Alternative classes are the way Miriam College incorporates our interests with our learning. It is their way of making learning more interesting, and it is through these that we once again find the will to learn and to succeed. Alternative classes are also a sort of a reprieve from the grueling everyday lessons we have in college. Instead of us learning about the lessons regarding our respective courses, like accountancy and business tax in my case, we learn about what really interests us the most and what really drives our passion for learning. Also, alternative classes are sort of a helping hand that guides us to explore our interests and our skills. It helps us to figure out what we can truly become, once we put our minds to it.

Cooking demo and competition by CBEA at PA grounds. (Photo by Ray Carvajal, AV Office)

I noticed that most teens, nowadays, are more drawn and inspired to do things that interests them the most. As a teen myself, there are moments where ordinary activities, like waking up and going to classes, doing homework, can become tiresome yet when I find myself feeling these, I try to find things that will drive me to become more interested to accomplish my goals and tasks. It is through interest and passion that life becomes more meaningful and worth living.

Cooking demo and competition by CBEA at PA grounds. (Photo by Ray Carvajal, AV Office)

I, myself, am more adept at subjects related to art and cooking. This is because I am most interested in these types of subjects, where I can express myself and my creativity. I easily lose myself in creating the next art piece or the next dish. Interest is also what drove me to decide to take up BS Entrepreneurship as my course in college. It is a course where I can freely express my creativity, and earn a living while doing so.

Teenagers can lose interest in learning so easily, and this is because most of us lose sight of our goals in life, and we lose sight of the reason why we are learning. We lose the passion for learning because we become lazy or more engrossed in other matters that in our eyes may seem more important. There will come a time where we find ourselves losing the mindset to accomplish a goal but once we find that one thing that will truly drive us and our learning we can accomplish anything we dream of and desire. Interest is what truly drives us to learn, to dream, to accomplish, and to succeed.

Carmela Teano

Carmela is a 1st year BS Entrepreneurship student. She has a passion for cooking, drawing, and reading. She is also passionate about traveling.

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Old age does not mean an end to learning. Studies show that mental stimulation encourages new connections between brain cells. It is even possible to increase memory sharpness through training. These two grandparents prove exactly that, flexing their brain muscles and going back to school.


Eufrocino Hular, Jr. or “Mang Jun” cannot believe that after so many years, he will once again sit inside a classroom—not for a parent-teacher meeting but as a pupil.

“Nakita ko kasi sa sarili ko na marami akong kulang na hindi ko na-achieve noong ako ay bata pa. Kasi sa hirap ng buhay, gustuhin mang mag-aral ay hindi kayang pag-aralin. Pero sa kabila noon ay hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa dahil sabi ko nga, baka naman dumating ang panahon na magkaroon pa ako ng pagkakataon.” After dropping out of school on fifth grade, he worked at a coconut plantation in Quezon and eventually served as a helper for a logging company. But he was not contented to stay in that situation, which is why he pursued learning how to control heavy equipment from its operators during his free time. He wanted to earn more.

In 1979, at 17, Mang Jun decided to leave his hometown to look for a better life in Manila. But life in the city proved to be as difficult as it was in the countryside. He had to work hard and handle multiple jobs to make a living, especially when he got married and had three children.

In the end, all his sacrifices and perseverance paid off. He was able to send all his children to college, and two are already degree holders—one is a Marketing graduate and the other is a Civil Engineer. Now, it’s his turn to make his own dreams come true.

“Nabasa ko sa dyaryo at naapaanood ko sa TV na may eskwelahan pala na nag-ooffer ng adult education. Sabi ko sa mga anak ko noong nakatapos na sila sa pag-aaraal na gusto kong mag-aral hanggang malakas pa ako at sisikapin ko hanggang kaya pa ng katawan at isip ko dahil meron akong pangarap na makatapos. Goal ko talaga ito dahil gusto kong magamit ito sa paglilingkod ko sa Diyos at sa kapwa.

By the end of this schoolyear, Mang Jun, who is now 53, will be graduating from elementary level of the Miriam College Adult Education. Aside from that, another blessing came to his life, which gave him more reasons to continue his studies.

“Kailan lang ng isilang ng panganay kong anak ang una kong apo kaya lalo akong naging pursigido. Biruan nga naming ng mga anak ko na pagkagraduate ko, ako na ang magtuturo ng English sa  apo ko.”


