Category: Events and Activities

Events and Activities

Sisters—perennials, millennials, or mere buds—are invited to take part in tomorrow’s observance of International Women’s Day.
In particular, there will be a forum on “Women and Democracy” to be held at the Little Theater, Miriam College on Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

A special guest at the forum is Vice President Leni Robredo, and she will be joined by Sen. Risa Hontiveros and Sen. Leila de Lima, the last perhaps digitally. The renowned and much-missed duo Inang Laya will lend their artistry to the event. A “public conversation” with all the women present and guests will then follow.

Why should Filipino women be talking of democracy? Well, now more than ever! There is no better time, no more urgent a topic than the threats to democracy presented in these days of EJKs, “tokhang” and creeping authoritarianism, as exemplified by the arrest and detention of De Lima.  If, with the exception of a few hardy champions, our legislators and officials choose to hide behind political expediency and cowardly accommodation, then Filipino women will have to take up the slack. After all, we have long been on the frontline of the battle to establish and then restore democracy on our shores, and I believe we will not shirk our duty and our mission this time around.

Celebrate International Women’s Day, tomorrow at Miriam College, and for the rest of Women’s Month in the streets, in our classrooms, in our homes. The fight continues and grows more urgent with each passing day.

Another “arena” in our battle for our rights and autonomy as women hews closer to home, in our own bodies, in fact, in each woman’s uterus, vagina, and, most important, mind and will.

Women’s groups, reproductive health advocates and even government bodies like the Department of Health and the Population Commission, have issued an urgent message directed at the Supreme Court to lift, as soon as possible, a temporary restraining order blocking the full implementation of the Reproductive Health Law.
Acting on the petition of RH opponents, the Supreme Court in 2015 issued an order preventing the DOH from distributing contraceptive implants, on grounds that these might cause abortions (a fear that has been scientifically disproved).

At the same time, the tribunal also ordered the Food and Drug Administration to go through the entire cycle of certification for ALL family planning devices and supplies, including those that have long been in use but whose licenses will soon expire.

If the TRO lasts much longer, Filipino women will soon lose all access to most forms of contraception. What this means is that our access to life-saving forms of contraception will be curtailed. Already, we are seeing an uptick not just in the number of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, but also in maternal and infant deaths.

This is why the PopCom considers the situation created by the TRO on contraceptives as a looming “public health emergency.” This is because, unless conditions change drastically, the PopCom estimates that the number of mothers dying during childbirth “may also rise by an additional 1,000 deaths a year during the next six years.”

Some people, especially the self-righteous and narrow-minded, may not consider an additional 1,000 mothers dying every year a public health crisis. (Perhaps they’re the same folks who can accept with equanimity over 7,000 EJKs in less than a year?) But I certainly do!

In addition, the PopCom sees the total Philippine population rising to more than 113 million by 2022, from its current total of 104 million. The explosion in the number of new births can be traced in part to the lack of access of women—especially younger women—to contraception. Not only would mistimed pregnancy take a toll on the health of younger (and older) mothers, it would also have adverse effects on the health and chances of survival of newborns and of their surviving siblings as well.
The PopCom in a press release says the lifting of the TRO would be a “gift of health” to Filipino women. It would also be an acknowledgment of the inherent right of women (and men) to reproductive health and to choose the life they want for themselves.


SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer > http://opinion.inquirer.net/102234/women-democracy-bodies#ixzz4abJQoj6O 

The Middle School kicked off their celebration of the National Arts Month through an exhibit at the Our lady of Peace Lobby last February 1, 2017. The Dance Club creatively led the unveiling with a dance interpretation. Carrying the theme “Art Feast”, the event showcased not only the students’ art work but also several dishes guised as art activities.

