Last February 15, Pax Christi-MCHS members together with members of SilPeace, the interfaith youth organization of Silsilah from Quiapo, participated in a meaningful interaction session to learn about youth peacebuilding and how our different religious beliefs can bring us together. The student members of SilPeace are from Ramon Avencena High School and Manuel L. Quezon University High School. 
 
The participants discussed practical and realistic solutions to issues such as the growing threat of terrorism, religious intolerance, and discrimination. These solutions include the promotion of dialogue through people to people process especially among young people, and the role of education to address misconceptions. 
 
The session became an eye opener to many of the participants and served as the beginning of more committed work towards a world free from hate and religious intolerance. It was facilitated by Mary Ann Lascano, moderator of MC-HS Pax Christi, Alfrein Quirionez from SilPeace and Mirma Tica-Ortiz, moderator of the Pax Christi-Miriam College.

The Miriam College Nuvali Junior and Senior teams brought home 14 medals from the Manila Regional Round of the World Scholar’s Cup held last February 6-7 at Miriam College Quezon City.
 
The Junior Team, composed of Ramon Sarigumba (Grade 7-Kapayapaan), Micah del Rosario (Grade 8-Madasalin), and Mika Gallardo (Grade 8-Madasalin), won silver medals in both debate and essay writing competitions. The team placed 12th out of 20 top teams recognized in debate and 15th out of 20 top teams recognized in writing.
 
Individual recognitions were also given to Sarigumba for debate and del Rosario for both debate and writing. Del Rosario was named top scholar of the team.
 
The Senior Team, composed of Audrey Diaz (Grade 8-Madasalin), Jennea Barrera (Grade 10-Rizal), and Anna Beatriz Quemuel (Grade 11-Calungsod) bagged three medals from the competition. Both Audrey Diaz and Jennea Barrera were awarded the Da Vinci Scholar Medal, an individual recognition given to students with well-rounded high scores across all areas.  Anna Beatriz Quemuel was named as the top scholar of the team.
 
Both junior and senior teams, coached and mentored by Ana Victoria Santiago, have also qualified for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Vietnam. The competition will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017 at the Vietnam National Convention Center.

Over 300 students from 16 schools in the Philippines participated in the two-day academic competition.

Photo shows from left Jean Audrey Diaz, Jenea Ricci Barrera, Micah Therese Del Rosario, Mikaela Gallardo, Anna Beatriz Quemel, and Ramon Sarigumb. By Ana Victoria Santiago, Faculty

All 11 teams of Miriam College Middle School qualified for the World Scholar’s Cup Global Rounds 2017 after receiving top individual and team awards at the World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round 2017 held at Miriam College from February 5 to 6.
 
The team of grade 8 and 7 students composed of Audrey Jamito, Jodie Gail Sarmiento, and Benita Teresin Flores was awarded 3rd Place Champion Team in the Junior Division and second place in Debate. Sarmiento, was first place Champion Scholar and School Top Scholar in the said division, while Flores placed sixth in Debate and was chosen to participate in the Debate Showcase.
 
In addition, two other teams were awarded first place in the events of Collaborative Writing and Scholar’s Challenge. Aside from these, silver and gold medals were bagged by the students in all four events.
 
Prior to the event, the students were trained in the disciplines of Art, Music, Araling Panlipunan, Science, and English by teacher trainers from the Middle School.
 
For a full list of teams and students that bagged awards, please see attached file.
 
Photo shows the Miriam College Middle School students at the World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round held in Miriam College on February 5-6, 2017. Right photo shows Flores as first speaker of the Negative Team at the Debate Showcase.

Six Miriam College Higher Education Unit (HEU) students joined the Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC) held in Singapore last February 9 to 13, 2017. Each year, AYLTLC brings together student leaders worldwide to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation and further equip them to be effective leaders. 
 
This year’s MC delegation included Micah Lava (I BS BAM), Danielle Mananghaya (III BA COM), Regina Marcelo (III BS CDE), Alexandra Martinez (III BA COM), Gabriella Mercado (III BA COM) and Trisha Marie Jao (IV BS PSY).
 
