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Phenom by Jasmine W. Payo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Meet millennial kid Charlie Manzano, the bemedalled 4-foot-4 package who has yet to grasp how good she can be in a sport in quest of a new heroine

Spotting gymnast Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano as a naturally gifted athlete was easy.

Hanging from a bar, Charlie managed to do the pullover, a move in which a gymnast flips over a horizontal rod. She was just four.
“The first time we saw her on the bars, we were surprised,” says Mark Mogol, one of Charlie’s coaches at Club Gymnastica. “Right away, she knew how to hang. Then she did the pullover. And we said, ‘Wow, this kid is good.’”

It was just a summer gymnastics class. Charlie’s parents signed her up, thinking nothing much of it, just an activity their only child might enjoy just like when she did ballet.

So when coaches gave the heads-up that their daughter may be a bundle of talent, it was all a surprise.

“There’s really no one into sports in the family,” Charlie’s mother, Noreen, says with a laugh. “I wondered where she got it from.”

Charlie admits having little memory of her first foray into the sport. Now 10, there’s still no telling though if this lithe 4-foot-4 package has already grasped how good she can be.

Months after her incredible debut in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa— where she won four gold medals in all—Charlie remains as the quiet but highly efficient student.
“From the start, we knew that Charlie can compete,” says Mogol. “But the problem that we had was she doesn’t talk much. When you talk to her, she just nods. But it turned out to be good because she just follows our instructions. Other gymnasts can say yes, but they can’t do it. With Charlie, it’s automatic. Once she nods, she gets it.”

Charlie, though, isn’t exactly shy.

After a recent club tournament, where Charlie bagged the all-around title, she looked happy hanging out with gymnast friends and checking her socials on her smart phone.

But ask her how the tournament was and Charlie will say, “It’s fun.”

Push more questions, like if she found any event difficult or if she got nervous, Charlie nods in each one.

“That’s how she is,” says Noreen. “When I tutor her at home, she listens and follows. Sometimes, she just keeps saying yes. So I tell her, ‘You have to show me that you know that.’ But after her test, it turns out okay. She knows.”

“It’s the same thing in the gym,” adds Noreen. “You’d think she didn’t absorb it. But in competition, you can see she actually understood it.”

A dentist by profession, Noreen gave up her career after getting pregnant with Charlie. She’s now a dedicated athlete’s mom, driving Charlie to training five times a week, accompanying her to local and international tournaments, while also making sure that she balances her sport and studies.

“I guess it’s all fun for her,” says Noreen. “But what’s important for us is she’s enjoying it. We ask her everytime in competition if it’s okay, if she wants to do this. If she says yes, then we go.”

Charlie, now a fifth grader at Miriam College, also excels in school as she has been a consistent recipient of the academic excellence award.

On the gym floor, she has hauled over 50 medals in four years of competition in local events and two international club tournaments in Singapore and Bangkok, where she again ruled as the individual all-around winner.

“She was six years old in her first competition,” says Mogol. “She competed against gymnasts who already won medals before. But she won the all-around right away, so we knew that this kid will get even better.”

Last April, just four months before she turned 10, Charlie emerged as an instant star in the 2016 Palaro in Legazpi City, Albay. Debuting on the biggest national stage for young athletes, Charlie made it all look easy as she picked up gold medals in the single bar, floor exercises and team event, on top of silvers in the balance beam and vault, to run away with the all-around title.

“At first, her mommy was having second thoughts if Charlie could really compete in the Palaro,” Mogol recalls. “But after seeing her win the overall title in the NCR (National Capital Region-Palaro) qualifiers, we knew she could do it. So we kept telling her mommy not to worry about Charlie.”

Noreen thinks the pressure of competing weighs more on her and husband Inky than on Charlie herself.

“I’m the one who gets stressed,” says Noreen. “I pray the novena. I really get nervous when she competes.”

But Charlie’s parents have already braced themselves for more of it.

