The Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute conducted a Gender Sensitivity Training for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last November 23, 2016 at the Learning Media Center of the Middle School. It was attended by 27 election officers and lawyers coming from the NCR region, namely Caloocan City, Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Manila, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Paranaque, Pasay, Quezon City, San Juan City, Taguig City, and Valenzuela City. 
The training team included Prof. Aurora Javate De Dios, WAGI executive director; Dr. Socorro Reyes, president of Center for Legislative Development (CLD); and Stella Eloisa Fong, program coordinator, Gender Fair Education. The participants shared that they were “truly educated” after the training, and that the lecturers, approaches, and methods of the training were excellent. 
The sessions the participants found most interesting were, “The Magna Carta on Women and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) with special focus on Political Participation”, and “The use of Gender Fair Language”.

Michele Alignay MA, RP, RGC, faculty of the Department of Psychology, was part of what was called the biggest inspirational Catholic learning event in the country – the Kerygma Conference 2016 (KCon 2016)—held on November 17 to 20, 2016.  The event was spearheaded by Catholic lay preacher Bro. Bo Sanchez and his media arm, Shepherds’ Voice Radio and TV Inc.  
KCon 2016 was held at the SMX Convention Center and MOA Arena, Pasay City.  Michele Alignay joined a roster of world-class speakers on Day 1 such as Bo Sanchez, Arun Gogna, Alvin Barcelona Anthony Pangilinan, Dean Pax Lapid, Chinkee Tan, Ardy and Miriam Quiambao-Roberto, RJ Ledesma, Arun Gogna, Jonathan Yabut, Fr. Joel Jason, including international speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.
Alignay gave a talk in the Family and Relationship Stream titled, “Decoding Sexuality and Family Matters in the Social Media Age.” The topic targeted parents and individual dealing with kids and teens to understand sexuality concepts and establish better family connections as the route to raising chaste children in the age of social and digital media.  Almost a thousand participants attended the class. 
At the same event, Michele launched her family centered book, “Family Goals: Embracing the Imperfections of Family Life”. It aims to help readers make family relationships run smoother and better.  In the book, Alignay, who is a wife and mom of two, gives practical and wise lessons as well as made her expertise on Family Psychology understandable and applicable in the daily life of the readers.  It hopes to assist family members alike in in confronting sticky issues and conflicts, increasing intimacy with a partner, and coping with everyday stress. She also touched on crucial parenting issues, from sexuality to technology.

The MCLS Guidance Center held its annual Guidance Week celebration with the theme, “Hero in Me” from November 14 - 18, 2016. The activity, which is anchored on Miriam College’s Mighty @ 90 anniversary theme, aims to help students appreciate their strengths and capacities to become better persons. The superhero-themed activities also gave them a chance to learn, have fun, and relax with their classmates outside the classroom.
Students from selected Grades 2 and 5 sections attended the opening ceremony, which was graced by two alumni achievers in different fields. Karla Gutierrez- Carlos, MCHS batch ’88 and Amazing Alumni Achiever, led the opening prayer with her rendition of The Lord’s Prayer while Ma. Celeste Cherubim Lecaroz-Aceron, MCHS batch ’89, shared an inspirational message about discovering one’s passion and making dreams come true.  Aside from sharing her paintings of modern-day heroes during the weeklong celebration, Aceron also facilitated a Coloring for Grown Ups session for the MCLS faculty members last November 24.

The Kindergarten students of the Child Study Center visited the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila and the Philippine Marines in Taguig last November 11. The investigatory fieldtrip aims to familiarize them with how coast guards and marines protect our country using different kinds of transportation.
At the Philippine Coast Guard, the students and their parents were able to tour the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Davao and BRP Tubbataha which functions as a patrol vessel. The students were also able to interview the captain, check out different parts of the vessels, and learn about the flag signals used to communicate with other ships at sea.
At the Philippine Marines, they were welcomed by a parade and gun salute followed by a marching band. The students were also able to ride different vehicles like the Amphibian, Ambulance, and V-300 Tank.
The investigatory fieldtrip gave the children a greater appreciation of what soldiers do for the country.

