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Google Philippines touts teen campaign promoting digital literacy | Sun Star Manila

The Reconnect Project bags the top prize in Google’s search for new Web Rangers

MANILA -- Google Philippines awarded the top prize for its Webrangers initiative to a group of five students behind The Reconnect Project campaign.
The Webrangers program aims to promote digital literacy and the meaningful use of the internet among Filipino teens.

The five students -- Meoni Bergara from University of the Philippines-Diliman, Reiz Tamboong and Isabel Jose from Miriam College High School, John Oliver Dysanco from Enderun Colleges, and Ralph del Mundo from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Senior High School -- were able to show how information is available on the internet but because of online distractions, it can be difficult to find.

The students started with a sticky note activity where the teens asked their schoolmates to write down information that is useful for fellow students to learn more about and to post these examples on the wall.

In the coming days, as people were adding more content useful for students, the team then covered these notes with other sticky notes filled with examples of distracting content and activities normally encountered online.

Volunteers were then asked by the team to go through the pile of sticky notes to look for the useful information initially posted there. Because the important data was covered by all sorts of distracting sticky notes, the students realized that they do spend a lot of time online on things that divert their attention from getting information that can help them out. This activity illustrated that teens can use the Internet to enrich their lives if they don’t let themselves get distracted by the clutter they encounter online.

Because the Web Rangers wanted to provide a space for their peers to connect with each other and share useful information, they created a websitehttp://thereconnectproject.weebly.com filled with resources and content about education, health and lifestyle, and technology. Anyone can contribute to the website, which the students moderate.

This year, more than 60 Web Rangers, aged 14-21, were chosen from almost 200 applicants from Metro Manila. They also attended a one-day workshop last September with partner agencies Department of Trade and Industry and Dentsu JaymeSyfu.

“Through this program, we have seen how creative and dedicated the Filipino youth can be if given the right tools to advocate for a good cause like digital literacy. We’ve seen promising entries and we are pleased that they were able to use the internet in turning creative ideas into something that can influence their peers,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

The participants were trained to make effective campaigns on digital literacy and were given three weeks to produce a campaign which would serve as their entry to the competition.

“We are glad to be part of this initiative by Google Philippines in educating the youth about digital literacy. We would like to congratulate the winners in coming up with such creative and meaningful campaigns. We also hope that this initiative will encourage Filipino teens to become entrepreneurs in the digital economy and become a strong contributor to the country’s growth and development,” said Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Industry Promotion Group. (AP)

SOURCE: Sun Star Manila > http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/business/2016/10/12/google-philippines-touts-teen-campaign-promoting-digital-literacy-503142

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BA Communication students participate in Project 9.0

As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, an ‘underground’ activity known as “Project 9.0” was organized by the Office of the President involving two teams from the High School and from the College. The latter was represented by BA Communication students Paola Neyra, Claire Uy, Elaine Nasi, and Patricia Ortile. 

The project proposals were presented to and judged by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, Director for Innovation Development and High School Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Marketing and Communications Head Romualdo A. Romualdo, Communications and Media Coordinator Dahl Bennett, and Special Project Coordinator Mian Arcega last August 12, 2016 at the Board Room.

Both teams were tasked to come up with a high-impact, low-cost, and feasible project. After careful deliberation, two ideas were picked from the HEU that included a Post-It installation wherein students wrote short messages to the future MC community. These messages were posted on tarpaulins located in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, College, Miriam Adult Education, and Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. The Post-Its were later gathered in a jar to be opened after a couple of years for reflection. 

The other idea highlights the four core values of Miriam College – truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation —and will be reflected in feel-good statements incorporated in tricycle stickers which will be distributed at the end of this year.

Project 9.0 was an unforgettable experience for the Communication students who met the challenge with flying colors. By Denise Villalobos, BA Comm

MC wins top awards at 46th WNCAA

Miriam College received 1st Runner-up, Champion, and 2nd Runner-up in the Midgets, Junior, and Senior divisions, respectively, last September 3, 2016 during the opening ceremonies of the 47th season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) at the Makati Coliseum. 

MC’s student-athletes once again showed grace and courage as they outclassed their opponents during the 46th season in various events, namely badminton, basketball, cheerleading/cheerdance, futsal, lawn tennis, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

The awards are a testimony of the hardwork, determination, discipline and teamwork put together by our gracious athletes. Miriam College High School won eight straight overall championships since 2008, the Middle School won six overall awards for the last 6 consecutive years, while the College won two overall awards in the last three years.

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HCSB, MC students garner top awards at the 18th Asia Pacific Dance Competition

The Halili Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) was awarded 9 gold medals and 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze trophies at the 18th Asia Pacific Dance Competition held in Macau last August 18-21. More than 600 dancers from different dance schools and companies in Asia participated in the competition.

