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Events and Activities

As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, an ‘underground’ activity known as “Project 9.0” was organized by the Office of the President involving two teams from the High School and from the College. The latter was represented by BA Communication students Paola Neyra, Claire Uy, Elaine Nasi, and Patricia Ortile. 

The project proposals were presented to and judged by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, Director for Innovation Development and High School Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Marketing and Communications Head Romualdo A. Romualdo, Communications and Media Coordinator Dahl Bennett, and Special Project Coordinator Mian Arcega last August 12, 2016 at the Board Room.

Both teams were tasked to come up with a high-impact, low-cost, and feasible project. After careful deliberation, two ideas were picked from the HEU that included a Post-It installation wherein students wrote short messages to the future MC community. These messages were posted on tarpaulins located in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, College, Miriam Adult Education, and Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. The Post-Its were later gathered in a jar to be opened after a couple of years for reflection. 

The other idea highlights the four core values of Miriam College – truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation —and will be reflected in feel-good statements incorporated in tricycle stickers which will be distributed at the end of this year.

Project 9.0 was an unforgettable experience for the Communication students who met the challenge with flying colors. By Denise Villalobos, BA Comm

The Gawad Miriam Para Sa Komunikasyon was held at the Little Theater last September 26, 2016 to recognize the achievements of the Department of Communication.
 
Department of Communication Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, welcomed students and guests to the activity and acknowledged the Communication students who represented Miriam College in various competitions as well as those who participated in the school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
 
Dr. Acosta thanked the Miriam College Television (MCTV) group for creating the Henry Sy Sr. AVP which was shown during the launch of the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center. Their moderator, Gilbeys Sardea, shared the group’s experiences in creating the AVP from planning, production, to its actual run during the opening of the makerspace last September 7, 2016.
 
Special awards were also given to winners of different tilts, among them PODCON, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, and Himig Handog P-Pop 2016. The awarding of the Best Thesis to three outstanding groups along with the Dean’s Listers from last school year also took place.
 
Senior BA Communication students Coleen Ramos and Paola Neyra shared how they prepared and contributed to the launching of makersapce and Project 9.0 in time for College Week and MC’s 90th anniversary celebration.
 
For her part, reigning Miss Commgeniality Gessle Escober gave an inspiring talk, encouraging students to be the best version of themselves and to always seize opportunities that college life offers.
 
In between the awarding, C*CATT Street, C*CATT Singers, and Jascha Sarmiento and Julie Jolo entertained the audience with intermission numbers. Text by Angel Abrera and Photos by Kristine de Leon, Hannah Navarro, and Brooke Villanueva


As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, the school, through the External Affairs Office (now Marketing and Communications Office) with the support of High School Photography Club moderator JJ Villano, opened the 90 Shots: One Mighty Photo Exhibit last September 26, 2016.

The exhibit features photographs that tell the story of Miriam College today as seen through the lenses of the MC community. Contributors are composed of photography enthusiasts and representatives from the different units, offices, and centers. 

Representing Dr. Rosario O. Lapus during the opening was Dr. Noel Racho who was assisted by Sr. Teresa Dagdag for the untying of the ribbon. Administrators, personnel, and the 90 Shots contributors, which included students from the HEU and HS, graced the event. 

Entries coming from 26 contributors were trimmed down to 90 photos. Judging these entries were Villano, Lai De Guzman, owner of Time Travelers Photography; Dr. Noel Racho, Human Resource Division director; Luwi Tampinco, BEU director and Middle School principal; and Rob Fontanilla, faculty member of the Department of Communication. Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College president, selected the top 3 photos.

The first, second, and third prize winners are Claudine F. Esteban of the Miriam College Middle School (MCMS); Mirma Mae C. Tica of the Center for Peace Education; and Genevieve Y. Goño, of the Miriam College Child Study Center, respectively. 



Making it to the Top 10 are Rhoderic P. Buado, Environmental Studies Office; Emmanuel John Y. Villar Information & Communications Technology Office, Kayla Matutina, MCHS, Hannah L. Chua, MCMS; Jo-Anna R. Pinon of MC NUVALI, and Angelo Velandria, Miriam Adult Education.

