Miriam College (MC), through the College of Education (CEd) and the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC), hosted the talk of world-acclaimed psychologist on Play in Early Childhood, Dr. Peter Gray, last October at the Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC).

Dr.  Gray spoke before a packed audience composed of Early Childhood educators, students, and guidance counselors from MC and from different schools and organizations.

“We supported this event because the College of Education and the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center of Miriam College is committed to providing children with a learning environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and self-discovery and actualization.  Dr. Peter Gray provides fresh insights on how learning can best take place while recognizing the need of our children to be themselves,” said Dr. Trixie Sison, chair of the Child Development and Education Department under CEd. She is also the Higher Education Unit Innovation coordinator.

In his talk, Dr. Gray addressed the importance of playing for children, how play is used to benefit children’s learning, and how it fosters the development of skills and competencies that are necessary for them to thrive in today’s world.

He also urged participants to revive play in early childhood and warned that decrease of play among children can significantly affect their development.

Dr. Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College and has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education.  He is the author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers). His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He also authors a blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine.

Covering the talk of Dr. Gray were Smart Parenting and Working Mom Magazine. For their stories, please check these links:



MANILA, Philippines – Former education secretary Lourdes Quisumbing died on Saturday, October 14. She was 96.

Miriam College announced Quisumbing's death on Sunday, October 15. The education advocate was a professor emeritus and former president of the college.

Quisumbing was also the dean of St Theresa's College (STC), dean of the Graduate School of Education at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, and chairperson of Graduate Education at University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu.

She is best known for her stint as the secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports or DECS – now the Department of Education – during the time of the late president Corazon Aquino. She was the first female to hold the post.

"Her tenure marked the expansion of free public education to the secondary level, an increase in the share of education in the national budget, rationalization of higher education, and an emphasis on values education," said Miriam College in its news release.

After 4 years in the Aquino Cabinet, Quisumbing was appointed as secretary-general of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, giving her the rank of ambassador in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). She served in this capacity until her retirement in 1998.

Even after retiring from public service, she continued working for the education sector as chairperson of the STC Board in Cebu. She was also president of the UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) and APNIEVE Philippines.

She finished her bachelor's degree in Education as a summa cum laude graduate of STC. She then pursued her master's degree in Education at USC, also finishing summa cum laude. Quisumbing capped her studies with a PhD in Education from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.

The esteemed Cebu native is survived by 8 of her 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committee announced that it had awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of nongovernment organizations in 100 countries, in recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted by 122 states on July 7.

In its response to the announcement, the ICAN acknowledged that the treaty is a historic agreement that “offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.”

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons ever created, and they threaten the very survival of humanity and our Earth. Hence, the elimination of nuclear weapons has been the goal of ICAN from the time the network was established. After the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN paid tribute to all those who have supported the treaty, particularly the campaigners all over the world, the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the hibakusha, the victims of nuclear test explosions worldwide, and the states that have signed and ratified the treaty.

It should be a source of pride that the Philippines is one of the first 50 countries to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was opened for signature last Sept. 20 (United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs). Long before the negotiations on the treaty, our delegation had constantly expressed the Philippines’ strong stand on the abolition of nuclear weapons. In 2015, the Philippine government reiterated this position in a statement at the UN: “We will continue to state the strong case for the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and tirelessly call for the start of a process … that will fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”

It can thus be said that the Philippines has taken a leadership role on the matter even prior to the treaty negotiations. The Philippines has the distinction of being the first Asean country to endorse the “Humanitarian Pledge.” It was also among the first few countries that collectively issued a working paper at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that highlighted the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons. The working paper also cited the need for effective measures toward a legal framework that would ban nuclear weapons.

The “Humanitarian Pledge” reflected a fundamental shift in the international discourse on nuclear disarmament — moving away from a deterrence paradigm and toward one that looks at the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the demands of true human and planetary security. In 2015, increasing international support for this pledge indicated that many governments were ready to move forward on the issue of prohibiting nuclear weapons, even if the nuclear-weapon states were not ready to join.

The Philippines’ consistent support for the cause culminated in its “yes” vote for the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last July. It is hoped that the Philippines will continue to take the lead in this matter by ratifying the treaty soon.

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Loreta Navarro-Castro is the program director of the Center for Peace Education, and a professor of international studies and education at Miriam College.

Published at the Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/107823/ph-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons#ixzz4vLV4qzp0

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