The CSC First Step students had their investigative field trip at Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal last November 10. The children saw different kinds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes, invertebrates, and birds. 
Avilon Zoo’s impressive bird collection gave the children the opportunity to learn more about our fascinating feathered friends. The children observed that birds come in different sizes and colors, are able to make different sounds, and that some of them fly while others don’t. 
Aside from participating in the field trip, they were given a booklet on which to document their discovery about birds. This enabled them to have a more meaningful and hands-on experience in learning.

Joseph “Chay” Cruel, former faculty of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy and Miriam College alumnus received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management award from Agora.  The award was given on October 26, 2016 at the PICC in Pasay City.
Cruel graduated in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. He is currently the vice president of international and business development for the non-alcoholic division of Asia Brewery. To date he is the youngest recipient in this Agora Awards category.

Established in 1979, the Agora Awards recognizes outstanding efforts in Marketing by individuals and companies in the industry.   Past awardees in the same category include businessman and former senator Manuel Villar and former McCann Erickson CEO and Maryknoll alumna Emily Abrera.

Department of Communication chairperson, Ma. Margarita Alvina-Acosta, PhD, attended the Asian University Leaders Program (AULP) in Hong Kong last October 27-29, 2016.  It was organized by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia together with hosts Education University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University. It carried the theme “Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education in Asia Pacific”.  The three-day program gathered representatives of Asian colleges and universities to explore the different gender analyses in higher education.  Best practices on gendering institutional management and program in higher learning were shared. 

An added feature in this year’s conference is the collaboration of the United Board with the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), a program of the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii, which presented an additional Senior Seminar on the same theme.
The AULP is a response to what the Asian Development Bank and UNESCO recognized as “gender inequity and asymmetrical gendering of experiences and outcomes of students and faculty in higher education.” Photo from the AIJC

The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and the UNESCO Office in Jakarta invited the Miriam College Department of Communication to the Research Agenda Forum on the Safety and Protection of Journalists and Media Workers in the Philippines at the Philippine Social Science Center on October 12, 2016.

The forum sought to adapt the UNESCO research agenda to the local context. Apart from coming up with the Philippine research agenda, the forum also sought to develop a framework for studying the safety and protection of journalists and media workers. A one-year work plan on how to pursue the research agenda in the country will be developed after the forum.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, Department of Communication chairperson and Philippines Communication Society (PCS) secretary and Therese Patricia C. San Diego, Department of Communication faculty and AIJC Program officer, participated in the forum together with representatives from other journalism and communication schools, the news media, media NGOs and associations, government agencies, and multinational organizations.

The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) through its Gender, Peace and Security Project funded by the US Department of States conducted a training workshop on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting for ARMM offices and LGU officials last October 19 to 21, 2016 at Discovery Suites Hotel.

Led by the training team composed of Prof. Aurora de Dios, Melanie Reyes, and Cecilia Fantastico, the workshop aimed to increase knowledge on gender and development among ARMM agency and LGU officials, identify gender issues/needs in local governance and in LGU organizations, determine the areas of opportunity where women in the community can engage with and generate inputs to ARMM agency and LGUs’ 2018 Gender and Development (GAD) plans. Other invited speakers include Luvy Villanueva from the Philippine Commission on Women who discussed economic opportunities for women and Atty. Twyla Rubin of the Commission on Human Rights who shared the Gender Ombud Guidelines in relation to mandates concerning the utilization of the GAD budget.

The training was attended by 27 participants representing ARMM’s Office of the Regional Governor, Office of the Regional Vice Governor, Department of Interior and Local Government, Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women and the Office of Southern Cultural Communities as well as representatives from Provincial Local Government Units of Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao Del Sur.

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