The Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) in partnership with the College of International, Humanitarian, and Development Studies (CIHDS) and the Social Sciences Department hosted a forum entitled DAPat Nating Pag-usapan ang DAP: A Forum on the Disbursement Acceleration Program. It was held last August 29 at the Little Theater, Paz Adriano Bldg. Inday Espina-Varona of, Atty. Rowena Candice Ruiz and Secretary Florencio Abad served as speakers of the forum.

The forum was attended by Miriam College administrators headed by President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Vice-President for Mission and Institutional Development Rose Linda O. Bautista, Dean of the College of International, Humanitarian, and Development Studies, Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Lourdes K. Samson.  Students and faculty of the Higher Education and representatives from Miriam College's five partner communities also attended the event.

This forum aimed to better understand the DAP issue and provided a platform where members of the academic community can effectively and constructively engage in the discussion of the DAP issue.

With beauty, grace, poise and exacting dance moves, the HEU’s MC Pep Squad bested eight other colleges at the recently-held Women’s Colleges Sports Association (WCSA) cheerdance competition and was named champion for the 7th straight year. University of Asia and the Pacific and St Scholastica’s College landed as 1st and 2nd Runner-up, respectively.

The cheerdance competition was organized by the management team to liven up and encourage enthusiasm among participating schools. It also served as the opening salvo of WCSA’s 13th season, which commenced last September 21, 2014 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

This latest win has qualified the MC Pep Squad to represent the country at the International Cheerdance Championship in Tokyo, Japan slated in June 2015. Handling the team for eight years now is Coach Ernesto “John” Azuro, Jr. who has been behind the team’s hardwork and dedication and who has seen the girls win one competition after another at the WCSA.

Other WCSA-member schools are Assumption College, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College–Alabang, Enderun Colleges and St. Paul’s University–Quezon City.

This year’s cheerdance competition and opening was hosted by Assumption College.

The Miriam College’s Higher Education Unit held its 4th Scholarship Awarding Ceremony last September 8 at the AVR A and B of the Paz Adriano Building. This is an annual activity of the HEU – Admissions Office to give honor to the new academic, endowed and special scholars and their parents.

The ceremony was attended by the MC President, Dr. Rosario O. Lapus; Associate Dean for Academic Support Services, Dr. Francis Evangelista and other school administrators. Donors who graced the event were the MCHS Class of 2006 represented by Lynn Aguirre, Marie Anne Del Rosario, Susan Canlas and Winna Francisco; HEU Family Council represented by Marcelo Ticzon, Ditas Fernando, Charles Bunyi,. Mario Alvarez and Gemma Dela Paz; and Megaworld Foundation Inc. represented by Jhon Ricar Bernabe and Diana Adame.

Recipients of the scholarships are:

Academic Scholarship:

  • Monica Christian Montalban, 1st year BS Psychology
  • Claire Tuason, 2nd year BS Psychology
  • Angela Dominique Villafuerte, 1st year BA Communication
  • Beatrix Gilda Panoy, 1st year BS Accountancy
  • Trisha Raine Grayda, 1st year BS Child Development and Education 
  • Zarina Marie Vasquez, 1st year AB International Studies.

Athletic Scholarship:

  • Denise Panis, 1st year BS Psychology 

Endowed Scholarships:

  • Hazel Gail Garduque, 1st year BS Accountancy (MCHS Class 2006) 
  • Mignon Blythe Martinez, 1st year BS Child Development and Education (Max’s Makati Inc, Endowed Scholarship)

Special Scholarships:

HEU Family Council

  • Mary Louise Abadines, 1st year BS Accountancy
  • Erica David, 1st year BS Accountancy
  • Hyacinth Aubrey Ramirez, 1st year BS Environmental Planning and Management 
  • Jolina Capadocia, 1st year BA Psychology

Megaworld Foundation Scholarship

  • Jehnyne Bautista, 1st year BS Psychology
  • Elaine Nasi, 2nd year BA Communication
  • Karen Therese Casalme, 1st year BA Communication
  • Michaela Veronica Padora, 1st year BA Communication
  • Maria Angelica Andres, 3rd year BS Business Administration Major in Financial and Investments Management

It was during the event that the HEU – Family Council turned-over additional scholarship fund amounting to Php100, 000 to Dr. Lapus, to cover the 2nd semester of their scholars. Capping the event was a song numbers by the scholars who thanked their donors for their continues support.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way."

The opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens may just as well be describing the global scene of today, a society of extreme social contradictions.

We are in the midst of a rapidly changing, increasingly complex & competitive world, where more & more of the old structures, traditions & coherence of life seem to be giving way to the new, to the uncertain, to the great Unknown: climate change, the threat of Ebola, unending war in many parts of the world.

These last few days we discussed challenges our Catholic schools face and ways of responding to Christ’s call.

Let me return to them briefly:

1. The Challenge of Mission

It is easy to get lost in the quagmire. We need clear direction. We need a clear Vision. This is provided by our Mission.

A Catholic school is different from other schools. We have a long history of providing excellent education, where trust and collaboration exist between families and school, and order, duty, responsibility are all taken very seriously.

But we need to be more than that. Our goal should be more encompassing than those of secular institutions. What is essential is the Catholic dimension of our school. We have to constantly ask ourselves: How can we be effective so we are not Catholic in name only, but shining examples of our Mission & our Faith? We need to create vital faith communities within our schools. Religious instruction, values formation, faith development should all be fully integrated into the academic development of our students. We have to take on the role of “cultural catalysts,” and look for ways of enhancing our Catholic culture and demonstrating core consistency.

There are many ways of being Catholic, and each institution has to find what best expresses its own Catholic identity. A critical test to ask ourselves would be: do “Identity and Mission” drive my school’s strategic planning process?

An excellent resource for thinking through the issue would be the online initiative of Boston College, their “Church in the 21st century courses (C21)”, based on Dr. Thomas Groome's "What Makes Us Catholic?”.

2. The Challenge of Relevance

We are educating the youth of the 21st century. The Millennium Generation, often seen as narcissistic, coddled, even spoiled. Easily bored, with short attention spans, shallow (Nicholas Carr) - our constantly web-surfing, tweeting generation. Notice how so many get into trouble because of their Facebook/Twitter postings. (But then again, so do many adults).

We have to teach them to analyze, to reflect & dig deeply. They need to aim for long-term goals and be aware of possible consequences of their actions. They have to discern what is most important in life. 

Brought up in a world where social structures have changed considerably, they have little sense of stability and rootedness. So many families are torn apart in order to survive. They contribute positively to our GDP, but at what personal and social cost. Our schools must provide specialized counseling & support to this group.

How do we influence the youth, educate them, and become relevant to their lives? EMForster’s advice to writers applies equally well to teachers/educators: “Only connect!”

What worked for our campus minister was simply to make the room next to hers comfortable - a “safe” place. She made sure there was a lot of food. (That always
works!). They began organizing themselves & soon she had a team to help with mission work. Their ideas have been great! They took charge of Peer counseling & did a good job! First of all, they knew who were at risk, they knew who to look out for, they knew how to reach them. 

There are many positives about millennials. They are far more tolerant than their parents. They are team-oriented and seek collaboration. Wired to the world, they tend to think global and are quick to see the world’s problems as their own. (Fournier, 2013). It is easy to tap them for projects that inspire and need new ideas.

Our school’s core values of Truth, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation are advocacies our students have fully embraced. We have four (4) institutional Centers that help us concretize our Mission-Vision.

A project of our Center for Peace: a Lugawan fundraising activity for our sister school in the South. This is an initiative started in the 90s. Friendships were formed
through the mail (now it's email). In the end these girls came to know, respect, and appreciate each other's faith & practices.

We are not only a green school; we are a dark green school: green in our philosophy, curriculum, activities, and research. Last Christmas, our campus turned red
and green using recycled materials.

Even our preschoolers have taken as their mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

“Mixed waste is garbage; segregated waste is resources” reminders are abound in our campus. These messages are there to help us internalize our mantra which then becomes a way of thinking & behaving.

3. The Challenge of Inclusion

The main driving force in the Church’s movement - very visible at the moment - is the move towards increased pastoral care & inclusion (Evangelii Gaudium). We are all sheep needing care - and the Church has taken steps to be more informed and in touch with the lives of common people.

