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YouTuber, influencer Michelle Poler inspires students to face their fears

Miriam College opened 2018 with a talk like no other, featuring YouTuber, Fear Facer, and influencer Michelle Poler.

Known for her project 100 Days Without Fear and for the social movement Hello Fears, Poler gave a talk before 400 girls composed of middle school, high school, and higher education students from Miriam College and other partner schools to teach and inspire them how to face their fears and realize their full potential.

“Miriam College believes that Michelle Poler has a unique and beautiful story to tell that will surely resonate with our students, especially girls.  Not only is she young, but her energy is also infectious and we know that our students will listen well to what she has to say, and hopefully in the process be inspired to face their own fears — especially those relating to their peers, studies, and the future,” said Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College President.


Titled Girls Be Brave! Poler taps into her personal experiences as a young girl who feared so many things growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, but had to deal with it as a student starting a Master's Degree in Branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  She shared how she overcame her own fears to live her life to the fullest.

Poler became popular on YouTube when she began her #100DaysWithoutFear school project wherein she had to face one fear a day for 100 days. She filmed herself on each challenge and posted them daily on her YouTube channel. She braved different kinds of fears from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need.

“You tube can be extremely intimidating but it can also be a very powerful tool that can help you inspire or  teach something to someone from one end of the world to the other, thanks to YouTube that my project resonated with millions. On day 40, I wake up and realize that every website I follow is sharing my story –not only website including celebrities,” she said during her talk.

Her YouTube posts caught up with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara and Lil Wayne who shared her story through their accounts. In a matter of days, Poler had over 4.5 million views in her YouTube channel.

Since then she has been invited to TedX, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, and to schools and universities within and outside of the US, teaching audiences how to tap into their full potential in both their personal lives and their careers.


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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Miriam College and its push toward 21st-century learning By Christian Desoloc and Alyssa Divina | Business Mirror

WITH technology becoming a bigger part of peoples’ lives, it is no surprise it is also becoming an integral part of education. In that light, Miriam College seeks to be in the forefront of integrating technology with education.

This was highlighted when the institution offered a master in education degree majoring in e-learning. The degree focuses on teachers becoming equipped in teaching with the use of various technologies.

The degree is augmented by offering certification programs, such as SITE (Summer Institute on Technology Education), iTEACH (Technology Education to Advance Change) and EXCEL (Executive Course on E-Learning
for Leaders).

Miriam High School Principal and the College Director for Innovation Development Dr. Edizon Fermin said these various certification programs earn the participants graduate credits, which are then recognized for the completion of the degree.

SITE, in partnership with Diwa Learning Systems Inc., was first offered on 2013 and gave certification courses on various topics. These courses are Teaching and Learning with Digital and Mobile Technology, which is designed to increase awareness of teachers in utilizing technology and integrating it with available resources; Developing and Adapting Digital and Mobile Application (apps development); E-learning Design and Supervision; and Cyber Ethics and Digital Law, in which, Fermin said, the cybercrime law played a major role in its conceptualization and is actually handled by lawyers.

iTEACH was first offered in May this year in partnership with CME Publication. Its focus is on facilitating technology integration in education.

EXCEL, set to be offered this September, will target school leaders and will help them prepare for e-learning. This was idealized since it would be hard for teachers to implement their e-learning plans if the school officials do not grasp its concept, Fermin said.

SITE and iTEACH run for five consecutive days, while EXCEL will run for three days. Fermin added that this was to reduce the attrition of participants.

He said they may expand SITE in its future iterations.

He added that the program runs around 40 to 60 hours and is enough for students to earn a graduate unit. He said the program is facilitated boarding-school style and hosted by their partners for the duration of the program.

Fermin said the above programs started as an idea. “Why don’t we train other people who like to transition to e-learning by providing them an opportunity?”

For the programs, part of their goal was that the participants get to maximize the available technology and use it to advance learning.

“Even with the situation in the Philippines, we can be leaders in e-learning because we are already good with the pedagogy,”  he said, adding that, with e-learning, he envisions education to be more transparent and more accessible.

He said the goal is the make sure the technologies augment how he interacts with society and how things are done.