Several Miriam College students from the Lower, Middle and High School units studying at the Ballet did the school proud as they showed grace and skill throughout the competition. They are: 

Nurul Qhalisia Rahmad, 3-Abokado
Honorable Mention 9 and Under Modern Group

Dion Akia Tumulak, 5-Masipag
Honorable Mention 9 and Under Modern Group

Gabrielle Aliyah Vitug, 5-Matiayga
3rd Place, 12 & Under Classical Ballet Group

Marie Leonora Belle Aro, Grade 8
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group

Aine Summer Sanchez, 8-Maranao
3rd Place, 12 & Under Modern Group

Julia Bernice Alarilla, 9-Fabella
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble

Anica Garcia, 9-Graham, 
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group

Maxine Adrienne Jill Roque, Grade 9-Caritas
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group

Phoemela Angela Esluzar, Grade 10
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group
Honorable Mention, 15 & Under Lyrical Solo
Honorable Mention, 18 & Under Lyrical Ensemble
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Group

Felicia Isabel Del Rosario, Grade 10-Adriano
3rd Place, 18 & Under Lyrical Ensemble
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Group
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble

Mary Cristine Angela Lim, Grade 12-Curie, 
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble 
Honorable Mention, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Solo
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble

Photo courtesy of: Halili Cruz Ballet Facebook Page

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2 MCHS teams top World Scholar’s Cup Tour, qualify for championships at Yale

Two Teams from the Miriam College High School unit qualified for the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University scheduled for November 18-21, 2016.

The Top 1 Team is composed of Maria Gabrielle Regina Yap Taruc, Alaina Licia Tan Arcenas and Cassandra Camille Gonzaga Cuaresma; while the Top 2 Team is composed of Ana Beatrice Malibiran Salumbides, Justine Gabrielle Ferrer Ramirez, and Alessandra Deone Yabut Roldan. 

The students competed at Xavier School last July 9-10, 2016 under the Junior Division for the World Scholar's Cup Manila Round. The categories were: Group Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar's Challenge and Scholar's Bowl. 

The Tournament of Champions is the final league of the competition where all top teams from around the globe compete. By being in the top teams, the MCHS students were able to skip the Global Round at Prague and directly qualified to compete at Yale.

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MCHS participates at World Youth Day in Poland

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.

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MC alum earns Ph.D, graduates valedictorian at the National University of Singapore

Anjeline De Dios, an alumna of Miriam College High School 1999 and Miriam College Grade School 1995, recently graduated valedictorian at the National University of Singapore where she finished her PhD in Human Geography. 

Earning her PhD is just one of several academic achievements of Anjeline. In 2009 she earned her Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ethics at Linköping University, Sweden and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. 

In 2008 she took her Masters in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila and before that was a student of the Graduate Exchange Program Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris. 

In 2003, she graduated cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English Literature. In that same year she also bagged the Joseph Mulry Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. 

Anjeline is the daughter of Miriam College’s former Gender and Institute Executive Director, Prof. Aurora De Dios.

To watch her valedictory speech on YouTube, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FPXsRrZYAI

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MCHS Glee Club brings home two gold diplomas from Rome

They’ve done it again! The Miriam College High School Glee Club adds another feather to its cap when it bagged two Gold Diplomas at the 7th Musica Eterna a Roma Choral Competition held in Rome, Italy, last July 1 to 5.

Led by its conductor Nancy Roman, the 45-member team brought home the Diploma d’Oro Level III in the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices category and the Diploma d’Oro Level II in the Sacred Music Female Choir category. 

From the 16 competing international choirs, the Miriam College High School Glee Club, together with other five choirs, qualified for the Grand Prize competition concert.

In support of the group, the lone Asian choir in the competition, Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco attended the Grand Prize Concert at the Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle. 

Amb. Nolasco congratulated and commended the group for making the Filipinos proud and for showcasing Filipino talent and creativity to the Italian public.

Apart from the performing during the competition, the girls had the opportunity to showcase their talents in other venues, said Roman. “Since there were fewer choirs, the girls had more opportunities to perform in Rome. We were one of the choirs which participated in the opening ceremony. We also had a concert with the Morehead State University Chamber Choir in Pompeii,” shared Roman. 

The group was the only choir from Asia who qualified in the competition. Other participating choirs were from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, USA and Ukraine.

MCHS Glee Club is set to sing the songs they performed in Rome on the day of the launch of the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center on Sept. 7.

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Miriam College High School choir wins in Italy | The Philippine Star

The Miriam College High School Glee Club, led by its conductor Nancy Roman, won the Diploma d'Oro Level III in the G2Youth Choirs of Equal Voices category and the Diploma d'Oro Level II in the Sacred Music Female Choir category at the seventh International Choir Festival and Competition held in Rome, Italy.

From the 16 competing international choirs, the Miriam College High School Glee Club, together with other five choirs, qualified for the Grand Prize competition concert.

Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo Nolasco attended the Grand Prize Concert at the Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle last July 5 and commended the group for making the country and the Filipinos proud. The competition provided an opportunity to showcase the Filipino talent and creativity to the Italian public.

The group was the only choir from Asia that qualified in the competition. Other participating choirs were from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, USA and Ukraine.

— Celso De Guzman Caparas

Published on July 18, 2016 in Philippine Star - Entertainment Section, page C5 

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Miriam College Choir wins at the international choir festival in Rome

Filipino students from the Miriam College High School Glee Club, led by its conductor Nancy Roman, won the Diplomia d'Oro Level III in the G2-Youth Choirs of Equal Voices category and the Diploma d'Oro Level II in the S-Sacred Music Female Choir category at the 7th International Choir Festival & Competition held in Rome, Italy recently.

From the 16 competing international choirs, the Miriam College High. School Glee Club and other five choirs qualified for the Grand Prize competition concert. Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo Nolasco attended the concert at the Basilica di Sant'Andrea della Valle to support the Filipino students.

The ambassador congratulated and commended the group for matting the country and the Filipinos proud. The group was the only choir from Asia who qualified in the competition. Other participating choirs were from  Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, USA and Ukraine.

Published on July 17, 2016 in Starweek, page 14

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