Long buffet tables laid were laid out in the Calachuchi Garden where students held their Entrep Art from February 1 to 2.  Grade 8 students, with the able guidance of their HELE teachers, experienced how it is to be entrepreneurs as they sold maki and decorative cupcakes.  The Cartoonists club, with the help of their club moderators, offered printing services, while Tiny Path sold art supplies. The students experienced what it’s like to be entrepreneurs first hand as they prepared, marketed, and sold their products.  They also learned simple accounting, doing the inventory and computation of their profits or losses.  The activity taught them how to run a business and at the same time how to use art could be used to attract more clients.

Another activity featured was the interaction between the MCMS students and the MC HEU Applied Arts students last February 2, 2017. College students from the Department of Humanities and Applied Arts taught MS students basic drawing techniques, calligraphy, animation, and photography.

Several contests such as the PICS Perfect Photography contest for Grade 6 (February 16), On-the-Spot Art for the Grade 7 (February 17) and the Eight Asian Treasures (February 28) were also held, capping the MS National Arts Month celebration.

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 Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) will hold its 16th National Convention in partnership with the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on April 26, 27 and 28, 2017. Keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education. The convention theme this year is "In Pursuit of Quality Education, the Past, Present, and Future." Conference strands will revolve around the leading-edge thinking about the quality of education; innovative approaches, and practices that improve the quality of education; the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of the quality of education; and the gaps where more research and efforts are needed to achieve inclusive and quality education by 2030.

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing, UNESCO-APNIEVE aims to promote and develop international education and values education for peace, human rights, democracy, and sustainable development through networking and cooperation among individuals and institutions in the Asia Pacific region. APNIEVE Philippines's current president is Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, vice president for academic affairs of Miriam College.

The annual convention of APNIEVE Philippines gathers teachers and administrators from various colleges and universities from the different regions of the country. For interested participants, you may contact Angelina Bayaua Alcazar at 4354754.


SOURCES: Philippine Daily Inquirer and Business Mirror (published in print on March 27, 2017)

The winners of the first batch of President’s Challenge were announced last December 1 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC). The winning projects are the Crowd Management System of the Grade 9 students (mixed section); DefendHer, a campaign promoting self-defense for women by students from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Palungki, a lounge design by students from the College of Education.

Personally congratulating the winners was special guest and Board of Trustees member Carmencita T. Abella.

The winning groups will be given a seed funding to implement their project. They may also use any laboratory or tools available at the HSSIC. All winning groups are required to set-up their exhibits on March 2018 at the HSSIC.

A total of 12 groups from the High School and the three colleges—College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy, and College of  Education—made their pitches before four judges last September. The judges were composed of Dr. Lapus, Rex Bookstore Inc. Chief Operating Officer Don Buhain, Emerson Patent Manager Marlon Cabral, and MC Marketing and Communications Manager Romualdo Romualdo.

On the same day, the second batch of participants from the Child Study Center, Lower School, Middle School, MC NUVALI, MC-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, and Miriam Adult Education units presented their big, bold ideas before a panel of judges. Joining Dr. Lapus and Romualdo in the panel were Felta Marketing Officer Jed Abiva-Sazon, Emerson Technologies’ Jo-A Lozano, C&E Publishing CEO Emyl Eugenio.

Among the ideas pitched by the second batch were a playground design for a community using recycled materials by the CSC, a system to instill discipline among students during dismissal time from the LS, a new classroom table design to encourage learning and participation from the MS, a garbage collection mechanism to block and collect waste from waterways by SAID, and the use of Tubang Bakod plant to control water pollution from MAE.

The winners for the second batch will be announced before the Christmas break.


Miriam College opened 2018 with a talk like no other, featuring YouTuber, Fear Facer, and influencer Michelle Poler.

Known for her project 100 Days Without Fear and for the social movement Hello Fears, Poler gave a talk before 400 girls composed of middle school, high school, and higher education students from Miriam College and other partner schools to teach and inspire them how to face their fears and realize their full potential.

“Miriam College believes that Michelle Poler has a unique and beautiful story to tell that will surely resonate with our students, especially girls.  Not only is she young, but her energy is also infectious and we know that our students will listen well to what she has to say, and hopefully in the process be inspired to face their own fears — especially those relating to their peers, studies, and the future,” said Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College President.


