The Music and P.E. areas of Miriam College Lower School organized a talk on taking care of one’s vocal chords with vocal expert Lionel Nestor M. Guico at the LMC Viewing Rooms 4 and 5 last July 22, 2016.
The talk, aptly dubbed “The Voice: Teacher Edition” is part of the unit’s Faculty Development Session aimed at equipping its faculty with tips on how to take care of one of the most essential teaching tool, their voice. It also hopes to address common conditions such as voice strain, raspy voice, and inflamed throat, among others.
As a baritone and actor, Mr. Guico possesses one of the finest voices in Philippine theater and the classical performing arts. He was a five-time nominee in the Aliw Awards for Best Male Classical Singer. His theater credits range from opera and zarzuelas to musicals. At present, Mr. Guico shares his talent by teaching mostly theater actors at The Guico Music Studio.
The MCLS teachers were able to hear and witness Guico’s vocal prowess as he demonstrated and explained how to properly modulate and boost one’s voice without straining the vocal chords. Participants tried and tested his tips through singing and speaking exercises.
It was truly an engaging afternoon for the participants as they gained new insights on how to properly use their vocal instrument.
July 26, 2016 was a red-letter day at Miriam College Nuvali, as the community gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Jerry Bito-on, who encouraged those present to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to look to the future with courage.
The Mass was followed by an appreciation and induction ceremony for the outgoing and incoming members of the Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board. Dr. Noel Racho, Miriam College Human Resources Director, served as the inducting officer.
The members of the MCN PTA Executive Board for SY 2016-2017 are: Ma. Cristina DC. Cadiz, president; Ayishah M. Conde, vice president; Rachel Ann B. Basaya, secretary; Patricia Jo A. Javier, Asst., secretary; Jane B. Varona, treasurer; Mary Christine F. Quizol, asst. treasurer; Jo-Anna R. Piñon, auditor; Rosenelie T. Barcelon, PRO; Sylvia T. Perez and Patrick P. Arce, board members; and Cynthia O. Morales and Ruby Magsin, advisers.
A highlight of the day’s events was the community photograph, which had the MCN students, faculty, staff, and parent officers forming a “90” to greet Miriam College on its 90th anniversary. Everyone was excited to be part of the aerial shot, which is fast becoming one of MCN’s favorite traditions.
The day’s activities were spearheaded by Mr. Hanz B. Ponceca, MISMO coordinator at MCN. By Patricia Jo A. Javier.
Miriam College NUVALI opened the week-long Nutrition, Health, and Fitness celebration by engaging the whole community in a dance exercise last July 18. The invigorating opening as followed by different activities among them, the importance of baby’s first 1000 days and how it greatly affects their adult life.
The students from Grades 1-11 enthusiastically accepted the challenge of preparing economical yet healthy sandwiches, cooking breakfast foods, preparing healthy juices and smoothies, composing jingles, making infomercials, participating in a debate, and conducting a survey about the healthy habits of the community.
The preschool kids, on the other hand participated in a fun fitness day.
Through the activities, the school hopes to impart to the community that being healthy can also be fun and exciting. Analy A. Cantos
Eight Miriam College students are back from the CUK Global Summer School 2016 held at the Catholic University of Korea campus last July 1 – 22, 2016. Through this program, students gained a wide range of knowledge about Korean society, its many traditions, and contemporary life.
Kissa Alya Binuya (II BS Marketing), Ma. Digiena Alexa Jao (II BS LTM), Dianne Vanessa Mandia (II BS Entrep), and Princess Joy Placido (III BS Accountancy) were among the international participants of this program which began in 2009. The other students forming the MC delegation were Sophomores from the BA Communication program, namely, Andrea Cabalquinto, Dana Ither Naranjo, Patricia Louise Ortile and Rogeline Uchi of the AB International Studies program. Heading the team was Mirma Mae Tica, program coordinator of the Miriam College Center for Peace Education.
All students came back with fond stories about their classes in Korean language and cooking, Tae Kwon Do, K-pop dance, traditional music, and visits to historical places, museums and amusement parks.
To participate in the next CUK Global Summer School 2017, please call the Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office at 580-5400 local 2144 and look for Dr. Gail R. Galang.
Miriam College sent a delegation composed of six middle managers and administrators to the 2nd Early Childhood Leadership Summit at the United World College of South East Asia, Singapore last July 11 to 13, 2016. The theme of the summit was “Crafting the Educational Landscape for the Inquisitive Mind.”
The delegates were Margaret Joy Clavecilla, Cherry Grace Torres, and Marie Rose Yuzon from CSC; Karen Francisco from the Lower School; and Christine Joy Corsiga and Benjamin Santiago from the MC-NUVALI campus.
The three-day training, sponsored by Rethasia International, was facilitated by four distinguished educators who shared their expertise in the different areas of education.
Ellen Booth Church, an Early Childhood Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Florida USA highlighted the importance of science and art in the classroom.
Sallee Beneke, Associate Professor of early childhood education at St. Ambrose University in Iowa provided an in-depth exploration of the key events in the life of a project. She explained that the Project Approach allows teachers to plan a curriculum that takes advantage of these qualities to provide effective inquiry-based learning experiences.
Dr. Chip Donohue, dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago, on the other hand, challenged participants to learn how their digital media literacy contribute to successful technology integration.
