Sr. Daisy Ayuson Carmona of the Camillian Sisters (right photo) placed 5th in the 2014 Social Work Licensure Examination held last June 29-30, 2014. Sr. Daisy earned her BS Social Work degree under the school’s Professional Program last March 2014.

Aside from Sr. Daisy, Royvie Anne Mae Garcia Colobong (BSSW 2014) and Ma. Luisa Viterbo Agustin (BSSW 2012) also passed the board. 
For its Social Work graduates from 2012 to 2014, Miriam College has maintained a 100% passing rate in the Board Exam. Out of the 2,031 examiners this year, 54.65%  or 1,130 passed.

Photo shows the new social workers with faculty and MC administrators during a simple recognition ceremony last July 7, 2014. From left are Dr. Glenda E. Fortez, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sr. Daisy; Prof. Luz Martinez, Colobong;  Agustin; Dr. Caridad Tharan, CIHDS Dean; Prof. Malou Turalde-Jarabe, SW faculty; Prof. Pacita Fortin, SW Department Chairperson.

Three Miriam College Lower School students were part of the MC football team that won 1st runner-up at the Girls 12 and under division of the Havaianas Football Cup held at the Alabang Country Club Fields last June 8, 2014.

Members of the team who joined were  Astrid Heiress O. Ignacio (5-Mahinahon), Maria Chrisia S. Espiritu (5-Maunawain), and Aneeza Jhulia S. Gutierrez (5-Malikhain).

They were coached by Robert V. Manlulo.

MCHS Glee Club, Youth Choirs in Equal Voices, Champions Category, World Choir Games 2014 from Mary Rose Peña on Vimeo.

Victory is sweeter the third time around.  The Miriam College High School (MCHS) Glee Club sure knows how it feels after winning for the third time at the 2014 World Choir Games (WGC)  held in Riga, Latvia last July 9-19. They came home triumphant, this time winning a Gold Diploma in the Sacred Music with Accompaniment Open Category and a Gold Medal in the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices Champions Category.

“We prepared more difficult pieces this time around. The competitors this year were better and tougher compared to the choirs which participated in the U.S.,” says Nancy Roman, assistant principal for Student Affairs of MCHS and conductor of the 34-member choir.

The WCG—the largest choir competition in the world and considered the “Olympics of choir”— is a dream arena for competitive choral groups like the MCHS Glee Club.  Its jury consists of international choral experts from all over the world who evaluate every single piece according to authenticity, intonation and fidelity to the score or interpretation. Overall performances are evaluated according to the sound quality of the choir and overall artistic impression. 

MCHS Glee Club group during the Equal Voices competition (top) and after receiving their Musicra Sacra award (bottom) 

The MCHS Glee Club first joined the WCG in 2010 in Shiaoxing, China where they bagged Two Silver Diplomas in the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices and Sacred Music categories. Their China experience helped them set a new benchmark as they prepared for the 2012 WCG competition which was then held in Cincinnati, Ohio in the U.S. Here,  they bested 30 choirs all over the world and came home with two Gold Diplomas in the Sacred Music and Youth Choirs of Equal Voices categories.

Their US feat qualified them for the tougher Champions category in Riga. Only choirs who have won gold awards in the past or its equivalent in other international competitions were qualified to join.

Ms. Roman and the girls spreading MC pride in Latvia. (Photos by Ms. Charlene Albino)

The group sang  a total of eight pieces for both categories—some more difficult than their song choices in the previous WCG competitions. The dynamic all-female group has been practicing the whole summer leading to this biennial competition.

Roman is eyeing the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), a local competition they have yet to join, as well as the the One Rhythm One Nation festival in New York in 2016.

MANILA, Philippines—In a symbolic action to show support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law and call for women’s inclusion in the peace process, students of Miriam College in Quezon City had their hair restyled on Monday to sport bangs.

“It’s a leap of faith for some women to get bangs because it’s your crowning glory,” said Jasmin Nario-Galace, national coordinator of Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (We Act 1325).

“It’s similar to the dilemma of Bangsamoro women to participate in the political process because of culture. Should I or should I not?” said Galace, who is also the executive director of Miriam’s Center for Peace Education.

The Bangs for Bangsamoro, part of We Act’s project to operationalize women’s agenda in the Bangsamoro, was held in time for the President’s State of the Nation Address and opening of Congress.

Galace said they were calling on President Aquino and the Congress to uphold women’s inclusion in the Bangsamoro state and make the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) reflective of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

University of the Philippines professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the first woman to chair the government peace panel, joined the program and had her bangs trimmed.

When she addressed the crowd, Ferrer promised that the BBL would reflect the CAB.

“We’re not turning our backs on the agreement. The objective is to translate it into a law that everyone can defend and uphold,” she said.

“We know that this is not just for men, but also for women. Not just for Muslims, but for everyone regardless of religion. Not just for MILF, but for all political organizations seeking change through peaceful means,” Ferrer said.

Some students, like Natalia Baltao, had their hair colored instead of getting bangs.

