To show their love on Valentine's day, Pax Christi of the Higher Education Unit, the Year Councils and the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam organized the Lugawan Para Sa Mindanao as part of the institution's celebration of the Mindanao Month of Peace.
The Lugawan aimed to raise students' awareness of peace and conflict issues that confront Mindanao. It also aimed to raise funds to support the Twinning Project between MC and Rajah Muda National High School in Pikit, Cotabato and other Mindanao related causes.
The Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC) hosted its first public lecture titled ‘The Future of Creativity’, featuring Prof. Mark d’Inverno of Goldsmiths, University of London last February 23 at Miriam College.
Prof. d’Inverno is currently the Pro-warden International at Goldsmiths. He has taught computer science at the same university for 10 years and has led large research projects covering artificial intelligence, art, music, and education.
His lecture proposed a workable definition of “creative activity” to replace “creativity” which he says is a widely and over-used term that has come to mean a little more than that we approve of. His definition is based on current innovations in research and teaching at Goldsmiths and focused on the creative process and pedagogies used for teaching creative practice.
D’Inverno asserts that creative activity is not about novelty nor measuring human power but is something open to us and about a being in the world. “It is a vigor and openness to the world around you. It is engaging yourself and losing yourself in what you’re doing. Sometimes I play the piano and I don’t really know where I am.” D’Inverno is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK.
He emphasized that at the heart of teaching creative activity is the need to take and receive feedback about one’s work. “I think that is a critical part of what you want to be. Taking feedback is a difficult, important journey. It is a key to learning.”
As important as getting feedback is giving feedback. “Giving feedback is also a creative act. [Through it] we understand the relationship between intention and perception,” he says. Among other topics, D’Inverno also touched on using Artificial Intelligence to support human creativity.
In the audience were Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, representatives from the Commission on Higher Education and the British Council, undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers of design-related fields.
Prof. d’Inverno is the first DREAMS specialist to give a lecture at HSSIC. DREAMS stands for the areas of specialization of the Innovation Center – Design, Robotics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Arts, Mathematics, and Social responsibility.
“His talk contributes to the strategic direction of the center which is to become a space where creativity, innovation, and alternative thinking are constantly revisited from both the theoretical and practical vantage points. In so doing, learners, teachers, and industry practitioners are equipped with updated knowledge and skills in the three areas mentioned,” says Dr. Edizon Fermin, Miriam College’s director for Innovation Development.
Partnership in design education
The lecture is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), British Council, and Goldsmiths, University of London. It is part of the ongoing RP-UK Transnational Education (TNE) Links Programme connected to the K to 12 Transition Program of the CHED, under the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants Scheme.
The visit of Prof d’Inverno and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miriam College and Goldsmiths heralds the formalization of the partnership between the two institutions for the development of a niche graduate degree program in design education.
Goldsmiths is one of the world’s leading institutions for Arts and Humanities in the UK and has a rich heritage of producing alumni that have had a huge impact on the "creative industries," winning Oscars, Turner prizes, Ivor Novello awards, Olivier awards and Mercury awards. Its roster of alumni include fashion designer Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood, filmmaker Steve McQueen, sculptor Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, composer Adrian Sutton, and artist Damien Hirst.
Miriam College recently turned over the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) secretariat to Silliman University after hosting the network for the past four years. Dr. Dave Marcial, dean of the College of Computer Studies in Silliman University, is the network’s new executive director.
The 4th Board of Directors (BOD) meetings held on February 16, 2017 signaled this transition under the leadership of the president of Silliman University and 2nd AUDRN president, Dr. Ben Malayang III. The meeting was attended by eight presidents and representatives of the network's BOD, namely: Dr. Rosario O. Lapus (President, Miriam College), Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Angeles (President, Angeles University Foundation), Bro. Manuel Pajarillo, FSC (President and Chancellor, University of St. La Salle), Dr. Darren Datilles (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Notre Dame of Jolo College), Fr. Randy Odchigue (Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Fr. Saturnino Urios University), Fr. Richard Ang, OP (Vice-Rector, UST) and Fr. Jay Miranda, OP (Secretary General, University of Santo Tomas).
