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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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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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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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MCMS celebrates Communication Arts Week

The dream catcher, a circular framed net believed to capture good dreams and dissolve bad ones, was the inspiration for the Middle School’s Communication Arts Week celebration. Held on November 28 to December 2, 2016, it carried the theme “DreamCatcher: Awakening Ideas". 
 
The festivities opened with a grand ceremony that included a dream sequence play and an inspirational video message from London-based award-winning Filipino author Candy Gourlay.  This was followed by a showcase of costumes by administrators, faculty and Grades 6, 7, and 8 students who came dressed in their favorite fictional and real life ‘dreamers’ such as Anne of Green Gables and Jose Rizal.
 
Highlights of the celebration were the Grade 6 Choral Recitation, Grade 7 Historical Character Monologue, and Grade 8 Extemporaneous Speech Festival. These were complemented by the Grade 6 Spelling Bee and Penmanship Contest, Grade 7 StoryCon Quiz Bee, and Grade 8 Book-Movie Trivia Contest.  
 
Various student clubs and their faculty moderators initiated pocket activities such as Blackout! Poetry Writing Contest, Mystery Mania, Open Mic, 4 Pics, 1 Dreamer, and Sticky Stories.  Grade 6 students also interacted with award-winning author and MC alumna Carla Pacis. 
 
The exuberance shown by the community members as they engaged in fun-filled and enriching activities fulfilled the English Area’s own dream and vision—the development of literary appreciation and communicative competence. by Maria Pia C.F. Luque

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Six young Pinoy football players get rare chance to meet and train with FC Barcelona | Spin.ph

SIX Filipino footballers earned tickets to the 12-day Astro Kem Bola Overseas Training Programme in Barcelona, Spain this December after undergoing rigid training and tryouts held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month.

The six are Lance Lawrence Locsin, Jared Alexander Pena, Ryan Philip Johansson, Astrid Heiress Ignacio, Mikaela Jacqueline Villacin, and Jasmined Cassandra Agustin.

Together, they are part of the 32 players who get the chance to train with top Premier League team FC Barcelona from Dec. 5 to 20.

“These six kids will go to Barcelona to train with the best team in the world,” said Rofil Sheldon Magto, Globe citizenship manager, who presented two of the kids in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate together with Philippine Azkals assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong, also the Globe sports development manager and team captain of Green Archers United.

Astrid Ignacio, 12, and Locsin, 10 said they are both looking forward to the great experience, and of course, meeting Barca star players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Andres Iniesta.

“I expect to learn more knowledge and skills, and at the same time, meet in person Barcelona players Mesi and Neymar,” said Ignacio, a Miriam College student who’s playing football for three years now.

Barcelona of course, is home to legendary Filipino-Spanish football superstar Paulinho Alcantara, who was recently surpassed by Mesi as the team’s all-time highest goal scorer.

The six players were among the 12 Filipinos who qualified for the Astro Kem Bola camp held in the Malaysian capital last September, where a total of 72 players from Malaysia and Singapore participated.

“Attitude and positive character, yun ang pinakaiba sa kanila at hindi basta yung training na binigay sa kanila sa Malaysia,” said Caligdong on what he sees in Ignacio and Locsin that allowed them to be included in the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The team was the product of a two-month long TM Football Para Sa Bayan (TM FPSB) talent search organized by Globe Telecom in July and August.

Globe was tapped by Astro Kasih, the corporate foundation and corporate social responsibility of Malaysia media and entertainment powerhouse Astro, to be its partner in discovering talented young athletes and helping them further harness their craft.

Globe director for Citizenship Fernando Esguerra expressed elation over the selection of the six players especially after going through tough competition against players from the South East Asian region.

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SOURCE: SPIN.PH > http://www.spin.ph/football/news/six-young-pinoy-kids-get-rare-chance-to-meet-and-train-and-meet#kLoBhiIx3W8bI54E.99

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MCMS named overall champ in inter-school badminton competition

The MCMS Badminton Team was named Overall Champion in the Junior High School Developmental Category at the Inter-School Badminton League (ISBL) held last October 2 at Jumpsmash Badminton Center.  The team members were Chesca Angelo, Patricia Braganza, Sharlene Bitong, Elia Ching, and Ma. Victoria Lopez. The team was mentored by Head Coach Jeffrey Lagdagan and Assistant Coach Chuck Carzon. 

Photo shows the MCMS Badminton Team with Coach Lagdagan.

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MCMS students win in MathSciaKa Workshops 2016

Selected students from Miriam College Middle School joined the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs’ (PSYSC) annual Math, Science at Kapaligiran (MathSciaKa) workshops at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).  The workshops, held last September 17, aim to test the scientific knowledge and engineering skills of students through creative and non-traditional methods. 
 
Alize Rosemary Madayag of 7-Tecson and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay of 7-Dela Rama won 1st Place in the Mystery Workshop Bracket II for their blueprint design for an agriculture software application that can be used by the youth. In the same bracket, Angela Villasanta of 8-T’boli and Samantha Centeno of 8-Badjao won 3rd Place in the Workshop Fair. Both students designed a drip irrigation system that can be used in both a traditional farm and a city farm.
 
Photo shows Alize Rosemary Madayag and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay with their trainer Anne Jillian Dumanat, a grade 8 Science teacher; Angela Villasanta and Samantha Centeno with their coach and the director of PHIVOLCS, Dr. Renato Solidum; and the MCMS participants of MathSciaka Brackets I and II with their trainers Ma. Fatima Cruz and  Anne Jillian Dumanat.

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MCMS celebrates College Week

Middle School’s College Week celebration, which ran from September 5-9, was anchored on two big institutional events—the launch of the Miriam College-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center and the opening of the school’s 90th Anniversary celebrations. The unit came up with unique, creative and innovative activities that celebrate the uniqueness of each learner.

The first half of the week dubbed “How Board Are You?” showcased life-sized board games and puzzles with fun and innovative ways on how to play them. The second half, themed “We Serve with All Our Might”, introduced activities that emphasized on how well-bonded the Middle School community is.

Parents who served communities shared with their daughters’ homeroom class ways on how to meaningfully make an impact on the lives of others. In a separate activity, students got the chance to interact with children from the Lingap Kapwa partner communities of ANCOP, Daang Tubo, and Balara.

Capping the activities was a unit Mass with Sr. Teresa Dagdag, M.M. and other Maryknoll Sisters. 

Truly, these two-pronged activities gave the unit an extraordinary day of fun and learning.

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