#100DaysWithoutFear

Titled Girls Be Brave! Poler taps into her personal experiences as a young girl who feared so many things growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, but had to deal with it as a student starting a Master's Degree in Branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  She shared how she overcame her own fears to live her life to the fullest.

Poler became popular on YouTube when she began her #100DaysWithoutFear school project wherein she had to face one fear a day for 100 days. She filmed herself on each challenge and posted them daily on her YouTube channel. She braved different kinds of fears from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need.

“You tube can be extremely intimidating but it can also be a very powerful tool that can help you inspire or  teach something to someone from one end of the world to the other, thanks to YouTube that my project resonated with millions. On day 40, I wake up and realize that every website I follow is sharing my story –not only website including celebrities,” she said during her talk.

Her YouTube posts caught up with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara and Lil Wayne who shared her story through their accounts. In a matter of days, Poler had over 4.5 million views in her YouTube channel.

Since then she has been invited to TedX, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, and to schools and universities within and outside of the US, teaching audiences how to tap into their full potential in both their personal lives and their careers.


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MANILA, Philippines -  We’re already into the second week of the year, a.k.a. that weird sliver of time between having the confidence to stick to our New Year’s resolutions and ultimately deciding to abandon them when you realize that they aren’t as easy as you thought they’d be.

Usually we promise to work out more, meet new people, or try out new hobbies — all things that we (obviously) kind of dread to do. But isn’t the point of making them to prove that we can move past the fear on our way to be New™ and Improved™ citizens of the world?


A video produced by the MCHS Videomakers Club 2018
for the #GirlsBeBrave Michelle Poler talk

As soon as YouTuber/influencer Michelle Poler was introduced as the speaker to the students of Miriam College, the Henry Sy Innovation Center auditorium was filled with dance music, and Michelle went up to the stage and started dancing (like no one was watching). She went down the stage and asked the students to dance. She just kept dancing and dancing until she could no longer breathe. Then she went up the stage and said:

“My friend challenged me to start this conference dancing like a crazy person. Of course, I said no! But then he repeated my message back to me, and then I had no choice but to say yes,” she says. And throughout the morning, all Michelle talked about was facing her fears when she did her #100daysofFear project and what she learned from them:

Learn to let go.

I did crowd surfing! The band invited me to the stage and jump on the crowd. Then it just went so fast I didn’t want it to end. For the first time in my life, I was happy to let go and not be in complete control of the situation. This is for me to learn that sometimes we have to let go and try to enjoy the small moments of joy we can’t control.

To kick off the year right, Miriam College invited YouTuber, fear-facer and influencer Michelle Poler to speak in front of an audience of 400 young girls composed of middle school, high school and higher education students last January 5 at the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center. Titled Girls, Be Brave! the talk jumpstarted the school’s campaign of the same title to engage girls in subjects or field of the future that they tend to fear the most.

Poler is most known for her project 100 Days Without Fear wherein she had to face one fear a day for 100 days. She filmed herself braving different kinds of fears from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need.

"I didn’t want (my fears) to define my future," said Poler. "So, I started to challenge myself little by little doing this project. And now I can assure you that I’m not going to let my fears limit me." During the talk, the influencer told the tale of how she dealt with all the things she’d feared as a young girl.

Poler also shared everything she'd learned during the course of her journey in the form of hashtags that can help anyone not just get through 2018 but inspire you to conquer the year as well. Here are the greatest takeaways from the influencer's talk:


#DiscomfortHasItsRewards


"The enemy of success is not failure but comfort," shared Poler. "Comfort is what keeps us from raising our hands to suggest the next big idea. It convinces us to stay with partners and friends we no longer love." Comfort zones are our own personal psychological bubble where we experience very minimal anxiety and stress. Surprisingly, however, stress is not always a bad thing. There is a healthy kind of stress that allows you to grow as a person and by staying in your bubble, you are possibly denying yourself a chance to grow.

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