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Academic and Co-Curricular Achievement

Meet millennial kid Charlie Manzano, the bemedalled 4-foot-4 package who has yet to grasp how good she can be in a sport in quest of a new heroine

Spotting gymnast Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano as a naturally gifted athlete was easy.

Hanging from a bar, Charlie managed to do the pullover, a move in which a gymnast flips over a horizontal rod. She was just four.
“The first time we saw her on the bars, we were surprised,” says Mark Mogol, one of Charlie’s coaches at Club Gymnastica. “Right away, she knew how to hang. Then she did the pullover. And we said, ‘Wow, this kid is good.’”

It was just a summer gymnastics class. Charlie’s parents signed her up, thinking nothing much of it, just an activity their only child might enjoy just like when she did ballet.

So when coaches gave the heads-up that their daughter may be a bundle of talent, it was all a surprise.

“There’s really no one into sports in the family,” Charlie’s mother, Noreen, says with a laugh. “I wondered where she got it from.”

Charlie admits having little memory of her first foray into the sport. Now 10, there’s still no telling though if this lithe 4-foot-4 package has already grasped how good she can be.

Months after her incredible debut in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa— where she won four gold medals in all—Charlie remains as the quiet but highly efficient student.
“From the start, we knew that Charlie can compete,” says Mogol. “But the problem that we had was she doesn’t talk much. When you talk to her, she just nods. But it turned out to be good because she just follows our instructions. Other gymnasts can say yes, but they can’t do it. With Charlie, it’s automatic. Once she nods, she gets it.”

Charlie, though, isn’t exactly shy.

After a recent club tournament, where Charlie bagged the all-around title, she looked happy hanging out with gymnast friends and checking her socials on her smart phone.

But ask her how the tournament was and Charlie will say, “It’s fun.”

Push more questions, like if she found any event difficult or if she got nervous, Charlie nods in each one.

“That’s how she is,” says Noreen. “When I tutor her at home, she listens and follows. Sometimes, she just keeps saying yes. So I tell her, ‘You have to show me that you know that.’ But after her test, it turns out okay. She knows.”

“It’s the same thing in the gym,” adds Noreen. “You’d think she didn’t absorb it. But in competition, you can see she actually understood it.”

A dentist by profession, Noreen gave up her career after getting pregnant with Charlie. She’s now a dedicated athlete’s mom, driving Charlie to training five times a week, accompanying her to local and international tournaments, while also making sure that she balances her sport and studies.

“I guess it’s all fun for her,” says Noreen. “But what’s important for us is she’s enjoying it. We ask her everytime in competition if it’s okay, if she wants to do this. If she says yes, then we go.”

Charlie, now a fifth grader at Miriam College, also excels in school as she has been a consistent recipient of the academic excellence award.

On the gym floor, she has hauled over 50 medals in four years of competition in local events and two international club tournaments in Singapore and Bangkok, where she again ruled as the individual all-around winner.

“She was six years old in her first competition,” says Mogol. “She competed against gymnasts who already won medals before. But she won the all-around right away, so we knew that this kid will get even better.”

Last April, just four months before she turned 10, Charlie emerged as an instant star in the 2016 Palaro in Legazpi City, Albay. Debuting on the biggest national stage for young athletes, Charlie made it all look easy as she picked up gold medals in the single bar, floor exercises and team event, on top of silvers in the balance beam and vault, to run away with the all-around title.

“At first, her mommy was having second thoughts if Charlie could really compete in the Palaro,” Mogol recalls. “But after seeing her win the overall title in the NCR (National Capital Region-Palaro) qualifiers, we knew she could do it. So we kept telling her mommy not to worry about Charlie.”

Noreen thinks the pressure of competing weighs more on her and husband Inky than on Charlie herself.

“I’m the one who gets stressed,” says Noreen. “I pray the novena. I really get nervous when she competes.”

But Charlie’s parents have already braced themselves for more of it.

