Dr. Rebecca T. Añonuevo bagged another literary award after receiving the SEA Write Award in Bangkok Thailand last October. Dr. Añonuevo is the winner of the Best Book for Poetry in Filipino at the 32nd National Book Awards. She won for her book Isa Lang ang Pangalan: Mga Tula published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
The awards ceremonies were held last November 16 at the Garden Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. The event was organized by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle.
Photo shows Dr. Añonuevo (center) with (from left) the UST Publishing House team (Publisher of the Year) led by former director Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, and co-winners Marne Kilates, Esteban Villaruz, and Edgar Samar (far right). Jack Wigley (2nd from right) is the new director of the publishing house.
Walk Safe, Drive Safe, Be Safe! is the theme of this year’s Think Safe campaign which aims to increase awareness on road safety and develop shared responsibility among the members of the Miriam College community.
Through the initiative of the Administrative Support Division, with the help and support of the Administrative Officers and Physical Plant Supervisors of the different units, Think Safe was re-launched last November 20, 2013 headed by Maria Coney Garcia-Pallones, chair of the Think Safe campaign.
Joining the national level topnotchers in the honor roll are the 2nd and 3rd placers in their respective categories – Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University (college level);
Doña Remedios Trinidad High School in Bulacan and Diadi National High School in Nueva Vizcaya (high school level); Koronadal Central Elementary School II in South Cotobato and Kibawe Central School in Bukidnon (elementary level). They were awarded P40,000 cash for second place and P30,000 cash for third place, plus plaques of recognition.
“It’s a total package from our policies, vision-mission, curriculum, campus management, outreach, and research,” is how Dr. Angelina P. Galang describes Miriam College’s whole-school approach in environmental education.
Galang, a professor from the Environmental Studies Institute and the President of Green Convergence, was part of the Miriam College contingent that attended the awarding. She commends the DENR-led search for promoting this kind of comprehensive method.
Galang credits the progressive Maryknoll Sisters, who instructed that environmental modules on pollution be taught in the school way back in the 1970’s, for the school’s pioneering efforts in environmental education and awareness.
Miriam College is one of the few institutions in the country with undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Environment. It is also a recipient of the prestigious “Dark Green School” citation from the EENP.
READ THE WHOLE STORY AT: SunStar Online > http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/feature/2013/12/03/denr-smart-award-country-s-top-eco-friendly-schools-316777
||“Despite research showing the benefits of arts education in the imparting of transferable skills, there is currently a lack of concerted effort in the Asia Pacific,” said Samuel Leong at the recent 2nd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference at Miriam College.
Leong, director of the Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in Hong Kong, said, “Arts education has been neglected, resulting in its being on the periphery of school curricula. This has happened largely under the pretext of achieving international standards in academic ability, but also in part due to lack of awareness on how arts education can add value to cognitive and holistic development.”
Kim Jeung-hee, vice president of South Korea’s Gyeongin National University of Education, said a 2012 survey by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology showed that most students, parents and teachers wanted more support for the arts. Everyone agreed that art activities in school were not sufficient.
In 2008, Kim, with Ann Kuo, past president of International Society for Education through Art (Insea), and Lourdes Samson, dean of Miriam’s College of Arts and Sciences, created the Asian Council in Art Education for the Southeast Asia Pacific Region.
“We wanted to make art and culture accessible to Asians, so they can become creative individuals and responsible members of society,” Samson said. “We do arts training, research, linkages.”
Leong said the arts could improve abilities like flexibility, imagination, exploration, reflection. When students learned through the arts, they could also develop the skill of “learning to learn, [which can] make other subject areas more attractive.”
“In a situation where there is more fault-finding than encouragement, an individual will lose his self-respect and display denial, violence, self-isolation, identity confusion,” Kim said. “To help students escape from these, arts education can strengthen self-regulation, knowing situations and overcoming them and create self-cognition, enhancing self-respect.”
Lertsiri Bovornkitti, professor of fine arts in Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrated how art therapy could help traumatized children and victims of natural disasters.
“Art therapy is a vital means of self-expression for troubled kids to shed unpleasant feelings or to aid in self-discovery,” Bovornkitti said.
“The arts are languages of reflection, investigation, insight and understanding about the self and the world,” Leong said. “Arts creation teaches people to make good judgments rather than to find the ‘right answer’ and to realize that problems can have more than one solution. Extending education beyond the culturally convenient, comfortable and familiar could do wonders to expand the creative imagination.”
READ MORE AT: Philippine Daily Inquirer http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/539129/arts-education-in-asia
Prof Aurora de Dios, executive director of the Women and Gender Institute and Dr. Jasmin Nario Galace, executive director of the Center for Peace Education participated in the Global Review of the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) held at Glen Cove, Long Island in New York last November 5-7.
The meeting aimed to take stock of current approaches to implementation of the WPS agenda to galvanize and invigorate implementation in the local, national, regional and global levels.
Jasmin Nario-Galace, executive director of the Center for Peace Education spoke at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders' Launch of "Women Count 2013 - Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report." The 2013 civil society monitoring of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) describes how the resolutions are being implemented in 15 countries, including Armenia, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Liberia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Uganda. The launch was held at the Canadian Mission in New York City last October 31, coinciding with the 13th year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. CPE has been participating in this research project since 2010.
Miriam College Psychology students and faculty provided much-needed psychological first-aid to Yolanda victims arriving at Villamor Air Base. Dubbed Oplan Salubong, participants gave comfort as well as listened to Yolanda victims as they try to cope with the trauma brought by one of the fiercest typhoons in history. Both students and faculty were witnesses to many heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories from the victims.
This initial move hopes to inspire many more members of the Miriam Community to be part of Oplan Salubong. Photo above shows volunteer Psych students waiting at the Villamor Airbase, ready to help their brothers and sisters from the Visayas through counseling.
Miriam College Middle School (MCMS) recently held the Music Room Concert Series (MRCS), comprised of mini-performances, featuring student-scholars of the Miriam College Center for Applied Music. The audience was treated to an intimate afternoon of classical music, with repertoires personally selected by the artists themselves. The pieces were favorite classics of the Baroque period to pieces from the 20th century.
Miriam College was awarded 2nd place in the recently concluded National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools, Tertiary Level, at the SM North Activity Center. The search is a partnership between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and corporate sponsors to recognize the environmental initiatives of schools throughout the country. The competition was launched in 2009 and is now on its third leg.
The Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants (PICPA) honored Ma. Concepcion Lupisan, Miriam College’s newly-appointed Human Resource Division officer-in-charge and chair of the Department of Accountancy, with the Honorary Life Member Award, the association’s second highest award. The ceremony was held at PICPA’s 68th Annual National Convention last November 14, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Lupisan has been active with the Institute for the past 20 years and has contributed significantly to the Accountancy profession, particularly in the field of education.