“Our goal for her is to be a member of the Philippine team, to be one of the best gymnasts in the Philippines,” says Mogol. “She can be in the national pool by 14 or 15, be in the junior team.”

Save for her sparkly leotard, there’s no air about her that she’s a rising gymnast armed with remarkable flexibility.

Ask Charlie what motivates her and who she looks up to, she just shrugs.

“You like Bea Lucero, right?” Noreen offers.

Thirty years ago, Lucero inspired many young girls to do cartwheels and flips after a popular chocolate drink commercial made the cute, peppy gymnast the face of the sport.

But since then, there hasn’t been a local gymnast who captured the nation’s heart the way Lucero did.

Charlie’s coaches believes she can. Her family hopes she can. And Charlie may just do it, even if it’s in in her own quiet way.

SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >

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Buwan ng Wika ipinagdiwang sa Mababang Paaralan ng Kolehiyo ng Miriam

Ang Mababang Paaralan ng Kolehiyo ng Miriam ay nagsama-sama upang ipagdiwang ang Buwan ng Wika noong Agosto 26, 2016. Ang tema ay “Talino at Talento Ipakita Gamit ang Wikang Filipino.”

Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang, ang bawat baitang ay nagpakita ng kanilang talino at talento sa pamamagitan ng pag-awit, pagsayaw ng mga awiting pambata, pagbigkas ng tula, pagsalaysay ng kuwentong kapupulutan ng aral, pagbabahagi ng natatanging talento, at pakikipagtagisan ng talino.

Bumisita rin ang mga mag-aaral sa BASA (Basahin Ang Sariling Atin) eksibit kung saan natunghayan nila ang mga natatanging proyekto ng mga mag-aaral mula sa iba’t ibang baitang. 

Sa pamamagitan ng mga natatanging pagdiriwang ay nalilinang at napauunlad ang kaalaman at kakayahan ng mga mag-aaral sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino. Nabibigyan din sila ng pagkakataong maipakita ang kanilang talino at talento at maipahayag ang sarili gamit ang wikang Filipino.

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Lower School student brings home top medals from Gymnastics Meet

Miriam College Lower School student Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano won multiple medals at the Club Gymnastica Friendship Meet 2016 held last September 18, 2016 at the Club Gymnastica Training Center, Pasig City. Her awards are the following: 

First Place, Individual All Around Champion
Gold Medal, Floor Exercise Event
Gold Medal, Vault Event
Silver Medal, Uneven Bars Event
Silver Medal, Balance Beam Event

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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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MCLS celebrates Nutrition Week; launches ‘Wellness in the LS’ program

The Lower School celebrated its annual Nutrition Week last July 25 - 29, 2016 with the theme Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo ay Kailangan Upang Katawan ay Mapangalagaan.  

The celebration kicked off with a Zumba session.  Students and teachers across all grade levels moved to the beat by following a dance video entitled Kain Na which was choreographed and performed by selected Lower School teachers.  

To promote healthy eating habits, students brought healthy food items such a fruits, vegetables, and dairy beverages for recess and lunch during the week-long celebration.

The students also participated in different activities.  Grades 1 to 3 spent some of their time in the Nutrition Nook while Grades 4 and 5 showed their athleticism by joining the fitness challenge.  Students and teachers were also given the chance to test their knowledge about nutrition through the Trivia for the Day contest.  A mini-market was also placed at the Chapel Covered Court to familiarize students with the English and Filipino names of different fruits and vegetables.

There were also different activities provided for the faculty members. Teachers showcased their cooking skills during the LS Healthy Cook-off wherein they prepared healthy snacks using eggs as main ingredient.  

The Wellness in the LS program of the Music, Art, PE, and HELE areas was also launched during the Nutrition Week.  Several teachers joined the circuit training which was facilitated by PE teachers.  The teachers also participated in the LS Olympics which featured an Amazing Race type of competition. Different stations tested the teachers’ body coordination, knowledge about nutrition, and physical fitness.

