A post-Valentine dinner-dance was held for MC retirees and senior citizens from different communities last February 17 to formally launch the Senior Summer Program of Miriam College.  A live band and Music Center’s own talents were especially invited to serenade guests with music from the “Golden Era.” The rest of the night was punctuated with exciting games and raffle prizes and naming of the “Nestor and Nida” of the Night.

Sponsors of the activity were Clarity, Sun Cellular, Anlene, Alba Restaurant, DAWN, INSA, CPE and WAGI.  This activity is a collaboration of the Planning and Development Office, the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center, and the Gerontology Program of the Social Science Department, College of Arts and Sciences.

Under the school’s LEAD Program, various courses for senior citizens will be offered this summer including healthy cooking and wellness, culinary tour, green cooking, art of bonsai, farm visit, pottery making, fresh flower arrangement, Ikebana, social networking lessons, and painting (offered by ILAW).  Summer courses will start April 2012.

For more information on the fees and schedules, please contact the Planning and Development Office at 433-3929 or 580-5400 loc. 1105.



Solbridge International School of Business (Solbridge) in Woosung Korea, a college of Woosong University in Daejon, South Korea, visited Miriam College (MC) last February 15 to pursue the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions.

MC’s partnership with Solbridge was initiated by the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA) with the support of the International Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO). Under the partnership, both institutions are exploring the possibility of having CBEA students and graduates enrol in certificate courses at Solbridge to further develop their areas of specialization. A possible collaboration in corporate social responsibility projects are being explored as well.

Present during a courtesy call to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs were (from left): IPPO Head Tesa C. de Vela; Solbridge Career Development Center Director Mihae Maria Nahm, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Glenda E. Fortez, Ph.D., International Relations Regional Manager Corissa Wandmacher and CBEA Dean Ma. Concepcion Y. Lupisan, CPA.


The activity dubbed “COMMence: The Rise of the New and Alternative Media”marked this year’s celebration of the Communication Week at the Department of Communication.  The event opened to a full house audience composed of First Year to Fourth Year students, at the Little Theater last February 6.  Highlights include the presentation of Communication students’ achievements, both locally and internationally; presentation of the findings on the Global Media Monitoring Program of 2009;


The thesis Shared Life: A Promotional Video For INSA's Scholarship Program by Communication alumnae Avon Abogadie, Michelle Amio, and Phoebe Tarroja was awarded Best Paper Presentation in “Learning About Communication in Education Part 2” at the recently concluded National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) held at the UP-College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC).

  CAS faculty and Institute for the Arts program director Tuxqs Rutaquio was named Virgin Labfest’s new festival director-dramaturg. He succeeds Rody Vera, Virgin Labfest co-founder and festival director-dramaturg for seven years. The Virgin Labfest is a festival of new plays by emerging and well-known playwrights, directors and actors. Rutaqio will also direct a Tanghalang Pilipino masterpiece “Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan,” a one-act play by Layeta Bucoy. It will be among the four original one-act plays, collectively titled “Eyeball: New Visions in Philippine Theater,” to be staged starting Jan. 13-Feb. 12, 2012 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


 The Child Development honored the CDE  students who passed the Licensure Examinations  for Teachers (LET) during its annual LET Testimonial held last January 21.  At the same activity, the LET passers shared their experiences as teachers to seniors and also gave tips on how to prepare for LET.  The affair was organized by the Child Development and Education Circle.



Miriam College Culinary Arts students bagged the Umami Bowl Award for garnering the highest average score in the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge held at  the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last January 20. They also bagged the Dr. Ikeda Award for winning in the Umami Feature Writing Contest and placed second in the five-ingredient Dish Category. The school brought home an Elba Kitchen Showcase on top of other prizes courtesy of Ajinomoto Corp. Philippines. The event is an inter-school, multi-category cooking competition focusing on umami, the 5th basic taste.



Members of the Miriam College community came together last January 14, 2012 to hold the school’s first Fun Run entitled “Run, Forest, Run” to raise funds for  Miriam College’s Rainforestation Projects and the Southern Sierra Madre community scholarship programs. Organized by the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), students from pre-school to college, parents, employees, faculty and alumni and friends came in full force to join in the run. “Apart from fostering camaraderie, the gathering was also a great opportunity to make the whole community aware of how our forests are fast disappearing and how important it is to get everyone involved in their own little way,” said ESI executive director Donna Reyes.


To launch the centennial celebration of the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, a Mass was held last January 12 at the Marian Auditorium. It was presided by Fr. James Ferry, M.M. who remembered the inspiring spirit of Mother Mary Joseph and the Maryknoll Sisters’ journey of 100 years. He spoke about  the brave sacrifices of the Maryknoll nuns who came to the country from New York and, with unrelenting spirit, worked passionately “to make God’s love visible.” He also  gave tribute to Sister Miriam Thomas whom he described as a “woman of vision, a woman who was not afraid to suffer.” Sr. Helen Graham, MM, for her part, gave a reflection  on what it means to make God’s love visible. The inaugural Mass ended with a simple reception at the Marian lobby.  In attendance were the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, alumnae, administrators, employees and students.



Dr. Gwénola Ricordeau, assistant professor of Sociology, from Lille I University, France, gave a lecture on Feminist Research Methodologies to selected faculty members engaged in gender studies from the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies (CIHDS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) last January 9.

This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion among the attendees raised significant perspectives, dilemma, and insights when applying feminist research methodologies at varying levels. Dr. Ricordeau, said that feminist research investigates topics and domains that could be described as “roads under construction”, and feminist research methodologies allow us to partake in the construction.

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