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The Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC) hosted its first public lecture titled ‘The Future of Creativity’, featuring Prof. Mark d’Inverno of Goldsmiths, University of London last February 23 at Miriam College.

Prof. d’Inverno is currently the Pro-warden International at Goldsmiths. He has taught computer science at the same university for 10 years and has led large research projects covering artificial intelligence, art, music, and education.

Creative activity

His lecture proposed a workable definition of “creative activity” to replace “creativity” which he says is a widely and over-used term that has come to mean a little more than that we approve of. His definition is based on current innovations in research and teaching at Goldsmiths and focused on the creative process and pedagogies used for teaching creative practice.

D’Inverno asserts that creative activity is not about novelty nor measuring human power but is something open to us and about a being in the world. “It is a vigor and openness to the world around you. It is engaging yourself and losing yourself in what you’re doing. Sometimes I play the piano and I don’t really know where I am.” D’Inverno is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK.

He emphasized that at the heart of teaching creative activity is the need to take and receive feedback about one’s work. “I think that is a critical part of what you want to be. Taking feedback is a difficult, important journey. It is a key to learning.”

As important as getting feedback is giving feedback. “Giving feedback is also a creative act. [Through it] we understand the relationship between intention and perception,” he says.  Among other topics, D’Inverno also touched on using Artificial Intelligence to support human creativity. 
In the audience were Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, representatives from the Commission on Higher Education and the British Council, undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers of design-related fields.

Prof. d’Inverno is the first DREAMS specialist to give a lecture at HSSIC. DREAMS stands for the areas of specialization of the Innovation Center – Design, Robotics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Arts, Mathematics, and Social responsibility.

“His talk contributes to the strategic direction of the center which is to become a space where creativity, innovation, and alternative thinking are constantly revisited from both the theoretical and practical vantage points. In so doing, learners, teachers, and industry practitioners are equipped with updated knowledge and skills in the three areas mentioned,” says Dr. Edizon Fermin, Miriam College’s director for Innovation Development.

Partnership in design education

The lecture is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), British Council, and Goldsmiths, University of London.  It is part of the ongoing RP-UK Transnational Education (TNE) Links Programme connected to the K to 12 Transition Program of the CHED, under the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants Scheme.

The visit of Prof d’Inverno and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miriam College and Goldsmiths heralds the formalization of the partnership between the two institutions for the development of a niche graduate degree program in design education.

Goldsmiths is one of the world’s leading institutions for Arts and Humanities in the UK and has a rich heritage of producing alumni that have had a huge impact on the "creative industries," winning Oscars, Turner prizes, Ivor Novello awards, Olivier awards and Mercury awards. Its roster of alumni include fashion designer Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood, filmmaker Steve McQueen, sculptor Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, composer Adrian Sutton, and artist Damien Hirst.


On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committee announced that it had awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of nongovernment organizations in 100 countries, in recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted by 122 states on July 7.

In its response to the announcement, the ICAN acknowledged that the treaty is a historic agreement that “offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.”

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons ever created, and they threaten the very survival of humanity and our Earth. Hence, the elimination of nuclear weapons has been the goal of ICAN from the time the network was established. After the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN paid tribute to all those who have supported the treaty, particularly the campaigners all over the world, the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the hibakusha, the victims of nuclear test explosions worldwide, and the states that have signed and ratified the treaty.

It should be a source of pride that the Philippines is one of the first 50 countries to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was opened for signature last Sept. 20 (United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs). Long before the negotiations on the treaty, our delegation had constantly expressed the Philippines’ strong stand on the abolition of nuclear weapons. In 2015, the Philippine government reiterated this position in a statement at the UN: “We will continue to state the strong case for the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and tirelessly call for the start of a process … that will fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”

It can thus be said that the Philippines has taken a leadership role on the matter even prior to the treaty negotiations. The Philippines has the distinction of being the first Asean country to endorse the “Humanitarian Pledge.” It was also among the first few countries that collectively issued a working paper at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that highlighted the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons. The working paper also cited the need for effective measures toward a legal framework that would ban nuclear weapons.

