These high school students from Miriam College competed against 300 teams from all over the globe.


IMAGE Facebook.com/World Scholars Cup (left); Courtesy of Miriam College (right)

It took attitude, dedication, and independence for 16 all-female students to take home the glory from the World Scholar's Cup (WSC), says Amity Yap, one of the coaches of the Middle School and High School students from Miriam College who competed in the international event. A total of 2,200 scholars from 50 countries all over the world competed at the event, which was held this year at Yale University in the U.S. last November 10 to 14.

The team of high school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana ranked 9th in the final rounds of the WSC Tournament of Champions where there were 300 senior division teams. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies. They were declared top 1 in Southeast Asia after competing in team debate, collaborative writing, and group quiz bee, among others.


IMAGE The Miriam College senior division team (from left) Aleeza Moira Tiongson, Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, and Alyssa Santana


“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” said Tiongson. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

The junior division team, composed of 13 middle school students, age 14 and below, also experienced their share of victory. Students Jiana Lim and Katrina Asedillo won 2nd and 7th place, respectively, for the literature category. Lim also grabbed 12th spot in the overall individual ranking among almost 1,200 competing scholars.

Overall, the junior division team took home 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silver medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals.

IMAGE All 16 World Scholar's Cup participants with Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus


The World Scholar's Cup sets itself apart from other competitions for placing value not just in textbook knowledge, but also in the joy of learning. The tournament tests students in science, literature, history and social studies but also in topics like modern mythology. To prepare for the competition, the students had the theme as guide, "The Unlikely World."

“WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said coach Yap.

Aside from team and individual events, community-building activities also take place at WSC, according to the event’s website. They hold talent shows where skills range from dancing to reciting math constants, student fairs where participants get to share their culture and traditions with fellow participants, and opportunities to attend talks by guest speakers from leading universities.

Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed at WSC, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it to 10th place in the senior division.




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Miriam College students who participated in the junior division hold the Philippine flag proudly. Photo courtesy of Miriam College.



Filipina middle school and high school students from Miriam College emerged triumphant at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association and held in Yale University in the United States from November 10 to 14.

According to a press release, students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana competed as a team in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (a group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge (a multiple-choice test where you can choose more than one answer) events. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies as part of the senior division (students 15 years old and above).

The team ranked ninth, besting more than 300 junior and senior division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC. They were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia for the same division.

2,200 scholars from 50 countries competed in the senior division. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy getting the Top 10 spot.

In the junior division, the 13-member team made up of Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl, and Scholar’s Challenge events.

Almost 1,200 scholars competed in the junior division (students 14 years old and below). Lim finished second place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge, while Asedillo placed seventh, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking of the WSCToC.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” its website said.

The World Scholar’s Cup is “inclusive, encouraging, interdisciplinary, discussion-based, forward-looking, team-oriented, (and) whimsical,” and it aims “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills,” and “to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” Tiongson said. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

Her team’s coach, Amity Yap, noted that this was the highest ranking the school had ever achieved since participating in the event six times.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge, but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students. To win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Unlikely World”, which guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own, according to a press release.

The subjects are Science and Technology (“To Shoot for the Moon”), History (“History of Conspiracy”), Literature (“Voices of the Almost Impossible”), Art and Music (“Fragments of an Improbable Universe”), Social Studies (“Predicting the Future”), and Modern Mythologies.

Melanie Reyes, Program Coordinator of WAGI and faculty of the International Studies Department, recently presented a paper in Chonnam National University at Gwangju, South Korea.  The paper entitled, “Return Migration of Filipino Overseas: Is there Really a Way Back Home?,” looks at Philippine government’s reintegration programs and the reasons why many Filipino overseas would rather take the risk to work and stay in a foreign land than settle permanently in the country.

The paper was delivered during the International Conference on Migration, Return and Diaspora held last November 10, 2017.  The conference, which was organized by the Department of Diaspora Studies, College of Social Sciences of Chonnam National University, aims to engage graduate students and faculty of the Department of Diaspora Studies in intercultural dialogue and build research collaboration and exchanges on migration issues, especially on transnational migration, return migration, and diaspora.

They topped the Asian English Olympics two years in a row and they back, this time to conquer the world.

One of the Miriam College teams who competed in the senior division ranked 9th overall in the final round of the the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University from November 10 to 14, 2017. They are the only Filipino team who bested 330 other teams (approximately 1000 student finalists ages 11-16 years old) from all over the world. A total of sixteen students from Miriam College Middle School and High School were at the tournament.  The competition is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.

Metal detectors at the airports will surely find 90 medallions and 3 trophies something great. The junior division team won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals. Meanwhile, the senior division team bagged a total of 9 individual silver medals, 17 individual gold medals, 1 team silver medal, 3 team gold medals, 1 individual trophy, and 2 team trophies. The teams competed in debate, scholar’s bowl (a quiz show), collaborative writing, and the scholar"s challenge – all configured as creative academic competitions. Know more of these events at http://www.scholarscup.org/events/.

The event webpage declares, “The Tournament of Champions is more than just another Global Round. You’ll have the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students and faculty. You’ll attend a special panel on college life and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio.”  Now this is how brave Filipino girls conquer the world of infinite possibilities.


Biology Majors Jeremie Angeles, Danielle Laya Castro, and Eunice Garcia placed 1st Runner Up in the recently concluded National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) held last November 4, 2017 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus in Calamba Laguna. This is the first time that the school has participated in this competition.

Bulacan State University landed 1st with 199 points while Miriam College had a close 197 points.

There were a total of 12 schools who joined the competition, including UP Manila, Ateneo De Manila University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, UP Baguio, Southern Luzon State University.

The participants were accompanied by their coach Arvin Santos, a faculty of the Department of Biology under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Organized by the UPLB Genetics Society, NIGQC is a prestigious competition participated in by the top universities in the country with the aim of drawing more student to appreciate and study Genetics.




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