Dr. Malou Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs and former AUDRN executive director, presented the network's accomplishment report for school year 2015-2016 as her final official function to the network. She now serves as the official coordinator of Miriam College to the network. The board discussed several innovative proposals which include the possible creation and offering of a graduate program (master and doctorate levels) on local knowledge and educational digital technology through a consortium of the network's partner schools. The board of directors approved and passed a resolution of gratitude and commendation to Dr. Lapus as AUDRN's first president and Dr. Baybay and Sheila Lo Dingcong as secretariat for their full support to the local knowledge initiative and hard work in contributing to the development of quality and holistic education in the Philippines and Asia.
The AUDRN coordinators' planning was conducted the following day and Miriam College was represented by Sheila Dingcong. Among the major activities of AUDRN for this year are the youth camp, its biennial national convention, and a knowledge exchange conference which will revolve around the theme of building competence, consciousness, and conscience in education.
The Miriam College Museum (MCM)/Gallery of Women’s Art (GAWA), in celebration of the National Arts Month, mounted an art installation exhibit entitled “INSTALL-AKSYON:” Art Installation Exhibit on Women Empowerment, Environment, Peace and other Social Issues, last February 17, 2017 at the SMT and PA Grounds.
The said exhibit is a showcase of the works of social action oriented groups of award winning contemporary artists in the country: Sam Penaso, Arnel Garcia, Long Melo, Boyet De Mesa, Herminigildo Pineda, Don De Dios, Maestro Mael De Guzman, Patrick Chong, Ed Gutierrez, Isidro “Manong Jon” Santos and Vim Nadera.
Present at the inauguration were Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs representing the general administration, Dr. Francis Julius Evangelista, OIC Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Richard C. Renta, MC Museum and GAWA curator, faculty members, staff and students of the Higher Education Unit.
It is the aim of the MC Museum/GAWA to expose students to a visual art experience and interaction with the artwork and the artists. The exhibit will run until March 10, 2017.
Last February 15, Pax Christi-MCHS members together with members of SilPeace, the interfaith youth organization of Silsilah from Quiapo, participated in a meaningful interaction session to learn about youth peacebuilding and how our different religious beliefs can bring us together. The student members of SilPeace are from Ramon Avencena High School and Manuel L. Quezon University High School.
The participants discussed practical and realistic solutions to issues such as the growing threat of terrorism, religious intolerance, and discrimination. These solutions include the promotion of dialogue through people to people process especially among young people, and the role of education to address misconceptions.
The session became an eye opener to many of the participants and served as the beginning of more committed work towards a world free from hate and religious intolerance. It was facilitated by Mary Ann Lascano, moderator of MC-HS Pax Christi, Alfrein Quirionez from SilPeace and Mirma Tica-Ortiz, moderator of the Pax Christi-Miriam College.
The Miriam College Nuvali Junior and Senior teams brought home 14 medals from the Manila Regional Round of the World Scholar’s Cup held last February 6-7 at Miriam College Quezon City.
The Junior Team, composed of Ramon Sarigumba (Grade 7-Kapayapaan), Micah del Rosario (Grade 8-Madasalin), and Mika Gallardo (Grade 8-Madasalin), won silver medals in both debate and essay writing competitions. The team placed 12th out of 20 top teams recognized in debate and 15th out of 20 top teams recognized in writing.
Individual recognitions were also given to Sarigumba for debate and del Rosario for both debate and writing. Del Rosario was named top scholar of the team.
The Senior Team, composed of Audrey Diaz (Grade 8-Madasalin), Jennea Barrera (Grade 10-Rizal), and Anna Beatriz Quemuel (Grade 11-Calungsod) bagged three medals from the competition. Both Audrey Diaz and Jennea Barrera were awarded the Da Vinci Scholar Medal, an individual recognition given to students with well-rounded high scores across all areas. Anna Beatriz Quemuel was named as the top scholar of the team.
Both junior and senior teams, coached and mentored by Ana Victoria Santiago, have also qualified for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Vietnam. The competition will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017 at the Vietnam National Convention Center.
Over 300 students from 16 schools in the Philippines participated in the two-day academic competition.