Poverty also pushed Maura Sanchez to leave school and work in the rice fields of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. Being sixth of a brood of nine, Lola Maura had to sacrifice high school when her widowed mother can no longer afford buying her even a pad of paper.

“Naghanap-buhay ako, nakikigapas, pakikipag-tanim sa bukid kaya naisip ko na baka hindi na talaga ako makakapag-aral,”she recalls.

Even after having her own family, the desire to go back to studying never left her heart. When all of her four children finished college, thanks to her years of hard work as a vegetable seller, she took the Alternative Learning System until one of the teachers there referred her to the adult education program of Miriam College.

“Masaya at sobrang enjoy kasi mabait ang mga guro at maaayos ang pagtuturo kaya walang dahilan para hindi ka mag-enjoy. Nawala ang stress ko dahil sa pag-aaral. Hindi ako nag-alinlanngan dahil gusto ko talaga, kahit na yung iba ay nagsasabi sa akin na parang late naman na daw a ang pag-aaral ko, sinasabi ko na hindi kasi masarap yung pinag-aaral ka ng mga  anak mo.”

At 58, Lola Maura is still full of hopes and dreams not only for her family but for herself as well—a simple joy that she is indeed entitled to.

“Talagang gusto kong mag-aral noon pa kaya kahit na may edad na ‘ko ay sinikap ko. Gusto ko rin, kung sakali, ay kukuha ako ng Abugasya. Sa mga kagaya ko na may edad na na hindi nakatapos ng pag-aaral, sana ipagatuloy ninyo dahil maasarap talagang mag-aral sapagkat ang edukasyon ay isang bagay mawawala sa inyo,” she ends.

The stories above are part of "Aging gracefully", a collection of stories in celebration of Grandparents' Day. To read the full story, go to

MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of alumni of Maryknoll/Miriam College trooped to the school grounds on Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, last Sept. 6, to celebrate their homecoming entitled “Turning Point: A Celebration of Change.” The event was hosted by this year’s silver jubilarians, Maryknoll High School Batch 1989, the last batch of high school students to graduate with the school name Maryknoll.

The day was packed with activities, starting with a Mass Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle that was held at the Marian Auditorium for the first time. (Usually the homecoming mass is done at the college chapel.)  The Mass was sponsored by Grade School 1989.

Amazing Alumni Achievers

A special portion of the main program was devoted to honoring the 2014 Amazing Alumni Achievers that included pediatric surgeon Dr. Luisa Dychitan Aquino (High School 1979), business leader Alicia Rita Morales-Arroyo (High School 1979), National Museum chief curator Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Pangalanan-Labrador (High School 1979), dancer/artist/director Denisa Reyes (High School 1969), health advocate Aurorita Marco-Mendoza (College 1968), the late life coach Norma Guanzon Tinio (High School 1959), and communications and public affairs expert Katreena Salgado-Bernardino (High School 1983).  National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes (a previous recipient of the Amazing Alumni Award) was also given tribute.

Miriam College president Dr. Rosario Lapus, and Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association (MMCAA) chairperson Atty. Remedios “Edy” Lim, and MMCAA president Atty. Mari Fabian welcomed all the jubiliarians and shared updates about the school and the alumni association. Dr. Lapus reported on the opening of the Miriam campus in Nuvali, and the achievements of Miriam’s current students. MMCAA’s Atty. Fabian and Atty. Lim emphasized the importance of alumnae’s continued involvement in the school.

Giving back

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As response to the school’s call to support its projects such as scholarships and facilities development, the jubilarian batches raised money for these endeavors. High School 1964, through a video featuring fashion designer Josie Cruz-Natori, announced their batch’s donation while host batch High School 1989, led by batch representative Carla Corona-Castillo, shared that the amount they are giving is a way of giving back to make the college “grow more fully as an institution of excellence.”

Fun times

Without doubt, the much-awaited portions of the homecoming were the presentations of the jubilarians. High School 1979, High School 1974, College 1969, High School 1969, College 1974, Grade School 1959, High School 1984, High School 1964, College 1964, and High School 1989 thrilled the audience with their dance numbers and AVPs and showed that Knollers remain the fun-loving girls that they always have been.