Being inclusive means creating an environment fair to both genders. Pope Francis himself said that the role of women should be seen as one of service, not servitude. He points out that the Church is a Mother, nurturing and accepting. It's time to fully empower women and make use of women's strengths, which is that of bringing people together. This is a prime advocacy for our school. 

Our Women and Gender Institute has a program that trains & gives women in Mindanao a central role in the peace process, where they sit at the peace table as full
participants, not hovering at the sides like they used to.

And remember: Educating a woman is more than just educating A woman - its effects are multiplied and benefit all those around her - children, spouse, and ultimately, Society.

The same empowering philosophy applies to persons with disabilities, as well as the poor and marginalized among us. When we help others achieve their true potential, they surprise us with their abilities.

We have two (2) units that fulfill this function: our Miriam Adult Education for out-of-school youthand our Southeast Asian School for the Deaf.

We have to recognize this truth: We cannot change others without changing ourselves. The need today is for a leader / a teacher of a different kind - one whom the youth see as truly authentic.

The Sheep are different - but so are their Shepherds (us). The Shepherdess has assumed a different image, has become more diverse, more grounded in the community, more ordinary. 

Thus we see the Voice of the Laity assuming a different proportion. This year celebrates the Year of the Laity. And that explains my presence onstage.

The Church as people of God is composed of 3/4 laity - ordinary men and women. We welcome ways to learn from and work with the Church. Our gifts need to be nurtured and nourished. We need effective training programs so we become committed agents of renewal who will add balance, depth, and reach to the Church.

Lay ecclesial movements such as Couples for Christ (with its origin in the Philippines) have become a major force in Christian family renewal. Vocations will come
from happy and generous families belonging to this type of Christian community.

Challenges will arise in such partnerships but this will produce a strong, dynamic, and life-affirming faith to the whole community.

May I share with you a little bit of the history of our own school, a story of lay leadership and transformation.

Founded 88 years ago in this Agustinian Convent in Malabon, in the 1970s the Maryknoll nuns decided to go back to their original mission: to minister to the poor &

They had 3 options:
Option 1 - to give us to Ateneo de Manila.
Option 2 - to give us to another order to manage
Option 3 - to allow the Laity to take over.

And they chose the 3rd way. This became the vehicle for the school’s continued transformation.

We now have a Lay Board, lay administrators and a new name.

The name may have changed but our Mission remains the same.

The Maryknoll nuns - trailblazers in habit - had great faith in the Filipino Laity.  Through commitment & hard work, we continue to bring fulfillment to our founders’ vision.

4. The Challenge of Sustainability

Sustainability issues have become more real and urgent today. We all need to find ways of maximizing use of our limited resources. One effective way is through
Collaboration & strategic Networking.

Catholic schools have to start thinking of themselves as a whole - not operating in separate silos but as part of a larger community with a common goal. We take strength and support from having each other, aware that together, our work is amplified and will
have greater impact. 

Our CEAP has been very active on many fronts: clamoring for ethical behavior in public service; providing training for member schools in all areas; and now, advocating for true public & private complementarity. Yes, together we are a River.

At this point, I want to announce another great opportunity for Collaboration. We have the endorsement & support of Cardinal Tagle & CEAP to launch a Family Congress (Kapamilya Kita) which will take place during the Papal visit. This will showcase the contributions and critical role of families in moving our Faith forward. Flyers are on your tables.

Service Learning

A last word: Education consists of 3 important domains: Academic, Research, & Community Work & Practice. The thoughts, concepts & ideas that originate in our
classrooms should lead to Action. Precepts must lead to Praxis. The best of these practices are in Service Learning. Here are some examples of what we do.

The challenge of each institution here is to stay alive and well & keep thriving in the face of rapid change that both enriches and dilutes our identity. 

Let me now circle back to Dickens, a great observer of human nature who lived in a similar era of uncertainty & chaos.

For me, this is the best of times. I end with a heart full of Hope.

For we have a Leader who is compassionate and forward thinking, who fully understands the “human condition.” Pope Francis has been calling for greater creativity
and openness, and a “pastoral conversion” in papal ministry. We find great strength and comfort in his solidarity with us.

