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Pinays shine at World Scholar’s Cup by Dahl Benett | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions held in Yale University, Connecticut from Nov. 10 to 14.

The students were from Middle School and High School. The three-member team which competed in the Senior Division ranked 9th, besting more than 300  teams in the final rounds of the tournament. They got the highest ranking and were declared top in Southeast Asia in that division.

High school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson and Alyssa Santana – referred to as Team 686 – competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee) and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silvers and three trophies.

Solid team dynamics played an important role in their success. “I think our advantage as a team is how solid we are and how supportive we are of each other. Through our journey in the WSC, from the regionals to the Tournament of Champions, we built and strengthened our team dynamics and such helped us collaborate and work better together,” said Tiongson.

Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said Team 686 coach Amity Yap.

“The Unlikely World” was this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own. Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.

The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silvers, 6 team golds and 9 team silvers in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee) and Scholar’s Challenge events.

They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar and Maxene de Castro with Isabel Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among 1,200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle School placed 7th, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking. Chosen to carry the Philippine flag during the closing ceremony’s Flag March was Asedillo.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different from traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website said.


SOURCE: Philippine Star > www.philstar.com/starweek-magazine/2017/12/03/1764614/pinays-shine-world-scholars-cup

All-Pinay Team Gets Top Ranking in Prestigious World Scholar's Cup in Yale by Jillianne E. Castillo | Smart Parenting

These high school students from Miriam College competed against 300 teams from all over the globe.


IMAGE Facebook.com/World Scholars Cup (left); Courtesy of Miriam College (right)

It took attitude, dedication, and independence for 16 all-female students to take home the glory from the World Scholar's Cup (WSC), says Amity Yap, one of the coaches of the Middle School and High School students from Miriam College who competed in the international event. A total of 2,200 scholars from 50 countries all over the world competed at the event, which was held this year at Yale University in the U.S. last November 10 to 14.

The team of high school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana ranked 9th in the final rounds of the WSC Tournament of Champions where there were 300 senior division teams. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies. They were declared top 1 in Southeast Asia after competing in team debate, collaborative writing, and group quiz bee, among others.


IMAGE The Miriam College senior division team (from left) Aleeza Moira Tiongson, Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, and Alyssa Santana


“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” said Tiongson. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

The junior division team, composed of 13 middle school students, age 14 and below, also experienced their share of victory. Students Jiana Lim and Katrina Asedillo won 2nd and 7th place, respectively, for the literature category. Lim also grabbed 12th spot in the overall individual ranking among almost 1,200 competing scholars.

Overall, the junior division team took home 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silver medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals.

IMAGE All 16 World Scholar's Cup participants with Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus


The World Scholar's Cup sets itself apart from other competitions for placing value not just in textbook knowledge, but also in the joy of learning. The tournament tests students in science, literature, history and social studies but also in topics like modern mythology. To prepare for the competition, the students had the theme as guide, "The Unlikely World."

“WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said coach Yap.

Aside from team and individual events, community-building activities also take place at WSC, according to the event’s website. They hold talent shows where skills range from dancing to reciting math constants, student fairs where participants get to share their culture and traditions with fellow participants, and opportunities to attend talks by guest speakers from leading universities.

Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed at WSC, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it to 10th place in the senior division.




SOURCE: http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/life/news/this-is-what-it-takes-to-win-at-a-worldwide-tournament-says-coach-a00026-20171121?utm_source=Facebook-SP&utm_medium=Ownshare&utm_campaign=20171121-fbnp-life-says-coach-fbfirst

Pinay students bag 90 medals and 3 trophies in prestigious World Scholar’s Cup at Yale by Tricia Aquino | News5-InterAksyon

Miriam College students who participated in the junior division hold the Philippine flag proudly. Photo courtesy of Miriam College.



Filipina middle school and high school students from Miriam College emerged triumphant at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association and held in Yale University in the United States from November 10 to 14.

According to a press release, students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana competed as a team in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (a group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge (a multiple-choice test where you can choose more than one answer) events. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies as part of the senior division (students 15 years old and above).

The team ranked ninth, besting more than 300 junior and senior division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC. They were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia for the same division.

2,200 scholars from 50 countries competed in the senior division. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy getting the Top 10 spot.

In the junior division, the 13-member team made up of Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl, and Scholar’s Challenge events.

Almost 1,200 scholars competed in the junior division (students 14 years old and below). Lim finished second place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge, while Asedillo placed seventh, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking of the WSCToC.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” its website said.

