Communication students, Krisel Dominique Custodio, Hollie Marie Reamico, Eunice Topacio, and Gian Gabriela A. Manuel represented Miriam College at the Understanding the Media symposium sponsored by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibilities (CMFR), in partnership with the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPCMC). The said event was held last February 8at the UP College of Mass Communication Auditorium.
Several activities held from March 4-8 highlighted the celebration of the Department of Communication’s 50th year and its Communication Week titled Breakthrough. The week-long celebrations kicked off with an exhibit opening at the SMT Foyer attended by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, selected Communication students, faculty, and staff.
Comm and Watch, a movie marathon from the films of Communication alumnae prepared by MCinema was held the next day. The movies featured were “Ang Tanging Ina” and “Feng Shui” two box office movies produced Tess V. Fuentes; and “Amok” and “Posas”, both from Cinemalaya Film Festival by independent film producer Krisma Fajardo.
Miriam College hosted a free workshop on how to write competitive research proposals conducted by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) last March 1 and 2. CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants with 203,000 members and students in 173 countries. The workshop is part of CIMA’s initiative to support management accounting research in Southeast Asia in collaboration with universities, the public sector and key industry players in this region to ensure the areas of research and related outputs are market-driven and relevant. The speakers are Dr. Amirul Shah, Chair of CIMA Centre of Excellence, Southeast Asia and Dr. Noel Tagoe, CIMA executive director of Education.
The Child Study Center recently wrapped up the staging of their full-length annual musical play to the warm applause of parents and guests. This year’s play “Abing Lingmihu Nang Gawuh (Huwag Nang Numiling ng Iba), held from March 5-8, tells the story of Eloy Elepante, Pangga Pagong and Laling Langgam, who wanted more than what they already had. Following their wishes were misadventures that made them realize that they were created that way for a reason and that they were all special as they are. Abing Lingmihu Nang Gawuh was originally staged in 1996 but was adapted to suit present times. The script, story, production, costume design and direction were all done by the CSC faculty and administrators. A tradition for 30 years now, the yearly CSC play takes the place of the usual graduation rite. It encapsulates the values and lesson the children learned for the school year. The play not only helps bring out the confidence of the students but it is also an effective venue for them to sharpen their talents in acting, singing and dancing.
The Creative Communicators and Talents Team (C*CATT) Singers, staged a successful first concert titled “C*CATT in Love” at Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan City. Their post-valentine concert last February 22 also served as a send-off activity for their graduating members. In photo are (from left) Chara Esther Basco, Aidrielle Madelo, Irish Curley, Michelle Nazareta, Frances Duca, Doreen Cardinal, Robert Fontanilla-Moderator, Choly Sun, Coleen De Villa, Clarisse Alvaro, Jessica Rodriguez, Janica Cuadra, Mhiel Tabuga, Kim Padilla, Russel Mae Secillano and Nneka Avelin. Photo by: Josh Albelda.
First Year Communication student, Trish Shishikura, has published a suite of poems in the internationally-acclaimed online poetry journal, Softblow, edited by the Singaporean poet, Cyril Wong. Shishikura was awarded the Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta Award for Poetry in the 27th Gawad Ustetika at the University of Santo Tomas. Her poems have been published in the Philippines Free Press and the Philippine Graphic. The poems in Softblow can be viewed herewww.softblow.org/tshishikura.html
The Maryknoll College Class of 1968 led by its President, Dr. Maria Cristina “Nina” Lim Yuson, recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the school for its commitment to donate P200,000 in support of the creation of Mollie’s Garden. Mollie’s Garden is part of the class’ project, “Plant, Harvest, and Share,” which promotes food production. The Garden is named after Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, M.M., foundress of the Maryknoll Sisters congregation, in commemoration of the latter’s centennial anniversary. The foundress was herself a great cook who grew some of her spices and vegetables.
Together with the signing of the formal agreement, the class handed its initial support of P100,000.The Mollie’s Garden project is spearheaded by the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) and will involve members of the Miriam College community in growing and sharing the produce, providing experiential learning on food sustainability and climate change adaptation.
Senior Communication student Andrea Aurellado bagged the Best VJ award during the 2013 WNCAA VJ Hunt held last February 24, 2013 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. She won over seven other girls from Assumption College (AC), Centro Escolar University (CEU), De La Salle-Zobel (CLSZ), La Consolacion College (LCC), Philippine Women’s University (PWU), and St. Scholastica’s College (SSC).
The Miriam College community came together to celebrate the life of Sr. Leonila “Nila” Bermisa, M.M. who passed on to eternal life last February 28, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Quezon City. A four-day wake was held at the College chapel followed by the interment. Celebrating the Mass was her faithful friend, Fr. Fred Bugarin. Those who attended the Mass were members of Sr. Nila’s immediate family, friends whose life she has touched, the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, and the MC community led by Dr. Rosario O. Lapus. Former MC President Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan was also present. Sr. Nila was buried at the Maryknoll Sisters Mausoleum.
Sr. Nila will be remembered for her work with teachers, prostituted and abused women, peasants, and human rights victims. Attached is the speech delivered by Sr. Margarita Jamias M.M. during the interment in remembrance of her life and legacy to the congregation, and her missionary work in the Philippines and abroad.
With the ongoing Sabah stand-off and the election campaign, it has become more difficult to veer the attention of the public and the government to advocacies such as gender equality, and women's rights. But passionate advocates of these causes will always find a way.
Such is the case of the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), the gender arm of Miriam College (MC). At noon last March 1, 400 people composed of students, teachers, parents and children from partner communities participated in a flash mob organized by WAGI at the Miriam College Open Field. Impervious to the sun's piercing heat, the mob gamely danced to the songs, "Break the Chain," the official song used for the One Billion Rising campaign, and "I'm Every Woman."
The event kicked off MC's celebration of Women's Month.
MORE THAN A CELEBRATION
"There are just so many reasons for Filipino women to celebrate as far as women's rights are concerned," says WAGI executive director Dr. Aurora de Dios.
For one, there's the enactment of the Reproductive Health Law, which is expected to give better and proper attention to the health of every Filipino woman. Then there's also the 2011 Newsweek report citing the country as the 17th best place in the world for women. The Global Economic Forum also ranked the Philippines as the eighth among 135 countries that observes equality between men and women.
However, despite these achievements, De Dios says that the movement cannot relax just yet.
"Hangga't malawak pa rin ang kahirapan at saka marami pa ring nambubugbog, andiyan na 'yung mga tools para mapuksa natin iyon (violence against women), pero hindi iyon sapat," she explains.
According to the data released by the Philippine Commission on Women, the PNP-Women and Children Protection Center had received 5, 989 cases of violence against women and children from January to August 2011 alone. Also, forms of violence against women committed on cyberspace have been emerging due to the prevalence of the internet.
The United Nations wants to stop the violence from occurring once and for all, thus the theme of this year's Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, "Elimination and Prevention of all forms of Violence against Women and Girls." As a way of showing their support to this cause, WAGI launched a campaign on Valentine's Day dubbed "Love is Freedom from Violence." Through the campaign, WAGI aimed to show that the best way to show love is by respecting women and girls and protecting them from violence.
But since the public, and even the government, is too caught up with political and security issues, the organizers felt compelled to find a channel that will interest and engage them. That's when the idea of organizing a flash mob came to them.
"Napakaseryoso ng message natin, pero they can dance with it and (still) the message will get to them," she says. "That is why we have this flash mob today, to celebrate and at the same time call to action."
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