And We are today’s Shepherds: those few afforded the wonderful privilege of accompanying the youth. We are called upon to create an environment so they can grow in Faith & in their personal and academic lives. And that, fellow Catholic educators, is our sacred Mission. God bless us in our work.

Dr. Lapus gave this talk at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) National Convention on September 26, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. 


On September 4, the Middle School celebrated College Day through an outreach activity with our partner communities. It started with the launching of Lingap Kapwa with the tagline, Magsilbi sa Kapwa Tulad ni Maria. The outreach program aims to develop our girls to become leaders in mission and service and to develop the virtues of compassion and generosity. The activity included an interaction with the children from our partner communities ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) and Daang Tubo.

The Student Council Executive Board also shared with the kids the importance of eating healthy food through an activity called “Show You Care, Be Aware!” The highlight of the celebration was a class session with parents and alumni who talked about their service-oriented professions, volunteer work, and mission.

On August 6, 2014, Seisen University based in Shinagawa, Japan, collaborated with the MC-College of International, Humanitarian, & Development Studies (CIHDS) on an event entitled “Miriam College and Seisen University Faculty-Student Dialogue”.

The dialogue included the sharing of paper presentations on “Tokyo's popular Youth Culture” and “Aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake and Our Volunteer Activities” by the students of Seisen’s Global Studies Department led by Dr. Shun Ohno and Sr. Yumiko Nobue. The faculty discussants to the papers presented came from the Department of International Studies (IS) and the Department of Social Work (SW), namely Dean Caridad Sri Tharan, IS Chairperson Tesa de Vela, SW Chairperson Pacita Fortin, IS faculty Jonas David and Atty. Christine Lao, and SW faculty and former Chairperson Luz Martinez.

During this visit MC’s International Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO) led by Ma. Luisa Villano, also facilitated the renewal of partnership between the two institutions. With this renewal both schools envision such active collaborations to continue.

Miriam College and Seisen University have been partners since May 2009.

This year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Awards had members of the community on the board of judges led by the President herself, Dr. Rosario Lapus, who was chair of the Full-length Play Category.  Dr. Edizon Fermin, High School Principal and Lilibeth Oblena-Quiore of the College of Arts and Sciences were on the Kabataan Division.

Several alumnae were also in the pool: Rica Bolipata-Santos (chairperson) for Short Story; Nina-Lim Yuson (chairperson) for Short Story for Children Category; Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad (chairperson) for Poetry Written for Children Category; Sonia Rocco (member) for the One-Act-Play Category and Emily Abrera (who attended Maryknoll briefly) for the Short Story Category.

Mr. Baltazar Endriga, MC Board Member, was also a judge in the Essay Category.

Photo on the left shows Haydee Abad, Nina Yuson-Lim, Rica Bolipata-Santos, and Carla Pacis, (1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th, respectively) with Sylvia Palanca-Quirino, Dr. Lapus, Mariel Francisco, and Mookie Katigbak (7th, 8th, 9th and 12th respectively).

Right photo shows the group with 2014 Gawad Dangal ng Lahi award recipient Gilda Cordero-Fernando (seated, center).

Two MC faculty namely, John Enrico Torralba  of the HEU (top) and Salvador Biglaen of the High School (center) won third and second place, respectively, at the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature held last Sept. 1 at The Peninsula Manila. Torralba won for “Lola Manghuhula” under the Tula Para sa mga Bata category while Biglaen won for “Balediksyon” under the Dulang May Isang Yugto. This is the third time both Torralba and Bigalen have won in the Palanca. 

MC alumna, Anna Maria “Mookie” Katigbak-Lacuesta (GS 1993 and HS 1997), also won first prize  for her Poetry “We Won’t Be Tending Gardens”. 
The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is the Philippines' most prestigious and most enduring literary awards.

Alternative classes are the way Miriam College incorporates our interests with our learning. It is their way of making learning more interesting, and it is through these that we once again find the will to learn and to succeed. Alternative classes are also a sort of a reprieve from the grueling everyday lessons we have in college. Instead of us learning about the lessons regarding our respective courses, like accountancy and business tax in my case, we learn about what really interests us the most and what really drives our passion for learning. Also, alternative classes are sort of a helping hand that guides us to explore our interests and our skills. It helps us to figure out what we can truly become, once we put our minds to it.

