writing columns and books. “I still strive for excellence, though, which I learned from my mother, and continue asking myself what else I can do for our beloved country.”

Monique Siguion-Reyna Villonco with daughter Cris Villonco-Valderrama and mother Armida Siguion-Reyna
  
ARMIDA Siguion-Reyna, proponent of Original Pilipino Music and culture, singer-actress, producer and advocate of artistic freedom and artists’ rights, pushed her children and grandchildren to raise the bar of their craft.

Daughter Monique, a former magazine editor, is also a photographer. Among her granddaughters, Dara designs jewelry, while Tere is into film production.
Monique’s daughter Cris, who recently married her fiancé Paolo Valderrama, grew up in the limelight as a singer-actress.

Monique gives importance to Armida’s sense of discipline—completing a task after starting it, balancing financial prudence with investing in something worthwhile, good grooming and being courageous.

“The things I learned from my mother: Know yourself. Continue to discover new strengths and weaknesses. This way, you will never have to sell yourself short,” says Monique.

In turn, Cris credits Monique for teaching them to be polite. Even then, she also learned the art of quiet assertion from her mother, which obviously is Armida’s trait. “Although I’m a fighter, I run it by my mom before I say or post anything,” says Cris.

Cris recalls how Armida, being the perfectionist, would nitpick her performances. It came to a point that Cris didn’t want to have anything to do with Filipino music and culture. Today, though, she is proud to imbibe her grandmother’s nationalistic spirit.



SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer 
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/228309/from-famous-mothers-to-accomplished-daughters-lessons-across-generations#ixzz48Q35WC8Z

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, a public forum entitled Luntiang Bayan was held at the ESI Conference Room.  Its aim was to evaluate how green the electoral platforms are of candidates running for public office this May 2016 elections. Platforms of candidates for president, vice-president, senator and partylist groups were assessed based on seven key environmental issues such as: animal welfare and wildlife protection,  biodiversity and ecosystems protection, adaptation to climate change and disaster preparedness and mitigation,  food security, sustainable development, solid waste management, and environmental justice.
 
Luntiang Bayan was convened by the Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College Environmental Planning Organization, Earth Island Institute Philippines, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Save Philippine Seas, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, PIGLAS, Save Freedom Island Movement, Pull Out COALition, Save Laguna Lake Movement, UP Green League, Minggan – UP Manila and Minggan – UP Diliman.

Various green groups’ evaluation presented ‘greenest’ national candidates on Wednesday at Miriam College in Quezon City.

The initiative “Luntiang Bayan: Boto para sa Tao, Hayop at Kalikasan” assessed the national candidates through the following 7-point agenda: animal welfare and wildlife protection, biodiversity and ecosystems protection, adaptation to climate change/disaster preparedness and mitigation, food security, sustainable development, solid waste management and environmental justice.

These green groups comprise Earth Island Institute Philippines, Nilad, Miriam College Environmental Studies Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Save Philippine Seas, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, Save Freedom Island Movement, Pull OutCOALition, Save Laguna Lake Movement, Piglas, UP Green League, Miriam Environmental Planning Organization and UP Minggan (Diliman and Manila).

Said groups ran through congress and senatorial archives and also online sources to rate the candidates.


‘Greenest’ among bets

Senator Santiago emerged as the most consistent candidate topping all of the 7-point agenda because of her pro-environment legislative outputs and public statements.

“We were surprised on [Senator] Miriam, because she does not see herself as an environmental leader. However, [based] on our research, she came out consistent,” said Mong Palatino of Nilad.

Mayor Duterte came in second because Davao City passed several ordinances in banning extensive mining and aerial spraying plantations. However, he got negative points because, based on his track record, he declared in 1988 he will continue to eat dog meat although the Animal Welfare has been passed already.

“The way Mayor Duterte eliminates dog bites through shooting and poisoning affected his rating,” said Anna Cabrera, Executive Director of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws).

Senator Grace Poe came in third place; DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in fourth place; Vice President Jejomar Binay in fifth place.

Among the candidates for vice president, Escudero scored the highest because of his attention on Canadian trash dumping issue, the rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas and support for farmers who suffer from El Niño effects.

Senator Gringo Honasan landed in second place; Senator Bongbong Marcos on third; Senator Allan Cayetano on fourth; Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV came in fifth; and Representative Leni Robredo landed sixth.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri topped the senatoriables because he sees himself as a candidate for the environment which reflected on the evaluation.

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares came in second; Senator Kiko Pangilinan on third; Senator Ralph Recto on fourth; and landed fifth is Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao. The thirty candidates for senator were based on the February 2016 Pulse Asia Survey.

For the party list, Bayan Muna led the race with consistent pro-environment record, followed by Anakpawis, Gabriela, Butil and ACT Teachers. Top 30 party-lists were determined through the 2013 elections’ result.

The evaluation ran from February to second week of April.
 

Years in service, a factor – green group leader

Her [Miriam] years in the legislative are also a factor in the evaluation,” said Palatino. “It’s like, there are silent workers in the senate who are pro-environment,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe got “good enough” score since she only became a senator three years ago.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been in the senate since 2004, however he got negative ratings due to his support in building coal plants and mining operations expansion.

Even though Vice President Binay has been in the legislative for a long time, the “urbanity of Makati City” affected his score, rating him with negative points.
In the race for vice president, Palatino shared that even though Senator Gringo Honasan has longer years in service, Escudero’s record has shown more pro-environment outputs topping four of the categories.

Honasan was rated highest in solid waste management and disaster preparedness categories. Tied with Marcos, they led the sustainable development category.
Similar to Poe, Robredo is serving her first term in Congress with fewer legislative proposals compared to other vice presidential candidates, however, she was rated the highest on food security category, reflecting her advocacy in the agricultural sector.
 