The Miriam College High School Glee Club, gold diploma winner of the 2014 World Choir Games held in Latvia, sang For Good (from the musical Wicked) during the turnover ceremony of Maryknoll High School 1989 to Miriam High School 1990, silver jubilarians of 2015.

The best in years

The homecoming was capped with an after-party featuring live performances of Marissa Sanchez, Darryl Shy, The Bloomfields and DJ Jon Tupaz.

Truly, it was a celebration that everyone enjoyed. Organizing batch High School 1989 received many messages of congratulations for a very successful homecoming, particularly from Miriam College president Dr. Rosario Lapus, former Grade School principal Jamelia Villanueva, MMCAA board members Grace Favila and Jek Nunez.

SOURCE: Philippine Star >>

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean Dr. Lourdes Samson attended the 3rd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference held in Seoul, Korea last August 7-8, 2014. Joining her were CAS faculty members and a faculty from the Middle School.

Dr. Samson delivered the keynote on the second day of the conference focusing on “Fiesta:  A Celebration of Culture”.  There were several parallel sessions and poster presentations that responded to the recent needs for globalizing phenomena on the theme “Culture, Communication and Art Education.”

Presenting their papers  during the parallel session were Dr. Aleli Sevilla who gave a talk on “Education of  Second Language Learners in a Multicultural Classroom with Language Diversity” and Jhames Labrador who discussed the topic “Of  Arts and Aesthetics:  Miriam College’s K-12 Music and Art Programs” and “Canvass and Chords:  A Short Feature of CASA San Miguel in Zambales, Philippines as a Hub for Visual and Performing Arts in the Rural Community Setting.”

Joining the delegation from Miriam College were Dolores Ofracio, chairperson (OIC) of the Department of Applied Arts; Consolacion Estarija, Humanities faculty; and Evelyn Nera Theology faculty.

The Department of Communication, in cooperation with the Communication Society, held the Gawad Miriam para sa Komunikasyon last August 18 at the Little Theater.

Gawad Miriam para sa Komunikasyon is an annual event by the Department of Communication which aims to recognize and award outstanding Communication students and alumni for their academic and non-academic achievements in the field of communication.

This year’s guest speaker was Robert Gunnar Magnuson a distinguished writer, author and illustrator of children’s books and a graduate of Miriam College Department of Communication in 1993. Magnuson as a child, was already passionate in writing and illustrating stories.

The presentation of Mr. Magnuson was in a form of storytelling which was very apt with this year’s theme: Kwento ng Isang Matagumpay na Kabanata.

Third Year BA Communication Anna May Dominique De Dios’ passion for marathon has yet again earned her a new finishers medal. This time she joined the Quezon Ultra-Marathon Race (QUMAR) 70K and proved that size, age and gender do not matter in ultra-marathon races.

Earlier this year, De Dios made it to the Bataan Ultra-Marathon Race, Independence Day Race and Milo Manila Leg Eliminations Marathon.  Fatima Morales

Ma. Angela Teresa G. Sebastian (bottom photo, right)  of MCHS Batch 2009 and Billie Crystal Dumaliang (bottom photo, left) of MCHS Batch 2010 were recently awarded the prestigious Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP).

The TOSP (top photo) is a search founded by businessman Jose Concepcion in 1961 and is organized yearly by the RFM Foundation. The Search has become a laboratory of leaders, producing outstanding contributors in the fields of governance, business, the academe, church and civil society. In recognizing the best, the  Program seeks graduating college students who not only excel academically, but also dedicate themselves as exceptional leaders and community servants in order to make a difference in their respective circles.

Maryknoll Sister and former BOT member Teresa Dagdag, Ph.D. launched her first book titled May Nangyari Na: Mga Kwentong Kabataan (Adolescents Tell Their stories on Teenage Sex and Marriage) at the Paz Adriano Little Theater last August 12.  Organized by the Office of the Vice-President for Mission, Identity and Development (VPMID), Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) and the Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA), the launch was held together with a symposium themed, “Caring for the female adolescent.”

The book May Nangyari na: Mga Kwentong Kabataan is the  result of Sr. Dagdag’s research in fulfillment of her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Anthropology.Completed in 2007 and published by the Health Action Information Network (HAIN), the book tackles the cultural influences of teenage sex and teenage marriage, significant mother-daughter relationships and values and influences on which the female adolescents base their decisions regarding their sexual lives.

