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President’s Challenge winners announced, 2nd batch presents new proposals

The winners of the first batch of President’s Challenge were announced last December 1 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC). The winning projects are the Crowd Management System of the Grade 9 students (mixed section); DefendHer, a campaign promoting self-defense for women by students from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Palungki, a lounge design by students from the College of Education.

Personally congratulating the winners was special guest and Board of Trustees member Carmencita T. Abella.

The winning groups will be given a seed funding to implement their project. They may also use any laboratory or tools available at the HSSIC. All winning groups are required to set-up their exhibits on March 2018 at the HSSIC.

A total of 12 groups from the High School and the three colleges—College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy, and College of  Education—made their pitches before four judges last September. The judges were composed of Dr. Lapus, Rex Bookstore Inc. Chief Operating Officer Don Buhain, Emerson Patent Manager Marlon Cabral, and MC Marketing and Communications Manager Romualdo Romualdo.

On the same day, the second batch of participants from the Child Study Center, Lower School, Middle School, MC NUVALI, MC-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, and Miriam Adult Education units presented their big, bold ideas before a panel of judges. Joining Dr. Lapus and Romualdo in the panel were Felta Marketing Officer Jed Abiva-Sazon, Emerson Technologies’ Jo-A Lozano, C&E Publishing CEO Emyl Eugenio.

Among the ideas pitched by the second batch were a playground design for a community using recycled materials by the CSC, a system to instill discipline among students during dismissal time from the LS, a new classroom table design to encourage learning and participation from the MS, a garbage collection mechanism to block and collect waste from waterways by SAID, and the use of Tubang Bakod plant to control water pollution from MAE.

The winners for the second batch will be announced before the Christmas break.

First female Education secretary Lourdes Quisumbing dies at 96

MANILA, Philippines – Former education secretary Lourdes Quisumbing died on Saturday, October 14. She was 96.

Miriam College announced Quisumbing's death on Sunday, October 15. The education advocate was a professor emeritus and former president of the college.

Quisumbing was also the dean of St Theresa's College (STC), dean of the Graduate School of Education at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, and chairperson of Graduate Education at University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu.

She is best known for her stint as the secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports or DECS – now the Department of Education – during the time of the late president Corazon Aquino. She was the first female to hold the post.

"Her tenure marked the expansion of free public education to the secondary level, an increase in the share of education in the national budget, rationalization of higher education, and an emphasis on values education," said Miriam College in its news release.

After 4 years in the Aquino Cabinet, Quisumbing was appointed as secretary-general of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, giving her the rank of ambassador in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). She served in this capacity until her retirement in 1998.

Even after retiring from public service, she continued working for the education sector as chairperson of the STC Board in Cebu. She was also president of the UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) and APNIEVE Philippines.

She finished her bachelor's degree in Education as a summa cum laude graduate of STC. She then pursued her master's degree in Education at USC, also finishing summa cum laude. Quisumbing capped her studies with a PhD in Education from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

The esteemed Cebu native is survived by 8 of her 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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Miriam College turns over AUDRN secretariat to Silliman University

Miriam College recently turned over the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) secretariat to Silliman University after hosting the network for the past four years.  Dr. Dave Marcial, dean of the College of Computer Studies in Silliman University, is the network’s new executive director.
The 4th Board of Directors (BOD) meetings held on February 16, 2017 signaled this transition under the leadership of the president of Silliman University and 2nd AUDRN president, Dr. Ben Malayang III. The meeting was attended by eight presidents and representatives of the network's BOD, namely: Dr. Rosario O. Lapus (President, Miriam College), Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Angeles (President, Angeles University Foundation), Bro. Manuel Pajarillo, FSC (President and Chancellor, University of St. La Salle), Dr. Darren Datilles (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Notre Dame of Jolo College), Fr. Randy Odchigue (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Fr. Saturnino Urios University), Fr. Richard Ang, OP (Vice-Rector, UST) and Fr. Jay Miranda, OP (Secretary General, University of Santo Tomas). 
Dr. Malou Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs and former AUDRN executive director, presented the network's accomplishment report for school year 2015-2016 as her final official function to the network. She now serves as the official coordinator of Miriam College to the network. The board discussed several innovative proposals which include the possible creation and offering of a graduate program (master and doctorate levels) on local knowledge and educational digital technology through a consortium of the network's partner schools. The board of directors approved and passed a resolution of gratitude and commendation to Dr. Lapus as AUDRN's first president and Dr. Baybay and Sheila Lo Dingcong as secretariat for their full support to the local knowledge initiative and hard work in contributing to the development of quality and holistic education in the Philippines and Asia.
The AUDRN coordinators' planning was conducted the following day and Miriam College was represented by Sheila Dingcong. Among the major activities of AUDRN for this year are the youth camp, its biennial national convention, and a knowledge exchange conference which will revolve around the theme of building competence, consciousness, and conscience in 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.

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.