The “Humanitarian Pledge” reflected a fundamental shift in the international discourse on nuclear disarmament — moving away from a deterrence paradigm and toward one that looks at the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the demands of true human and planetary security. In 2015, increasing international support for this pledge indicated that many governments were ready to move forward on the issue of prohibiting nuclear weapons, even if the nuclear-weapon states were not ready to join.

The Philippines’ consistent support for the cause culminated in its “yes” vote for the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last July. It is hoped that the Philippines will continue to take the lead in this matter by ratifying the treaty soon.

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Loreta Navarro-Castro is the program director of the Center for Peace Education, and a professor of international studies and education at Miriam College.


Published at the Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/107823/ph-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons#ixzz4vLV4qzp0


MANILA, Philippines – Former education secretary Lourdes Quisumbing died on Saturday, October 14. She was 96.

Miriam College announced Quisumbing's death on Sunday, October 15. The education advocate was a professor emeritus and former president of the college.

Quisumbing was also the dean of St Theresa's College (STC), dean of the Graduate School of Education at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, and chairperson of Graduate Education at University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu.

She is best known for her stint as the secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports or DECS – now the Department of Education – during the time of the late president Corazon Aquino. She was the first female to hold the post.

"Her tenure marked the expansion of free public education to the secondary level, an increase in the share of education in the national budget, rationalization of higher education, and an emphasis on values education," said Miriam College in its news release.

After 4 years in the Aquino Cabinet, Quisumbing was appointed as secretary-general of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, giving her the rank of ambassador in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). She served in this capacity until her retirement in 1998.

Even after retiring from public service, she continued working for the education sector as chairperson of the STC Board in Cebu. She was also president of the UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) and APNIEVE Philippines.

She finished her bachelor's degree in Education as a summa cum laude graduate of STC. She then pursued her master's degree in Education at USC, also finishing summa cum laude. Quisumbing capped her studies with a PhD in Education from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

The esteemed Cebu native is survived by 8 of her 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.



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They topped the Asian English Olympics two years in a row and they back, this time to conquer the world.

One of the Miriam College teams who competed in the senior division ranked 9th overall in the final round of the the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University from November 10 to 14, 2017. They are the only Filipino team who bested 330 other teams (approximately 1000 student finalists ages 11-16 years old) from all over the world. A total of sixteen students from Miriam College Middle School and High School were at the tournament.  The competition is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.

Metal detectors at the airports will surely find 90 medallions and 3 trophies something great. The junior division team won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals. Meanwhile, the senior division team bagged a total of 9 individual silver medals, 17 individual gold medals, 1 team silver medal, 3 team gold medals, 1 individual trophy, and 2 team trophies. The teams competed in debate, scholar’s bowl (a quiz show), collaborative writing, and the scholar"s challenge – all configured as creative academic competitions. Know more of these events at http://www.scholarscup.org/events/.

The event webpage declares, “The Tournament of Champions is more than just another Global Round. You’ll have the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students and faculty. You’ll attend a special panel on college life and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio.”  Now this is how brave Filipino girls conquer the world of infinite possibilities.


Miriam College students who participated in the junior division hold the Philippine flag proudly. Photo courtesy of Miriam College.



Filipina middle school and high school students from Miriam College emerged triumphant at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association and held in Yale University in the United States from November 10 to 14.

According to a press release, students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana competed as a team in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (a group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge (a multiple-choice test where you can choose more than one answer) events. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies as part of the senior division (students 15 years old and above).

The team ranked ninth, besting more than 300 junior and senior division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC. They were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia for the same division.

2,200 scholars from 50 countries competed in the senior division. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy getting the Top 10 spot.

In the junior division, the 13-member team made up of Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl, and Scholar’s Challenge events.

Almost 1,200 scholars competed in the junior division (students 14 years old and below). Lim finished second place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge, while Asedillo placed seventh, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking of the WSCToC.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” its website said.

The World Scholar’s Cup is “inclusive, encouraging, interdisciplinary, discussion-based, forward-looking, team-oriented, (and) whimsical,” and it aims “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills,” and “to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” Tiongson said. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

Her team’s coach, Amity Yap, noted that this was the highest ranking the school had ever achieved since participating in the event six times.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge, but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students. To win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Unlikely World”, which guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own, according to a press release.

