As it opens its new campus in Nuvali

It was only just a dream, a goal that they planned on achieving in the best way possible. And now, that dream has finally come true: Miriam College recently extended the sphere of its academic excellence in its new campus in Nuvali, where its advocacy to “nurture the leader in every child” continues.

“Our school has a tradition and a commitment to live in excellence. We intend to continue our tradition of great teaching in our new school inclusive of innovations for 21th century learning,” says Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College president.

MiriamAccording to MC Nuvali’s principal Regi Sibal, the school is not just aiming for excellence but wants to develop the holistic development of each student. “We are integrating a lot of concepts similar to our core values: truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation,” she says. “We want to develop socially relevant students and provide a curriculum that prepares them to become global citizens.”

Architect Dan Lichauco of Archeon Architects designed the building to maximize natural light, wind, and ventilation, replete with landscaped grounds and spacious rooms. A dry pond is also constructed to reduce flooding.

“Each classroom has a platform near the window to make the most of available light. We’re already looking integral skills in environmental concept like planting and harvesting,” says Sibal. “Architectural design is environmental. If you look at the classroom, there’s a platform near the window to have the sunlight bounce to the room and maximize the light. We encourage our students to segregate the garbage, to recycle things like paper. We encourage the kids to use the reusable containers for their food. It’s a very big campus so we’re already looking for integral skills and environmental concepts like planting and harvesting. We are not just talking about the environmental things that you can find in the campus. We will landscape it around the indigenous plants in the area.” —SARA GRACE FOJAS

The Miriam Adult Education (MAE) obtained a 100% passing rate in the TESDA National Assessment for the following courses: Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II, Automotive Servicing NC II, and Motorcycle/Small Engine Repair NC II. Included among the passers are the deaf students who graduated from the Bread and Pastry Production course. Last year, MAE also obtained a 100% passing rate.

The Center for Peace Education of Miriam College participated in the Global Week of Action (GWA) Against Gun Violence last June 16-20. This international campaign highlights the call to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.

In the Philippines, guns kill 21 Filipinos on a daily basis. The Philippines also ranks 10th in the number of gun homicide rates worldwide. Women also bear the brunt of the consequences of the proliferation and misuse of small arms. Women are particularly at risk of certain crimes such as violence in the home, on the streets and in the battlefield because of their sex.

To raise awareness on these issues, the Center for Peace Education launched several activities including photo campaigns, sharing of information posts on social networking sites and participating in radio shows such as "Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko" on Radio Veritas and "Tinig ng Kababaihan" on DZRB Radyo ng Bayan (in photo) . 
The Center also created a video which involved various members of the Miriam College community. The video gives a brief background on the GWA and encourages the public to join the campaign.

A Regional Roundtable on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and the Prospects for a Ban was held in Tagaytay last June 3-4. It was organized by the International Law and Policy Institute’s (ILPI) Nuclear Weapons Project in collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Center for Peace Education (CPE) of Miriam College. A total of 17 participants from eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended the Roundtable. Six of the participants were government officials from various countries and the rest from civil society and academia.

For the sixth year, Miriam College Psychology students participated in the 2014 Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Held last May 17, 23 students took to the stage to explain their theses through oral and poster presentations.  

The Miriam students comprised the biggest delegation.  They were chaperoned by Dr. Victoria Apuan. Other participants came from all over the United States and Asia.

Conference founder, Dr. George Slavich, recognized that out of 200 abstracts that were submitted, 120 were approved for presentation, and 11 of these were from Miriam College.

The Biology Team composed of Christalle Faye I. Sison (left)  and Pia Angela R. Lejano placed third in the Poster Paper competition which was held during the 14th PSSN (Philippine Society for the Study of Nature) National Annual Scientific Convention at Benguet State University last May 20-24. Their paper was entitled comparative study of Hypoglycemic and Histopathological Effect of Commercial Food Supplement of Moringa  Oleifera, Bluemea Balsamifera, and Garcinia Mangostana on Alloxan-induced Diabetes in Mice. They were accompanied by their adviser Dr. Thucydides L. Salunga.

The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature is a non-profit, non-stock, non-partisan organization of professionals, researchers, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, students, and institutions involved in nature studies and related activities. It aims to provide and develop strategies towards wise and sustainable use of nature; ensure a faithful representation of responsible thinking and sentiment regarding issues about nature; establish partnership/collaboration with LGU and NGO; establish local institutional chapters; and strengthen camaraderie and cooperation among the members.

A GRADUATE from the University of Mindanao (UM) here is this year's topnotcher in the Social Work Licensure Examination.

Honey Jay Danao Bacus topped the exam with with a rating of 86.20.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), a total of 1,110 out of 2,031 passed the exam given in June 2014.

Aside from Bacus, two more graduates from Davao City made it to the top 10 this year.

Angeli Calago Nacorda of Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) placed seventh with 84.20 rating, and Roshelo Almadin Caluyo of UM-Davao City ranked eighth with 84.10.