These programs are part of the bigger technological and 21st-century push by Miriam College under the leadership of Fermin.

“If we want Miriam College to be a bastion of 21st- century learning, it must be driven by learners, supported by teachers, empowered by the college and sustained by the innovators.”

Fermin said it was their aim of greater institutional thrust toward incorporating or enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their curriculum that lead the mentioned developments.

The thrust first took form with the development of their e-learning system in partnership with Diwa Learning Systems Inc.

“At Miriam College, the reason for incorporating the tablet was not to lessen the weight of the backpack. We want it to enrich learning through real-time inputs and processes. That was the main affordance of an e-learning environment.”  Fermin said regarding the implementation of their e-learning system.

After their experience in developing the e-learning system and training people on how it was done, he added, they felt that they are ready to share their best practices with the world.

Aside from the programs, they also aim to have a dedicated facility for research and development. This gave birth to their Innovation Center, which will be used in developing ideas in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The building will have a performing arts laboratory and theater, science laboratories, and facilities for the multimedia and culinary arts. “It is where our students translate whatever innovative ideas they have in mind.”

Construction of the facility started last year, in part due to Betty Sy, a Miriam College alumna and the daughter of SM Malls owner Henry Sy. SM Foundation donated for the construction of the building.

Fermin said since its groundbreaking in August of last year, most of the construction is finished, except for the fixtures and other things pending installation.

For their efforts in integrating education and technology, Miriam College bagged awards during the fourth Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards held on June 21. This was organized by Bayan Academy, a sociocivic organization after the aforementioned plans and programs.

For now, these are the concrete moves by Miriam College in their push for the 21st-century education. As for the future, Fermin has one word for what’s to expect: Exciting.

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Schools that showcase excellent transformation cited at 4th EETA | Manila Tribune

In celebration of the role of collaboration, e-learning technology, and transformative education in raising the 21st Century Whole Child, five outstanding schools, a schools division, and an academic leader were honored for their inspirational achievements at the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) held recently at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN compound.

This year’s EETA winners are: Miriam College (top award, Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency), Isulan Central School SPED Center of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat (Innovations in Access to Education and Child Safety, Security, and Sensitivity), Casisang Central School (CCS) of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (Innovations in Quality Education: Curriculum Design and Development, Learning Materials, and Learning Methodologies and Delivery Systems for Learning Effectiveness), Sisters of Mary School-Adlas, Inc. of Cavite (Innovations in Quality Education: Education for the 21st Century), Ateneo de Davao Junior High School (Innovations in Learning Environment and Institutional Leadership and Direction Setting) and the Schools Division of Bayawan City of Negros Oriental (Innovations in Leadership, Governance and Management).  The awardees each received trophies and cash prizes: P500,000 for the “Most Transformative School” and P300,000 for the other category winners.

Edizon Angeles Fermin, Ph. D., principal of Miriam College, became the first recipient of the Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Award for Educational Leadership. As a tribute to Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman-Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., the award is given to an educator who has developed and implemented transformative programs and has led a school, district, division, or region towards excellent learning outcomes.  Dr. Fermin, whose biggest transformation effort thus far was his vital role in transitioning the focus of the curriculum from STEAM to DREAM (Design, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics with technology built into Robotics), received a P300,000 cash prize, trophy, and a Knowledge Channel On-Demand package.  

The first and only educational award in the country that recognizes unique ideas and best practices in school management and teaching and learning innovations — with the aim of promoting and sharing them with other schools – EETA was organized by Bayan Academy in partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc., Rex Book Store Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Moving beyond boundaries

For the opening part, the audience were engaged in learning sessions by Dr. Cecilia B. Manikan and Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President of Bayan Academy, which anchored on the theme “Repositioning Schools for the Whole Child of the 21st Century.” Both resource speakers touched various points through the winning schools’ case studies, underscoring in particular the greater learning benefits of adapting the Whole Brain Learning System in different learning phases and situations.

During his talk, Dr. Morato emphasized that for today’s generation of Filipino students to achieve exceptional combination of high-level academic achievement and breadth of learning, stakeholders must become part of the advocacy now.

