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Miriam College will host the 25th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference on September 27-29, 2017. This was made official through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between MC and AMIC representatives last February 8 in Miriam College.   The conference theme is “Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia.”

The lead unit host is the Department of Communication, recognized as one of the country’s Centers of Development in Communication by the Commission on Higher Education in 2016.

“Time and again, our partnership with AMIC has provided our students and faculty the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with communication research experts and peers in Asia and beyond,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus. “It is an honor for Miriam College to host this year’s international conference and provide the venue for more innovative learning and collaboration.”

Miriam College is a long-standing partner of AMIC. Large delegations of its faculty members and students represented the school as participants and paper presenters at previous conferences.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, MC Department of Communication chairperson, is both a member of the AMIC Board of Management (BoM) and one of the Centre’s country representatives. Immediate past MC Department of Communication chairperson, Prof. Lynda C. Garcia, also served as country representative.

Joining the Miriam College administrators during the MOA signing were AMIC representatives namely: Dr. Olivia Villafuerte, member, Board of Management; Prof. Ramon Tuazon, Secretary General; Dr. Crispin Maslog, Board of Directors chair; Prof. Jose Carlos, Board of Management Chair; and Edith Mendoza, COO of Huper Events and Productions Specialist International Corp.

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

Miriam College, through the Miriam Adult Education (MAE), and the Schools Division of Marikina City signed a memorandum of agreement last January 17, recognizing the latter as “feeder schools of Grade 10 students to the MAE’s Senior High School Program.” There are currently 15 schools under the Division’s jurisdiction. 
 
The MOA gives MAE a wide breadth of opportunity to continue the Maryknoll Sisters’ legacy of service and mission to the poor and the underprivileged under the K to 12 educational reform. 
 
The partnership between the school and the Division started in School Year 2016-2017, the same year MAE implemented its Senior High School Program. The partnership was only formalized this month.
 
Present at the signing were Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs representing the general administration, and Dr. Helen Grace V. Go, Marikina Schools Division Superintendent, representing the Schools Division of Marikina City. 
 
Witnesses were (in photo, from left): Josephine T. Trajeco, BEU registrar; Maria Luisa V. Villano, former HEU Admission Officer; Glenda R. Villanueva, MAE principal; Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Helen Grace V. Go, Marikina Schools Division superintendent; Dr. Samuel C. Mergenio, Senior Education Program specialist for Social Mobilization and Networking; Joseph T. Santos, SHS Division coordinator; Herbert Janubas, MAE assistant principal; Leilanie N. Villanueva, SHS Career Guidance chairperson; Sunny T. Cortes, SHS Career Guidance member and senior volunteer teacher of MAE; and Elisa O. Cerveza, CID chief. Not in photo is Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus who signed the MOA earlier.
 
It was Villano who was instrumental in the planning, coordination, and fund sourcing for the MAE SHS Program.

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.

Class representative of MCHS Batch 1981, Melissa S. Reyes, turned-over the donation of her batch to Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Vice President for Academic Affairs, last January 13. As a gift to Miriam College on their batch’s coral or 35th year, MCHS Batch 1981 raised Php 50,000 through contributions by some classmates and singer-songwriter, Ogie Alcasid. Mr. Alcasid performed with their batch during the last grand alumni homecoming.
 
The fund is intended for scholars in continuing their education by assisting them in school related expenses like meals, transportation and books. Also present at the turn-over were students from the scholars’ student organization, Talitha Cumi; Carol Ui, Admissions head; and Dr. Gail R. Galang, Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office head.

The Council of Leaders (COL) came together on November 21, 2016 to attend the Women and Gender Institute’s Young Women Leadership Training entitled “Tracing the Contour of Feminist Transformative Leadership: Perspectives of Youth Leaders”. This was done in collaboration with the Office for Student Affairs and Sangguniang Mag-aaral ng Miriam. According to the participants, they did not expect much from the training but after the workshop many participants’ expectations were fully met “because of how the speakers tackled and deconstructed leadership and women empowerment”.

They also shared that the speakers were “influential and great role models”. The training team was composed of Rina Fulo, WAGI training and research assistant, Brenda Pureza former Sanggunian President of Miriam College, and Rej Torrecampo former International Studies Society president.

The training on Gender and Leadership aimed to transform existing models of leadership to reflect the crucial role of gender equality.

Miriam College welcomes back 11 HEU students who participated in the Japanese Language and Culture Program 2016 held at Kobe College last October 24 to November 6, 2016.
 
With the aim to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines, these HEU students participated in various  opportunities that enriched their knowledge of Japanese language and culture, resulting in a healthy and dynamic interaction with Japanese students, now their new friends.
 
The Homestay Program, Kyoto Tour, and Hiroshima Tour were all memorable and great learning experiences for the participants. During the post activity evaluation, students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Japanese culture and to revisit historical events that were made more meaningful by conversations with a real Hiroshima bombing survivor.
 
In the photo are the Miriam College students during their day visit to Kyoto temples. They were accompanied by Department of Communication faculty Lynda Garcia.
 
For more information about the IPPO, please check the MC IPPO Facebook page or get in touch with Dr. Gail R. Galang through numbers (632) 580-5400 local 2144.