The Wellness in the LS program encourages the MCLS community to be conscious about their health and maintain an active lifestyle by regularly participating in different wellness sessions.

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MCLS holds ‘The Voice: Teacher Edition’

The Music and P.E. areas of Miriam College Lower School organized a talk on taking care of one’s vocal chords with vocal expert Lionel Nestor M. Guico at the LMC Viewing Rooms 4 and 5 last July 22, 2016. 

The talk, aptly dubbed “The Voice: Teacher Edition” is part of the unit’s Faculty Development Session aimed at equipping its faculty with tips on how to take care of one of the most essential teaching tool, their voice. It also hopes to address common conditions such as voice strain, raspy voice, and inflamed throat, among others. 

As a baritone and actor, Mr. Guico possesses one of the finest voices in Philippine theater and the classical performing arts. He was a five-time nominee in the Aliw Awards for Best Male Classical Singer. His theater credits range from opera and zarzuelas to musicals. At present, Mr. Guico shares his talent by teaching mostly theater actors at The Guico Music Studio.

The MCLS teachers were able to hear and witness Guico’s vocal prowess as he demonstrated and explained how to properly modulate and boost one’s voice without straining the vocal chords. Participants tried and tested his tips through singing and speaking exercises.

It was truly an engaging afternoon for the participants as they gained new insights on how to properly use their vocal instrument.

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MC delegates attend Early Childhood Leadership Summit in Singapore

Miriam College sent a delegation composed of six middle managers and administrators to the 2nd Early Childhood Leadership Summit at the United World College of South East Asia, Singapore last July 11 to 13, 2016. The theme of the summit was “Crafting the Educational Landscape for the Inquisitive Mind.”

The delegates were Margaret Joy Clavecilla, Cherry Grace Torres, and Marie Rose Yuzon from CSC; Karen Francisco from the Lower School; and Christine Joy Corsiga and Benjamin Santiago from the MC-NUVALI campus.

The three-day training, sponsored by Rethasia International, was facilitated by four distinguished educators who shared their expertise in the different areas of education. 

Ellen Booth Church, an Early Childhood Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Florida USA highlighted the importance of science and art in the classroom. 

Sallee Beneke, Associate Professor of early childhood education at St. Ambrose University in Iowa provided an in-depth exploration of the key events in the life of a project. She explained that the Project Approach allows teachers to plan a curriculum that takes advantage of these qualities to provide effective inquiry-based learning experiences. 

Dr. Chip Donohue, dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago, on the other hand, challenged participants to learn how their digital media literacy contribute to successful technology integration. 

Finally, Galina Dolya, an acknowledged world-leading expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning and Development, introduced the Story Grammar program and Construction using unit blocks.

Through the three-day summit, the MC delegates were reminded that learning is a life-long process and that there are many ways in which educators can prepare children to be innovators in an expanding global community.

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Grades 1 and 2 welcomed to a mighty good start by “big sisters”

Grades 1 and 2 students were given a warm welcome on their first day of school on June 27, 2016. Proudly wearing their activity shirts with the motto “To love and to serve,” a total of 20 student volunteers from Grade 4 and 5 helped their younger sisters find their respective sections upon arrival at the Chapel Covered Court.  They also acted as junior teachers as they taught students how to stand during the morning  prayer and flag ceremony, prepared and distributed name tags, and pasted reminders on the Student Planners.
Alyssa Nicole V. Villareal of 5-Malikhain said that she could continue being a role model to the youngest members of the MCLS community and “teach and help them do the right thing.”  Rhian Shekinah B. De Leon of 5-Magalang aptly summed up the day by saying, “The day was fun and it feels like (the Grade 1 students) are a part of our (MCLS) family.”  Michiko Z. Quezada of 5-Mahinahon said that she “would like (Grade 1 students) to see that I enjoy Miriam.”  Julia Alexis G. Isip of 4-Bulaklakan expressed that she would like to volunteer to help in similar activities.

