Miriam College was one of the biggest school contingents at the ABS-CBN Foundation-organized Fun Run dubbed “09.30.2012 Run for the Pasig River” held last September 30 in Quezon City.  Administrators, faculty, staff, students and their parents which numbered more than 3000 tackled the 5K Morning Madness category. They covered the QC Circle-Tandang Sora Flyover-QC Circle route.  “09.30.2012 Run for the Pasig River” is part of ABS-CBN Foundation’s annual Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig project. It is the fourth advocacy run since it was launched. This year, funds raised will help rehabilitate the esteros of Quezon City, San Juan, and Mandaluyong.

Endorsed by the President’s Office, the Miriam College contingent was organized by High School Principal Dr. Edizon Fermin and faculty Dhoi Javier with the support of the different units and offices namely the Associate Dean for Student Affairs Malou Chavez, Melinda Lamorena of the Grade School, the Accounting office, the cashiers of the different units, and the External Affairs Office.

The much-awaited 2012 Bidyo Festival, held last October 1 at the Little Theater, showcased a variety of films produced by Communication students as their final output for their Film Theory and Practice class.  Tickets were sold out as students, faculty members, parents, and guests were entertained by the official entries to the festival and other films made by the students for exhibition.

Prior to the event, all entries were screened and scored by judges noted in their field. They were Filipino professor Gel Flores; MTRCB Board Member Jackie Aquino; television commercial editor Winston Chua; film editor Randy Gabriel; and film writer, producer, and director Pepe Diokno.

The documentary Agos Ng Buhay Sa Daan Tubo, the final project of students from the CA-121 Development Communication course for SY 2011-2012, was a finalist in the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) under the category of Best Short Film (Documentary).  Under the mentorship of Mary Grace Saguinsin and assistance of the Institutional Network for Social Action, students Mirabel Galang, Angelique De Leon, Therese Hines, Alexandra Dela Cruz, Katrina Bardos and Janine Salmo were able to portray the lives, struggles and successes of the residents of Daan Tubo, a Barangay in Loyola Heights.

This is the second time that the works of students from Miriam College is recognized by the CMMA. Last year, two entries from the College of Arts and Sciences: Lanai And Iisang Pasko were nominated for Best Student Organ and Best Public Service TV Ad, respectively.

A Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) Fun Run dubbed “Run for FAN (Fully Abled Nation)” on November started it all. Not only did Rovilson Fernandez retweeted the fun run but he also ended up sponsoring 10 deaf runners. He also provided gift certificates worth P3500 from the sports house he is endorsing for those who will belong to the top ten winners of the run. Because he couldn’t join the fun run, Rovilson made good on his promise to meet the MC-SAID family. Last October 5, he dropped by MC-SAID and played with the pre-school kids and had his picture taken with everyone.

Rovilson is the brother-in-law of a SAID alumna, Mylin Endozo (HS Class ‘98) who is married to Rovilson’s youngest brother, RJ. Rovilson expressed that he wanted to be involved with the deaf community in Philippines for a long time now but didn’t know who to approach. The run involving MC-SAID, he said, will be the first of many more collaborations with the school.

The Run for FAN (Fully Abled Nation) will be held on November 11, 2012. It will be one of the major activities for this year’s DAW celebration slated on Nov. 10-17, 2012. Venue for the run is at the UP Academic Oval and has three categories: 2.2 KM, 6.6 KM and 11 KM.

The Center for Peace Education (CPE) made the rounds of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)-member schools the last few months to give talks and workshops on various peace topics. Jasmin Nario-Galace of CPE spoke about “Challenging Bullying” at the College of St. Benilde (CSB), San Roque Parish School in Alabang and Ateneo de Manila Grade School.

Dr. Galace also spoke at a lecture-forum on Peace Education with the theme “Sustainable Peace for A Sustainable Future” at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City on September 13. On September 15, Dr. Galace and Mei Lamorena of the Grade School spoke at a “Seminar-Workshop on Peace Integration in the Basic Education Curriculum and School Programs” organized by De La Salle, Lipa. The seminar aimed to provide educators with a venue where they can acquire a deeper understanding of peace concepts and how to integrate them in their school programs and in the basic education curriculum.   

Miriam College placed third in the recently concluded Case Study Competition of the National Federation Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (NCR) at FEU Manila last October 1. 

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) students Chricel Olayvar, Alexandra Hernandez, and Marielle Pamintuan (photo from left) competed against 20 NCR schools particularly FEU Manila, UP Diliman, TIP Manila and PUP Manila in the finals round. The competition was in partnership with Punongbayan and Araullo, SGV, Isla Lipana & Co., PICPA, and CFA Society.


The Child Development and Education (CDE) Department hosted a forum with Former Philippine Undersecretary of Education and playwright Dr. Isagani Cruz  as guest speaker last September 17 at the Environmental Studies Institute Conference Room. Cruz gave a talk on the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd). CDE students from first to fourth year together with the members of the faculty and Dr. Rosario Margarita Aligada, the dean of the College of Education were in attendance. Dr. Cruz is the curriculum adviser of the Steering Committee on K to 12.

Ai Okazaki, 4th year Leisure and Tourism Management student, represented Miriam College in the Search for Miss Tourism Ambassadress 2012 last September 23 at the AFP Theater. The event was sponsored by Tourism Educators and Movers (TEAM–Philippines) and League of Tourism Students in the Philippines (LTSP), and was hosted by the University of Santo Tomas. Okazaki was chosen as one of the Top 10 semi-finalists and bagged the Miss Photogenic special award.

One hundred forty young women leaders gathered last September 24for the 12th Young Women Leaders Conference (YWLC organized by the Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) and the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam College.  It was co-organized by CEDAW Youth Network, a feminist youth network that seeks to raise awareness about women’s rights; and Women’s Peace Table, a network of feminists and peace advocates working towards making women’s voices heard in the peace process.

The YWLC is an annual event organized by WAGI to provide a space for young women to discuss various issues that affect them, as well as, to talk about how they can address these issues as leaders in their own schools and communities.  Past conference themes have included democracy and governance, sexual harassment in campus, bodily integrity and self-esteem, citizenship, and economic empowerment.  

On its 12th year, the conference theme focused on “Engaging Young Women on Peace and Security Issues,” to surface peace and security concerns of young women as major stakeholders in the peace process and to encourage them to participate in, or start their own peace building initiatives.

Dr. Jerry J. Jurisprudencia, RGC, CCLP, PhD, a faculty of the Department of Psychology was invited as resource speaker at three different activities. He was the main speaker at De La Salle University, Lipa City last Sept. 10 on “Bullying and Depression” on the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day attended by all the public and private schools in the area (left photo). He gave a talk on ”Depression and Suicide” at the University of Rizal Systems at Morong, Rizal last Sept. 14, 2012 for the faculty and college students (center photo). He was the resource speaker/facilitator on “Homeroom Guidance And Management” for faculty development at the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities in Tanauan City, Batangas (right photo).  

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