Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) with Dr. Leticia Ramos-Shahani, former senator and CIHDS dean convened the 3rd National Women’s Summit (NWS) last October 24-25, 2014 at the Paz Adriano Little Theater.  This year’s theme was Bejing@20: Strengthening Commitments to Gender Equality, Development and Peace.

The summit focused on 12 critical areas namely: poverty, education and training, health, violence against women, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, human rights of women, media, environment, and the girl-child. Around one hundred (100) participants from the government, civil society groups, women’s groups, the media, and the academe attended the said event.

Former Miriam College President and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan gave the keynote speech. Other notable speakers were the Philippine Commission on Women Chairperson Remedios I. Rikken; Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Emmeline Versoza; former Ambassador Delia Albert; and Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica.

Towards the end of the summit, participants gave critical insights and recommendations based on the sessions they attended. Some of the important themes raised were the following: inclusion and diversity, correctness of terms in the case of persons with disabilities, connection between the role of women and peace education, and strengthening the articulation of Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The National Women’s Summit (NWS) happens every two years and is geared towards fostering dialogue between and among women’s groups and civil society organizations. It has the goal of collectively assessing the situation of women at the national and local levels.

The children of the Child Study Center (CSC) enthusiastically recited “Stop! Drop! and Roll!” in a  “Think Safe” activity held last October 20, 2014.

The CSC teachers used the Safety Module on Fire to orient the children on the causes of fire and what to do in case of fire. A meet-and-greet activity with Quezon City Fire Volunteers made the experience more authentic. The guests demonstrated how to extinguish fire using the active tools. The day ended with the CSC kids posing and smiling with the fire volunteers while the Nursery children were treated to an awesome fire truck ride.

The Nursery children of the Child Study Center celebrated their recognition and appreciation of belongingness with their families through their 2nd quarter culminating activity entitled, Nursery FAM B.A.M. held last October 21, 2014.

Parents and other family members joined their children in various activities such as Family videoke, Family D.E.A.R. Time, Healthy Food Preparation, and Just Dance.

The day ended with a simple salu-salo of all Nursery families at the Centennial Garden.

The Nursery children of the Child Study Center celebrated their recognition and appreciation of belongingness with their families through their 2nd quarter culminating activity entitled, Nursery FAM B.A.M. held last October 21, 2014.

Parents and other family members joined their children in various activities such as Family videoke, Family D.E.A.R. Time, Healthy Food Preparation, and Just Dance.

The day ended with a simple salu-salo of all Nursery families at the Centennial Garden.

The Psychology Department under the College of Science and Arts is proud to announce that Jerri Angelica B. Imperial, BS Psychology Med student who graduated in March 2014 placed 5th in the first Board Examination for Psychometricians. 

The exams were held last October 28-29, 2014.

The Office of the Vice Mayor of Quezon City and Miriam College through the Institutional Network for Social Action sealed its commitment to strengthen and empower the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in Quezon City through a Memorandum of Understanding signed last Oct. 28, 2014.

Present at the signing were, from left, Malou Turalde, executive director of INSA, Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Zenaida Rosales, executive director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTSA) and Emily Palma, project consultant under the Office of the Vice Mayor. Not in photo is Atty. Rommel Arbitria , executive director of the Humanitarian Legal Foundation (HLAF) who is also part of the project.

The project was initiated to help Quezon City in promoting the welfare and protecting the rights of the children. Among the critical  problems that need to be addressed are insufficient awareness campaign, inadequate data collection and scarce community participation.

Through INSA and partners HLAF at CPTCSA, the project aims to impart the different QC  barangays the skills in organizing, strengthening and operating the BCPC. This will be done through formation of Child Protection Coordinators; conducting capacity building seminars and community education on child protection; creation of media/communication campaign plan for child protection; documentation of the entire project and activities; and monitoring and evaluation.

Center for Peace Education Program Director, Dr. Loreta Castro, received the “Peace Educator of the Year Award” from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). The Award Ceremony was held at the University of San Diego on October 18, immediately after the PJSA Conference.

Dr. Castro was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Educators’ Strand of the conference where she tried to address the sub-theme of “working for peace and justice from a place of hope, compassion and persistence”.

The PJSA is a professional association of peace and justice scholars, activists and educators, mainly from the United States and Canada. It gives recognition awards to peace workers during its annual conferences.

Dr. Castro is also a faculty member of the International Studies Department (CIHDS) and of the CDE Department (College of Education).

Miriam College, through its High School Family Council, has taken the lead in organizing “Kapamilya Kita: The National Congress on the Filipino Family (NCFF)” which will be held on January 16-17, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.  In partnership with the school are the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and ABS-CBN. This was announced before the press last November 13 here at Miriam College.  The event is in support of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” and coincides with the visit of the Holy Father to the Philippines in January 2015.

Comprising the panel at the press conference were Maricel Salapantan, MC High School Family Council president; Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, MC High School principal and adviser to the Executive Council of the NCFF; Jose Allan Arellano, OIC executive director of CEAP; and  Mary Ann Cruz, CEAP Plans, Programs, & Research officer.  Representing Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus was Rose Linda O. Bautista, MC Vice President for Mission, Identity and Development.

Other notable guests who graced the event were Fr. Roberto Ampil, director for Parent Relations and Programs at the Ateneo De Manila; Lester Lim, Chair or the Dept. of Family and Child Development at the University of the Philippines and Lourdes Cuartero, executive director of the Center for Family Ministries or CEFAM. 

In a statement read by Bautista, MC President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus said  that  "The Family Congress is meant to showcase and highlight the central role that the family plays in helping shape the individual, the community, and even in impacting national development. She also said it is the family that lays the foundation for all further learning and growth of a child.    “A happy, loving family can only develop with God at the center.  It is our school commitment and mission to make this happen.”