In addition to the leadership workshops, participants were able to understand Singapore’s multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural society from various perspectives. They now return to Miriam College with a deeper appreciation of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Selected students from the twin schools Miriam College High School and Middle School and the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS), marked the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with a Youth Peacebuilding Workshop on campus last February 6-7, 2014.
 
The workshop opened with a public forum on the theme, “Celebrating Life with Mercy and Compassion”, attended by some 200 students from the Middle School, High School, and the HEU. 
 
The RMNHS students, who have travelled from Pikit, North Cotabato, also had teambuilding activities and a wider interaction with High School students as well as a mini-workshop on Muslim-Christian dialogue. The two groups of students also shared their past peace-related activities and their plans for the coming months. 
 
The CPE is grateful to the committee that helped organize the various activities. They are Mao Rovillos, Mean Lascano, Ann Gabuat, Ato de la Cruz, and Pax Christi with Mirma Tica as moderator.


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 MCHS Glee Club together with the Cultural and Classical Dance Club (CCDC) held their 12th joint concert dubbed “Sa ‘Tin” last February 3 and 4 at the Marian Auditorium.

The two day concert was held for the MC and high school community and for the family and friends of the performers.  At the helm is BEU Admissions Officer and MCHS Glee Glub conductor Nancy Roman.

The MCHS and CCDC sang and danced to Filipino classics and well-loved OPM songs to the delight of the audiences.  “We featured an all-OPM repertoire so we thought that “Sa ‘Tin” short for Sa Atin or Sariling Atin would be fitting. The concert also coincided with the celebration National Arts Month,” said Roman.

Among the songs featured were a medley of Saranggola ni Pepe, Mamang Sorbetero and Kalesa; medley of Galawgaw, Waray-WarayDalagang Pilipina and Manang Biday‘Til I Met YouKapag Tumibok ang PusoIkaw LamangForever More; and Paalam Na.

The CCDC and MCHS Glee Club have mounted several concerts since 2003 and “we have not stopped collaborating since then,” said Roman.

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).

Last January 30-31, 2017, the Miriam College Department of International Studies, in partnership with the UP Institute of Human Rights and the Ateneo Center for Human Rights, launched a national symposium entitled “Peace, Human Rights and Development in a State of Lawlessness: An Interchange among Scholars and Advocates”. The event gathered around 100 members of the academe and civil society organizations (CSOs) from across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
 
In her Welcome Remarks, Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay said, “It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to broadening and diversifying the discussions on peace, human rights, and development in our country, and its implications to our regional and international relations. It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to strengthening our engagement as scholars and advocates of peace, human rights, and development.”
 
The symposium was composed of riveting speakers with the opening keynote delivered by Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, the Founding Dean of the College of Law De La Salle University. Discussants were Dr. Sylvia ‘Guy’ Estrada-Claudio of the UP Department of Women and Development Studies, Hon. Loretta Ann ‘Etta’ Rosales former Chair of the Commission on Human Rights, Ms. Victoria ‘Mags’ Maglana a human rights advocate and columnist, Mr. Isagani Serrano of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Dr. Lisandro ‘Leloy’ Claudio of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Development Studies, Dr. Socorro Reyes of the Center for Legislative Development, Dr. Clarita Carlos of the UP Department of Political Science, Ms. Carmen ‘Memen’ Lauzon-Gatmaytan of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
 
Discussants coming from the Miriam College Department of International Studies were Assoc. Prof. Aurora “Oyie” De Dios, Asst. Prof. Luz Martinez, Asst. Prof. Pacita ‘Bing’ Fortin, and Senior Lecturer Lito Arlegue.
 
The Closing Keynote was delivered by MC Amazing Alumni Hon. Teresita ‘Ging’ Quintos-Deles now with the International Center for Innovation, Transformation, and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov). 
 
An e-monograph of the paper presentations is currently under production and will be distributed to academic institutions, CSOs, and government agencies.



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