90 Shots aims to capture the dynamic, vibrant, and innovative campus of Miriam College through a different perspective and, literally, a fresh angle.  Campus & Community Life, Heritage & Landmarks, Environment & Nature, and Innovation & Creativity are the themes that run through the photographs on exhibit. 

Wonder Photo Shop-Fuji Film, located at the UP Town Center, sponsored the developing of all 90 photos. 

The community is invited to view the exhibit at the MMJ foyer. It will run until October 7, 2016 and will then be rotated at the different units throughout the anniversary year.


View more photos of this event at: www.mc.edu.ph/Campus.aspx?AlbumId=115&PhotoId=1967

Two research papers by Communication students were presented at the first Communication Research International Conference (CRIC), held last September 22-23, 2016 at the UP Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City. The conference was spearheaded by the UP College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) and the Philippines Communication Society (PCS).  
 
Mae Raziel Gonzales presented her paper titled “Bending Genders: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Gamers’ Communication Styles Using Opposite Sex Avatars” which delved on the pattern of gender and communication in online games. 
 
Trixia Abao, Patricia Canedo, and Honey Villadelgado presented their paper titled “For Updates and Retweets: Filipino Young Adults’ Perception Towards the Effectiveness of PAGASA’s Use of Twitter for Information Dissemination. The researchers studied how PAGASA’s weather forecast information dissemination on Twitter influences and affects the behavior of the Filipino youth. The latter was awarded Moderator’s Choice for the specific parallel session.
 
CRIC, which has Vice President Leni Robredo as keynote speaker, carried the theme “Voices & Noises: Communication and Integration Within and Across ASEAN Communities.” The event was an opportunity for both students and professionals to present their research papers beyond the classroom. The topics included Cultural Diversity, Regional Unity, and the ASEAN Identity; Communication in Social and Development Issues; Disaster and Risk Communication; Politics, Governance, and Education Reforms; Peace, Conflict, and Communication; and Intercultural Media Studies. 
 
Department of Communication Chairperson and PCS Secretary, Dr. Maria Margarita A. Acosta, PhD together with Asst. Professor Jonalou S.J. Labor, MA of UP-CMC, were the masters of ceremony of the event. Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II and Lynda C. Garcia served as moderators during the parallel sessions while Danday Ampil, Mae Ann Chua, and Therese San Diego attended together with their classes in Communication Research and Thesis Writing II. 
 
The conference was attended by over 900 delegates with Miriam College sending the biggest delegation. By Kathleen Taylan and Blanchie Bermejo/Photos by Jaz Agustin, Therese Guatno, Mikx de Dios, Nikki Mensenares, Mae Ann Chua, and  Therese San Diego

The Miriam College–Child Study Center celebrated Grandparents’ Day last September 24, 2016. The unit opened its gates to welcome students and their eager grandparents for a day of fun and bonding.

Hands and minds got busy with the craft stations set up.  Grandparents and grandkids enjoyed mini t-shirt decorating, bracelet making, chime making, and sand art. They sang and danced to their heart’s content at the Videoke and Zumba areas while games such as Ring Toss and Hit The Can made lolo and lola kids all over again.

Healthway was also around to give free checkups and goodie bags to both the children and their grandparents. It was truly a fun, memorable day spent honoring the students’ dear grandparents.

Middle School’s College Week celebration, which ran from September 5-9, was anchored on two big institutional events—the launch of the Miriam College-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center and the opening of the school’s 90th Anniversary celebrations. The unit came up with unique, creative and innovative activities that celebrate the uniqueness of each learner.

The first half of the week dubbed “How Board Are You?” showcased life-sized board games and puzzles with fun and innovative ways on how to play them. The second half, themed “We Serve with All Our Might”, introduced activities that emphasized on how well-bonded the Middle School community is.

Parents who served communities shared with their daughters’ homeroom class ways on how to meaningfully make an impact on the lives of others. In a separate activity, students got the chance to interact with children from the Lingap Kapwa partner communities of ANCOP, Daang Tubo, and Balara.

Capping the activities was a unit Mass with Sr. Teresa Dagdag, M.M. and other Maryknoll Sisters. 

