Six Miriam College Higher Education Unit (HEU) students joined the Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC) held in Singapore last February 9 to 13, 2017. Each year, AYLTLC brings together student leaders worldwide to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation and further equip them to be effective leaders. 
This year’s MC delegation included Micah Lava (I BS BAM), Danielle Mananghaya (III BA COM), Regina Marcelo (III BS CDE), Alexandra Martinez (III BA COM), Gabriella Mercado (III BA COM) and Trisha Marie Jao (IV BS PSY).
In addition to the leadership workshops, participants were able to understand Singapore’s multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural society from various perspectives. They now return to Miriam College with a deeper appreciation of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Selected students from the twin schools Miriam College High School and Middle School and the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS), marked the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with a Youth Peacebuilding Workshop on campus last February 6-7, 2014.
The workshop opened with a public forum on the theme, “Celebrating Life with Mercy and Compassion”, attended by some 200 students from the Middle School, High School, and the HEU. 
The RMNHS students, who have travelled from Pikit, North Cotabato, also had teambuilding activities and a wider interaction with High School students as well as a mini-workshop on Muslim-Christian dialogue. The two groups of students also shared their past peace-related activities and their plans for the coming months. 
The CPE is grateful to the committee that helped organize the various activities. They are Mao Rovillos, Mean Lascano, Ann Gabuat, Ato de la Cruz, and Pax Christi with Mirma Tica as moderator.

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 MCHS Glee Club together with the Cultural and Classical Dance Club (CCDC) held their 12th joint concert dubbed “Sa ‘Tin” last February 3 and 4 at the Marian Auditorium.

The two day concert was held for the MC and high school community and for the family and friends of the performers.  At the helm is BEU Admissions Officer and MCHS Glee Glub conductor Nancy Roman.

The MCHS and CCDC sang and danced to Filipino classics and well-loved OPM songs to the delight of the audiences.  “We featured an all-OPM repertoire so we thought that “Sa ‘Tin” short for Sa Atin or Sariling Atin would be fitting. The concert also coincided with the celebration National Arts Month,” said Roman.

Among the songs featured were a medley of Saranggola ni Pepe, Mamang Sorbetero and Kalesa; medley of Galawgaw, Waray-WarayDalagang Pilipina and Manang Biday‘Til I Met YouKapag Tumibok ang PusoIkaw LamangForever More; and Paalam Na.

The CCDC and MCHS Glee Club have mounted several concerts since 2003 and “we have not stopped collaborating since then,” said Roman.

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.

Angelica Leandicho was chosen as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Finance students of the Philippines last January 31, 2017.   Angelica is a senior BA-Finance student of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) and is the current president of the Miriam College Junior Finance Executives (MC-JFINEX).

The Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students (TOFS) is an annual national competition sponsored by the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX) in collaboration with the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations of the Philippines (JCFAP) and is participated in by the best of the best Finance students in the country.  The selection process includes a grueling written examination and a series of interviews by a panel of judges composed of members of the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX).

Last January 30-31, 2017, the Miriam College Department of International Studies, in partnership with the UP Institute of Human Rights and the Ateneo Center for Human Rights, launched a national symposium entitled “Peace, Human Rights and Development in a State of Lawlessness: An Interchange among Scholars and Advocates”. The event gathered around 100 members of the academe and civil society organizations (CSOs) from across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
In her Welcome Remarks, Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay said, “It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to broadening and diversifying the discussions on peace, human rights, and development in our country, and its implications to our regional and international relations. It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to strengthening our engagement as scholars and advocates of peace, human rights, and development.”
The symposium was composed of riveting speakers with the opening keynote delivered by Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, the Founding Dean of the College of Law De La Salle University. Discussants were Dr. Sylvia ‘Guy’ Estrada-Claudio of the UP Department of Women and Development Studies, Hon. Loretta Ann ‘Etta’ Rosales former Chair of the Commission on Human Rights, Ms. Victoria ‘Mags’ Maglana a human rights advocate and columnist, Mr. Isagani Serrano of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Dr. Lisandro ‘Leloy’ Claudio of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Development Studies, Dr. Socorro Reyes of the Center for Legislative Development, Dr. Clarita Carlos of the UP Department of Political Science, Ms. Carmen ‘Memen’ Lauzon-Gatmaytan of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
Discussants coming from the Miriam College Department of International Studies were Assoc. Prof. Aurora “Oyie” De Dios, Asst. Prof. Luz Martinez, Asst. Prof. Pacita ‘Bing’ Fortin, and Senior Lecturer Lito Arlegue.
The Closing Keynote was delivered by MC Amazing Alumni Hon. Teresita ‘Ging’ Quintos-Deles now with the International Center for Innovation, Transformation, and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov). 
An e-monograph of the paper presentations is currently under production and will be distributed to academic institutions, CSOs, and government agencies.

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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