Dr. Lapus reelected as PAASCU board member

Miriam College President, Dr. Rosario Lapus, was re-elected as board member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) during the association’s General Assembly last February 12, 2016 at Ateneo de Davao University.

PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education. It is also a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

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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.

MC shines at the 2016 Global Forum on Girls Education in New York

Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, together with HS Principal and BEU Director Ed Fermin, and MS Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Gina Ganapin attended the 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education held last February 7-9, 2016 in the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY. The forum, which revolved around the theme “Creating a World of Possibilities” was organized by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), of which Miriam College is a member.

Dr. Lapus was invited to be one of the keynote speakers during the forum. Her inspiring speech entitled “Building a Movement to Create Change: Moving Girls’ Education Forward” was well received by the participants. Other keynote speakers during the forum include Gloria Steinem, writer, organizer and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, as well as Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.

Dr. Lapus’ plenary presentation followed the awarding of the 2015-2016 Ransome Prize to Maryknoll alumna Concepcion “Chit” Alvar (Coll ’65) for her achievements in the field of education. Dr. Lapus was sponsored by the Philippine Alliance for Girls’ Education (PAGE), the product of the Miriam-led initiative COGENT or Cooperation for Girls’ Education, Nurturance, and Training.

Photos show (clockwise from left) Dr. Lapus giving her keynote speech; with Chit Alvar and a participant, with Miriam College alumnae; and with NCGS officers. Bottom right photos show Dr. Fermin facilitating a workshop for NCGS participants.

EDSA@30 visits MC

Miriam College remembers the EDSA revolution on its 30th year through EDSA@30:How the People Power Revolution Transformed the Philippines, a roadshow initiated by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV). 

Held last January 19, 2016, the roadshow aims to reach out to the youth and help them understand the relevance of the 1986 People Power revolution today. It featured three essential components: a lecture on the historical perspectives of the EDSA People Power Revolution by Miriam College’s very own Dr. Vicky Narciso-Apuan, a showing of the documentary film “Laban” produced by Sally Go Bellosillo, and a dialogue with three EDSA veterans – former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, Maan Hontiveros, Hon. Raffy Alunan.

Dr. Apuan opened the program by giving a historical perspective of the EDSA revolution. She recounted life during martial law years, the days of hiding and working underground, the events that led to the revolution, and the highlights that finally forced the Marcoses to flee Malacañang. This was followed by the showing of the film Laban, helping the young audience better understand the events surrounding the revolution. 

Former Pres. Fidel Ramos shared the positive changes brought about by EDSA, telling students that the historic people power became a model for other nations in similar oppressive situations. He also reminded them that “EDSA belongs to the Filipino people” and that the revolution continues. 

A dynamic dialogue soon followed with students asking important questions to the EDSA veterans in the panel. 

The event was made possible through the coordination of the College of Arts and Sciences led by its dean, Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.

Miriam College is one of 25 colleges and universities that the roadshow will tour.

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Miriam College hosts Int’l Communication and Business Conference

Miriam College hosted and organized the International Conference on Business and Communication (ICBC) last November 27-28, 2015 at the Marian Auditorium. Carrying the theme “Business, Tourism, and Identity in the ASEAN Economic Community,” the conference aimed to provide a platform for strengthening the relationship between business and tourism and for building identity in the context of the ASEAN integration initiative through various creative individuals, team-based activities, competitions, and exhibitions.

Dr. Rosario O. Lapus welcomed more than 500 international and local participants to the conference. Participating countries were Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Local participants were from UST, St. Paul’s College, Miriam College, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Assumption College, St. Scholastica’s College, National College of Business and Arts, Philippine School of Business Administration, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines, and College of St. Benilde.

The keynote speaker was Honorary Consul General Robert Lim Joseph (top left photo). He is also the founder of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies and the Tourism Educators and Movers Philippines. In his talk, Joseph noted that tourism is the biggest business in the country today. He emphasized that the age of Internet and social media has contributed much to the industry because knowledge and information have become accessible to everyone. Because of technology, people have no reason to say, “I don’t know” anymore, he said.  He also emphasized on the need to be savvy in sales and excellent in public relations and communications to be able to boost any business.

Plenary topics include Business, Entrepreneurship, Tourism Education in the ASEAN region, and the ASEAN Economic Community. In between plenary topics were parallel sessions that gave the participants an opportunity to discuss and learn about student study initiatives, cultural-based tourism development, and tourism education across the ASEAN region.

A highlight of the event was the Innovation Challenge, wherein students were grouped randomly and given three hours to develop an innovative product or service using coconut.  Awards were given for three categories: Band de Coco was named People’s Choice; Cocos Nucifera won Most Sustainable Product Innovation and Over-all Product Innovation; and the Layered Coconut Husk Breakwater got Most Socially Responsible Product Innovation award.

The conference was organized by the President’s Office through Christina Ibañez and the College of Business, Entrepreneurship & Accountancy.

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