Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions (WSCToC) held in Yale University, Connecticut, USA last November 10 to 14.

The students were composed of Middle School and High School students, three of which competed in the Senior Division while 13 in the Junior Division.


Highest ranking Team in the SEA, PH

Making the country proud is the all-Pinay, three-member team which ranked 9th, besting more than 300 Senior Division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC.  They are the Filipino team with the highest ranking and were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia in that Division.

They are composed of MC High School students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana—also referred to as Team 686 at the WSC. They competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 Gold Medals, 21 Silver medals, and three trophies.




The members of the top team said they did not expect making it to the top 10.  “It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries but we did not let that dishearten us. The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country,” said Tiongson.


Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“This is the 6th time Miriam College has sent a contingent to Yale and to date this is the highest ranking the school has achieved since it first joined the tournament,” says Team 686 coach, Amity Yap.

In 2016, Miriam College got first place in the Manila Rounds, automatically exempting them in the Global Rounds held in Prague and Bangkok. They directly competed in the WSC ToC in Yale.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students –to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” adds Yap.

The Unlikely World is this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own.  Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature, and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.


Topping Literature in the Junior Division
 
The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events.  They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro with Teacher Isabela Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among almost 1, 200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim of the High School won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle school placed 7th, also in the same category. Overall, Lim landed 12th in the Scholar’s Challenge, an individual event.

To train the girls in the Junior Division, Aguilar said that she conducted a team building activity to develop rapport among the students. “They also participated in several speaking activities that were not as formal as the debate ones but helped them develop confidence in speaking,” she added.

Aguilar added that this latest completion showed what the girls are truly capable of. “Even with the small number of hours we put into training, the students still emerged victorious. All of them improved a lot in terms of performance and because of the consecutive nature of the competition, the girls were able to hone their skills through constant practice.”


Proud Pinay

Chosen to fly the Philippine flag during the closing ceremonies’s Flag March was Asedillo, who proudly carried and waved the flag on stage.
 
“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website defines the tournament.
The WSCToc is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.
 
The girls were featured in GMA7’s 24-Oras. Watch it here:

Miriam College alumna Chanelle Ivy Villena Argales (in photo) landed Top 10 in the recent Psychometrician Licensure Exam with a grade of 82.6%. 

Albert Go and Melinda Tanalso, faculty members under the Department of Psychology, also passed the exam.

For a full list of Miriam College graduates who passed the licensure exam, please see below:\

2017
  • Andrea Luz Abris Almira
  • Joy Grace Redublo Bautista 
  • Caroline Joy Mangilaya Bombase 
  • Mia Stephanie Ubaldo Borres
  • Precious Nicole Claridad Cantoria 
  • Nicole Kates De Guzman Catacutan
  • Abigail Palayon Catiil
  • Christine Joy Jaud Cua
  • Korina Isabelle Rapanut Danao
  • Katreena Sibayan Delos Ama
  • Kaxandra Nicole De Guzman Dionisio
  • Steffi Ann Bulatao Estrada
  • Katrina Garson Garcia
  • Lizette Jessamine Iannah Macalintal Lemi
  • Alyssa Piniones Linco 
  • Girenne Grace Nepomuceno Magdamit
  • Essie Sisley Mariblanca Manalili
  • Mae Dianne Santos Medina
  • Eloise Payumo Octaviano
  • Teirrah Marie Cabaddu Opinion
  • Mariah Paulette Delos Reyes Pastrana
  • Dheatess Cayanan Pineda
  • Agnes Kai Alonzo Ricardo 
  • Karen Dy Camahin Salvador
  • Katrina Magbanua Santos
  • Ericka Penelope Albano See
  • Maria Angela Noelle Dimla Serquiña
  • Mary Davi-An Ocampo Tan
  • Karen Alvaran Terte
  • Kristy Marie Uy
  • Abigael Nicolette Sumbilla Venus 
 
2015
  • Kamille Canivel Mena
  • Marjorie Cabison Nailog
  • Jeanne Claudette Palillo Villon
2014
Merry Joyce Felice Umali Dela Torre
 
2010
Mary Elizabeth Grace Perez
 
2009
Arleen Capellan Atienza

New CPAs announced

01
Dec
2017

The College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy proudly announces the 2017 Certified Public Accountant board passers. They are: 

  • Bea Mangabat-Cojuangco
  • Aileen Dela Cruz
  • Geraldine Ebro
  • Mary Ann Medina
  • Anna Patricia Malto
  • Marica Pasinos
  • Maria Altea Sambilay 

Congratulation to the new CPAs!


