The Center for Applied Music formally launched the  Blue and Gold Sinfonia, an all-student chamber orchestra, last November 27 at the La Porte Hall under the baton of Mr. Jhames Labrador, Music and PE Area Supervisor of the Middle School and a faculty of the Center for Applied Music.

The Blue and Gold Sinfonia pleased its audience with selected classical pieces ranging from Baroque to compositions of the 20th century. The highlight of the concert included performance of Bohm’s Moto Perpetuo by Gia Paulina Sison (9 – Coleman), Vivaldi’s Spring by Rayahnna Isabella Aquino (MCHS Batch 2014), Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G by Raechell Oblena (9 – Coleman), and Bach Double Concerto in D Minor by Music Center Faculty James Dela Cruz and Jhames Labrador accompanied by Sinfonia.

The Blue and Gold Sinfonia meets once a week as a regular schedule. It promises to establish a highly-skilled student string orchestra whose members are students of Miriam College. It also provides performance opportunities for Miriam College musicians, whether members of the orchestra, or as soloists.

In Celebration of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014, the US Embassy partnered with the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) and held a forum entitled Knowing is Living: A World AIDS Day 2014 Forum at the Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College, Quezon City.

The speakers included persons living with HIV, Wanggo Gallaga, a writer and HIV advocate, and Elena Felix, a former migrant worker. They shared their stories of trials due to discrimination but later on becoming empowered to actively speak about their situation so that more people will be aware about HIV and the precautions that one must take to avoid this life threatening infection.

Executive Director of Love Yourself Ronivin Pagtakhan was also one of the speakers. He shared with the audience the importance of getting tested and being more aware. Another speaker included in the forum is Katerina Tolentino Leyritana, Medical Director of The SHIP Foundation Clinic, who elaborated on the growing population of persons living with HIV in the Philippines.

Distinguished guests were also present during this jam packed forum. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was present to give the opening remarks, while United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Amb. Philip Goldberg graced the event.

MC Administrators led by MC President Dr. Rosario Lapus and WAGI Executive Director Prof. Aurora De Dios warmly welcomed the special guests.

Last September, the Child Development and Education Circle (CDEC) pulled resources together with the entire student body of Miriam College Lower and Middle School in a book donation drive campaign dubbed as “Build a Library, Donate a Book Campaign.”

This was part of the many activities done by the College of Education for the College Week which had for its theme:  ‘Fortifying Lifelong Learning Skills: Learning To Know, To Do, To Live Together and To Be’. An estimated number of 40 boxes of used books were delivered on Sept. 6 by  Mia Teoxon, MCGS LMC Supervisor and Therese Pelias, CDE Department Chairperson, to Tanauan South Central School in coordination with Anthony Mariano and Zarah Gagatiga of Sambat Trust, an NGO focused on building libraries in the countryside.

To date the books form a big portion of the book collection of their library. The kids of Tanauan, Batangas are truly grateful.

The heart-warming performance of the Lower School Jr. Glee Club last December 18, 2014, was well received by guests of the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center in Ortigas.  The club’s line-up of 10 songs included Christmas classics such as Angels We Have Heard on High and more modern numbers like Jingle Bell Rock.  

The Jr. Glee Club is mentored and conducted by Concepcion Ongsiako, and accompanied on piano by Anamie Ganapin.

Miriam College delegates attended the 3rd Philippine Scholars’ Summit (PSS3) at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) last December 13 to 14, 2014. The activity is organized by scholars’ organizations namely, Becarios De Santo Tomas, Bedan Scholars’ Guild, FEU-IT Honor Students’ Society and Ateneo Gabay. The summit’s theme was “Filipino Scholars’ Role and Contribution to the Coming of ASEAN Integration.”

The two-day summit aimed to inspire a gathering of Filipino scholars from 22 different colleges and universities to commit themselves to contribute something positive to the country by creating a mother organization of all the scholars in the Philippines.

It also aimed to prepare them for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 through panel discussions and presentations. This was led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Medardo Abad; President of Manila Times College, Isagani Cruz; and the Director of the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies, Dr. Anna Candelaria. Leadership and teambuilding activities were conducted in between discussions.

The delegation is composed of HEU student-scholars namely: Blessed Kesiah Alvarez (3rd year BA Communication student and Megaworld Foundation scholar), Alyanna Enriquez (3rd year BS CDE student and Academic Scholar), Marian Grace Ticzon (3rd year AB IS student and Financial Grantee) and Glydel Salanio (3rd year BA Psychology student and Financial Grantee). They were accompanied by Trisha Iris Barcenas, HEU Admissions Office’s Technical Assistant for Scholarships and Aid.

MC sent a delegation of 11 students and one Miriam College employee to the Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLCP) of Kobe College in Nishinomiya City, Japan from November 4 to 18, 2014. This is part of the mutual agreement signed between the school and Kobe College in 2008.