The subjects are Science and Technology (“To Shoot for the Moon”), History (“History of Conspiracy”), Literature (“Voices of the Almost Impossible”), Art and Music (“Fragments of an Improbable Universe”), Social Studies (“Predicting the Future”), and Modern Mythologies.

These high school students from Miriam College competed against 300 teams from all over the globe.


IMAGE Facebook.com/World Scholars Cup (left); Courtesy of Miriam College (right)

It took attitude, dedication, and independence for 16 all-female students to take home the glory from the World Scholar's Cup (WSC), says Amity Yap, one of the coaches of the Middle School and High School students from Miriam College who competed in the international event. A total of 2,200 scholars from 50 countries all over the world competed at the event, which was held this year at Yale University in the U.S. last November 10 to 14.

The team of high school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana ranked 9th in the final rounds of the WSC Tournament of Champions where there were 300 senior division teams. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies. They were declared top 1 in Southeast Asia after competing in team debate, collaborative writing, and group quiz bee, among others.


IMAGE The Miriam College senior division team (from left) Aleeza Moira Tiongson, Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, and Alyssa Santana


“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” said Tiongson. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

The junior division team, composed of 13 middle school students, age 14 and below, also experienced their share of victory. Students Jiana Lim and Katrina Asedillo won 2nd and 7th place, respectively, for the literature category. Lim also grabbed 12th spot in the overall individual ranking among almost 1,200 competing scholars.

Overall, the junior division team took home 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silver medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals.

IMAGE All 16 World Scholar's Cup participants with Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus


The World Scholar's Cup sets itself apart from other competitions for placing value not just in textbook knowledge, but also in the joy of learning. The tournament tests students in science, literature, history and social studies but also in topics like modern mythology. To prepare for the competition, the students had the theme as guide, "The Unlikely World."

“WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said coach Yap.

Aside from team and individual events, community-building activities also take place at WSC, according to the event’s website. They hold talent shows where skills range from dancing to reciting math constants, student fairs where participants get to share their culture and traditions with fellow participants, and opportunities to attend talks by guest speakers from leading universities.

Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed at WSC, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it to 10th place in the senior division.




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MANILA, Philippines — Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions held in Yale University, Connecticut from Nov. 10 to 14.

The students were from Middle School and High School. The three-member team which competed in the Senior Division ranked 9th, besting more than 300  teams in the final rounds of the tournament. They got the highest ranking and were declared top in Southeast Asia in that division.

High school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson and Alyssa Santana – referred to as Team 686 – competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee) and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silvers and three trophies.

Solid team dynamics played an important role in their success. “I think our advantage as a team is how solid we are and how supportive we are of each other. Through our journey in the WSC, from the regionals to the Tournament of Champions, we built and strengthened our team dynamics and such helped us collaborate and work better together,” said Tiongson.

Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said Team 686 coach Amity Yap.

“The Unlikely World” was this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own. Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.

The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silvers, 6 team golds and 9 team silvers in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee) and Scholar’s Challenge events.

They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar and Maxene de Castro with Isabel Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among 1,200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle School placed 7th, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking. Chosen to carry the Philippine flag during the closing ceremony’s Flag March was Asedillo.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different from traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website said.


SOURCE: Philippine Star > www.philstar.com/starweek-magazine/2017/12/03/1764614/pinays-shine-world-scholars-cup

The winners of the first batch of President’s Challenge were announced last December 1 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC). The winning projects are the Crowd Management System of the Grade 9 students (mixed section); DefendHer, a campaign promoting self-defense for women by students from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Palungki, a lounge design by students from the College of Education.

Personally congratulating the winners was special guest and Board of Trustees member Carmencita T. Abella.

The winning groups will be given a seed funding to implement their project. They may also use any laboratory or tools available at the HSSIC. All winning groups are required to set-up their exhibits on March 2018 at the HSSIC.