These high school students from Miriam College competed against 300 teams from all over the globe.


IMAGE Facebook.com/World Scholars Cup (left); Courtesy of Miriam College (right)

It took attitude, dedication, and independence for 16 all-female students to take home the glory from the World Scholar's Cup (WSC), says Amity Yap, one of the coaches of the Middle School and High School students from Miriam College who competed in the international event. A total of 2,200 scholars from 50 countries all over the world competed at the event, which was held this year at Yale University in the U.S. last November 10 to 14.

The team of high school students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana ranked 9th in the final rounds of the WSC Tournament of Champions where there were 300 senior division teams. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies. They were declared top 1 in Southeast Asia after competing in team debate, collaborative writing, and group quiz bee, among others.


IMAGE The Miriam College senior division team (from left) Aleeza Moira Tiongson, Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, and Alyssa Santana


“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” said Tiongson. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

The junior division team, composed of 13 middle school students, age 14 and below, also experienced their share of victory. Students Jiana Lim and Katrina Asedillo won 2nd and 7th place, respectively, for the literature category. Lim also grabbed 12th spot in the overall individual ranking among almost 1,200 competing scholars.

Overall, the junior division team took home 22 individual gold medals, 23 individual silver medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals.

IMAGE All 16 World Scholar's Cup participants with Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus


The World Scholar's Cup sets itself apart from other competitions for placing value not just in textbook knowledge, but also in the joy of learning. The tournament tests students in science, literature, history and social studies but also in topics like modern mythology. To prepare for the competition, the students had the theme as guide, "The Unlikely World."

“WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students – to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” said coach Yap.

Aside from team and individual events, community-building activities also take place at WSC, according to the event’s website. They hold talent shows where skills range from dancing to reciting math constants, student fairs where participants get to share their culture and traditions with fellow participants, and opportunities to attend talks by guest speakers from leading universities.

Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed at WSC, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it to 10th place in the senior division.




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Miriam College students who participated in the junior division hold the Philippine flag proudly. Photo courtesy of Miriam College.



Filipina middle school and high school students from Miriam College emerged triumphant at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Yale International Relations Association and held in Yale University in the United States from November 10 to 14.

According to a press release, students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana competed as a team in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (a group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge (a multiple-choice test where you can choose more than one answer) events. They earned a total of 29 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and three trophies as part of the senior division (students 15 years old and above).

The team ranked ninth, besting more than 300 junior and senior division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC. They were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia for the same division.

2,200 scholars from 50 countries competed in the senior division. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy getting the Top 10 spot.

In the junior division, the 13-member team made up of Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, nine team silver medals, and six team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl, and Scholar’s Challenge events.

Almost 1,200 scholars competed in the junior division (students 14 years old and below). Lim finished second place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge, while Asedillo placed seventh, also in the same category. Lim landed 12th overall in the individual ranking of the WSCToC.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” its website said.

The World Scholar’s Cup is “inclusive, encouraging, interdisciplinary, discussion-based, forward-looking, team-oriented, (and) whimsical,” and it aims “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills,” and “to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

“It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries, but we did not let that dishearten us,” Tiongson said. “The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country.”

Her team’s coach, Amity Yap, noted that this was the highest ranking the school had ever achieved since participating in the event six times.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100 percent academic knowledge, but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students. To win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Unlikely World”, which guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own, according to a press release.

The subjects are Science and Technology (“To Shoot for the Moon”), History (“History of Conspiracy”), Literature (“Voices of the Almost Impossible”), Art and Music (“Fragments of an Improbable Universe”), Social Studies (“Predicting the Future”), and Modern Mythologies.

Melanie Reyes, Program Coordinator of WAGI and faculty of the International Studies Department, recently presented a paper in Chonnam National University at Gwangju, South Korea.  The paper entitled, “Return Migration of Filipino Overseas: Is there Really a Way Back Home?,” looks at Philippine government’s reintegration programs and the reasons why many Filipino overseas would rather take the risk to work and stay in a foreign land than settle permanently in the country.

