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Prof. Aurora Javate-De Dios, executive director of WAGI, attended the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ASCS/APF) in Timor Leste last August 3 to 5, 2016. 

The ASCS/APF is a regular forum of Civil Society Organizations in ASEAN-member states, which is held as a parallel meeting to the ASEAN Summit of Heads of State. 

Prof. de Dios engaged in a conversation with women peace builders in conflict and post conflict situations in Southeast Asia. She shared the strategies used to get widespread support for the Philippines National Action Plan (NAP), including awareness raising in schools, interfaith dialogues, and capacity-building seminars. She also imparted valuable strategies on how to run and win elections. 

“Women must be part of the peace process, they must be part of the decision-making, including those that are related to natural resource management,” she said. 

Prof. de Dios is the Philippine representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).

Maya Alyssa Cabanos, Applied Arts student under the College of Arts and Sciences, participated in the Asia Summer Program (ASP) 2016, hosted by Bangkok University last July 10-30, 2016. ASP is a student-oriented event that promotes international cultural and educational exchange among 300 participants from 15 Universities from 11 countries -- Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Taiwan. 

Asia Summer Program (ASP) is a three-week credit based program that offers innovative and highly international perspectives on the diverse cultures of Asia. Students participate in several academic and cultural events and enjoy meeting new friends, making new connections and finding new inspirations in the vibrant and creative facilities of Bangkok University. 

The next Asia Summer Program will be held in Beijing, China. For more information contact the IPPO Office at 580-5400 local 2144 and look for Dr. Gail R. Galang.

MAE Guidance Counselor Angelbert Z. Hernandez, RGC, RPm presented his research paper entitled “Living a Satisfied Sexual Identity: Discovering Wonders and Unveiling Secrets of Selected Filipino LGB Adults” at the 31st International Congress of Psychology held at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan last July 28, 2016.

The six-day conference, which was anchored on the theme “Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology, was attended by almost 7,000 Psychology practitioners across more than 90 countries around the world.

Clinical, Social, Applied, Industrial and Educational Psychology were discussed during the plenary and concurrent sessions.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office of the American Psychological Association funded Hernandez’s participation at the conference.

The students of the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf were among the top 3 winners in the Hearing-Impaired Category of the National IT Challenge (NITC) for Youth with Disabilities 2016 held at the DOST-ICTO Office in Diliman last July 29, 2016.

The NITC is initiated by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and is now on its third year. It is open to students with disabilities aged 13 - 19 years old. There are four categories: Visually-Impaired, Hearing-Impaired, Intellectually-Impaired and Physically-Impaired

MC-SAID’s Janna Nadine Tan (Gr. 8) and Jessica Danielle Quejano (Gr. 10) placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. 

It was the first time that MC-SAID joined this annual competition. With Alexis Ong (Gr. 10) and Andrei James Tuangco (Gr. 10) completing the four-man team, they all competed individually in the eTool and eLifeMap Challenges which tested their utilization abilities in MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, and Web browsing.

For the third time, Miriam College High School is represented at the most prestigious gathering of the youth, the World Youth Day. Held last July 26-31, 2016, the gathering was held in Krakow, Poland.

This year’s theme was "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

The Miriam College delegation is composed of 16 high school students who started their preparation and spiritual formation since 2014.

They were chosen based on their academic standing, conduct, and leadership abilities.  They were chaperoned by Mark Rovillos, Kristina Reyes, Modesto Javier and Imelda Areola.

Fourth Year International Studies student Genevieve Gregorio and HEU Guidance Counselor Cherry Arriola participated in the 31st World Youth Day held at Krakow, Poland last July 26 to 31, 2016. 

Together with 49 other delegates under the Diocese of Cubao, Arriola and Gregorio stayed with foster families from Przyszowice, Poland as part of the “Days in the Diocese” experience from July 20 to 25. 

Arriola was among three delegates interviewed by a local television journalist for her insights on their visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, former German Nazi concentration camps, which was part of the itinerary for the “Days in the Diocese”.

