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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.

Ang Mababang Paaralan ng Kolehiyo ng Miriam ay nagsama-sama upang ipagdiwang ang Buwan ng Wika noong Agosto 26, 2016. Ang tema ay “Talino at Talento Ipakita Gamit ang Wikang Filipino.”

Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang, ang bawat baitang ay nagpakita ng kanilang talino at talento sa pamamagitan ng pag-awit, pagsayaw ng mga awiting pambata, pagbigkas ng tula, pagsalaysay ng kuwentong kapupulutan ng aral, pagbabahagi ng natatanging talento, at pakikipagtagisan ng talino.

Bumisita rin ang mga mag-aaral sa BASA (Basahin Ang Sariling Atin) eksibit kung saan natunghayan nila ang mga natatanging proyekto ng mga mag-aaral mula sa iba’t ibang baitang. 

Sa pamamagitan ng mga natatanging pagdiriwang ay nalilinang at napauunlad ang kaalaman at kakayahan ng mga mag-aaral sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino. Nabibigyan din sila ng pagkakataong maipakita ang kanilang talino at talento at maipahayag ang sarili gamit ang wikang Filipino.

The City Council of Marikina commended and recognized four athletes form the Higher Education unit for bringing honor and pride not only to Miriam College but to Marikina City as well. The four were named champions in Badminton at the 46th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They are Ira Francesca Villanueva, Third Year BS Psychology; Tierrah Opinion, Fourth Year BA; Priscilla Elena Caluag, Third Year BA Communication; and Karen Inocencio, Fourth Year BA Applied Arts. They attended the Recognition Ceremony held last August during the city’s 8th Regular Meeting in Marikina.  Present were Vice-Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz and the City Councilors.
 
Villanueva and Caluag finished High School at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Marikina while Opinion and Inocencio graduated from the Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College  (OLOPSC) also in Marikina.

Miriam College Lower School student Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano won multiple medals at the Club Gymnastica Friendship Meet 2016 held last September 18, 2016 at the Club Gymnastica Training Center, Pasig City. Her awards are the following: 

First Place, Individual All Around Champion
Gold Medal, Floor Exercise Event
Gold Medal, Vault Event
Silver Medal, Uneven Bars Event
Silver Medal, Balance Beam Event

Selected students from Miriam College Middle School joined the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs’ (PSYSC) annual Math, Science at Kapaligiran (MathSciaKa) workshops at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).  The workshops, held last September 17, aim to test the scientific knowledge and engineering skills of students through creative and non-traditional methods. 
 
Alize Rosemary Madayag of 7-Tecson and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay of 7-Dela Rama won 1st Place in the Mystery Workshop Bracket II for their blueprint design for an agriculture software application that can be used by the youth. In the same bracket, Angela Villasanta of 8-T’boli and Samantha Centeno of 8-Badjao won 3rd Place in the Workshop Fair. Both students designed a drip irrigation system that can be used in both a traditional farm and a city farm.
 
Photo shows Alize Rosemary Madayag and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay with their trainer Anne Jillian Dumanat, a grade 8 Science teacher; Angela Villasanta and Samantha Centeno with their coach and the director of PHIVOLCS, Dr. Renato Solidum; and the MCMS participants of MathSciaka Brackets I and II with their trainers Ma. Fatima Cruz and  Anne Jillian Dumanat.

Miriam College received 1st Runner-up, Champion, and 2nd Runner-up in the Midgets, Junior, and Senior divisions, respectively, last September 3, 2016 during the opening ceremonies of the 47th season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) at the Makati Coliseum. 

MC’s student-athletes once again showed grace and courage as they outclassed their opponents during the 46th season in various events, namely badminton, basketball, cheerleading/cheerdance, futsal, lawn tennis, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

The awards are a testimony of the hardwork, determination, discipline and teamwork put together by our gracious athletes. Miriam College High School won eight straight overall championships since 2008, the Middle School won six overall awards for the last 6 consecutive years, while the College won two overall awards in the last three years.

Entrepreneurship student, Rissadel M. Mendoza, was one of the top 10 delegates in the recently concluded Smart Investment Summit 2016 entitled Funding the Future. The summit was hosted by the UP Investment Club and was held September 3, 2016 at NISMED Auditorium, UP Diliman, Q.C.

Other students who represented Miriam College from the Department of Entrepreneurship were Alanis Agustin, Clarissa Meneses, Theriz Ramirez, Andrea Santos and Francheska Ronquillo.

Funding the Future: A Symposium on Venture Capitalism is a gathering of over 250 college students from Metro Manila. Its primary objective is to introduce Startups and Venture Capitalism (VC) as key contributors to the steady expansion of the Philippine economy. The event featured a series of activities and informative talks on Startups and VCs that encourage students to create startups that are geared towards solving modern day problems.

Miriam College actively takes part in these kinds of summits to expose students to practical and unconventional investment opportunities and to the realities of business operations.

Miriam College received 1st Runner-up, Champion, and 2nd Runner-up in the Midgets, Junior, and Senior divisions, respectively last September 3, 2016 during the opening ceremonies of the 47th season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) at the Makati Coliseum. 

Our student-athletes once again showed grace and courage as they outclassed their opponents during the 46th season in various events, namely badminton, basketball, cheerleading/cheerdance, futsal, lawn tennis, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

The awards are a testimony of the hardwork, determination, discipline and teamwork put together by our gracious athletes.  Miriam College High School won eight straight overall championships since 2008, the Middle School won six overall awards for the last 6 consecutive years, while the College won two overall awards in the last three years.

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