The students were Christine Ann Cariño, (III-BSLTM); Aira Pauline Rizelle Centeno (IV-BSPSY); Maria Tracy David (III-BSLTM); Karla Patricia Dimaculangan (III-BSLTM); Kyra Elysse Generoso, (III-BSLTM); Mary Margareth Lim (IV-BACOM); Gianina Concha Limbo, (IV-BSPSY); Arlyssa Bianca Pabotoy (II – BACOM); Yumina Kaye Racaza (IV-BACOM); Dianne Louise Recomono, (IV-BSCDE); and Catherine Tablate (III-BSLTM). Accompanying them was Trisha Iris Barcenas the HEU Admissions Office.

The students’ participation provided an opportunity for them to enrich their knowledge of the Japanese language and culture and to promote a healthy and dynamic interaction between their Kobe College counterparts.  Other activities under the program were Japanese language classes, Instant Ramen Museum tour, special talk given by Koko Kondo on the “Atomic Bomb Experience”, Kyoto Tour, Hiroshima Tour, Class on International Management, classes on “Kawaii”, a slice of Japanese Pop Culture and on “Koto” Japanese Harp, Japanese Tea Ceremony, and Homestay with Japanese families.

International Studies student Natalia Baltao (right photo),  represented the Philippines together with two other delegates from UP Diliman and Bicol State University at the Power Shift Malaysia Conference. It was held last October 16-19 at the Center for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), in Penang, Malaysia., an international campaign that aims to mobilize global climate movement to solve climate crisis, spearheaded Power Shift Malaysia, an international youth climate movement. The youths were joined by experienced speakers from Malaysia’s UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiator, activist groups, NGOs and community leaders.

The youth camp was attended by more than 70 youths from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sudan, Vietnam and Yemen. The participants were empowered through a variety of workshops such as digital campaigning, policy and governance, understanding media and creative activism.

The youth were encouraged to be aware, exchange cultural knowledge and contribute for the betterment of the world.

Department of Child Development Education Third Year student and Junior Council Internal Vice-President Marianne S. Santos is one of the 81 participants chosen for the Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2015.

Santos has successfully passed several phases in the selection process. She is one out of 163 student leaders who qualified for the interviews, the third and last phase of the search.  

There were 718 initial applicants from top colleges and universities nationwide.  The delegates were selected based on the positive impact of their leadership to their constituents and their dedicated involvement in the outreach programs of their schools and communities.

Marianne and other MC nominees were mentored by Clarisse Ligon, Susan Morillo, Therese Pelias, Dr. Celia Aguila and Dr. Marge Acosta.

Busienss Administration students  placed second at the business plan competition held at the Philippine Trade Training Center last November 26. The team composed of Tine Jacinto, Sam Khu, Kiannah Dionglay, JC De Ocampo, Lina Palaganas, Mari Rose Bernabe, Alex Alberto, Wendell Tallow, Marie Manalo, and Kim Derpo won for their portable solar-powered mobile charger called SOLB. This is the 7th year that the school has been joining and winning in competitions organized by Junior Achievement of the Philippines (JAPI).

SOLB is designed to be the first mobile solar charger organizer that can be used anytime, anywhere. The group also designed it in such a way that the mobile phone can be used while charging.

The organizer will  recognize the best company, product, and officers among competing schools nationwide at the culminating event of the competition which will happen in  April 2015. Photo shows the team with the judges.

For more information, announcements and updates, like us on, follow us @solb_ph on Twitter and Instagram, or call 0936-3080505 for orders and inquiries. Go, BA!

Miriam College bested 300 contestants all over the Philippines during the 14th Philippine Fine Jewelry Design Competition (PFJDC), a major project of Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc., (MJIA), sponsored by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport), the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Municipality of Meycauayan.

Geneleen Cruz won 1st prize for the Chic category. She went home with a cash prize of Php10,000 and a trip to Hong Kong. Her win qualifies her for an automatic entry into the international competition in Hong Kong next year. Anna Paulina Manalang, meanwhile was named top 5 finalist in the same category.

Jomaecha Llaneza and Katrin Gracellne were named top 5 finalists for the Ethnic and Plain Gold/Silver Design category and Formal Design category, respectively.

The awarding ceremony was held last December 3, 2014 at The Jewelry in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.

The winners were awarded by Cecilia Ramos, chairman of Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association and Peter Zuniga, president of Meycauayan Jewelry Design Association. A plaque of recognition was also awarded to Miriam College as one of the winning schools. This is the first time that the students of Entrepreneurship in Product Design and Development (PDD) have joined  the competition.

The  winning entries are now  showcased at The Jewelry, 2nd Floor, Greenhills Shopping Center. Faculty adviser Rino Datuin and Department of Entrepreneurship chair Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian are this years’ PDD mentors.

For more information, please contact: MC Department of Entrepreneurship, CBEA 580-5400 local 2129.

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