Placing next to Bacus is a graduate of University of the Philippines-Diliman, Kate Heather Faye Osalla Buenaventura with 85.40.

Third is Jason Neptuno Aragon of Universidad de Santa Isabel (Col de Sta. Isabel) with 85.30, followed by Merry Joy dela Rama Reyes of Philippine Christian University-Manila with 85 percent.

The fifth place was shared by Melhamar Pedarse Asani of Mindanao State University-Marawi City and Daisy Ayuson Carmona of Miriam College (former Maryknoll College Foundation) with 84.90.

Alyssa Mary John Penlac Abanes of Universidad de Santa Isabel ranked sixth with 84.50.

Aside from Nacorda of AdDU, Kris Adora Zayas Martin of University of the Philippines-Diliman and Maria Valerie Anoba Romarate of Saint Theresa’s College-Cebu placed seventh with 84.20.

Caluyo of UM shared the eighth place with Princess Lorainne Sampang Romero and Mark Philip Padon Tandog, both from UP-Diliman, with 84.10.

Cesar John Cascaro dela Serna of Mindanao State University-Marawi City ranked ninth with percentage score of 84.00.

Donavelle Sadicon Martinez, an alumna from Lourdes College, placed 10th with 83.90.

Meanwhile, the top performing schools are: Bicol University – Daraga with 65 out of 68 passed, which translates to 95.59 percent passing rate; Saint Louis University with 51 out of 55 passed or 92.73 percent passing rate; and Mindanao State University – Marawi has 109 out of 119 passed with 91.60 percent passing rate.

SOURCE: Sun Star Davao >>

Miriam College Trustee Ambassador Laura Quiambao del Rosario and High School Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin were two of the nine awardees at the Alumni Homecoming of the University of the Philippines College of Education held on June 22, 2014. Ambassador del Rosario (UPCE M.Ed. 1978) received the Professional Achievement Award “for her invaluable service to the Filipino people by sharing her numerous talents and skills as teacher, administrator, and career diplomat in various positions held as college instructor and director, as Ambassador in Asia and Europe, as Minister of Political Affairs in Washington, DC, and presently Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Relations”. Meanwhile, Dr. Fermin (UPCE BSE 1999, MEd 2004, PhD 2009), the youngest awardee was recognized “for outstanding achievement in the field of secondary education and his exceptional contribution to the enrichment of language education, teacher training, and educational leadership; for his scholarly work of evidenced-based practices in language teaching through research and publications; and for other accomplishments inspiring many”. The conferment was held at the UP Balay ng Alumni with the theme, “Bagong Tagsibol”.

PROPERTY giant Ayala Land Inc. and premier Filipino Catholic school Miriam College seal their partnership with the completion and opening of the first building in the master-planned campus south of Manila in time for the opening of classes recently.

Miriam College brings to NUVALI the same K-12 readiness enjoyed in its Quezon City campus by offering Grade 7 (middle school) other than its other initial offerings such as preschool and lower school levels.

“Ayala Land and Miriam College share the same philosophy. We want to work towards preserving the environment,” says Miriam College president Rosario Lapus.

Designed by green architect Dan Lichauco of Archion Architects, the first phase of the building covers a total of 2.7 hectares with emphasis on lush, landscaped grounds, spacious rooms, and energy efficient features that will be complemented by artworks and installations.

On top of the supporting facilities such as the cafeteria, library, and multi-purpose hall, nearing completion is a modern chapel with wood-glass-stone details and a choir loft that opens up to the music room.

“The design is basically environmental and green, designed to capture the wind,” offers Arch. Lichauco. The green design features forced ventilation to ensure cooler classrooms while a dry pond was constructed to help reduce flooding.

“The design incorporates the rich character and 87-year history of Miriam College, providing a positive presence in the thriving NUVALI community,” adds Arch. Lichauco.

MC NUVALI sits on a 15-hectare lot with a view of the Laguna de Bay within NUVALI. Like its Quezon City counterpart, Miriam College NUVALI intends to develop a “school within a forest” with 60-40 ratio of open spaces to structures. “It (MC NUVALI) has a new character but the same idea of permanence as the Quezon City campus,” stresses Arch. Lichauco.

SOURCE: Manila Standard >

A training for field supervisors and enumerators of the Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute’s research project on women in the Bangsamoro was conducted last June 6-9 at Ateneo de Zamboanga University.  This was in partnership with the institution’s Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) office.

A total of 30 participants from Cotabato, Isabela, Jolo, Lamitan, Marawi, and Zamboanga attended the training. WAGI Executive Director Prof. Aurora de Dios and WAGI Senior Program Coordinator Josefa Francisco served as resource facilitators.

The research is part of a two-year project of WAGI, in partnership with the Women’s Peace Table. It aims to increase the capacity of Bangsamoro women to engage in meaningful economic, social, and political participation in their own communities.

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