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MC-SAID students among the top awardees at the National IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities

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.

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Kahalagahan ng pag-aaral ng sign language, itinuro ng 'AHA!' | AHA!

Published on Feb 15, 2016  |  GMA News and Public Affairs
Sa pamamagitan ng pagtuturo ng sign language, mas mapapadali ang pakikipag-komunikasyon natin sa mga taong may hearing and speech impairment.

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MC-SAID’s Love Cafe featured in TV show AHA!

Now on its 5th year, MC-SAID’s Love Cafe was successfully staged at the school’s quadrangle last February 9, 2016. This year’s event was covered by GMA 7’s award-winning educational show AHA!, which is hosted by Drew Arellano. GMA 7 has expressed intention to broaden their audience’s reach to include people who are deaf by introducing sign language into their weekly program.

The Love Cafe is an opportunity for the kids to be introduced early to entrepreneurship and apply some of the skills they have learned in food service particularly in HELE/TLE. It also provides them a venue to interact with different people in the MC community, which includes our young patrons from the Child Study Center as they have shown support to this event every year.

The Love Cafe was originally a Valentine’s event for the preschool kids, but because of its success, it has become a school-wide event.

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MC-SAID joins 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016

Seven students and two teachers from Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) participated in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) held from January 24-31, 2016 in Cebu City. The delegation left Manila on January 27 to attend the Deaf Track of the Congress. It is only the 2nd time that the IEC included this track in the workshops.

The MC-SAID students were very grateful to be a part of this memorable experience. Individuals who are deaf from different parts of the world also attended the IEC. The congress delivered a clear message that the Eucharist is inclusive, as it gives value to people from all walks of life, including the differently-abled.

Fr. Min Seo Park, the first Asian deaf priest, and Fr. Cyril Axelrod, a deaf-blind missionary priest, were among the notable deaf religious who were at the Congress. According to Fr. Cyril, being deaf and blind is nothing compared to the cross that Jesus had to bear. “Each of us has a personal cross, and handicaps can become another way to show the world God's glory,” he said.

Photo from top left shows the MC-SAID student delegates at the IEC venue; and the student with Fr. Cyril Axelrod, and with Mary O’Meara of the International Catholic Foundation for the Service of the Deaf Persons.

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Hearing and speaking from the heart | Manila Bulletin

“It’s a beautiful language. You carry it as you grow up, when socializing, to work. You carry it the rest of your life,” says Carol Ui, principal of the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID).

Ui is referring to the Signing Exact English, or SEE, which MC-SAID practices as a method of communication for its students. “Our philosophy in educating the students who are deaf is “Total Communication,” she adds.


These remarks come in conjunction with a forum and conference titled “PWeDe Nating Gawin: Enriching Education for Persons with Disability” which Miriam College, with the support of the United States Embassy Manila, and in coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs, is hosting this month. The campaign is called “PWeDe Nating Gawin!” which translates to “We can do it!” The capitalized “PWD” in the slogan refers to persons with disabilities.

The conference likewise champions President Benigno Aquino Jr.’s Proclamation 688 in November, making 2013-2022 the country’s decade of “Make the Right Real” for persons with disabilities.

MC-SAID prides itself on being the pioneering private school in the country to immerse and merge students who are deaf with the hearing populace.

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MC-SAID celebrates Deaf Awareness Week 2012

With the theme, “Deaf and Able”, MC-SAID together with the other agencies of the Metro Manila Federation of Agencies for the Deaf (MMFAD), joined the nation in the celebration of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week held last November 10-17. This year’s host agency, Link Center for the Deaf, opened the week with a fiesta-themed celebration at the Quezon City Memorial Center last November 10.

Thousands of deaf individuals from different schools and agencies converged at the venue to join in the Ecumenical Service led by the Archdiocese of Manila. This was followed by simultaneous Filipino games facilitated by volunteers of IBM Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas. The deaf kids had a lot of fun checking out the different activity centers and food booths which offered free ice cream and taho.

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MC-SAID joins Run for FAN

As part of the celebration of the Deaf Awareness Week 2012, the Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) joined a fun run dubbed “Run for FAN (Fully Abled Nation)” held last November 11 at the UP Campus.

A total of 877 runners, deaf and hearing alike, participated in the three race categories, namely 11k, 6.6 K and 2.2K. Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman showed her support by running in the 6.6K category. The top three male and female finishers of each event received a cash prize and a medal, while the top 10 deaf runners each received gift checks from Planet Sports worth P3,500 which were donated by TV personality Rovilson Fernandez.

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"Telling a story, differently" by By Jannica Diaz, Manila Bulletin

Deaf students are treated to a unique storytelling that is told not just by words but from the heart...

A good story is worth sharing for everybody to hear, even for those who can’t.

The Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) recently treated 300 deaf children from different schools to the first-ever interactive storytelling caravan in celebration of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week.

Storytellers for the event themed “Deaf and Able,” were iconic Filipino storyteller and stage actor Bodjie Pascua of Batibot, and broadcast journalist Mariz Umali. The stories which seek to empower the hearing-impaired, were told not only in sign language but also theatrically portrayed by deaf students from MC-SAID.

Jing Cadiz, MC-SAID’s assistant principal says the challenge of presenting a good story to deaf kids is how to set the tone of the storytelling to this type of audience who tend to focus more on the interpreter to understand the characters’ emotions and dialogues.
EMPOWERING STORIES for the hearing-impaired are interpreted not only through sign language but also theatrically performed by deaf students at the 'Deaf and Able' storytelling event held at Miriam College.

“Mahirap gawin kasi ‘yung interpreter dapat nakatabi sa storyteller. Paano pag nag-iiba ng boses ang story teller? Paano namin maipaparating na dapat naka-focus sa interpreter? So we thought of having people to act out the story para mas maintindihan ng mga nanonood,” explains Cadiz.

In having deaf kids to act out the story, the special audience are able to easily understand the story and get more intimate with the characters.

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