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Pinays shine at World Scholar’s Cup by Dahl Benett | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — 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 held in Yale University, Connecticut from Nov. 10 to 14.

The students were from Middle School and High School. The three-member team which competed in the Senior Division ranked 9th, besting more than 300  teams in the final rounds of the tournament. They got the highest ranking and were declared top in Southeast Asia in that division.

High school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson and Alyssa Santana – referred to as Team 686 – 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 silvers and three trophies.

Solid team dynamics played an important role in their success. “I think our advantage as a team is how solid we are and how supportive we are of each other. Through our journey in the WSC, from the regionals to the Tournament of Champions, we built and strengthened our team dynamics and such helped us collaborate and work better together,” 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.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not 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,” said Team 686 coach Amity Yap.

“The Unlikely World” was 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.

The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silvers, 6 team golds and 9 team silvers 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 Isabel Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among 1,200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim 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. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking. Chosen to carry the Philippine flag during the closing ceremony’s Flag March was Asedillo.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different from 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 said.

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All-Pinay Team Gets Top Ranking in Prestigious World Scholar's Cup in Yale by Jillianne E. Castillo | Smart Parenting

These high school students from Miriam College competed against 300 teams from all over the globe.

IMAGE Scholars Cup (left); Courtesy of Miriam College (right)

It took attitude, dedication, and independence for 16 all-female students to take home the glory from the World Scholar's Cup (WSC), says Amity Yap, one of the coaches of the Middle School and High School students from Miriam College who competed in the international event. A total of 2,200 scholars from 50 countries all over the world competed at the event, which was held this year at Yale University in the U.S. last November 10 to 14.

The team of high school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana ranked 9th in the final rounds of the WSC Tournament of Champions where there were 300 senior division teams. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies. They were declared top 1 in Southeast Asia after competing in team debate, collaborative writing, and group quiz bee, among others.

IMAGE The Miriam College senior division team (from left) Aleeza Moira Tiongson, Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, and Alyssa Santana

“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” said Tiongson. “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.”

The junior division team, composed of 13 middle school students, age 14 and below, also experienced their share of victory. Students Jiana Lim and Katrina Asedillo won 2nd and 7th place, respectively, for the literature category. Lim also grabbed 12th spot in the overall individual ranking among almost 1,200 competing scholars.

Overall, the junior division team took home 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silver medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals.

IMAGE All 16 World Scholar's Cup participants with Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus

The World Scholar's Cup sets itself apart from other competitions for placing value not just in textbook knowledge, but also in the joy of learning. The tournament tests students in science, literature, history and social studies but also in topics like modern mythology. To prepare for the competition, the students had the theme as guide, "The Unlikely World."

“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,” said coach Yap.

Aside from team and individual events, community-building activities also take place at WSC, according to the event’s website. They hold talent shows where skills range from dancing to reciting math constants, student fairs where participants get to share their culture and traditions with fellow participants, and opportunities to attend talks by guest speakers from leading universities.

Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed at WSC, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it to 10th place in the senior division.


MCMS conducts ‘Serviemus’ PTC Induction Ceremony

The theme “Forging Partnerships: True and Committed” pervaded the Middle School’s Serviemus Parent-Teacher Council (PTC) Induction Ceremony at the Little Theater on August 24, 2016. Dr. Rosario O. Lapus led the induction of the Grades 6, 7 and 8 parent officers. They came in full force in blue, green and yellow outfits that matched their grade level colors. Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay’s reflection focused on the Scripture reading on service.

Maria Louella M. Tampinco-Lunas, Middle School principal, gave a message prior to the recognition rites.  Oryza Shelley V. De Leon reported the achievements as last school year’s PTC president while Dr. Pia Marie V. Utitco, incoming President, made an acceptance speech. Dr. Lapus then awarded plaques of appreciation.  As finale, a Pikachu video parody featuring the parent officers’ daughters preceded the surprise entrance of the children.  They gave bookmarks with loving messages to their parents. 

The induction was solemn, the program, meaningful. It was a joyful occasion punctuated by warmth and laughter, typical of the best partnerships. by Maria Pia C.F. Luque

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MC NUVALI celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirt, inducts PTA Executive Board members

July 26, 2016 was a red-letter day at Miriam College Nuvali, as the community gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Jerry Bito-on, who encouraged those present to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to look to the future with courage. 

The Mass was followed by an appreciation and induction ceremony for the outgoing and incoming members of the Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board.  Dr. Noel Racho, Miriam College Human Resources Director, served as the inducting officer.

The members of the MCN PTA Executive Board for SY 2016-2017 are: Ma. Cristina DC. Cadiz, president; Ayishah M. Conde, vice president; Rachel Ann B. Basaya, secretary; Patricia Jo A. Javier, Asst., secretary;   Jane B. Varona, treasurer; Mary Christine F. Quizol, asst. treasurer; Jo-Anna R. Piñon, auditor;   Rosenelie T. Barcelon, PRO; Sylvia T. Perez and Patrick P. Arce, board members;  and Cynthia O. Morales and Ruby Magsin, advisers.                             

A highlight of the day’s events was the community photograph, which had the MCN students, faculty, staff, and parent officers forming a “90” to greet Miriam College on its 90th anniversary.  Everyone was excited to be part of the aerial shot, which is fast becoming one of MCN’s favorite traditions. 

The day’s activities were spearheaded by Mr. Hanz B. Ponceca, MISMO coordinator at MCN. By Patricia Jo A. Javier.