“Our goal for her is to be a member of the Philippine team, to be one of the best gymnasts in the Philippines,” says Mogol. “She can be in the national pool by 14 or 15, be in the junior team.”

Save for her sparkly leotard, there’s no air about her that she’s a rising gymnast armed with remarkable flexibility.

Ask Charlie what motivates her and who she looks up to, she just shrugs.

“You like Bea Lucero, right?” Noreen offers.

Thirty years ago, Lucero inspired many young girls to do cartwheels and flips after a popular chocolate drink commercial made the cute, peppy gymnast the face of the sport.

But since then, there hasn’t been a local gymnast who captured the nation’s heart the way Lucero did.

Charlie’s coaches believes she can. Her family hopes she can. And Charlie may just do it, even if it’s in in her own quiet way.



SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >
 http://sports.inquirer.net/226073/phenom

The Reconnect Project bags the top prize in Google’s search for new Web Rangers

MANILA -- Google Philippines awarded the top prize for its Webrangers initiative to a group of five students behind The Reconnect Project campaign.
The Webrangers program aims to promote digital literacy and the meaningful use of the internet among Filipino teens.

The five students -- Meoni Bergara from University of the Philippines-Diliman, Reiz Tamboong and Isabel Jose from Miriam College High School, John Oliver Dysanco from Enderun Colleges, and Ralph del Mundo from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Senior High School -- were able to show how information is available on the internet but because of online distractions, it can be difficult to find.

The students started with a sticky note activity where the teens asked their schoolmates to write down information that is useful for fellow students to learn more about and to post these examples on the wall.

In the coming days, as people were adding more content useful for students, the team then covered these notes with other sticky notes filled with examples of distracting content and activities normally encountered online.

Volunteers were then asked by the team to go through the pile of sticky notes to look for the useful information initially posted there. Because the important data was covered by all sorts of distracting sticky notes, the students realized that they do spend a lot of time online on things that divert their attention from getting information that can help them out. This activity illustrated that teens can use the Internet to enrich their lives if they don’t let themselves get distracted by the clutter they encounter online.

Because the Web Rangers wanted to provide a space for their peers to connect with each other and share useful information, they created a websitehttp://thereconnectproject.weebly.com filled with resources and content about education, health and lifestyle, and technology. Anyone can contribute to the website, which the students moderate.

This year, more than 60 Web Rangers, aged 14-21, were chosen from almost 200 applicants from Metro Manila. They also attended a one-day workshop last September with partner agencies Department of Trade and Industry and Dentsu JaymeSyfu.

“Through this program, we have seen how creative and dedicated the Filipino youth can be if given the right tools to advocate for a good cause like digital literacy. We’ve seen promising entries and we are pleased that they were able to use the internet in turning creative ideas into something that can influence their peers,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

The participants were trained to make effective campaigns on digital literacy and were given three weeks to produce a campaign which would serve as their entry to the competition.

“We are glad to be part of this initiative by Google Philippines in educating the youth about digital literacy. We would like to congratulate the winners in coming up with such creative and meaningful campaigns. We also hope that this initiative will encourage Filipino teens to become entrepreneurs in the digital economy and become a strong contributor to the country’s growth and development,” said Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Industry Promotion Group. (AP)


SOURCE: Sun Star Manila > http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/business/2016/10/12/google-philippines-touts-teen-campaign-promoting-digital-literacy-503142

The MCMS Badminton Team was named Overall Champion in the Junior High School Developmental Category at the Inter-School Badminton League (ISBL) held last October 2 at Jumpsmash Badminton Center.  The team members were Chesca Angelo, Patricia Braganza, Sharlene Bitong, Elia Ching, and Ma. Victoria Lopez. The team was mentored by Head Coach Jeffrey Lagdagan and Assistant Coach Chuck Carzon. 

Photo shows the MCMS Badminton Team with Coach Lagdagan.