“It’s also important for women to have choices. I don’t want to get bangs. But I want to show my support,” Baltao said.

The students even urged motorists on Katipunan Avenue to honk their horns to signify support.

Muslim children from the Maharlika Village in Taguig City presented a cultural dance.

Two students sang a mashup of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

Part of the lyrics goes: “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out / Honestly I wanna see you be brave” and “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / Dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to relate to the issues in Mindanao, especially women’s issues,” said Francesca Sarenas, coordinator in Davao of Saligan (Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal).

“We’re glad that these young women are one with us in bangs and spirit as we push for an inclusive Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Sarenas said.


As it opens its new campus in Nuvali

It was only just a dream, a goal that they planned on achieving in the best way possible. And now, that dream has finally come true: Miriam College recently extended the sphere of its academic excellence in its new campus in Nuvali, where its advocacy to “nurture the leader in every child” continues.

“Our school has a tradition and a commitment to live in excellence. We intend to continue our tradition of great teaching in our new school inclusive of innovations for 21th century learning,” says Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College president.

MiriamAccording to MC Nuvali’s principal Regi Sibal, the school is not just aiming for excellence but wants to develop the holistic development of each student. “We are integrating a lot of concepts similar to our core values: truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation,” she says. “We want to develop socially relevant students and provide a curriculum that prepares them to become global citizens.”

Architect Dan Lichauco of Archeon Architects designed the building to maximize natural light, wind, and ventilation, replete with landscaped grounds and spacious rooms. A dry pond is also constructed to reduce flooding.

“Each classroom has a platform near the window to make the most of available light. We’re already looking integral skills in environmental concept like planting and harvesting,” says Sibal. “Architectural design is environmental. If you look at the classroom, there’s a platform near the window to have the sunlight bounce to the room and maximize the light. We encourage our students to segregate the garbage, to recycle things like paper. We encourage the kids to use the reusable containers for their food. It’s a very big campus so we’re already looking for integral skills and environmental concepts like planting and harvesting. We are not just talking about the environmental things that you can find in the campus. We will landscape it around the indigenous plants in the area.” —SARA GRACE FOJAS

The Miriam Adult Education (MAE) obtained a 100% passing rate in the TESDA National Assessment for the following courses: Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II, Automotive Servicing NC II, and Motorcycle/Small Engine Repair NC II. Included among the passers are the deaf students who graduated from the Bread and Pastry Production course. Last year, MAE also obtained a 100% passing rate.

The Center for Peace Education of Miriam College participated in the Global Week of Action (GWA) Against Gun Violence last June 16-20. This international campaign highlights the call to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.

In the Philippines, guns kill 21 Filipinos on a daily basis. The Philippines also ranks 10th in the number of gun homicide rates worldwide. Women also bear the brunt of the consequences of the proliferation and misuse of small arms. Women are particularly at risk of certain crimes such as violence in the home, on the streets and in the battlefield because of their sex.

To raise awareness on these issues, the Center for Peace Education launched several activities including photo campaigns, sharing of information posts on social networking sites and participating in radio shows such as "Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko" on Radio Veritas and "Tinig ng Kababaihan" on DZRB Radyo ng Bayan (in photo) . 
The Center also created a video which involved various members of the Miriam College community. The video gives a brief background on the GWA and encourages the public to join the campaign.

A Regional Roundtable on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and the Prospects for a Ban was held in Tagaytay last June 3-4. It was organized by the International Law and Policy Institute’s (ILPI) Nuclear Weapons Project in collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Center for Peace Education (CPE) of Miriam College. A total of 17 participants from eight countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended the Roundtable. Six of the participants were government officials from various countries and the rest from civil society and academia.

For the sixth year, Miriam College Psychology students participated in the 2014 Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Held last May 17, 23 students took to the stage to explain their theses through oral and poster presentations.  

The Miriam students comprised the biggest delegation.  They were chaperoned by Dr. Victoria Apuan. Other participants came from all over the United States and Asia.

Conference founder, Dr. George Slavich, recognized that out of 200 abstracts that were submitted, 120 were approved for presentation, and 11 of these were from Miriam College.

The Biology Team composed of Christalle Faye I. Sison (left)  and Pia Angela R. Lejano placed third in the Poster Paper competition which was held during the 14th PSSN (Philippine Society for the Study of Nature) National Annual Scientific Convention at Benguet State University last May 20-24. Their paper was entitled comparative study of Hypoglycemic and Histopathological Effect of Commercial Food Supplement of Moringa  Oleifera, Bluemea Balsamifera, and Garcinia Mangostana on Alloxan-induced Diabetes in Mice. They were accompanied by their adviser Dr. Thucydides L. Salunga.

The Philippine Society for the Study of Nature is a non-profit, non-stock, non-partisan organization of professionals, researchers, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, students, and institutions involved in nature studies and related activities. It aims to provide and develop strategies towards wise and sustainable use of nature; ensure a faithful representation of responsible thinking and sentiment regarding issues about nature; establish partnership/collaboration with LGU and NGO; establish local institutional chapters; and strengthen camaraderie and cooperation among the members.

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