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HEU parents observe lent through a recollection on listening

HEU parents gathered for a half-day recollection last March 5, 2016 at the Caritas Seminar Room.  The Campus Ministry office invited couple Paul Sim, Jr. and Ma. Belen Abuel-Sim, Maryknoll alumna batch 1969, to facilitate the recollection with the theme “Parents as Shepherds: Reconnecting through Listening".  

The facilitators shared family stories from which lessons of listening were discussed by the parents in small groups and reflected on individually.  Some parents openly shared their experiences of accepting the uniqueness and weaknesses of their children and listening to unspoken feelings that build up to stronger connections with them. 

The recollection ended with a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ron Bagley, CJM.

The activity was organized by the HEU Family Council in collaboration with the Campus Ministry Office and the Office for Student Affairs.

HEU Family Council goes caroling for scholars

The Family Council of the Higher Education Unit sang popular Filipino Christmas songs complete with Santa hats as they kicked off their Carols for Scholars project last November 15, 2015.

The project is an initiative of the Council to raise more funds in support of their financial assistance program for four HEU students.   Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Angelina B. Alcazar and Second Year students Prezatia Moseska Maria Ho Vicario and Mary Ann Del Prado joined the Council.  The HEU Family Council officers are Shirley H.  Vicario (former Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea), president; Danny D. Dulay, vice-president for Internal Affairs; Benjamin B. Balatbat, vice-president for External Affairs; Vilma A. Esteban, secretary; Josefina C. Garcia, assistant secretary; Ditas L. Fernando, treasurer; Gemma O. dela Paz; assistant treasurer; Annie L. Dorado, auditor; Marcelo O. Ticaon, Public Relations Officer (PRO); Bonifacio F. del Prado, Ernesto Anastacio and Boyet Lee, assistants to the PRO; Roberto T. Padaca, Mary Ann L. Songco, Janette M. Pacifico and Novymirth B. Ayson, year level representatives.

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MS Science teachers present STEM@Home program at int’l conference

Aireen C. Cabillos and Ma. Fatima P. Cruz, Middle School Science teachers, facilitated a presentation on STEM@Home at the International Conference-Workshop for Teachers and Administrators. The paper entitled STEM@Home: Parent-Student Collaboration in Developing STEM Skills was presented in one of the parallel sessions of the conference that was held at the Traveller’s Hotel in Subic, Olongapo City, last October 29.

STEM@Home is a regular feature of the Middle School Science program wherein students are asked to perform an experiment at home with the help of a family member and to document their progress. It is one of the many initiatives the Middle School has put in place to foster STEM awareness in the main academic program.

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First Step caps semester with ‘Celebrating Me!’ activity

First Step students celebrated their achievements for the past semester through a talent show at the Angel Uriel Hall last October 22. A video, which highlights the students’ big and small achievements in school, was shown to the parents. Each First Step class confidently sang and danced to joyful songs for the first time on stage in front of their families and teachers. After the talent show, the students joined their parents for an art activity and salu-salo at the outdoor gym.

It was truly another successful event for the Child Study Center, another opportunity for the FS children to make their parents proud, and for the parents to witness how their children have grown throughout the semester.

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CSC PTA conduct medical-dental mission

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Child Study Center continued its annual tradition of bringing medical-dental services to partner communities. Last October 17, 2015 , despite the gloomy weather due to Typhoon Lando, the Medical-Dental Mission still pushed through at the CSC Grounds. Approximately 500 beneficiaries received free medical and dental check-ups during the event. In partnership with the Miriam Identity, Spirituality, and Mission Office (MISMO), Daan-Tubo and Marytown of Brgy. Loyola Heights were identified as beneficiaries.  They also reached out to the outsourced personnel of Miriam College as another group of recipients.

With more than two months of preparation, the Medical-Dental Mission was made possible through the support of donors. The committee received a more than Php 300,000 from external sponsors and CSC Parents and in-kind donation worth Php 87,000. Several Pharmaceutical companies also donated boxes of assorted medicines and multi-vitamins, which were made available to the patients through our set-up Pharmacy. This year’s Medical-Dental Mission even took a leap, with a Mobile Clinic that offered both X-Ray and ECG Services. 

The event was graced by approximately 150 volunteers. Doctors, dentists, nurses, clinicians, radiologists, technicians, teachers, janitors, jobbers, and parents, shared their time and effort to help run this half-day outreach program. 

The day concluded with high spirits and smiles on everyone’s faces as this heartwarming event created an avenue to touch the lives and share blessings to others.

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CSC PTA’s first Saturdate, Playdate highlights caring for the environment

The Miriam College Child Study Center Parent-Teacher Association (CSC PTA) Lecture Series Committee and the Center for Child and Family Development (CCFD) conducted a successful and well-attended Parent-Child Interactive Play Workshop titled, “Saturdate, Playdate: a Morning of Playful Parenting” at the Angel Uriel Hall in CSC. The activity was held last September 12, 2015.

The goal of the activity was for families to come up with a project that children can play with using recyclable materials.  This activity hopes to emphasize on the values of simplicity, care for the environment, and quality bonding among families. The first Saturdate, Playdate activity is the result of the combined efforts of the parents, teachers, and staff of Miriam CSC.

More than 150 families attended the event filling the halls of CSC with busy, energetic, and creative minds and hands.  Some even stayed longer and gamely worked on more projects.  It was indeed a fun-filled and memorable bonding experience for the family that imparted a lesson on caring for the environment.

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