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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

The Miriam College Pep Squad was named champion at the 15th WCSA Cheerdance Competition. The event coincided with the opening program of the new WCSA season held last January 29 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. 
 
Miriam College bested five other participating schools, namely Assumption College–San Lorenzo, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College–Alabang, St. Scholastica’s College–Manila, and University of Asia and the Pacific. All performances were spectacular as the girls showed class and poise in the execution of their gymnastic skills and dancing prowess. 
 
Presentations were judged by national and international coaches and experts in gymnastics and cheerdance, supervised by Cheerleading Philippines which is under the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Philippine Sports Commission. 
 
Assumption College–San Lorenzo and last year’s defending champion, the University of Asia and the Pacific, were named 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, respectively.
 
The MC HEU Pep Squad is currently preparing for the upcoming Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) Cheerleading Competition which will be held on February 25, Saturday, 1pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Miriam College NUVALI in Laguna is all set to start the construction of its second building two years after it opened its doors to students in the south. The building, which is part of Phase 2 of the school’s 10-year development plan, will cover more than 4,000 sqm and feature 34 classrooms to accommodate the consistently growing number of students there, particularly pre-school to Grade 4. It is scheduled to be finished in May 2017 in time for the next school year.

“We are happy that MC NUVALI’s student community is consistently growing since we officially opened in June 2014. We look forward to the launch of this second building that is especially designed to address the needs of our 21st century learners where classroom layouts encourage innovation, collaboration and creativity,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.

Groundbreaking rites were held last January 24, 2017.  Present were (in photo, from left) : Arch. Jose Pedro “Bong” Recio, principal architect of Rchitect Incorporated; Christine Joy Q. Corsiga, Benjamin T. Santiago, and Ruby S. Magsino, faculty and administrators of MC NUVALI; Benedicto Siy of Metropolis Construction, Inc.; Josie Tan, Miriam College Board of Trustees chair; Agustin Alvarez, Miriam College Administrative Services director; Dr. Lapus; Cynthia Morales, assistant to the president for MC NUVALI; and  John Estacio, Alviera and NUVALI general manager.

Designed by one of the country’s top architectural firms, the building is especially created to be a green, secure, and conducive place for play and 21st century learning.


“The challenge for us was how to contain the open spaces for security but the site lent some answers. We surrounded the play area or courtyard with classrooms but still opened it to its natural surroundings. The open spaces now become a central space where kids can socialize, engage, and do multiple activities,” explained Arch. Recio.  He also adds that the architecture provides for a distinctive arrangement of classrooms, “with roofs inclined in repetition, echoing a perpetual movement of students within.” Apart from classrooms, the second building will feature rooms for art, reading, playing, prayer, observation, and conferences.

In line with NUVALI’S sustainability initiatives, the design incorporated green building features such as solar panels, rainwater and sunlight harvesting, LED lights, low-volume water fixture, and eco-friendly materials.

Miriam College NUVALI is a co-educational school covered by a 10-year development plan starting with the Basic Education that is now K to 12 ready. Short-term, ladderized programs will be introduced to complement the Basic Education Program. Construction on the 15-hectare lot will be in phases with special emphasis on an environmentally-sustainable school that is safe, student-friendly, and conducive to living and learning. A 50-50 percentage will be devoted to structures and open spaces.  In the pipeline is the construction of a swimming pool.

Apart from its branches in Quezon City and NUVALI, Miriam College will soon put up a third campus in Porac, Pampanga, also in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc.

Dr. Francis Julius N. Evangelista, OIC dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Fellows Program of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. With the objective of building a strong higher education leadership in Asia, the Fellows Program prepares mid-career faculty and administrators for leadership positions in their home institutions through exposure to various leadership ideas and practices in diverse university settings around the world.

The program begins with the fellows attending a summer institute at Harvard University followed by their placement at an Asian higher education institution, and will conclude with a leadership seminar in Asia. Fellows will also receive online mentoring on university leadership and higher education management, through the development of a case study under the guidance of an experienced international higher education mentor.

The program will run from July 2017 to June 2018.

Department of Social Work chairperson Pacita Dechavez Fortin, RSW was inducted as Secretary of the National Board of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) last January 27, 2017 at the PSSC, Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue Diliman, Quezon City. 
 
Lorna Gabad, the chair of the Board of Social Workers under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) served as the inducting officer. Her four-year term ends in 2020.
 
As member of the National Board, Fortin chairs the Research and Publication Committee and co-chairs the Standards and Continuing Education Committee. Fortin was elected during the PASWI Biennial Convention held on October 19-21, 2016 at the Royce Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga. 
 
PASWI, founded in 1947, is the accredited professional organization of about 15,000 registered Filipino social workers. 
 
Photos shows, from left: Gabad; Eva Ponce-De Leon, president; Rosauro Luntaya, vice president; Fortin; Evangeline Guinto, treasurer; Silver Joy Tejano, auditor; Wilma Coquia, public relations officer; and Dr. Bagan Aleyssa Abdul Karim, Atty. Dolores Nalumen, and Anita Leyson, board members.



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