Addressing envi issues, voters who to vote

As part of the Earth day celebration on Friday, green groups are urging the future government to address environmental issues in the country.

“Environmental issues are national issues,” Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute said earlier on Thursday.

Concepcion also deemed necessary to pass the Marine Area Protection Act in Congress because many of the folks’ job rely on marine life.

Cabrera of Paws shared that ‘how poverty is connected to environmental issues’ is not being addressed by the government.

“Whoever cares for our environment, eyes complete and sustainable future. Because this sustainability is a big and significant part of our future and this may affect the economic growth of the Philippines,” she added.

Samantha Cinco, Miriam College Environmental Society president, said that this evaluation would help the voters, most especially the youth. “Through this, we will also know which candidate has plans for conserving of the environment,” she added.

“We should not be passive, we should be active in conserving and protecting the environment,” said Pau Sagalocos, UP Minggan – Manila. “This is a challenge not only to the candidates but also to the youth. They should remember who to vote who has environmental concerns,” she added. TVJ

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SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer > http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/780814/environmental-groups-present-greenest-national-bets#ixzz46XBwBJFu 

Pax Christi Pilipinas and Center for Peace Education (CPE) Program Director Loreta Castro, Ph.D and Executive Director Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace. Ph.D. joined about 80 bishops, priests, religious and lay peace advocates at the Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace held in Rome, Italy  on April 11-13, 2016. The conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International. 
 
The Conference aimed at contributing to the Catholic understanding and commitment to nonviolence.
 
Dr. Galace was a lead discussant in the session of Nonviolence and Just Peace where she discussed the CPE and Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines' initiatives at just peace building. She also discussed how a turn to just peace can impact our moral analysis of conflicts, practices, and engagement with the broader society. (Read Dr. Galace's speech)

Dr. Castro was part  of the conference's  planning committee along with other peace advocates from all over the world.
 
Outcome document may be accessed at http://www.paxchristi.net/news/appeal-catholic-church-recommit-centrality-gospel-nonviolence/5855#sthash.AnmdBNev.dpbs
 
The Catholic Reporter also wrote about this historic conference. Article may be accessed at http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/landmark-vatican-conference-rejects-just-war-theory-asks-encyclical-nonviolence

“In order to see real change, we have to break the system of violent and clannish politics.” This was the statement made by Prof. Aurora de Dios, WAGI executive director, during the second run of the Seminar Workshop on “How to Run and Win Elections” held last April 15 to 16, 2016 at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
 
Twenty-eight candidates from Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, and Lanao attended the training which aimed to introduce a systematic and strategic way of campaigning and winning votes. 
 
“We just don’t want women to run, but we want them to win.” This was emphasized by Dr. Socorro L. Reyes, the lead facilitator and speaker. The training, likewise, focused on building and increasing the competence and confidence of women candidates as well as encouraging them to develop a gender-sensitive election agenda within the context of peace and security from the Bangsamoro women’s perspective. 
 
Critical issues were raised by the participants in relation to elections such as the voters’ illiteracy, rampant ghost voters, and tampered ballots. As women candidates, they were challenged to address those concerns along with existing gender issues in their respective communities, particularly gender-based violence which are inextricably rooted within the context of peace and security.  As pointed out by Atty. Salma Rasul of PCID, “your service is not just for you but for your community and the people regardless of their religious beliefs.”
 
This event was organized by WAGI with the Center for Legislative Development and the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy through the Women’s Peace Collective (WPC) supported by the U.S. Department of States.

HEU teachers and students participated in the 15th National Convention of UNESCO-Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) Philippines held at the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, in Tanauan City, Batangas last April 14-16, 2016. The theme of this year’s three-day convention was “Forming Citizens for an Interconnected World.” 
 
The keynote speaker was Ambassador Rey A. Carandang, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired) and member of the Board of Trustees of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities. Ambassador Carandang served as the Philippine Ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
 
Plenary speakers were Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, Department of Education Regional director of Region IV A; Dr. Wilson Chua of Far Eastern University; Arnaldo Mendoza, Social Science coordinator of FAITH; and Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, ILAW director of Miriam College.   The plenary speakers talked about the values of peace, love, care for the environment and simple living and gratitude in citizenship education in relation to the lives of our national heroes and in the face of educational reforms and natural disasters faced by the country. 
 
Teachers from academic institutions in different regions shared their research, best practices, and expertise on values development as applied to the following conference strands:  Responding to the ASEAN Integration, Values in an Interconnected World, Citizenship in the 21st Century, and Values Integration in the Teaching Learning Process.
 
During the business meeting, new APNIEVE officers, three of which are from Miriam College Higher Education Unit, were elected for 2016 to 2018: President, Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay (MC); Vice-President, Dr. Wilson S. Chua (FEU); Secretary, Angelina Bayaua-Alcazar (MC); and Treasurer, Renato Dela Cruz (MC).
 
Student participants are from the International Studies Department and were officers of MC UNESCO: Angeline Ramos, president; Clarissa De Guzman, Vice-President; and Christine Mae Marty, PRO. 
 
The convention ended with a historical tour of the house of Segunda Katigbak, Malvar Museum and Mabini museum. 
 
UNESCO-APNIEVE Philippines was founded by Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing, Chairperson Emerita, in 2000. UNESCO-APNIEVE annually gathers school administrators, values educators, government and non-government agencies, as well as advocates of peace, justice, human rights, and sustainable development.

For more information, please log on to www.apnieve.org.ph you may look for APNIEVE Philippines (UNESCO) on Facebook.

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