Inspirational empowerment

A thought-provoking introspect on the essence of transformation in education was delivered in a speech by the Guest Speaker, Bro. Armin Luistro, former Education Secretary. Luistro, who strongly advocated for the implementation of the K-12 program, inspired the audience on the importance of unity and cooperation in uplifting the Philippine educational system.

Before presenting the OML Award to Dr. Fermin, Rina Lopez Bautista, President of Knowledge Channel Foundation, gave a heart-warming tribute and introduction to Dr. Lopez for his invaluable contributions, long-standing commitment and leadership in uplifting Philippine education systems and standards.

The five winners, in their separate speeches, also thanked Bayan Academy and its partners for the honor and opportunity to become part of their mission. Citing teamwork, collaboration, and passion for teaching, the awardees also expressed their consolidated support to continue the advocacy on transformative education.
The culminating ceremony also highlighted the launch of the 5th EETA Awards and the launch of the book “Excellence in Educational Transformation: Text and Cases, Volume 4” by Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., Chairman & President of Bayan Academy.

In photo are 4th EETA organizers and awardees (from left): Don Timothy Buhain, Chief Operating Officer, Rex Book Store; Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President, Bayan Academy; Atty. Dominador Buhain, Chairman, Rex Book Store; Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman of Knowledge Channel and Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Group of Companies; Rina Lopez-Bautista, President of Knowledge Channel; Gina Lopez, Vice Chairman, Bayan Academy and Chairman, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation; Dr. Rosario Lapus, President, Miriam College; Coslita Muring, Principal, Casisang Central School; Ofelia Hermosa, Schools Division Superintendent, Schools Division of Bayawan City; Sambra Camsa, Principal, Isulan Central School SPED Center; Sr. Eva Aringo, Principal, Sisters of Mary School-Adlas, Fr. Michael Pineda, Principal, Ateneo de Davao University Junior High School; Edizon Fermin, Ph.D., Director for Basic Education and High School Principal, Miriam College; Armin Luistro, former secretary, Department of Education.

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MC bags top recognition at the Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA)

Miriam College won two top recognition at the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) given by Bayan Academy last June 21, 2016 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN. The school received the Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency Award for showing the most “innovation and transformation in its learning environment, school processes and systems towards learning effectiveness and school efficiency.”
The school’s very own High School Principal and Director for Innovation Development, Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, received the first Dr. Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Award for Educational Leadership for “developing and implementing transformative programs that has a led a school towards excellent learning outcomes.” This award is a tribute to Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. 

“It is not surprising to see Miriam College as a place where teaching and service live hand in hand with Innovation. After all, our school was founded 90 years ago by the Maryknoll Sisters of New York, missionaries full of great courage, fearlessness, and progressive ideas. The New York Times calls them ‘Trailblazers in Habits’. Innovation is clearly in our school DNA,” Dr. Lapus said during her acceptance speech.  She also dedicated the award to the school. “Our success comes from our shared vision and our passion, commitment, and willingness to embrace change and meaningful innovation. As we expand young minds, let us not be afraid to try out new things.”
Presenting the awards to both the school and Dr. Fermin were Bro. Armin Luistro, outgoing Department of Education Secretary; Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., Bayan Academy Chairman; Gina Lopez, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chair and recently-appointed Department of Environment Secretary; Rina Lopez Bautista, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; and Atty. Dominador Buhain, Rex Bookstore, Inc. chairman and president.
For the both awards, Miriam College received trophies and checks as well as a Knowledge Channel On-Demand Package for the OML Award for Educational Leadership.

The EETA aims to recognize a school’s exceptional efforts in leadership and innovation, especially in the areas of Quality of Education, Learning Environments, Access to Education, and Leadership, Governance and Management. It is organized by Bayan Academy in partnership with Department of Education, REX Bookstore, the ABS-CBN Foundation and Knowledge Channel.

The EETA is the most recent recognition of Miriam College. Earlier this year, the school was designated as a  Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education; as a Center of Development in Communication; and was granted Autonomous Status effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019.

Raise a Programmer With the Help of Lego and Minecraft by Karlo Nilo B. Samson | Smart Parenting

A dad shares how these toys and games can teach kids the fundamentals of programming.