The World Scholar’s Cup is “inclusive, encouraging, interdisciplinary, discussion-based, forward-looking, team-oriented, (and) whimsical,” and it aims “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills,” and “to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” Tiongson said. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

Her team’s coach, Amity Yap, noted that this was the highest ranking the school had ever achieved since participating in the event six times.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge, but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students. To win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Unlikely World”, which guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own, according to a press release.

The subjects are Science and Technology (“To Shoot for the Moon”), History (“History of Conspiracy”), Literature (“Voices of the Almost Impossible”), Art and Music (“Fragments of an Improbable Universe”), Social Studies (“Predicting the Future”), and Modern Mythologies.

MC girls topped World Scholars Cup

They topped the Asian English Olympics two years in a row and they back, this time to conquer the world.

One of the Miriam College teams who competed in the senior division ranked 9th overall in the final round of the the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University from November 10 to 14, 2017. They are the only Filipino team who bested 330 other teams (approximately 1000 student finalists ages 11-16 years old) from all over the world. A total of sixteen students from Miriam College Middle School and High School were at the tournament.  The competition is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.

Metal detectors at the airports will surely find 90 medallions and 3 trophies something great. The junior division team won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals. Meanwhile, the senior division team bagged a total of 9 individual silver medals, 17 individual gold medals, 1 team silver medal, 3 team gold medals, 1 individual trophy, and 2 team trophies. The teams competed in debate, scholar’s bowl (a quiz show), collaborative writing, and the scholar"s challenge – all configured as creative academic competitions. Know more of these events at http://www.scholarscup.org/events/.

The event webpage declares, “The Tournament of Champions is more than just another Global Round. You’ll have the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students and faculty. You’ll attend a special panel on college life and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio.”  Now this is how brave Filipino girls conquer the world of infinite possibilities.


3 MC students bag 1st place in Genetics Quiz contest

Biology Majors Jeremie Angeles, Danielle Laya Castro, and Eunice Garcia placed 1st Runner Up in the recently concluded National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) held last November 4, 2017 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus in Calamba Laguna. This is the first time that the school has participated in this competition.

Bulacan State University landed 1st with 199 points while Miriam College had a close 197 points.

There were a total of 12 schools who joined the competition, including UP Manila, Ateneo De Manila University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, UP Baguio, Southern Luzon State University.

The participants were accompanied by their coach Arvin Santos, a faculty of the Department of Biology under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Organized by the UPLB Genetics Society, NIGQC is a prestigious competition participated in by the top universities in the country with the aim of drawing more student to appreciate and study Genetics.


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PH and the treaty banning nuclear weapons by Loreta Navarro-Castro | Philippine Daily Inquirer

On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committee announced that it had awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of nongovernment organizations in 100 countries, in recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted by 122 states on July 7.

In its response to the announcement, the ICAN acknowledged that the treaty is a historic agreement that “offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.”

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons ever created, and they threaten the very survival of humanity and our Earth. Hence, the elimination of nuclear weapons has been the goal of ICAN from the time the network was established. After the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN paid tribute to all those who have supported the treaty, particularly the campaigners all over the world, the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the hibakusha, the victims of nuclear test explosions worldwide, and the states that have signed and ratified the treaty.

It should be a source of pride that the Philippines is one of the first 50 countries to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was opened for signature last Sept. 20 (United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs). Long before the negotiations on the treaty, our delegation had constantly expressed the Philippines’ strong stand on the abolition of nuclear weapons. In 2015, the Philippine government reiterated this position in a statement at the UN: “We will continue to state the strong case for the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and tirelessly call for the start of a process … that will fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”

It can thus be said that the Philippines has taken a leadership role on the matter even prior to the treaty negotiations. The Philippines has the distinction of being the first Asean country to endorse the “Humanitarian Pledge.” It was also among the first few countries that collectively issued a working paper at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that highlighted the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons. The working paper also cited the need for effective measures toward a legal framework that would ban nuclear weapons.

The “Humanitarian Pledge” reflected a fundamental shift in the international discourse on nuclear disarmament — moving away from a deterrence paradigm and toward one that looks at the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the demands of true human and planetary security. In 2015, increasing international support for this pledge indicated that many governments were ready to move forward on the issue of prohibiting nuclear weapons, even if the nuclear-weapon states were not ready to join.

The Philippines’ consistent support for the cause culminated in its “yes” vote for the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last July. It is hoped that the Philippines will continue to take the lead in this matter by ratifying the treaty soon.