Dr. Jonathan R. Carreon, Associate Dean (left photo) and Head of Foreign Relations of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU), visited Miriam College last December 7 to discuss opportunities for faculty and students of both higher education institutions. Such opportunities include Intensive English programs for Thai undergraduate students and the possible admission of Thai students in some academic programs offered at the Miriam College Higher Education Unit. Having many program offerings in common, the two HEIs will be communicating further to see opportunities for students and faculty under the following: Communication, International Studies with Major in Social Work, Environmental Planning and Management, BS Psychology, Humanities/Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Leisure and Tourism, Entrepreneurship / Marketing, and Computer Technology.
 
Earlier in November, Dr. Gail Galang (right photo) visited the Huachiew Chalermprakiet University campus in Thailand to promote the English programs of the school to Thai students.
 
For more information about international partnerships at Miriam College, please email ippo@mc.edu.ph.

Last Nov. 8, the Supreme Court decided  that former president Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be given the honor of being buried in the hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on the basis of a policy that allows soldiers to be buried in that cemetery. What could have been a historic opportunity to make a decision upholding human rights and justice turned into an ignominious and supreme injustice to the Filipino people.

Marcos was not an ordinary soldier; he was a tyrannical dictator who imposed martial law on the Philippines and unleashed a reign of terror for 13 years, leaving on its wake the murder, torture and rape of thousands of Filipinos who resisted the dictatorship. His ill-gotten wealth for his family and friends robbed the Philippine government of billions of pesos and continues to be the object of investigation and court proceedings here and abroad. By dismantling the democratic institutions of the country during martial law, he plunged the country into its lowest political, economic and cultural abyss.

To this day, the Marcos family has neither shown any remorse nor admitted guilt despite the global condemnation of the massive human rights violations committed by their patriarch. With arrogance and impunity, they have initiated a campaign to distort history, reinvent the Marcos years as the golden years in Philippine history, and declare Marcos as a national hero. In this project, the Supreme Court has proven to be an effective accomplice.

To honor him as a hero is mocking the thousands of victims who died and those who were tortured and continue to suffer because they fought and resisted the dictatorship;

To honor him is to say that the massive human rights violations committed by the Marcos regime with impunity; the unprecedented plunder of our country’s resources and the destruction of our democratic institutions never really happened in our recent history;

To honor him as a hero is to deny that the Filipino people exercising their sovereign will, ousted the dictatorship for his crimes against the people during the 1986 People Power Revolution;

Lastly, to honor Marcos is to dishonor the dignity, legitimacy and the very credibility of the Supreme Court itself as an institution that stands for fairness and justice.

We urge the nine Supreme Court justices who supported this decision to reflect on the impact of their decision on the thousands who died and those who are tortured and are reliving their suffering and to consider the future of the Supreme Court, whose credibility has been seriously eroded because of this unjust decision.

As an institution of learning that values VERITAS (truth), peace, justice and the integrity of creation, we will continue to promote an enlightened and critical understanding of the struggles of Filipinos against martial law  and the historic redemption of our freedoms and human rights in the People Power Revolution where Maryknoll/ Miriam College was an active participant.

We promise to promote Philippine history from the prism of those who struggled to fight for democracy and not from the revisionist version of those who are now trying to systematically distort and conceal the brutal realities of the past.

We commit ourselves to always remember and never forget the bitter lessons of the past so we can continue to build a future for the next generations based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and dignity of the Filipino people.

PROF. AURORA DE DIOS, executive director, Women and Gender Institute;
DR. JASMIN NARIO-GALACE, executive director, Center for Peace Education;
CARLO GARCIA, executive director, Environmental Studies Institute; 
NIKAELA CORTEZ, president, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam


Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/100168/supreme-injustice#ixzz4UlHjAZt2 

The Center for Peace Education (CPE), WE Act 1325, Pax Christi-Pilipinas and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) co-organized a peace forum titled “Luv Peace, Luv Diversity: Supporting the Peace Process and Embracing Diversity as Pathways to Peace” on December 9, 2016.
 
It was held at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc where approximately 500 students, teachers, and administrators from various Catholic schools in Samar and Leyte attended the forum. Speakers counted Bro. Ariel Manga, OFM, CEAP Region 8 Trustee, Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace of the CPE, Mary Ann Cruz of CEAP National, and Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement. They emphasized that peace processes, if successful, can potentially end wars; hence the need to support them. They also reinforced the importance of the recognition of and respect for diversity as pathways to the building of a culture of peace. 
 
On December 17, 2016 CPE, through Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace, was a resource person at a Peace Education workshop at Sagaing University in Myanmar. The workshop, attended by about 800 would-be teachers, aimed to teach participant nonviolent ways of dealing with conflict as well as infraction of school rules. It also introduced the concepts, skills and values integral to educating for peace as well as the peaceable teaching-learning process to students. Participants gave excellent feedback of their experience. 
 
The workshop was organized by Kalyana Mitta Foundation (KMF), a Myanmar NGO that supports the youth to create sustainable futures, grounded in a socially engaged Buddhist perspective. KMF is working all over Myanmar in the fields of rural development, peace awareness, interfaith, and environment.
 
On December 20, CPE through Dr. Galace, gave the keynote address at the launch of the Schools and Communities of Peace Heroes Formation Program (SCPHFP). Participants were 45 public school teachers from Mamasapano, Maguindanao; Maharlika, Taguig; and Porac, Pampanga which are pilot schools of the SCPHFP. The program’s goal is to form teachers of peace in the grassroots who will help create peaceful learning environments that respect cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic diversities. The program is under the tutelage of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement. 
 
CPE, one of Miriam College’s advocacy centers, has been, for years working to broaden the support for peace in the country and beyond.



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