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The Gawad Miriam Para Sa Komunikasyon was held at the Little Theater last September 26, 2016 to recognize the achievements of the Department of Communication.
Department of Communication Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, welcomed students and guests to the activity and acknowledged the Communication students who represented Miriam College in various competitions as well as those who participated in the school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Acosta thanked the Miriam College Television (MCTV) group for creating the Henry Sy Sr. AVP which was shown during the launch of the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center. Their moderator, Gilbeys Sardea, shared the group’s experiences in creating the AVP from planning, production, to its actual run during the opening of the makerspace last September 7, 2016.
Special awards were also given to winners of different tilts, among them PODCON, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, and Himig Handog P-Pop 2016. The awarding of the Best Thesis to three outstanding groups along with the Dean’s Listers from last school year also took place.
Senior BA Communication students Coleen Ramos and Paola Neyra shared how they prepared and contributed to the launching of makersapce and Project 9.0 in time for College Week and MC’s 90th anniversary celebration.
For her part, reigning Miss Commgeniality Gessle Escober gave an inspiring talk, encouraging students to be the best version of themselves and to always seize opportunities that college life offers.
In between the awarding, C*CATT Street, C*CATT Singers, and Jascha Sarmiento and Julie Jolo entertained the audience with intermission numbers. Text by Angel Abrera and Photos by Kristine de Leon, Hannah Navarro, and Brooke Villanueva

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#CRIC2016: Students convene at the First Communication Research International Conference 2016

Two research papers by Communication students were presented at the first Communication Research International Conference (CRIC), held last September 22-23, 2016 at the UP Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City. The conference was spearheaded by the UP College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) and the Philippines Communication Society (PCS).  
Mae Raziel Gonzales presented her paper titled “Bending Genders: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Gamers’ Communication Styles Using Opposite Sex Avatars” which delved on the pattern of gender and communication in online games. 
Trixia Abao, Patricia Canedo, and Honey Villadelgado presented their paper titled “For Updates and Retweets: Filipino Young Adults’ Perception Towards the Effectiveness of PAGASA’s Use of Twitter for Information Dissemination. The researchers studied how PAGASA’s weather forecast information dissemination on Twitter influences and affects the behavior of the Filipino youth. The latter was awarded Moderator’s Choice for the specific parallel session.
CRIC, which has Vice President Leni Robredo as keynote speaker, carried the theme “Voices & Noises: Communication and Integration Within and Across ASEAN Communities.” The event was an opportunity for both students and professionals to present their research papers beyond the classroom. The topics included Cultural Diversity, Regional Unity, and the ASEAN Identity; Communication in Social and Development Issues; Disaster and Risk Communication; Politics, Governance, and Education Reforms; Peace, Conflict, and Communication; and Intercultural Media Studies. 
Department of Communication Chairperson and PCS Secretary, Dr. Maria Margarita A. Acosta, PhD together with Asst. Professor Jonalou S.J. Labor, MA of UP-CMC, were the masters of ceremony of the event. Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II and Lynda C. Garcia served as moderators during the parallel sessions while Danday Ampil, Mae Ann Chua, and Therese San Diego attended together with their classes in Communication Research and Thesis Writing II. 
The conference was attended by over 900 delegates with Miriam College sending the biggest delegation. By Kathleen Taylan and Blanchie Bermejo/Photos by Jaz Agustin, Therese Guatno, Mikx de Dios, Nikki Mensenares, Mae Ann Chua, and  Therese San Diego

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MC Psychology graduate presents thesis paper in Japan

Miriam College Psychology graduate Judith Clarisse E. Rosette recently presented her paper at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology’s (IACCP) 26th International Conference held from July 30 to August 30, 2016 in Nagoya, Japan.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Honoring Traditions and Creating the Future” which depicts the character of Nagoya as a “modern metropolis where cultural tradition and advanced technology co-exist.

Professor Ed Deiner from the Universty of Illinois, Professor Ying-Yi Hong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Peter J. Richerson from the University of California Davis, and Professor Junko Tanaka-Matsumi from the KwanseiGakuin University were the keynote speakers. They discussed how our multicultural identities and cultural differences shape our well-being and future.

The themes for the symposium, paper, poster, and rapid presentation varied from self-identity, emotion, relational mobility, intergroup relationships, development & education, acculturation, religion.

Rosette presented her group’s thesis titled “Ang Hiling ng Milagrosong Sayaw: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Obando Married Devotees”. The presentation was well received with an audience saying that it was “excellent and relevant.

Rosette is now first year Medical student at the University of Sto. Tomas.

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Philippines Communication Society Review 2015 launched

PCS Review 2015, a journal by the Philippines Communication Society (PCS) was launched last August 15, 2016 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with Deputy Director General Angelo Villar delivering the opening remarks.

A yearly-refereed official publication of the Philippines Communication Society, the PCS Review is geared towards progressing and expanding the communication discipline mainly in the Philippines via research studies and acknowledging the works of A-1 communication intellectuals, coaches, and practitioners.