The paper was delivered during the International Conference on Migration, Return and Diaspora held last November 10, 2017.  The conference, which was organized by the Department of Diaspora Studies, College of Social Sciences of Chonnam National University, aims to engage graduate students and faculty of the Department of Diaspora Studies in intercultural dialogue and build research collaboration and exchanges on migration issues, especially on transnational migration, return migration, and diaspora.

They topped the Asian English Olympics two years in a row and they back, this time to conquer the world.

One of the Miriam College teams who competed in the senior division ranked 9th overall in the final round of the the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University from November 10 to 14, 2017. They are the only Filipino team who bested 330 other teams (approximately 1000 student finalists ages 11-16 years old) from all over the world. A total of sixteen students from Miriam College Middle School and High School were at the tournament.  The competition is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.

Metal detectors at the airports will surely find 90 medallions and 3 trophies something great. The junior division team won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals. Meanwhile, the senior division team bagged a total of 9 individual silver medals, 17 individual gold medals, 1 team silver medal, 3 team gold medals, 1 individual trophy, and 2 team trophies. The teams competed in debate, scholar’s bowl (a quiz show), collaborative writing, and the scholar"s challenge – all configured as creative academic competitions. Know more of these events at http://www.scholarscup.org/events/.

The event webpage declares, “The Tournament of Champions is more than just another Global Round. You’ll have the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students and faculty. You’ll attend a special panel on college life and on how to leverage your World Scholar’s Cup experience as part of your admissions portfolio.”  Now this is how brave Filipino girls conquer the world of infinite possibilities.


Biology Majors Jeremie Angeles, Danielle Laya Castro, and Eunice Garcia placed 1st Runner Up in the recently concluded National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) held last November 4, 2017 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus in Calamba Laguna. This is the first time that the school has participated in this competition.

Bulacan State University landed 1st with 199 points while Miriam College had a close 197 points.

There were a total of 12 schools who joined the competition, including UP Manila, Ateneo De Manila University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, UP Baguio, Southern Luzon State University.

The participants were accompanied by their coach Arvin Santos, a faculty of the Department of Biology under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Organized by the UPLB Genetics Society, NIGQC is a prestigious competition participated in by the top universities in the country with the aim of drawing more student to appreciate and study Genetics.


Miriam College (MC), through the College of Education (CEd) and the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC), hosted the talk of world-acclaimed psychologist on Play in Early Childhood, Dr. Peter Gray, last October at the Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC).

Dr.  Gray spoke before a packed audience composed of Early Childhood educators, students, and guidance counselors from MC and from different schools and organizations.

“We supported this event because the College of Education and the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center of Miriam College is committed to providing children with a learning environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and self-discovery and actualization.  Dr. Peter Gray provides fresh insights on how learning can best take place while recognizing the need of our children to be themselves,” said Dr. Trixie Sison, chair of the Child Development and Education Department under CEd. She is also the Higher Education Unit Innovation coordinator.

In his talk, Dr. Gray addressed the importance of playing for children, how play is used to benefit children’s learning, and how it fosters the development of skills and competencies that are necessary for them to thrive in today’s world.

He also urged participants to revive play in early childhood and warned that decrease of play among children can significantly affect their development.

Dr. Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College and has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education.  He is the author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers). His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He also authors a blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine.

Covering the talk of Dr. Gray were Smart Parenting and Working Mom Magazine. For their stories, please check these links:

https://lifestyle.abs-cbn.com/articles/5939/working-mom/cheat-sheet-never-underestimate-the-wonders-of-childs-play/

http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/less-play-less-happiness-a1669-20171028-lfrm



Maryknoll Sister Teresita Perez, who taught at Miriam College, celebrates her 50th Golden Jubilee this year. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from the Archdiocese of Manila in 1967 and was assigned to Peru two years later. 
 
After 24 years as a missioner in Peru, Sister Teresita was assigned to the Philippines in 1993, where she shared the richness of her mission experiences as well as learned about all that had changed in her absence. At Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College), she taught Theology and Spanish and organized the Campus Ministry Office of the Higher Education Unit, then serving 2,200 students. 
 
Presently, she resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, New York where she remains an active volunteer for the local community.  She volunteers as a bi-lingual interpreter at Brookside Elementary School and at Maryknoll Neighbors Link (a local immigration program). She also volunteers at the Ossining Library in their “Reading Buddies Program” to help people who need to improve their reading skills. 
 
Right photo shows Sr. Teresita with her brothers Richard and Cesar along with the son and daughter-in-law of her brother Cesar and his wife Lourdes.



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