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Loreta Navarro-Castro is the program director of the Center for Peace Education, and a professor of international studies and education at Miriam College.


Published at the Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/107823/ph-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons#ixzz4vLV4qzp0


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404 not found by Sara Grace C. Fojas | Manila Bulletin

Let’s work to make cyberbullying nonexistent

You upload your most beautiful selfie and all you get are five likes and these comments: “So fat!” “What a nerd!” “You’re ugly.” “Slut!” “Freakshow.” At first, it does not bother you but then it happens again, and again, and again. You get depressed. Your confidence level goes down. You feel defeated.

Welcome to the cyberbullied club.

Cyberbullying happens when a person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, or embarrassed by another person via social media, email, or text. It can happen to anyone, to students, to teachers, to you!


Although the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the law only addresses cybercrime offenses such as cybersquatting, cybersex, child pornography, identity theft, among others. Not cyberbullying. As of press time, the Anti Cyber-Bullying Act of 2015 is being pushed in Congress by Camarines Sur representative Rolando Andaya.

While the proposed law is cooling its heels on Legislative floors, a group of students has created a video aiming to get rid of cyberbullying. Hyun Ju Song (De La Salle Santiago Zobel), Adj Regidor (Enderun College), Reanna Noel (Miriam College High School), Bea Aquino (Miriam College High School), and Haedric Daguman (St. John of Beverley School) have collaborated on #CyberBully404, an anti-cyberbullying campaign that shows random students being asked to hand out cards that contain insults to a stranger within the day. By the end of the day, not a single card was handed and the video aired the statements made by the students on why they did not give the cards to anybody. The video aims to shed light on why people bash or insult other people online, asking the question: “If you can’t say it in person, why do it online?” The video, which topped the videos submitted for Google Philippines’ “Search for Online Heroes,” now has 2,000 views on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXVMuqoZwuk). At the end of the video, there’s a QR code, which directs the viewer to an inspiring message he or she can send to a friend, a loved one, anyone.

“Before, cyberbullying was just a random act, now it’s becoming a culture, especially since people try to put humor into bullying as a kind of disguise. It’s turning into a culture especially with the rise of social media, and when it becomes ingrained in us, it becomes really hard to kill,” says Adj.

The video not only opens the eyes of the netizens who view it, it has also left lessons to its creators—on how to be careful online, to think before you click, to consider the feelings of others when writing comments, and to just be kind to the people you meet, personally or virtually.

“Something I’ve learned from all of this is that we need to understand people more because even the bullies have their own reasons for doing what they do. Talk to them. Find out why they are doing it. Ask them what’s bothering them. Rather than insulting them exactly the same way they insult us, let’s try to understand them, give them fresh insights, and get them to not do it again. If bullying is becoming a culture, how do you stop it? You create a culture of anti-bullying. Right now, young people think that it’s harmless, that it’s funny even to bully people, that it’s a form of humor. We need to make them realize that it’s not okay. It’s not right because you’re hurting other people’s feelings,” says Haedric.

The quintet, now called Web Rangers, has also created Instagram and Twitter accounts,@cyberbully404, where people who have been bullied or anyone who wants to express their opinions on the issue can go to. Those who want to share their stories and thoughts about cyberbullying must append the hashtag #cyberbully404 in their posts so the community can easily see them.

Fighting cyberbullying needs team effort. And you don’t even need to do much. Just post… or don’t.


SOURCE: Manila Bulletin >> www.mb.com.ph/404-not-found

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MC Employees Volleyball Team regains WCSA Championship, bags 4 special awards

 

 

The Miriam College Employees Volleyball Team finished the 10th season of the Women's Colleges Sports Association (WCSA) at the top of their game, as they defeated San Beda College, Alabang last February 19 at St. Scholastica's College, Manila, with a score of 25-4, 25-7, 25-21.  The team swept the elimination round without losing a single set, thus earning them a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals.  The team held the championship crown for four consecutive years (SY 2005 - 2009) before a two-year hiatus.  


The members of the team are: Sheila Dingcong (Best Blocker), Elena Flores (Co-Captain), Joyce Ladran, Cora Reyes (Best Server),  and EJane Tan of the Higher Education Unit; Chu Soriano, Emilie Molave from the High School Unit;  and Maila Ambat, Kris Lesaca (Team Captain, Best Setter, MVP), Myla Teves, Jewel Quizon, and Vanessa Yance (Best Attacker) from the Grade School unit.



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