The trouble with being a geek dad is that you’ll invariably try to influence your children to be more like you, someone with a more-than-fleeting interest in things like Star Trek, video games, DIY toys, self-published comics, building drones, hacking NERF blasters, tweaking gadgets, and constructing Rube Goldberg machines out of Lego. But, that’s not a bad thing. Geek culture has sparked a renewed interest in the subjects of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, which is something we need to encourage and support if we want our country (and our kids) to be competitive in a future that’s already knocking at our door.

While, ultimately, I will let my son decide what he wants to do in life, I’m doing my bit to plant these seeds of influence. His room abounds with science toys, and he already knows who Darth Vader is. But I’m thinking of levelling him up and getting him started on the basics of coding.

“Coding” means “programming,” or simply being able to tell a machine what to do. It’s a skill that I personally believe is essential--not just “cool” to have--for our kids (us, even). We’re in the middle of a machine revolution where even coffee machines are connected to the Internet, air-conditioners are controlled by apps, and light bulbs change color when you drag your thumb across your mobile phone. It pays to understand how it all works.

My son is just turning five so a Bachelor’s Degree course in the University of the Philippines is out of the question. But, then again, the principles of coding don’t require you to be fluent in the languages of computer science, at least not yet. Underlying fundamentals can be communicated through the things that interest young boys and girls, namely toys and games. 

Take Lego, for instance. Popular with both kids and adults, the plastic brick system from Billund, Denmark, is used to teach basic robotics and programming via the Lego Education WeDo concept. The WeDo kit lets children build colorful Lego robots, complete with motors to move parts and sensors that respond to the environment. These are connected to a computer, where students use a simple drag-and-drop programming tool to control the movement and behaviour of their creations.

The Lego WeDo system has been used in Miriam College’s Child Study Center (CSC) summer robotics workshop, which just finished its run last April. Designed for kids of kindergarten age, the five-day course gets them started at practically the same time they start learning how to read. Facilitators provide students with different engaging activities that flexed their creativity while introducing them to basic logic and problem solving. Solo and group projects encouraged kids to work with an end goal in mind.

“Parents need to know and understand that this is not an ordinary course,” says Jula Arcano of the Miriam College CSC. “In the course, parents learned how inquisitive and creative their kids can be, and better appreciate the talents and skills of their child when it comes to understanding instructions, how they can diligently follow steps and work with the materials.” 

Though its WeDo program has already ended, Miriam College is offering a second round of robotics workshops, this time using the Sphero system (just like the BB-8 toy), among other STEM workshops.

Another popular tool to teach coding to youngsters is the Mojang game, Minecraft. This game lets you explore and create in a world of pixelated blocks. Think Lego, but mission oriented and digitized, playable on a PC, tablet, or mobile phone. Kids are already hooked on the game. Why not work within their interests and make it more of a learning experience?

That’s just what groups like iCode Academy are doing. The school offers a three-level Minecraft Modding summer program that lets students create their own Minecraft mods. Offered to kids from 9 to 12, the course gives pupils a taste of coding using programming blocks that you plunk into a workspace in order to control and modify your characters. Level 3 students go beyond the programming blocks to actually code in Javascript. (iCode Academy’s Minecraft Mod course runs this May, along with another course, Adventures in Programming with Scratch. Click here to register.)
You can find something similar online via the “Hour of Code” courses at, which likewise uses programming blocks. I’m in the middle of their Minecraft course, and it’s fun yet challenging even for an adult.

Also, if you’re the DIY type, you might want to bring home some of these teaching toys. I’ve been drooling over the Piper computer kit, which introduces kids and adults to basic principles of electronics, computer engineering, and programming. Piper lets you build your own DIY computer, using a Raspberry Pi board, complete with lights, sensors wires, the whole caboodle, running Minecraft. It’s a gorgeous piece of tech, something I would have wanted growing up.

“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” I didn’t say that; Steve Jobs did. But I’m a firm believer in that statement. At its core, learning to code teaches you to look at a problem, break it down into manageable parts, and logically come up with steps that lead to a solution. That’s a skill that I would very much like my son to have, whether he eventually becomes a doctor, lawyer, painter or engineer.

