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Last Nov. 8, the Supreme Court decided  that former president Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be given the honor of being buried in the hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on the basis of a policy that allows soldiers to be buried in that cemetery. What could have been a historic opportunity to make a decision upholding human rights and justice turned into an ignominious and supreme injustice to the Filipino people.

Marcos was not an ordinary soldier; he was a tyrannical dictator who imposed martial law on the Philippines and unleashed a reign of terror for 13 years, leaving on its wake the murder, torture and rape of thousands of Filipinos who resisted the dictatorship. His ill-gotten wealth for his family and friends robbed the Philippine government of billions of pesos and continues to be the object of investigation and court proceedings here and abroad. By dismantling the democratic institutions of the country during martial law, he plunged the country into its lowest political, economic and cultural abyss.

To this day, the Marcos family has neither shown any remorse nor admitted guilt despite the global condemnation of the massive human rights violations committed by their patriarch. With arrogance and impunity, they have initiated a campaign to distort history, reinvent the Marcos years as the golden years in Philippine history, and declare Marcos as a national hero. In this project, the Supreme Court has proven to be an effective accomplice.

To honor him as a hero is mocking the thousands of victims who died and those who were tortured and continue to suffer because they fought and resisted the dictatorship;

To honor him is to say that the massive human rights violations committed by the Marcos regime with impunity; the unprecedented plunder of our country’s resources and the destruction of our democratic institutions never really happened in our recent history;

To honor him as a hero is to deny that the Filipino people exercising their sovereign will, ousted the dictatorship for his crimes against the people during the 1986 People Power Revolution;

Lastly, to honor Marcos is to dishonor the dignity, legitimacy and the very credibility of the Supreme Court itself as an institution that stands for fairness and justice.

We urge the nine Supreme Court justices who supported this decision to reflect on the impact of their decision on the thousands who died and those who are tortured and are reliving their suffering and to consider the future of the Supreme Court, whose credibility has been seriously eroded because of this unjust decision.

As an institution of learning that values VERITAS (truth), peace, justice and the integrity of creation, we will continue to promote an enlightened and critical understanding of the struggles of Filipinos against martial law  and the historic redemption of our freedoms and human rights in the People Power Revolution where Maryknoll/ Miriam College was an active participant.

We promise to promote Philippine history from the prism of those who struggled to fight for democracy and not from the revisionist version of those who are now trying to systematically distort and conceal the brutal realities of the past.

We commit ourselves to always remember and never forget the bitter lessons of the past so we can continue to build a future for the next generations based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and dignity of the Filipino people.

PROF. AURORA DE DIOS, executive director, Women and Gender Institute;
DR. JASMIN NARIO-GALACE, executive director, Center for Peace Education;
CARLO GARCIA, executive director, Environmental Studies Institute; 
NIKAELA CORTEZ, president, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam


Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/100168/supreme-injustice#ixzz4UlHjAZt2 

The school welcomed the month of December with the traditional Lighting of the Advent Star and the staging of the 90th anniversary concert titled, “Knoll to Now”. The events were held last Dec. 2 at the Marian Auditorium with the MC community composed of the Maryknoll Sisters, administrators, faculty, students, community partners, MCare members, parents, parent officers filling the auditorium.

The night opened with the Lighting organized by the Miriam Adult Education. MAE faculty volunteer Sunny Cortez led the para liturgy with numbers by MAE students in between. Highlighting the activity were the lighting of the Advent star and the 90 stars that surrounded the Belen at the Lady Shepherdess grounds.  Representing President Rosario O. Lapus was Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay for the symbolic turning of lights to mark the start of advent.  

The Lighting was immediately followed by an overture from the Shirley Halili Ballet Group to open the concert that celebrates Maryknoll/Miriam College through the decades. The legacy of the Maryknoll Sisters and each lay president who came after them were remembered through a narration and an AVP.  In between, song and dance numbers from the 1920s to the 2010s were showcased by the school’s homegrown talents and special guests. Well-loved Christmas music filled the stage with each performer giving life to them through song, dance, and classic renditions on the violin, guitar, and piano.   

The MCHS Glee Club back to back with CCDC put the audience in the mood for Christmas with the songs Deck the Rooftop and Carol of the Bells; the trio of Loida Campos, Cynthia Guico and Ella Baarde entertained with the 1940s hit Chatanooga Choo Choo; while Iqui Vinculado and Jenny De Vera, Music Center faculty and members of the award-winning Triple Fret, stirred nostalgia with their number When You Wish Upon A Star. World-renowned violinist John Lesaca brought the house down with the Beatles’ Help on electric guitar and a delightful Christmas Medley on violin. 

HEU Pep Squad brought the 70s back with hits like Dancing Queen and Hot Stuff; MS Chorus and MC-SAID touched the audience with For the Beauty of the Earth and Munting Sanggol; while MC alumna Camille Abadicio inspired with the songs Hero and I Believe I Can Fly.  Not to be outdone were the mighty CSC kids who rocked the house with their ‘Dynamite’ dance. Keeping the mood Christmasy all throughout were our very own Sayawatha, MC Aria, and MC Choral. 

Towards the end, Sister Marisa, who represented the Maryknoll Sisters, delivered a message of hope to which Grade 2 student Kirsten Dioko responded. Kristine Lesaca, Lower School APSA, thanked the founders and leaders who have brought Miriam to where it is today.  

The show closed with a finale song titled I Have Called You, You Are Mine composed by Alejandro Consolacion II and Noemi Binag. Under the baton the Middle School’s Jhames Labrador, all performers together with representatives from each unit sang the song dedicated to the Maryknoll Sisters and lay leaders who guided the school from Knoll to Now. 

Indeed it was a memorable and joyous night of light and music thanks to the supportive unit heads, performers and their respective moderators, the Knoll to Now technical team, AOs of the different units, and maintenance personnel who all worked on and back stage under the overall direction of Boyette Fernandez, LS Administrative Officer, and musical direction of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Subject Area Supervisor. Special thanks to Dr. Malou Baybay and Kitty Gorospe for selected photos.



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