Finally, Galina Dolya, an acknowledged world-leading expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning and Development, introduced the Story Grammar program and Construction using unit blocks.
Through the three-day summit, the MC delegates were reminded that learning is a life-long process and that there are many ways in which educators can prepare children to be innovators in an expanding global community.
Anjeline De Dios, an alumna of Miriam College High School 1999 and Miriam College Grade School 1995, recently graduated valedictorian at the National University of Singapore where she finished her PhD in Human Geography.
Earning her PhD is just one of several academic achievements of Anjeline. In 2009 she earned her Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ethics at Linköping University, Sweden and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
In 2008 she took her Masters in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila and before that was a student of the Graduate Exchange Program Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris.
In 2003, she graduated cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English Literature. In that same year she also bagged the Joseph Mulry Award for Excellence in Creative Writing.
Anjeline is the daughter of Miriam College’s former Gender and Institute Executive Director, Prof. Aurora De Dios.
To watch her valedictory speech on YouTube, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FPXsRrZYAI
Six students from the Miriam College HEU voluntarily joined the European Summer Program 2016 last June 28 to July 23 held at the Universite Catholique de Lille in France.
Lille is a vibrant city with a rich history. It is also a center of arts and culture while the Universite Catholique de Lille is considered as one of France's leading private universities.
The European Summer Program is defined by its varied elective courses, mostly taught in English, along with instruction in intercultural communication, multi-level French languages, curriculum-related field trips, and small multinational classes, led by experienced and dedicated international faculty and administrative team.
Joining 1600 students from all continents who have taken part in this program before were Miriam College HEU students, namely, Danica Bocalan (II BAA Visual Design), Therese Frances Claire Castro (I AB IS), Margie Angelina Catalan (II AB IS), Daphny Cormero (II AB IS), Maria Gabrielle Isabel Mercado (II BA Comm), and Hannah Katrina Payumo (II BS EPM). All have described the program as a life-changing experience.
To know more about international exchange programs, please contact Dr. Gail R. Galang of the Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office.
The Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) in partnership with PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation conducted a tree planting activity in Biak-na-Bato, San Miguel, Bulacan last July 16, 2016.
Around 50 employees headed by Enrico Moran of PHINMA participated in the activity. More than 500 seedlings of atis, langka, duhat, naranghita and narra were planted.
The tree planting is part of PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation’s One Tree One Nation program, an environmental protection and reforestation initiative that seeks to help reforest Biak-na-Bato National Park using native hardwood and fruit bearing trees.
Sophomore Entrepreneurship students Rashelle Alyssa Uminga, Pamela Mae Magtalas, and Marielle Abbie Pesigan, made it to highly-competitive “2016 UK Active Citizen Leadership Training” organized by the British Council.
All three students are COMEX Awardees on Social Venture Start-ups for 2015-2016.
The training was held from July 12 to 15, 2016 at Forest Camp in Laguna.
The students presented their social enterprise plans and initial prototypes namely, Maden Treasures, Fruitee Bean and Indios Bravos, respectively.
Maden Treasures produces bracelets that are made up of recycled spokes from bicycle wheels; Indios Bravos features Noel Buensuceso’s National Geographic nature photographs which will be turned into digital printed lifestyle and souvenir products to promote love and care of nature, while the organic Fruitee Bean are blended beverages sourced from local farmers.
This four-day training provided them an opportunity to further develop their venture and turn their ideas into workable models for execution. The venture’s social impact on partner communities was part of this leadership and training’s outcome.
British Council, Philippines establishes connections internationally by creating programs, services, or products that would produce a big impact and build solutions to existing problems of the society, specifically, through its Active Citizen (AC) Program.
The AC international program is on its 2nd year. For 2016, it has trained development planners, local government units, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and now the academic community from all over the Philippines. The Luzon Phase is actively participated in by 29 participants, of which the Entrepreneurship students are part.
The best venture project with the widest impact from every participating country will be chosen for the UK and Hong Kong Social Impact Training/Conference for further acceleration and mentoring.
Miriam College competes in and supports such activities with innovative platforms to develop young leaders who can transform society through entrepreneurship with social impact.
They’ve done it again! The Miriam College High School Glee Club adds another feather to its cap when it bagged two Gold Diplomas at the 7th Musica Eterna a Roma Choral Competition held in Rome, Italy, last July 1 to 5.
Led by its conductor Nancy Roman, the 45-member team brought home the Diploma d’Oro Level III in the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices category and the Diploma d’Oro Level II in the Sacred Music Female Choir category.
From the 16 competing international choirs, the Miriam College High School Glee Club, together with other five choirs, qualified for the Grand Prize competition concert.
In support of the group, the lone Asian choir in the competition, Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco attended the Grand Prize Concert at the Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle.
Amb. Nolasco congratulated and commended the group for making the Filipinos proud and for showcasing Filipino talent and creativity to the Italian public.
Apart from the performing during the competition, the girls had the opportunity to showcase their talents in other venues, said Roman. “Since there were fewer choirs, the girls had more opportunities to perform in Rome. We were one of the choirs which participated in the opening ceremony. We also had a concert with the Morehead State University Chamber Choir in Pompeii,” shared Roman.
The group was the only choir from Asia who qualified in the competition. Other participating choirs were from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, USA and Ukraine.
MCHS Glee Club is set to sing the songs they performed in Rome on the day of the launch of the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center on Sept. 7.