Truly, these two-pronged activities gave the unit an extraordinary day of fun and learning.

Twenty-four Middle School students from the Young Artists Club shared their talent to the community by painting the unit’s entry for the Little Free Libraries (LFL). The students worked on the LFL from September 2 to 3, 2016.

Armed with their brushes, paints and a whole lot of creativity, the students painted “little houses”. These small structures are to house books that will be donated by the community. The activity was a good way for MS girls to showcase their talent and at the same time work for a cause.

Miriam College marked the opening of its 90th anniversary with the launch of the Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (MC-HSSIC), the Philippines’ first integrated makerspace last Sept. 7, 2016. 

Donated by the Henry Sy Foundation through SM Hotels and Convention Corporation president and Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni (College batch ’74) Elizabeth Sy and designed by renowned architect Ed Calma, the MC-HSSIC gives students and faculty the opportunity and space to immerse themselves in 21st century disciplines the school calls DREAM or Design, Robotics, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics. 

Present at the launch were Elizabeth Sy, SM Prime Vice President Hans Sy, Sr., Arch. Ed Calma, Miriam College Board of Trustees Chair Josefina Tan, administrators of Miriam College led by its president Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Maryknoll Sister Marisa Lichauco and Helen Graham, and executives representing the school’s partners who equipped the laboratories with the latest tools in innovation and contributed to the development of its programs. They are Power Mac Center, Emerson Electric (ASIA) Ltd.-ROHQ., FELTA Multi-Media Inc., C&E Publishing, Inc., Center for Culinary Arts Manila, British Council, Bato Balani Foundation, Inc., and Bangkok University.

“It is here at the Miriam College- Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center where we will follow a new model of teaching and learning, one that brings change and improvement to current school and classroom practices—much like what our pioneering and progressive Maryknoll nuns did when they established their first mission school in Malabon in 1926,” said Dr. Lapus. Miriam College is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with the theme, “Mighty@90!”

The makerspace features eight connected and creative learning spaces: Fabrication Laboratory, Instrumentation Laboratory, Engineering and Electronics Laboratory, Multi-Media Laboratory, Performance Laboratory, Kitchen and Café, Playloft, and Innovatrium.  

It is supported by an integrated program that will engage its students, especially girls, in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to DREAM to prepare them for fields of the future. It provides state-of-the-art tools so students and faculty can connect, collaborate, discover, design and create, transforming their ideas into tangible and viable products and services, and allowing them to find solutions to various problems. The STEAM program has been implemented across all units of the campus as early as 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Lapus. 

The launch of the MC-HSSIC further strengthens the innovation thrust of the school as it continues to build on its mission of “forming leaders in service” and bringing its brand of education to different growth areas, starting with its fast-growing branch in the south, MC NUVALI, and soon in Porac, Pampanga.


Capping the day’s event was a special concert by the Miriam College High School Glee Club’s current and former members. With their conductor Nancy Roman, the choir serenaded the MC community with their winning songs performed in competitions they have joined abroad. The concert dubbed “Ngalan” marks the search for the choir’s new name through a contest.

The Center for Peace Education, through its Executive Director Jasmin Nario-Galace, shared the experience of Miriam College on peace education at the 3rd Gangjoeng Peace Conference held at Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island, South Korea.

The Gangjeong Peace Conference is an annual gathering of peace educators and advocates from South Korea that is meant to give a space to peace activists to interact, network, and share their stories of peacebuilding.

More than 120 peace advocates attended the conference that had three sub-themes: peace education, non-violence and village peacebuilding. Dr. Galace was a resource person for the sub-theme on peace education.

In her presentation, Dr. Galace emphasized the various challenges to peace, both direct and structural. She suggested various pathways to the building of a culture of peace highlighting the pathway of peace education. She discussed the rationale for peace education, as well as its key themes. She shared Miriam College's whole-school approach to peace education where peace themes and values are integrated in the school's mission and vision, curriculum, extra-curricular activities, research and learning materials, among others.

Miriam College, which has mainstreamed peace education in the life of the school for the past 30 years, is recognized for its work on the field within and outside the country.


Published on Sep 9, 2016

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