Opening the program was Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus who congratulated Sr. Dagdag on her first publication. Dr. Lapus also led the unveiling of the book on stage.

Giving their messages for Sr. TD, as she is fondly called by the community, were Nilda De Vera who represented Dr. Edelina de la Paz, executive director of the Health Action Information Network (HAIN) and publisher; Rina Jimenez-David, women’s health advocate, columnist and Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) awardee; and Sr. Nenita Tapia, MM, Maryknoll Sisters Representative.

Introducing Sr. TD was Rose Linda Bautista, VPMID, who traced the beginnings of the Maryknoll Sister’s missionary in the 70s to her stint in New York and Rome into the 80s, 90s and 2000, and her current ministry in the Philippines. For her part, Sr. TD, shared the outcome of research and what still needs to be done to thoroughly understand the subject of teenage sex and marriage in the Philippines context.

A panel of reactors were invited to share their perspective on the subject. They were Erika Elaine Santos, a BS Psychology graduate of MC; Mrs. Edna Singco , a mother from Daan Tubo; Alyssa Bianca Encarnacion, a graduating student of Miriam College High School; and Ma. Rosanna Monica V. Marabut, head of the Middle School Guidance Office.

Wrapping up the sharing and the symposium  was a response from  Prof. Gigi Francisco of the DAWN.

The event was capped by a book signing by Sister TD and merienda at the Our Ladies’ Court.

I am ashamed of many things in my life, but admitting I’ve been suffering from anxiety and depression disorders is not one of them. Not anymore. I used to believe that I was an anomaly, but it took some heavenly spark of optimism from others to make me realize I was not different. There were three people who made it possible for me to live to tell the tale. For confidentiality purposes, their names are masked as Courage, Hope and Strength.

The first is Courage. She has been a friend of mine since our first year in high school and is one of the bravest women I know. Being a new student that year didn’t stop her from expressing herself. I envied that about her. We were both editors at our high school newspaper and I admired her passion for writing and poetry. What drew us closer together was when I found out she was also battling depression. We both saw each other’s demise just from the look in our eyes. When you’ve felt the grip of depression, it’s easy to set apart the sad people from the crowd. It was always the same hollow, lifeless looks, the bowed heads and the aching twitches of their mouths when they tried to smile or keep themselves from crying. Even when I knew she was hurting, she talked to me when I was alone and gave me big bear hugs. She helped set a fire for me so I could see my way back even if it was temporary.

The second is Hope. I’ve known her for many years and she has been a trusted friend but we connect more through social media. We strike conversations on Twitter or Facebook which would last for hours in the middle of the night. She possesses the sincerity and humility of one that effectively brings out the best in people. In a significant time when I almost came to self-harm, I saw that she left more than a few kind words for me on Facebook as a reply to a letter I gave her. She wasn’t a depressive like Courage and me, but she understood. She didn’t exactly know what to say, but just listening was worth any kind of response. Her enthusiasm and curiosity about the world gave me hope like no other.

The third is Strength. She is one of my most cherished friends. Three years of knowing each other already feels like a lifetime. If I were to rank these three, Strength is the first and her presence at a suicide attempt proved that. When I was confined in hospital, she stayed for hours even if she had school the next day. She sent me flowers and get-well-soon cards, but most of all she sent me her love. She has seen me at my best and worst, and yet she’s still here.  She stayed with me and listened to me, never judged me, and never made me feel so alone. It wasn’t just in my utmost time of need. In her little cat-littered home, we’d go as deep as if we were still stardust and as shallow as skimming pebbles on a pond. My family taught me how to open my heart, but she’s the one who made me do so, and that takes a truly one-of-a-kind strength to do..

Read the rest of the story at the Philippine Daily Inquirer Young Blood >>

Miriam College Child Study Center held a Parenting Seminar-Workshop for Kindergarten Parents entitled, “Home Base: Life Skills Building for Children” last August 2 at the Angel Uriel Hall of CSC. This was facilitated by Michele S. Alignay, a Registered Guidance Counselor who is also well-known as a Family Life Specialist.  
The seminar-workshop aimed to make the parents become more aware of their role in developing the three important aspects that will make their children cope and adjust easily in life.  These are sense of independence, self-help skills and self-expression. Parents gave a positive feedback on the seminar-workshop saying that they now  “appreciate and realize the importance of creating and establishing a strong attachment with their children.”

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