Miriam College president Dr. Charito Lapus led in untying the ribbon at exactly high noon for Marla’s brainchild, which was to assemble the college’s numerous alumnae who have gone on to become women of letters.

The formal launch will be held at the college homecoming in September. But last week, at least 50 alumnae came with their donations of books, among them authors, editors, publishers, journalists, columnists and scriptwriters.

Marla writes: “The celebrated queen lady Asuncion David Maramba was surrounded by younger writers Narz Lim, Joy Abaquin, Pat Sutter, Tina Roces Garcia, Joanne Maglipon, Laida Lim, Dr. Jasmin Acuna, Cynthia Jimenez... There was esteemed editor Lorna Kalaw Tirol being teased by her ‘ex-cub reporters.’ Former Metropolitan Museum president Rita Ledesma was serene as ever, together with Lolita Delgado Fansler (who helped me with the birthing of the MMCFA Corner).

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WAGI Executive Director, Prof. Aurora de Dios, represented the Philippines in the Women in Peacebuilding Conference last March 18 to 20 at Wilton Park in the United Kingdom. Together with policymakers and practitioners from around the world, the participants discussed the UN Secretary General’s action plan on women’s participation in peace-building and Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security. Among the key issues discussed include: a) increased UN accountability on the women, peace and security agenda, b) the need for a robust reporting and monitoring mechanisms of national action plans on women, peace and security, c) strengthening strategic partnerships among national parliamentarians, community and religious leaders, media and the academe, in advancing participation of women in peace processes, and d) interconnectedness of poverty and conflict, among others.

Students of the Introduction to Communication Research (CA 112) classes attended the National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD) last February 15 and 16.  Miriam College Communication alumnae, Usha von Arx and Frances Fetalvero (Batch 2012), presented their undergraduate thesis Mommy, Bili Mo Ko Nun: A Study on the Purchasing Influence of Children in the Family and impressed the audience with their presentation skills and with the way they handled questions from both the students and the professors.  The third year Communication students in attendance were also encouraged to ask questions regarding the other presenters’ works and how they conducted their researches for them to get inspiration for their future research endeavors.

CBEA faculty Noel Buensuceso is the recipient of the United Board Fellows Program, a grant given by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. The program prepares talented mid-career faculty and administrators for future leadership in their home universities and colleges in Asia.  Selected fellows spend two semesters, one per academic year, at host institutions in Asia and in the U.S. or Australia where they will be exposed to leadership concepts and practices in university settings.  Buensuceso’s first placement was at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he was a fellow from November 5, 2012 to February 28, 2013. His second placement will be after July of this year in a university in the U.S.  Through the program, the United Board aims to build strong institutions of higher education with many levels of competent leadership and a pool of talent to lead Asian higher education in the future.

Photo shows Buensuceso with mentor Dr. Robert Wright (left) of  Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Office of the Vice President for Development and Resource Management (OVPDRM) headed by Ms. Rose O. Bautista organized a recollection for the DRM staff on March 21, 2013 at the Caritas Seminar Room.  In attendance were 17 heads and staff from the Administrative Services Division (ASD), External Affairs Office (EAO), Finance Division, Human Resources Division (HRD), Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO), and Planning and Development Office (PDO).

Sr. Margarita Jamias, conducted the half-day recollection with the theme Miriam Spirituality, New Consciousness, and the Cosmic Christ.  A discussion amongst participants followed Sr. Jamias’ narration of “The Universe Story” by Thomas Berry, a story that started from the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today.

Participants liked the activity and suggested continuing with a recollection series in the coming year. In addition, Sr. Jamias invited everyone to hold these activities at the Maryknoll Sisters Ecological Sanctuary at Baguio City which is currently being renovated.

The recollection concluded with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Jitendra D’Monte, S.J.

Miriam College’s Child Study Center holds a more meaningful graduation…

Unlike other schools, there are no lavish graduation ceremonies to mark the end of preschool education at the Miriam College Child Study Center (CSC). In fact, there are no commencement exercises at all. The certificates of completion and awards are just given to the students and parents during the issuance of report cards before summer vacation.