Photo shows from left Jean Audrey Diaz, Jenea Ricci Barrera, Micah Therese Del Rosario, Mikaela Gallardo, Anna Beatriz Quemel, and Ramon Sarigumb. By Ana Victoria Santiago, Faculty
All 11 teams of Miriam College Middle School qualified for the World Scholar’s Cup Global Rounds 2017 after receiving top individual and team awards at the World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round 2017 held at Miriam College from February 5 to 6.
The team of grade 8 and 7 students composed of Audrey Jamito, Jodie Gail Sarmiento, and Benita Teresin Flores was awarded 3rd Place Champion Team in the Junior Division and second place in Debate. Sarmiento, was first place Champion Scholar and School Top Scholar in the said division, while Flores placed sixth in Debate and was chosen to participate in the Debate Showcase.
In addition, two other teams were awarded first place in the events of Collaborative Writing and Scholar’s Challenge. Aside from these, silver and gold medals were bagged by the students in all four events.
Prior to the event, the students were trained in the disciplines of Art, Music, Araling Panlipunan, Science, and English by teacher trainers from the Middle School.
For a full list of teams and students that bagged awards, please see attached file.
Photo shows the Miriam College Middle School students at the World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round held in Miriam College on February 5-6, 2017. Right photo shows Flores as first speaker of the Negative Team at the Debate Showcase.
Six Miriam College Higher Education Unit (HEU) students joined the Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC) held in Singapore last February 9 to 13, 2017. Each year, AYLTLC brings together student leaders worldwide to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation and further equip them to be effective leaders.
This year’s MC delegation included Micah Lava (I BS BAM), Danielle Mananghaya (III BA COM), Regina Marcelo (III BS CDE), Alexandra Martinez (III BA COM), Gabriella Mercado (III BA COM) and Trisha Marie Jao (IV BS PSY).
In addition to the leadership workshops, participants were able to understand Singapore’s multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural society from various perspectives. They now return to Miriam College with a deeper appreciation of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.
Selected students from the twin schools Miriam College High School and Middle School and the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS), marked the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with a Youth Peacebuilding Workshop on campus last February 6-7, 2014.
The workshop opened with a public forum on the theme, “Celebrating Life with Mercy and Compassion”, attended by some 200 students from the Middle School, High School, and the HEU.
The RMNHS students, who have travelled from Pikit, North Cotabato, also had teambuilding activities and a wider interaction with High School students as well as a mini-workshop on Muslim-Christian dialogue. The two groups of students also shared their past peace-related activities and their plans for the coming months.
The CPE is grateful to the committee that helped organize the various activities. They are Mao Rovillos, Mean Lascano, Ann Gabuat, Ato de la Cruz, and Pax Christi with Mirma Tica as moderator.
Last February 5-6, 2017, Miriam College High School, in partnership with the World Scholar’s Cup, hosted the second World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round. With a total of 19 schools participating in the Junior and Senior divisions, 108 teams of three composed of 322 scholars competed to qualify for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Athens, and Cape Town.
In the course of the two-day competition, Miriam College High School emerged triumphant in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Three teams in the Junior Division and 17 teams in the Senior Division garnered silver and gold medals in four categories: Scholar’s Bowl, Scholar’s Challenge, Collaborative Writing, and Team Debate. With a total of 42 teams and 126 participants in the Junior Division, and 66 teams and 198 participants in the Senior Division, Miriam College High School landed on the Top 10% of each category of the competition.
The Manila Round 2017 is one of the biggest Regional Rounds in World Scholar’s Cup this year. Participating schools include Assumption College San Lorenzo, Ateneo De Manila Junior High School, Ateneo De Manila Senior High School, Chinese International School Manila, Colegio de Santa Philomena, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Filipino Turkish Tolerance International School of Zamboanga, Immaculate Concepcion Academy, King’s School Manila, La Salle Greenhills, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, Miriam College High School, Miriam College Middle School, Miriam College Nuvali, OB Montessori Center, Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow, Philippine Science High School, Victory Christian International School, and Xavier School.
The Hanoi Global Round will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017, the Athens Global Round on July 18-23, 2017, and the Cape Town Global Round on August 11-15, 2017. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the World Scholar’s Cup.
By Laarni Z. Rivadeneira, coach of the Miriam College High School delegation