Headed by Lourdes M. Portus, PhD, editor-in-chief of PCS Review, the theme for the 2015 issue revolves around media, politics, and governance. Dr. Maria Margarita Alvina-Acosta, PCS Secretary and Miriam College’s Department of Communication chairperson is this year’s editor.

The Philippines Communication Society is an affiliate of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) that embodies the communication discipline therein.

In her remarks, Dr. Acosta said the PCS Review 2015 is privileged to obtain the foreword from Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Office of Ombudsman where the latter prompted everyone that the discipline for research should not deteriorate in the midst of technological advancements and easier access to information.

Dr. Acosta reiterated that the contents of the journal support this reminder. By Reinna Abad, BA Comm

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MC participates in 2016 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop

Last August 1-4, 2016, Marie Katrina Salonga joined 80 participants from the ASEAN, Korea, China and Japan to participate the 2016 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop.  Salonga is the Internal Vice President of the Miriam Environmental Planning Organization (MEP-Org) and is taking up B.S. Environmental Planning and Management Major in Urban Planning and Green Architecture.

The workshop carried the theme “Marine Conservation—Promoting the Sustainable Use of Coastal and Marine Resources.” The workshop was held in Busan and Seoul, Korea.

The organizer was the ASEAN-Korea Centre, an organization that aims to promote exchanges among Korea and the ASEAN Member States. The objectives were to promote awareness on ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea partnership among the youth and to enhance active networks and genuine friendship among the ASEAN, Korean, Chinese and Japanese youth towards a shared future.

The workshop included team-building activities which helped forge friendships among participant. Three experts also talked about ASEAN-Korea relations as well as marine conservation in the ASEAN and Korean context.

One of the highlights was the video-making activity about marine conservation. This enabled the participants to produce an output based on their learnings from the lectures. Salonga’s team won the Most Entertaining Award.

The workshop introduced the participants to meaningful experiential activities and first-hand experience on the different marine conservation initiatives. This was complemented by visits at Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, Korea National Maritime Museum, KOEM Marine Environment Research and Training Institute and KIOST South Sea Research Institute.

Applied Arts student participate in Asia Summer Program 2016

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.

Dr. Evangelista receives US scholarship for Focusing Oriented Art Therapy

Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista was granted full scholarship by the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute for the levels 3 and 4 certificate course on “Focusing Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT)”.  The training was given in Santa Rosa, California, USA last June 24-28, 2016.

Participants were art therapists, family therapists, and practitioners in the field of mental health and well-being from across the globe.  Dr. Evangelista is the first Filipino to receive this training.

Developed by Dr. Laury  Rappaport, Focusing Oriented Art therapy is an approach that marries focusing oriented psychotherapy, intermodal arts psychotherapy, and mindfulness. 

Dr. Rappaport, one of the pioneers in art therapy in the US with over 35 years of experience, personally facilitated the training. 

She also helped developed the graduate programs in Art Therapy in several universities, including Lesley University. She founded the Focusing and Expressive arts Institute and was also trained by Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Vietnamese Buddhist.

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HEU Psychology students present paper at Stanford University

Department of Psychology students Sidney Mae P. Panga and Aurora Rowena B. Sto.Domingo presented their papers at the 16th Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference held in Stanford University, San Francisco, California last May 20-21, 2016. 

Their paper titled “Construction and Validation of the Panukatng Pagiging Bukas-Loob (PPBL)” was well-received by panelists and participants of the conference. 

Miriam College has been participating at the Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference since 2008. The Stanford University Undergraduate Psychology Conference was first held in 2001 with the goal of expanding and deepening students’ interest in Psychology by gathering different ethnic groups from all over the United States to share their thesis findings. Since then it was opened to participants from other countries. 

Miriam College Department of Psychology was the first school from the Philippines to send a delegation.

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MC receives COE, COD, Autonomous Status recognition from CHED

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized Miriam College’s granting of Autonomous Status (effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019) and programs designated as Centers of Excellence and Center of Development during the awarding ceremony held on May 16 and 17, 2016 at the CHED Auditorium, HEDC Building, UP Diliman, Quezon City. 

Miriam College has been designated  as a  Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education, and as a Center of Development in Communication. 

The awards were presented by former Miriam College President and CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and were received by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez, and the College Deans Dr. Rosario Aligada, Dr. Antonio Lopez, and Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.

CHED’s recognition is a strong manifestation of the College’s commitment to program and institutional quality and excellence.

HEU Psychology recent graduates present paper in Paris, France

Recent graduates of the Department of Psychology Khayelee Palos, Liana Dayao, and Chelsa Barredo presented their papers at the International Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences held at the Canadian House of City, Universitaire de Paris (Maison des Etudiants Canadiens) in Paris, France last May 24-25, 2016.

The papers presented were titled “The Experience of Pagpaparaya (Penitence through Self-flagellation) in Barangay Telacsan, Macabebe, Pampanga” and “Ang Hiling ng Milagrosong Sayaw: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Obando Married Devotees.” The MC Psych delegation was youngest among the participating groups.

The International Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences aims to provide a platform for researchers, professionals, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in various disciplines.

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