Instead, the children participate in a musical play production as the culminating activity of the school.

For 30 years, the meticulously prepared full-length musical play that CSC mounts at the end of every school year has been a much-awaited tradition in the Maryknoller community, and for a very good reason. The parents certainly don’t mind that their children do not experience the traditional rite marking the first milestone in their education. It’s because the CSC productions have served as a more fitting end to a productive and fruitful school year for these preschool kids.

“We’ve had this for 30 years already. This is the brainchild of the first lay principal of CSC, Mrs. Preciosa Pimentel. Instead of having the usual graduation that basically would not mean anything to these children, it would be good to have an alternative activity that would be more meaningful to them where they can learn. For her, the play was more befitting of the CSC’s achievements in terms of student development and progress. It was the embodiment of the school’s mission and vision,” explains CSC principal Trixie Sison.

Dinna Valera, CSC’s administrative officer and the play’s overall director, adds that the annual production encapsulates the values and lessons that the children learned throughout 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,” Valera says.

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Miriam College’s Applied Arts’ program gives deaf students a chance to cultivate their artistic skills...

History has shown us that being differently-abled shouldn’t stop someone from making great art.

Through the centuries, we’ve had exceptional people like Ludwig Van Beethoven, whose most admired musical compositions came from the period in his life when he was almost completely deaf.

Francisco Goya, the Spanish painter regarded as the last of the “Old Masters” and the first of the moderns, lost his hearing in 1793. He then went on to create “The Third of May 1808,” regarded as a groundbreaking depiction of the horrors of war and one of the first paintings of the modern era.

Here in the country, Miriam College is doing its part in cultivating the artistic talents of our differently-abled brothers and sisters. Just recently, Miriam College’s Applied Arts program, major in Visual Design, staged “iCreAAte,” an exhibit showcasing the selected paintings, photographs and digital artworks of 18 students inspired by the schools four core values of truth, justice, peace and integrity of creation. Of the 18 students that participated in the exhibition, three are deaf.

First introduced to Miriam College five years ago, the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Visual Design provides students with aesthetic skills in visual communication, integrating theory and practice, technical expertise and career skills necessary to realize their artistic visions in the context of a productive career.

March is a special occasion, not only in the Philippines but also throughout the world as it marks the celebration of International Women’s Month, commemorating women’s historical struggles and triumphs.

Last March 1, the Women and Gender Institute, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of International Humanitarian and Development Studies and the Marikina City Local Government, marked the opening of Women’s Month with a community dance and salu-salo at the open field.  The activity is in keeping with the theme of the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the One Billion Rising Campaign, a global strike to walk out, rise up and demand an end to Violence Against Women.

In line with its bi-annual offering to the public, the Gerontology Program of the Social Sciences Department organized a two-day conference on aging entitled: “Helping the Elderly Age Gracefully: An Interdisciplinary Approach” at the Environmental Studies Institute last Feb 1-2.  There were 163 participants, 70% of who were senior citizens from various senior citizens’ associations, religious congregations, and NGOs .  The conference covered a wide-variety of topics, from the biomedical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of aging as well as non-traditional and traditional interventions.  Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president, gave the Welcome Remarks and opened the photo exhibit. UNILAB Bayanihang Sagad and Abbot Laboratories also presented some modules.    

A second seminar, “Spirituality of Aging” will be held at AVR A and B on May 27-30.  Limited slots are available. For more information, please call local 2115

Leisure and Tourism faculty, Dr. Cora Gatchalian, was awarded the Clara Ruth Darby Lectureship Award during the Nutritionist-Dieticians’ Association of Philippines (NDAP) National Convention held last February 21at the Manila Hotel. She was also asked to deliver a lecture on her field of Food Service which will later be published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. This was her second award from the NDAP after receiving the Most Outstanding Nutritionist and Dietician in 2004.

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