The Maryknoll Miriam College Family of Authors (MMCFA), led by Marla Yotoko Chorengel, Rita Ledesma, and Lolita Delgado Fansler, paid a courtesy call to MC’s ninth President, Ambassador Laura Quiambao Del Rosario to formally introduce this initiative. They were joined by other alumni authors who presented copies of their work to be added to the Authors Corner.
Marla Yotoko Chorengel opened the event by congratulating Ambassador Del Rosario on her recent investiture. The authors present each had an opportunity to formally speak about their books and present them as gifts to Miriam College. Rita Ledesma gave rare copies of the books “The Struggle for Philippine Art” and “And Life Goes On.” Chef and culinary writer Nina Daza Puyat presented her imprimatured prayer “Mahal na Ina ng Kusina,” the new edition of “Let’s Cook with Nora” and “Tugtong” a collection of riddles about Filipino food. Cristina Tabora presented a digital copy of “TV Sundays Show: Privilege Card” her program featuring alumna and scriptwriter Baby Nebrida. Corinna Benipayo Mojica presented “From Ruby to Gold: The Golden Jubilee Book of Maryknoll College 1969.” Tes Bermudez Choa presented two books about the Girl Scouts of the Philippines “GSP@70: Treasuring the Past, Charting the Future” and “Favorite Recipes of Outstanding Women.” Three books from Sony David Maramba were also given, “Towards Adult Faith,” “Early Philippine Literature,” and “SEVEN in the Eye of History.” Finally, Rita Ledesma presented a copy of “Women in Diplomacy” edited by Ambassador Delia Albert, which features Ambassador Del Rosario, among others. Many of the books are now out of print, and the Miriam College Library would have the rare opportunity to carry them. The books will boost the school’s collection of locally written material that would be help strengthen the students’ literary appreciation.
The lively discussion was an opportunity for the writers to recall a strong niche of Maryknoll in terms of excellent communication skills that had been a distinction of Maryknoll graduates. With the international thrusts that Miriam College would be embarking on, there would be merit in focusing on this aspect in the curricular and teaching programs,
Director for Alumni Engagement Aurorita Mendoza commended the group’s dynamism and constant commitment to add valuable works of our dear alumni to the collection. “The MMCFA continues to enrich the literary culture of the school.” Future plans for the Authors Corner include getting an archivist to document and organize the provenance of all the works, as well as the creation of a book club to revitalize the library and ensure that all the works are used and appreciated. “If we have passion for the school, then things will happen,” Rita Ledesma said. Ambassador Del Rosario thanked the group for their dedication, generosity, and love for their alma mater.
Established in 2013, the MMCFA is a special section that houses books and other literature written and authored by Maryknoll/Miriam alumni, and aims to inspire the future generation of Miriam College writers. The collection now over 400 works, composed of books, poems, magazines and articles. The Authors Corner can be found at the second floor of the HEU Library and Media Center at the SMT building.