The school boldly takes on the task of engaging the laity through this event by leveraging on its extensive experience of working closely with families in nurturing its students. “As a school that trail blazes in the area of home-school collaboration, we want to boldly approach and embrace the various concerns of families that influence the schooling of children,” said Dr. Fermin.

The two-day event will have celebrities, personalities, family experts, psychologists and “real” families among its wealth of speakers. Topics that will be tackled include same sex relationships, families of OFWs, extended families, issues with the in-laws and the role of the church in the existing dynamics of the Filipino families.

The result of the congress will be documented and submitted to the Synod of Bishops for inclusion in the 2015 Ordinary General Assembly that seeks to come up with working guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family.

The conference was capped by the signing of  a memorandum of agreement between SMX and Miriam College. Representing SMX were Dexter Deyto, General Manager/VP, and  Dennis Salvador, Director of Sales while Bautista, Arellano and Salapantan represented Miriam College and the NCFF committee (bottom photo). SMX is the official venue of the NCFF.

Admit it. the first semester of freshman year went by quickly. It seemed like it was just a few days ago and now we’re nearly approaching the second semester. Yes, we’ve all learned a lot, but there are some things that you just realize along the way – on your own.

1. One word, four letters: WALK

Unlike in high school where we’d wait for our teachers to enter the classroom each period we now have to walk from classroom to classroom. It’s pretty tiring especially if you’re like me who ends up practically dragging her feet to the next room. At some point, we know we have to start to getting used to it.

2. It’s not kiddie to bring baon

In College, I learned that breaks mean complete freedom … and food! Although going to the cafeteria sounds fun, it would cost you more compared to bringing your own baon. Since the first week of school, I’ve already started to bring my own packed lunch like I’ve always done since grade school. Honestly, it has spared me so much waiting time. I make it a point to only eat out or at the cafeteria on “special occasions” (i.e. free cuts, after tests, after presentations) to avoid the hassle of waiting and to save money.

3. Don’t judge

Entering college means encountering a new wave of people. I came from Miriam College High School and there’s just 40 of us in our class, making us just a tiny percentage compared to the hundreds of freshmen out there. With this whole meet-new-people thing, judgment will always be present – good and bad. I’ve learned that you can’t always base your friendships on first impressions. It’s best to reserve judgment after spending some time with the person.

4. Leftover “senioritis” can come in handy

Senioritis, as defined by the Urban Dictionary, is a “crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. “The only known cure for this is “graduation.” From experience, senioritis does not completely go away after graduation because I still have traces of it inside me. Sometimes it would be better to do your homework last minute because your brain is under pressure and it gets all the right things out faster as opposed to over-preparing where too much information can confuse you all the more. If you still have leftover senioritis, use it wisely!

5. It’s okay not to buy all the reference materials

Unlike high school, we don’t get our textbooks upon enrollment. We have a choice on whether to buy them or not; borrow from someone else, or photocopy the chapters needed for that subject. I’m not going to lie, some books are just so expensive that you’d think twice before buying them even if you think you really need them. From my first semester experience, I only had to buy two books out of the five subjects that required a reference material. The rest I just photocopied. This strategy saved me precious money.

6. It’s not uncool to stay in the library in your spare time

Got nowhere to go to over the break? Got a test in a few hours? Student, meet Library. Rather than going out and spending money on food and transportation, why not use that time to chill at the library or take time to review with some classmates there for a test. The quiet (and cold) atmosphere will really help you concentrate. If f the silence is not your thing, you could listen to some music that would help you focus on your work.

7. Don’t wait for your professor to find out what your name is

Be an eager-beaver and volunteer to read out loud, answer questions, give your opinion, or be the class beadle. Do whatever it takes for your Professors to notice and know you. If they know you as an active student it will make it easier for them to put a grade beside your name.  And if you get on their good side, it would be easier to approach them for inquiries about the lessons.

8. You will not the same person you were in high school

If you are the quiet type in high school, the one who would just go with the flow of it all, you have the power not to be that girl anymore. College is all about changing for the better. “Bagong buhay na ‘ko” as a lot of people would say as they enter college. College is your last stop before the real world, so make the most out of it. Run for council, aim for the Dean’s List, be part of a team. Go for whatever you didn’t aim for in high school. College is a good time to prove yourself to the people around you.

Maria Selina Almario

Selina is BS Psychology student. She plays the piano, and can watch 24 20-minute episodes of a TV series in 24 hours. She enjoys reading BuzzFeed articles, reading books, watching movies, and wearing black.

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Grace Vertudes and Maria Lilet Medina, Home Economics teachers from the Lower School, attended the first training program of the Council of Deans and Heads of Home Economics and Livelihood Education of the Philippines, Inc. (CODHHELEP). The event carried the theme “Home Economics and Livelihood Education: Fostering a Culture of Excellence” and was held from October 22 to 25, 2014 at the Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan.

The training program provided the teacher-participants a venue where they can share issues and concerns, new teaching strategies, as well as updates on Outcomes-Based Education and how it could be successfully implemented in the K to 12 Technology and Livelihood Curriculum.

Some of the highlights included a talk given by MCHS principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, on the importance of Outcomes-Based Education in Home Economics and the ASEAN integration; a workshop conducted by Prof. Joanne Bantang of the UP College of Home Economics on Creative/Innovative Teaching Strategies Appropriate for K-12 and Beyond; a demonstration on food processing, flambé, ice and fruit/vegetable carvings; and hands-on activities on various handicrafts.

CODHHELEP is headed by Dr. Ines de Guzman, former assistant principal of MCHS and currently the department chair of the UP College of Home Economics.

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