Cooking demo and competition by CBEA at PA grounds. (Photo by Ray Carvajal, AV Office)

I noticed that most teens, nowadays, are more drawn and inspired to do things that interests them the most. As a teen myself, there are moments where ordinary activities, like waking up and going to classes, doing homework, can become tiresome yet when I find myself feeling these, I try to find things that will drive me to become more interested to accomplish my goals and tasks. It is through interest and passion that life becomes more meaningful and worth living.

Cooking demo and competition by CBEA at PA grounds. (Photo by Ray Carvajal, AV Office)

I, myself, am more adept at subjects related to art and cooking. This is because I am most interested in these types of subjects, where I can express myself and my creativity. I easily lose myself in creating the next art piece or the next dish. Interest is also what drove me to decide to take up BS Entrepreneurship as my course in college. It is a course where I can freely express my creativity, and earn a living while doing so.

Teenagers can lose interest in learning so easily, and this is because most of us lose sight of our goals in life, and we lose sight of the reason why we are learning. We lose the passion for learning because we become lazy or more engrossed in other matters that in our eyes may seem more important. There will come a time where we find ourselves losing the mindset to accomplish a goal but once we find that one thing that will truly drive us and our learning we can accomplish anything we dream of and desire. Interest is what truly drives us to learn, to dream, to accomplish, and to succeed.

Carmela Teano

Carmela is a 1st year BS Entrepreneurship student. She has a passion for cooking, drawing, and reading. She is also passionate about traveling.

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Miriam College, through the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) celebrated its annual Environment Week last August 18 – 23 with the theme "Tara…Handa…Kaya! Team MC for Resiliency & Survival".   It’s line-up of activities focused on preparedness and survival during calamities to make the community aware of the need to be ready at all times. The Philippines, being one of the countries located on the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, is vulnerable to devastating calamities such as super typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.

The week kicked off with a holy mass at the ESI followed by the blessing of pets. Students from all levels brought their pets to school for this traditional activity. Revving up the day was the launch of the Pedometer Challenge participated in by teams composed of students, professors, and employees. The aim of the game was to develop a walking community through a competition where the team that accumulates the most number of steps by the end of the week is declared the winner.

Also featured were a cooking demonstration featuring nutritious and delicious meals, and a seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction Management conducted by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

On August 20, a scanning workshop for MC administrators on existing practices and programs related to climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) was conducted. The workshop aimed to consolidate all the existing strategies in order to draft a CCA/DRRM Framework and Institutional Plan for Miriam College.

This was followed by a fund raising project dubbed "Bid for Safety and Preparedness". The activity was a silent auction to raise money for the Miriam College Calamity Fund. It was made more exciting by the  'Grab-a-Bag' sale where items were auctioned for only 50 to100 pesos. Punctuating the activity were a social media contest to raise environmental awareness, sing-alongs and band performances.

Top experts also graced the week-long event to share their knowledge on different topics. DOST’s Project  Nationwide Operational Assessments of Hazards or Project NOAH was featured with chief scientist, Dr. Oscar Lizardo as speaker.  Dr. Rolly E. Rimando, a geologist from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Siesmology (Philvocs) talked about the different valley faults in the country.

Simultaneous with these institutional event were unit-based activities to help spread awareness on disaster preparedness.

Capping the celebration was the very first MC Triathlon event dubbed as “Langoy, Padyak, Takbo para sa Kinabukasa.,” It was held for the benefit of the Scholarship Program of the Southern Sierra Madre Wildlife Center. Students, teachers, and administrators grouped themselves into teams and hurdled a 50-meter lap in the pool, drove a Go cart five times around Thornton Drive and finally, completed a three-kilometer run on uneven topography around the campus.

The friendly competition was an apt ending to one of the most important activities on campus, reminding us to be constantly aware of important environmental issues and more importantly, do our part in taking care of mother earth and be ready and prepared at all times for calamities.

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