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Lower School’s Charlie Manzano, HS athletes bag multiple Gold Medals at 2016 Palarong Pambansa

Miriam College Lower School student Ancilla Mari “Charlie” Manzano(top left photo) won three straight Golds at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa  held in Legazpi City, Bicol held last April 12. 
Manzano, who represented the National Capital Region, wowed the judges with her routines in three categories in the Elementary Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, namely floor exercise, single bar, and individual all-around. She likewise received Gold  for the Elementary Girls Team Event and Silver for the Balance Beam and Vault categories. 
Manzano is an incoming Grade 5 student at the Miriam College Lower School. 
In separate sports events at the Palarong Pambansa, our very own High School athletes brought home Gold and Silver medals in Badminton, Futsal, and Softball:

Panjie Angela D. Legaspi 
Margarita Juliana Perez
Silver Medalists,  Secondary Girls Event

Chanelle T.  Lunod and Joyce Pauline V. Santos (left bottom photo)          
Gold Medalists Team Event 
Silver Medalists, Doubles Event         
Chanelle T.  Lunod 
Gold Medalist, Mixed Doubles                          
 Moira Angeli Lim
Gold Medalists, Girls Division 
Best Goal Keeper

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Manzano bags 3 gold medals by Joel Orellana | Business Mirror

Legazpi City - Ancilla Mari Manzano emerged as the first triple gold medalist to punctuate the National Capital Region's (NCR) strong intentions of dominating the Palarong Pambansa anew on Tuesday. Manzano won the floor exercise, single bar and individual all-around gold medals in elementary girls gymnastics held at the Saint Agnes Academy, while Nicole Meah Pamintuan led NCR's big splash at the start of the swimming competitions.

Manzano, an incoming Grade Five student at Miriam College, led NCR's gold medal haul in Day Two when the Big City athletes also dominated in chess and athletics. She collected 19 points to top the floor exercise, beating Samuelle Isabella Yacob (18.85) of Central Luzon and Calabarzon's Aleana Jean Gundaya (18.15).

Manzano also won the single bar after collecting 18.­65 points to defeat Princess Ann Talip of Northern Mindanao (18.15) and Yacob (17.8). She also beat Yacob in the individual all­-around performance with 75.25-­74.4 scoring. Central Visayas's Francince Parkinson got the silver with 68 points.

The Big City athletes have already won 16 gold medals at midaftemoon on Tuesday.

While the NCR athletes were frolicking in almost all fronts, 13­-year­-old Jerick Mendoza from Mulanay, Quezon, did 57.50 meters and broke the 18-­year-­old elementary boys javelin record of 51.88 Southern Tagalog's Jonah Robles set in the 1998 Centennial Palaro in Bacolod City.

The incoming Grade Seven student at Malibago Elementary School beat Calabarzon teammate Jan Mervin Francisco (54.14) and Bicol Region's Melvin Lacson (51.92).

Pamintuan, a ninth-­grader at De La Salle Zobel, won gold medals in the 400­-meter freestyle (4:46.60) and 100-­meter backstroke (1:09.08) as the Big City swimmers copped four of the first six mints at stake in the pool.

Pamintuan beat teammate Samanthan Borlain (4:48.78) in the 400 free and Regina Maria Castrillo (1:09.45) of Calabarzon and Raven Faith Alcoseba (1:10.40) of Central Visayas in the 100 back.

Raphael Henrico Santos and Maurice Sacho llustro accounted for the two other gold medals for NCR in the 200­meter freestyle for elementary boys and 400-­meter freestyle for secondary boys, respectively.

Over at the Aquinas University Student Pavilion in Rawis, NCR and Calabarzon took three gold medals each in blitz chess while Central Visayas and Western Visayas each had one mint.

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