The Music and P.E. areas of Miriam College Lower School organized a talk on taking care of one’s vocal chords with vocal expert Lionel Nestor M. Guico at the LMC Viewing Rooms 4 and 5 last July 22, 2016. 

The talk, aptly dubbed “The Voice: Teacher Edition” is part of the unit’s Faculty Development Session aimed at equipping its faculty with tips on how to take care of one of the most essential teaching tool, their voice. It also hopes to address common conditions such as voice strain, raspy voice, and inflamed throat, among others. 

As a baritone and actor, Mr. Guico possesses one of the finest voices in Philippine theater and the classical performing arts. He was a five-time nominee in the Aliw Awards for Best Male Classical Singer. His theater credits range from opera and zarzuelas to musicals. At present, Mr. Guico shares his talent by teaching mostly theater actors at The Guico Music Studio.

The MCLS teachers were able to hear and witness Guico’s vocal prowess as he demonstrated and explained how to properly modulate and boost one’s voice without straining the vocal chords. Participants tried and tested his tips through singing and speaking exercises.

It was truly an engaging afternoon for the participants as they gained new insights on how to properly use their vocal instrument.

July 26, 2016 was a red-letter day at Miriam College Nuvali, as the community gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Jerry Bito-on, who encouraged those present to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to look to the future with courage. 

The Mass was followed by an appreciation and induction ceremony for the outgoing and incoming members of the Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board.  Dr. Noel Racho, Miriam College Human Resources Director, served as the inducting officer.

The members of the MCN PTA Executive Board for SY 2016-2017 are: Ma. Cristina DC. Cadiz, president; Ayishah M. Conde, vice president; Rachel Ann B. Basaya, secretary; Patricia Jo A. Javier, Asst., secretary;   Jane B. Varona, treasurer; Mary Christine F. Quizol, asst. treasurer; Jo-Anna R. Piñon, auditor;   Rosenelie T. Barcelon, PRO; Sylvia T. Perez and Patrick P. Arce, board members;  and Cynthia O. Morales and Ruby Magsin, advisers.                             

A highlight of the day’s events was the community photograph, which had the MCN students, faculty, staff, and parent officers forming a “90” to greet Miriam College on its 90th anniversary.  Everyone was excited to be part of the aerial shot, which is fast becoming one of MCN’s favorite traditions. 

The day’s activities were spearheaded by Mr. Hanz B. Ponceca, MISMO coordinator at MCN. By Patricia Jo A. Javier.

Miriam College NUVALI opened the week-long Nutrition, Health, and Fitness celebration by engaging the whole community in a dance exercise last July 18. The invigorating opening as followed by different activities among them, the importance of baby’s first 1000 days and how it greatly affects their adult life.

The students from Grades 1-11 enthusiastically accepted the challenge of preparing economical yet healthy sandwiches, cooking breakfast foods, preparing healthy juices and smoothies, composing jingles, making infomercials, participating in a debate, and conducting a survey about the healthy habits of the community. 

The preschool kids, on the other hand participated in a fun fitness day.

Through the activities, the school hopes to impart to the community that being healthy can also be fun and exciting. Analy A. Cantos

Eight Miriam College students are back from the CUK Global Summer School 2016 held at the Catholic University of Korea campus last July 1 – 22, 2016. Through this program, students gained a wide range of knowledge about Korean society, its many traditions, and contemporary life.

Kissa Alya Binuya (II BS Marketing), Ma. Digiena Alexa Jao (II BS LTM), Dianne Vanessa Mandia (II BS Entrep), and Princess Joy Placido (III BS Accountancy) were among the international participants of this program which began in 2009.  The other students forming the MC delegation were Sophomores from the BA Communication program, namely, Andrea Cabalquinto, Dana Ither Naranjo, Patricia Louise Ortile and Rogeline Uchi of the AB International Studies program. Heading the team was Mirma Mae Tica, program coordinator of the Miriam College Center for Peace Education.

All students came back with fond stories about their classes in Korean language and cooking, Tae Kwon Do, K-pop dance, traditional music, and visits to historical places, museums and amusement parks.

To participate in the next CUK Global Summer School 2017, please call the Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office at 580-5400 local 2144 and look for Dr. Gail R. Galang.



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