As one of the first Philippine teams to compete at the World Scholar's Cup (WSC) Tournament of Champions in Yale University, the Miriam College High School delegation paid a courtesy call on Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo on December 9, 2016 at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila, Quezon City. The MCHS teams competed at the WSC Tournament of Champions held at Yale University last November 18-21.

The two teams were Team 333 composed of Justine Gabrielle Ramirez, Alessandra Deone Roldan and Ana Beatrice Salumbides and Team 334 composed Alaina Licia Arcenas, Cassandra Camille Cuaresma, and Maria Regina Gabrielle Taruc. Both teams brought home gold and silver medals and ranked 33rd overall in the Junior Division.

Accompanying the two teams were coach Laarni Rivadeneira, English faculty Sofia Soledad de Guzman, and their respective families. The group shared their achievements with the Vice President who graciously welcomed and congratulated them for bringing honor to the country.

The MC teams competed in four events in the Junior Division namely Scholar’s Bowl, Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, and Scholar’s Challenge. The event was composed of 200 teams and 600 participants from 37 countries. It is the biggest Tournament of Champions to date.

In his Philippine Star column Funfare, writer Ricky Lo cited the multi-awarded Miriam College High School (MCHS) Glee Club as one of the artists/choirs that made a mark on the international stage in 2016.

Also cited were Sara Geronimo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, The Voice Kids Germany winner Lukas Oscar Janisch, and Ballet Manila among other international competition winners for 2016. 

The MCHS Glee club bagged two Gold Diplomas at the 7th Musica Eterna a Roma Choral Competition held in Rome, Italy, last July 2016.

In 2012, they garnered the highest scores in two Categories at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, bringing home two Gold Diplomas. In 2010, they bagged two Silver Diplomas at the 6th World Choir Games (WCG) held in Shaoxing, China.

To read full article, please see link: www.philstar.com/entertainment/2017/01/06/1660143/2016-phl-artists-shine-intl-stage

The Miriam College Lower School athletes did the school proud after bagging several awards in different competitions in the last quarter of 2016. They are: 
 
GYMNASTICS
 
Ancilla Lucia Mari B. Manzano (5-Magalang)
 
1st Place, Individual All Around Champion 
Gold Medal, Balance Beam event G
Gold Medal, Vault Event 
Silver, Floor exercise event
 
Quezon City Division Meet, Quezon City, November 30, 2016
 
Silver, Individual All Around Champion
Gold, Uneven Bars Event 
Silver, Balance Beam Event 
Silver, Floor Exercise Event 
Silver, Vault Event
 
Batang Pinoy 2016 National Championships, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, December 5, 2016 
 
 
Sabine Noelle M. Odulio (5-Mahinahon)
Gold Medal,  Beam, Floor, Vault, Bars Events
 
Sonny Ty International Cup, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, October 14-15, 2016 
 

Chelsea V. Apacible (5-Maunawain)
Gold, Vault, Beam & Bars Events
Silver, Floor Event
Champion, Overall Level 1 Senior
 
Sonny Ty International Cup, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, October 14-15, 2016 
 
Francine Marie S. Jara (5-Masinop)
5th All Around Champion
Silver, Beam Vault events 
Bronze, Floor                                                                                                         
 
Hong Kong Superstar & Recreational Center (SRC) Gymnastics Carnival 2016, Hong Kong, November 20, 2016
 
FOOTBALL
 
Tamica Lorraine B. Oraa (2-Talon), Dominique Summer R. Baltazar and Lara Asiana Ysabelle S. Rodiel (4-Bulaklakan), Jaliyah Aries Kliu H. Borra (5-Mahinahon), Sophia Louise L. Gajitos (5-Masinop), Lucia Bettina V. Palattao and Rhiana Louise P. Pua (5-Matiyaga)
1st Runner-Up, Girls Born 2007 Division
13th RIFA Girls First Phase Cumulative Festival, International School Manila, October 8, 2016
 
