Kathreen Joy “Kaye” Ong, (GS 1996 and HS 2000), owner of Habitual Coffee shop, won third place for the Philippines at the World AeroPress Competition recently held in Seattle, WA. In an article, which appeared in the online site Coconuts Manila (above), Ong reveals that it was her first time to join the Philippine AeroPress Championships and the World AeroPress championships. 

She bested 35 other competitors worldwide. In her own café located in Ortigas, Ong features Aeropress brewed coffee to “bring out the best possible flavor in a coffee.” 

To read the full Coconuts Manila article, go to: manila.coconuts.co/2015/05/11/did-you-know-philippines-won-3rd-place-world-aeropress-competition.

Music Center Associate Director Christine De Vera’s research on the Lang-Ay Festival in Bontoc, Mountain Province was featured in the June 2015 Newsletter of the United Board for Christian Higher Education (UBCHEA). 

De Vera started her research on The Lang-Ay Festival in 2000 and eventually developed a teaching module on the same topic for Leisure and Tourism students of Miriam College. Through this research she hopes that the students--who will eventually work in the travel and tourism industry—would recognize the importance of applying ethical standards as they showcase  the country’s rich culture and heritage through such festivals. 

To read the full article titled “Instilling Pride in Indigenous Culture”, go to: www.unitedboard.org/Portals/0/Content/Publications/UB_Newsletter_May_0520b.pdf

Grade School 2007 alumna, Miriam College 2011 High School valedictorian and UP Oblation Scholar Ma. Patricia Riego De Dios is graduating summa cum laude with a degree in BS Psychology at the University of the Philippines. She is set to walk up the stage on June 28, 2015.

Just recently, De Dios was accepted at the UP/PGH College of Medicine.

BPI Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with Miriam College’s Growth, Upgrading and Resource Office (G.U.R.O.) spearheaded a three-day teacher training for 150 public high school teachers of Region 12 dubbed “K to 12 Upgraded Teaching for High School.”  It was held last May 27-29, 2015 at Lagao National High School, General Santos City.

The successful training was given by experts Jose Maribbay of HEU for Mathematics, Rachelle Cayog of HEU for English, and John Vincent Salayo of MC Nuvali for Science.

BFI was represented by Gina Astilla, Program Manager and Cathy Evangelista, while G.U.R.O. was represented by its OIC Therese Pelias and Project Assistant, Desiree Pante.

The Department of Education through the leadership of Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Region 12 Mario M. Bermudez, helped support the said training.

The Center for Peace Education (CPE), through its Executive Director Jasmin Nario Galace, was invited to attend the historic turnover of weapons and decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on June 16, 2015.

The process, which will put weapons beyond use, was part of the commitment of the MILF reflected in the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro negotiated for 17 years and adopted in March 2014.

Over 75 high-powered weapons were turned over to the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB), and 145 combatants were decommissioned marking their return to a life out of combat.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and MILF Central Committee Chair Al Haj Murad attended the event along with members of the cabinet, legislators, members of the international community, religious leaders, security sector, members of peace mechanisms and civil society leaders.

Dr. Galace said that " the historic event indicated sincerity of the MILF to pursue the path of peace." Dr. Galace also represented the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) to the event. She is the network's National Coordinator.

A workshop entitled: "Writing Peace" was held last May 13 to 14, 2015 at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was graced by GPH-Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer; National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Chair Yazmin Busran-Lao; Philippine Daily Inquirer Columnist Rina Jimenez-David; Ang Ladlad Party List Representative and TV5 Broadcaster Danton Remoto; Teach Peace, Build Peace Founder Bai Rohaniza Sumndad Usman; and Young Moro Professionals Founder Bai Samira Ali Gutoc, among others. Forty journalists from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao participated at the said event.

The workshop was a collaboration between the Women's Peace Table (WPT) and Women's Feature Service (WFS). This event highlighted the unique perspectives and initiatives of women in building peace and their valuable contribution to all phases of conflict prevention and resolution. 