A total of 12 groups from the High School and the three colleges—College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy, and College of  Education—made their pitches before four judges last September. The judges were composed of Dr. Lapus, Rex Bookstore Inc. Chief Operating Officer Don Buhain, Emerson Patent Manager Marlon Cabral, and MC Marketing and Communications Manager Romualdo Romualdo.

On the same day, the second batch of participants from the Child Study Center, Lower School, Middle School, MC NUVALI, MC-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, and Miriam Adult Education units presented their big, bold ideas before a panel of judges. Joining Dr. Lapus and Romualdo in the panel were Felta Marketing Officer Jed Abiva-Sazon, Emerson Technologies’ Jo-A Lozano, C&E Publishing CEO Emyl Eugenio.

Among the ideas pitched by the second batch were a playground design for a community using recycled materials by the CSC, a system to instill discipline among students during dismissal time from the LS, a new classroom table design to encourage learning and participation from the MS, a garbage collection mechanism to block and collect waste from waterways by SAID, and the use of Tubang Bakod plant to control water pollution from MAE.

The winners for the second batch will be announced before the Christmas break.



Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions (WSCToC) held in Yale University, Connecticut, USA last November 10 to 14.

The students were composed of Middle School and High School students, three of which competed in the Senior Division while 13 in the Junior Division.


Highest ranking Team in the SEA, PH

Making the country proud is the all-Pinay, three-member team which ranked 9th, besting more than 300 Senior Division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC.  They are the Filipino team with the highest ranking and were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia in that Division.

They are composed of MC High School students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana—also referred to as Team 686 at the WSC. They competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 Gold Medals, 21 Silver medals, and three trophies.




The members of the top team said they did not expect making it to the top 10.  “It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries but we did not let that dishearten us. The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country,” said Tiongson.


Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“This is the 6th time Miriam College has sent a contingent to Yale and to date this is the highest ranking the school has achieved since it first joined the tournament,” says Team 686 coach, Amity Yap.

In 2016, Miriam College got first place in the Manila Rounds, automatically exempting them in the Global Rounds held in Prague and Bangkok. They directly competed in the WSC ToC in Yale.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students –to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” adds Yap.

The Unlikely World is this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own.  Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature, and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.


Topping Literature in the Junior Division
 
The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events.  They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro with Teacher Isabela Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among almost 1, 200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim of the High School won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle school placed 7th, also in the same category. Overall, Lim landed 12th in the Scholar’s Challenge, an individual event.

To train the girls in the Junior Division, Aguilar said that she conducted a team building activity to develop rapport among the students. “They also participated in several speaking activities that were not as formal as the debate ones but helped them develop confidence in speaking,” she added.

Aguilar added that this latest completion showed what the girls are truly capable of. “Even with the small number of hours we put into training, the students still emerged victorious. All of them improved a lot in terms of performance and because of the consecutive nature of the competition, the girls were able to hone their skills through constant practice.”


Proud Pinay

Chosen to fly the Philippine flag during the closing ceremonies’s Flag March was Asedillo, who proudly carried and waved the flag on stage.
 
“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website defines the tournament.
The WSCToc is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.
 
The girls were featured in GMA7’s 24-Oras. Watch it here:

The 18-piece Middle School Chorus won Second Prize in Children’s Choir Category at the prestigious National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last November 24, 2017.

The group also won the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the commissioned competition piece entitled “Pagmumuni: Zazen sa Papag” composed by UP College of Music Dean Dr. Verne dela Peña. The chair of the panel of judges was National Artist for Music (2014) Ramon Pagayon Santos, together with Jonathan Velasco (international voice clinician), Ma. Theresa Vizconde-Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir conductor), Jude Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir music director), and Fidel Calalang, Jr. (University of Santo Tomas Singers conductor).

The group is under the baton of Sinamar Respicio and the guidance of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Area Supervisor.

The group also performed the commissioned competition piece during the Winners Concert held at the Main Theater of the CCP last November 26, 2017.

The Children’s Choir category national finalists, comprised of seven competing groups from the different regions of the Philippines, were judiciously chosen during the semi-finals round held last October.

NAMCYA was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended on November 1988 as a response to “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development”. The competition is held every three years.

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