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MS Chorus wins in nat’l choral competition

The 18-piece Middle School Chorus won Second Prize in Children’s Choir Category at the prestigious National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last November 24, 2017.

The group also won the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the commissioned competition piece entitled “Pagmumuni: Zazen sa Papag” composed by UP College of Music Dean Dr. Verne dela Peña. The chair of the panel of judges was National Artist for Music (2014) Ramon Pagayon Santos, together with Jonathan Velasco (international voice clinician), Ma. Theresa Vizconde-Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir conductor), Jude Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir music director), and Fidel Calalang, Jr. (University of Santo Tomas Singers conductor).

The group is under the baton of Sinamar Respicio and the guidance of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Area Supervisor.

The group also performed the commissioned competition piece during the Winners Concert held at the Main Theater of the CCP last November 26, 2017.

The Children’s Choir category national finalists, comprised of seven competing groups from the different regions of the Philippines, were judiciously chosen during the semi-finals round held last October.

NAMCYA was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended on November 1988 as a response to “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development”. The competition is held every three years.

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All-Pinay team from Miriam College gets top ranking in prestigious World Scholar’s Cup in Yale


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 (WSCToC) held in Yale University, Connecticut, USA last November 10 to 14.

The students were composed of Middle School and High School students, three of which competed in the Senior Division while 13 in the Junior Division.


Highest ranking Team in the SEA, PH

Making the country proud is the all-Pinay, three-member team which ranked 9th, besting more than 300 Senior Division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC.  They are the Filipino team with the highest ranking and were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia in that Division.

They are composed of MC High School students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana—also referred to as Team 686 at the WSC. They 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 Silver medals, and three trophies.




The members of the top team said they did not expect making it to the top 10.  “It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries but we did not let that dishearten us. 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,” 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.

“This is the 6th time Miriam College has sent a contingent to Yale and to date this is the highest ranking the school has achieved since it first joined the tournament,” says Team 686 coach, Amity Yap.

In 2016, Miriam College got first place in the Manila Rounds, automatically exempting them in the Global Rounds held in Prague and Bangkok. They directly competed in the WSC ToC in Yale.

“It’s important to note that 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,” adds Yap.

The Unlikely World is 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.


Topping Literature in the Junior Division
 
The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals 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 Teacher Isabela Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among almost 1, 200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim of the High School 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. Overall, Lim landed 12th in the Scholar’s Challenge, an individual event.

To train the girls in the Junior Division, Aguilar said that she conducted a team building activity to develop rapport among the students. “They also participated in several speaking activities that were not as formal as the debate ones but helped them develop confidence in speaking,” she added.

Aguilar added that this latest completion showed what the girls are truly capable of. “Even with the small number of hours we put into training, the students still emerged victorious. All of them improved a lot in terms of performance and because of the consecutive nature of the competition, the girls were able to hone their skills through constant practice.”


Proud Pinay

Chosen to fly the Philippine flag during the closing ceremonies’s Flag March was Asedillo, who proudly carried and waved the flag on stage.
 
“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,” the WSC website defines the tournament.
The WSCToc is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.
 
The girls were featured in GMA7’s 24-Oras. Watch it here:

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MCMS celebrates National Arts Month with a Feast

The Middle School kicked off their celebration of the National Arts Month through an exhibit at the Our lady of Peace Lobby last February 1, 2017. The Dance Club creatively led the unveiling with a dance interpretation. Carrying the theme “Art Feast”, the event showcased not only the students’ art work but also several dishes guised as art activities.

Long buffet tables laid were laid out in the Calachuchi Garden where students held their Entrep Art from February 1 to 2.  Grade 8 students, with the able guidance of their HELE teachers, experienced how it is to be entrepreneurs as they sold maki and decorative cupcakes.  The Cartoonists club, with the help of their club moderators, offered printing services, while Tiny Path sold art supplies. The students experienced what it’s like to be entrepreneurs first hand as they prepared, marketed, and sold their products.  They also learned simple accounting, doing the inventory and computation of their profits or losses.  The activity taught them how to run a business and at the same time how to use art could be used to attract more clients.

Another activity featured was the interaction between the MCMS students and the MC HEU Applied Arts students last February 2, 2017. College students from the Department of Humanities and Applied Arts taught MS students basic drawing techniques, calligraphy, animation, and photography.

Several contests such as the PICS Perfect Photography contest for Grade 6 (February 16), On-the-Spot Art for the Grade 7 (February 17) and the Eight Asian Treasures (February 28) were also held, capping the MS National Arts Month celebration.

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Pax Christi-MCHS, SilPeace join youth peacebuilding session

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.

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All MCMS teams qualify for WSC Global Rounds 2017

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.

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MCHS tops World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round 2017

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

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Twinning Project Workshop marks MC’s UN World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration

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.


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MCHS Glee Club, CCDC concert features classic, well-loved OPMs

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.

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MAE signs MOA with the Schools Division of Marikina City

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.

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CSC celebrates Environment Week with “From Garden to Table” project

The Child Study Center, in coordination with the Environmental Studies Institute, celebrated Environment Week in November 2016 through the project, “From Garden to Table”.

During the week, Kinder students were tasked to plant string beans to add to the CSC’s existing crops of eggplants and mustard, among other vegetables.  Nursery students, on the other hand, harvested eggplants for the first time, cutting the stems themselves and putting them in baskets.

A parent volunteer taught the children how to make vegetable omelet dish using the eggplants they harvested.

The year-long “From Garden to Table” project aims to teach students appreciation of the environment and their role as stewards of God’s creation. It also hopes to engage them in meaningful activities to show gratitude for the environment and the gifts of God.

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