WPT is a network of leaders and community women committed to educating, mediating and connecting to everyone who supports peace building in the areas affected by conflict in Mindanao. 

It was formed through the efforts of three organizations, namely: the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW), and WAGI which serves as its secretariat. On the other hand, the WFS is an all-women writers and journalists’ news organization that supports the imperative to provide women’s perspectives in news stories.

This activity was organized with support provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to WPT's two-year women, peace, and security project.

The Growth, Upgrading, and Resource Office (GURO) of Miriam College collaborated with the Local Government Unit of Laoang, Northern Samar for the “Capacity Building of Day Care Teachers” last June 1-2, 2015. It was held at the Laoang municipality and was coordinated through the Municipal Government Department Head Jesus Acebuche. This interactive and workshop-intensive training was participated in by 65 day care workers.

Former G.U.R.O Executive Director Jamelia Villanueva discussed among other topics, the Republic Act 10410  (verify) or Early Years Act of 2013, Starting a Pre-School or Day Care Center, Day Care School Management, and Instructional Materials Development.

Genevieve Atalig from the Miriam Child Study Center discussed Curriculum Development and Character and Values of a Preschool Teacher. A Parenting Coaching Session was also demonstrated in the activity.

This training was conceptualized bearing in mind the main objective of helping upgrade the knowledge and skills of day care teachers of Laoang, Northern Samar following several previous teacher trainings done in coordination with Lingap Bulilit and Gurong Lingkod of Miriam College.

Alumna Anna Victoria M. Villarica (GS 2004 and HS Yellow Batch 2008), recipient of the ASEAN Scholarship, was a finalist for The Culture Trip Award, an international competition hosted by the lifestyle and culture site “The Culture Trip.”  

Villarica wrote a travel piece about Ilocos. Titled “Northern Exposure: 7 Essential Stops in Ilocos”, she enumerates the best spots for an adventure and culture tripping in the province. 

Villarica is a graduating student of Communications and New Media  at the National University of Singapore. 

To read Villarica’s article, go to theculturetrip.com/asia/philippines/articles/northern-exposure-8-essential-stops-in-ilocos.

Miriam College Middle School (MS) teacher Abigail Mae C. Jayin presented the paper “Modeling Middle School Students’ Preconceptions and Inclinations to STEM-related Careers using Neural Networks” at the 33rd Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Conference held last June 3-6 at the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The paper was written by Jayin and MS co-teacher Isabelo Miguel R. Castro III.

The conference is a venue for physicists all over the country to share current trends in research about various physics and physics education topics.

The paper was well-received by the participants. They expressed interest in how MS handles and administers the Program for Enrichment (ProEn), particularly the wide range of hands-on activities that the school provides for the students. 

The ILAW (Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness) Center, in cooperation with the Clinical Psychology Division of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), conducted a Positive Psychology seminar-workshop entitled, “From Fixing What is Wrong to Building What is Strong,” last May 23 at the Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College.  Participants were practitioners in the fields of Psychology, Social Work, and Guidance and Counseling. The seminar-workshop was facilitated by ILAW Center Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla who was assisted by PAP Clinical Psychology Division Chair Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista.

The practice of Clinical Psychology, particularly in psychotherapy, has evolved over the years, according to Dr. Brillantes-Evangelista. “There have been paradigm shifts regarding focus--from decreasing or eliminating symptoms of psychopathology to improving quality of life. Positive Psychology is one of the approaches that espouse on enhancing quality of life. It has been gaining attention in various practices because of its focus on positive life engagements, well-being, and positive relationships. It aims to utilize personal strengths and positive emotions.” 

The seminar workshop provided an introduction on Positive Psychology and how it can be utilized in Clinical Psychology practice. Specifically, the seminar workshop focused on techniques in increasing levels and frequencies of positive emotions; engaging in activities that one loves and are passionate about; fostering, enhancing, and maintaining positive relationships; finding and living one’s mission in life; and setting and fulfilling goals that provide self-actualization and well-being.

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