Karlo Nilo B. Samson is a long-time tech editor and member of the Philippine Cyberpress. He is the father of one rambunctious boy with a keen love for LEGO. And ninjas. Don’t forget the ninjas.

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Miriam College, C & E Publishing ink partnership to train educators in e-learning

Miriam College and C & E Publishing, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to provide teachers, school administrators, and school owners with professional training and official graduate studies certification on e-learning. The signing was held last May 3 at the C & E Information and Resource Center in South Triangle, Quezon City.

The MoA detailed the joint effort of the two institutions in launching the Integrating Technology in Education to Advance Change (iTEACh) Program, a five-day graduate certificate course equivalent to three academic units.

The program aims to provide teachers, school administrators, curriculum designers, information and communication specialists, librarians, and media services staff with an understanding of digital and mobile learning as new platforms that support 21st century education.  iTEACh will include lectures on principles and practices vital to technology integration in education, as well as various teacher-led, hands-on workshops.

“Because everything is mobile it is important to be open to new ideas and help empower our teachers because they are the key to e-learning. Miriam College and C&E are committed partners in helping educators move forward in this field,” said Dr. Lapus during the signing.

For her part, Gomez said that school owners are concerned not just on the e-learning infrastructure and products in the market “but rather in the readiness of teachers to adapt to new learning methods.”

Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College; Dr. Rosario Aligada, dean of the College of Education; Candida Gomez, president and chief executive officer of C & E Publishing, Inc.; and John Emyl Eugenio, chief operating officer of C & E Publishing, Inc. signed the MoA.

Also present during the signing were Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic education unit director and High School principal of Miriam College, and Marion Jude Gorospe, coordinator of the Summer Institute on Technology in Education Project of Miriam College.

Miriam College was recently declared as a Center for Excellence in Teacher Education by the Commission on Higher Education for its trailblazing work in various areas of child development and education. It is the only higher education institution in the Philippines that offers a major in e-learning in its masteral program in education.

C & E Publishing, Inc. is a dynamic academic publisher dedicated to becoming the leading developer, publisher, and provider of globally competitive, cost-effective textbooks, references, and other educational resources and solutions for the academic and professional markets. The company is actively involved in promoting 21st century learning by conducting seminars, workshops, and other types of professional trainings for educators.

In top photo are (from left) Eugenio, Gomez, Dr. Lapus; and Dr. Aligada together with Miriam College administrators and executives  of C & E publishing.

Lego Education distributor Felta to develop MC-HSSIC robotics, engineering lab

Felta, the exclusive distributor of Lego Education in the Philippines, and Miriam College recently sealed its partnership through the signing of a Deed of Donation. Under the agreement, Felta will donate Lego Kits; develop and furnish a laboratory dedicated to robotics, engineering, and coding at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC); and training MC faculty. 

Present at the signing were (from left): Melinda Agoncillo, Felta Sales Executive for Miriam College; Mylene Abiva, president and CEO of FELTA Multi Media, Inc.; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College; and Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic Education Unit Director and High School Principal.

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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To Infinity and Beyond: CSC pupils take a closer look at our universe

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) experience was on full blast last October 22-23 at the Child Study Center.  The first day was filled with fun as kindergarteners learned about gravity. Various experiments showed them that different balloon rockets can fly up, up and away, and, that it’s possible to turn a water-filled glass upside-down without spilling a single drop! 

The students also learned about space travel and designed their very own astronaut helmets that they gleefully wore and brought home.

On the second day, the kindergarteners were treated to an even more immersive experience about the universe provided by SkyMobile First Digital Mobile Planetarium Incorporated. The students learned about the different planets in our solar system through a 3-D exhibit, watched educational videos about astronauts living in space, and as a highlight, entered a planetarium which showed the different constellations and various heavenly bodies that light up the night sky, up close.

Upon leaving the planetarium, a student raised her hands and shouted, “this is so much fun!” followed by another student buzzing through the hallways shouting, “To infinity and beyond!” proving that the special STEAM activity was a great success. By Teacher Jian

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