Jaliyah Aries Kliuh H. Borra (5-Mahinahon)
1st Runner-up, Under 12 division 
 
21st  Alaska (Football) Cup, Alabang Country Club, November 26, 2016 
 
GOLF
Lana Sofia B. Ceralde (5-Magalang)

1st Runner-Up, Junior Golfers League (TJGL)
 
Inter-School Tournament 2016, Philippine Navy, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City, November 19, 2016 

Psychology students (in top left photo) Daryl Mitzi Evangelista, Carla Marie Mico, Dr. Ma. Celia Aguila, Jolina Joanna Angeli Chan, and Ma. Alessandra Angeles placed 2nd in the Best Thesis for the Undergraduate award given by the Psychological Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates (PAPJA). The awarding was held last January 20 at the PAPJA Convention, SMX Convention Center (right photo).

Their winning thesis is titled, "Social Support and Problem-Focused Coping Moderated by Age as Predictors of Disaster Resilience Among Disaster Survivors".
Dr. Celia Aguila, Dr. Malou Baybay, and AJ Sagmit were the team’s adviser, research teacher, and critic reader, respectively.

Last February 5-6, 2017, Miriam College High School, in partnership with the World Scholar’s Cup, hosted the second World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round.  With a total of 19 schools participating in the Junior and Senior divisions, 108 teams of three composed of 322 scholars competed to qualify for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Athens, and Cape Town.
 
In the course of the two-day competition, Miriam College High School emerged triumphant in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Three teams in the Junior Division and 17 teams in the Senior Division garnered silver and gold medals in four categories: Scholar’s Bowl, Scholar’s Challenge, Collaborative Writing, and Team Debate. With a total of 42 teams and 126 participants in the Junior Division, and 66 teams and 198 participants in the Senior Division, Miriam College High School landed on the Top 10% of each category of the competition. 
 
The Manila Round 2017 is one of the biggest Regional Rounds in World Scholar’s Cup this year. Participating schools include Assumption College San Lorenzo, Ateneo De Manila Junior High School, Ateneo De Manila Senior High School, Chinese International School Manila, Colegio de Santa Philomena, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Filipino Turkish Tolerance International School of Zamboanga, Immaculate Concepcion Academy, King’s School Manila, La Salle Greenhills, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, Miriam College High School, Miriam College Middle School, Miriam College Nuvali, OB Montessori Center, Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow, Philippine Science High School, Victory Christian International School, and Xavier School. 
 
The Hanoi Global Round will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017, the Athens Global Round on July 18-23, 2017, and the Cape Town Global Round on August 11-15, 2017. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the World Scholar’s Cup. 
 
By Laarni Z. Rivadeneira, coach of the Miriam College High School delegation

The Miriam College Pep Squad was named champion at the 15th WCSA Cheerdance Competition. The event coincided with the opening program of the new WCSA season held last January 29 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. 
 
Miriam College bested five other participating schools, namely Assumption College–San Lorenzo, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College–Alabang, St. Scholastica’s College–Manila, and University of Asia and the Pacific. All performances were spectacular as the girls showed class and poise in the execution of their gymnastic skills and dancing prowess. 
 
Presentations were judged by national and international coaches and experts in gymnastics and cheerdance, supervised by Cheerleading Philippines which is under the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Philippine Sports Commission. 
 
Assumption College–San Lorenzo and last year’s defending champion, the University of Asia and the Pacific, were named 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, respectively.
 
The MC HEU Pep Squad is currently preparing for the upcoming Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) Cheerleading Competition which will be held on February 25, Saturday, 1pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Angelica Leandicho was chosen as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Finance students of the Philippines last January 31, 2017.   Angelica is a senior BA-Finance student of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) and is the current president of the Miriam College Junior Finance Executives (MC-JFINEX).

The Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students (TOFS) is an annual national competition sponsored by the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX) in collaboration with the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations of the Philippines (JCFAP) and is participated in by the best of the best Finance students in the country.  The selection process includes a grueling written examination and a series of interviews by a panel of judges composed of members of the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX).

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