The OCSC International Education Expo was a two-day event that showcased schools, colleges and universities from about 23 countries and about 28 Language Schools from Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, UK and USA.  Miriam College, represented by Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office head Dr. Gail Galang, was among the 314 Higher Education Institutions (HEI), 28 Language Schools, 15 Basic Education (BE) schools in what was considered the biggest educational expo in the world.

This year’s theme was “Education Programme Enhancing Professional Development.” The objective of this theme was to guide the youth, particularly Thai students in planning the next steps of their education, paying closer attention to personal and professional development and employability.
With the assistance of the Philippine Department of Tourism, several business-to-business meetings with at least 12 Thai education agents were conducted. 
A visit to Huachiew Chalerm Prakiet University and the Philippines Alumni Association in Thailand were also made to discuss opportunities for short and long term exchange programs, particularly for Thai faculty, students, and professionals interested in the Intensive English Language courses offered at the MC Language Learning Center.  
For more information about the Language Learning Center, please contact Ms. Grace Soriano at (63-2) 580-5400 local 1252 or Dr. Gail Galang of the Institutional Partnerships and Program Office at local 2144.

The much awaited Family Day and Fair of the Lower School, MCLS: One Family@90 #FunFamilyangFair was held on December 10-11, 2016, bringing together one, united Lower School community.

Each day was opened with a family Mass and variety show at the High School Sports Complex. The shows highlighted the school’s homegrown talents and the entertainment group, Jive. Families came in full force visiting booths and rides such as the Caterpillar, Kiddie Salon, Inflatables, Escape Room, and Fun Ranch. Lucky students won MC memorabilia during a special raffle which closed both days of the Family Day and Fair. Bonding among family members and organizers were certainly the highlight of the weekend.

This milestone event was organized by the PTC Executive Board and parent officers, LS Administration Board, Committee on Student Affairs, Faculty Association, and Administrative Support Group in cooperation with Miriam Adult Education (MAE), the Institutional Lifestyle and Wellness Center (ILAW), and external partners, Next Level, Ozalan, JCE, Ceramics Shop, SMILE, and Adarna Publishing House.

In a separate event held on December 14, 2016, the MCLS celebrated the beauty and strength of the Filipino spirit through a dance concert titled “Tanglaw”. The event was in partnership with the UP Filipiniana Dance Group and was held at the Marian Auditorium. The group showcased 12 dances from different eras of Philippine history with the Filipiniana Rondalla providing authentic Filipino music in the background.

The event was capped with an open forum allowing students to learn about folk dances and the techniques involved to master the art.

Deeppa Ravindran, Pesticide Programme Coordinator of the Pesticide Action Network in the Asia and the Pacific (PANAP), was at Miriam College last December to get support for the Protect Our Children Campaign against Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). 
She met with former Green Convergence President and former Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) Executive Director Dr. Angelina P. Galang, the Assistant Principal of Miriam Adult Education Herbert Janubas, and the representative of Leo Buccahan, Secretariat Coordinator of Civil Society Coalition on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CSC-UNCRC). The meeting was made possible through the support of the ESI Officer-In-Charge Carlo P. Garcia.
She also met briefly with Vice President for Academic Affairs Ma. Lourdes Q. Baybay, ESI Deputy Executive Director Louie T. Parungao, and Department of Environment Chair Dr. Donna T. Reyes. 
PANAP, through Ravindran, urges the MC community to help in the signature campaign for state governments to institutionalize pesticide-buffer zones around schools. HHPs contaminate the air, soil, and water bodies and are transported over long distances subjecting far-away population areas to be indirectly exposed to low-level chronic poisoning which may not be obvious to them. 
The petition was launched in November 2016 in celebration of International Children’s Day. PANAP hopes to gather 1 Million signatures in the Philippines, the number required for the Philippine Government to take action.
HHPs are a serious global concern especially in a developing country like the Philippines. The use of these pesticides have resulted in devastating effects on the health and the environment, particularly in big agricultural plantations of banana, oil palm, and pineapple. Workers and entire communities living within or adjacent to heavily treated agricultural plantations and farms may develop cancer, reproductive anomalies, and endocrine disruption, among other diseases. Children have also been found to be most vulnerable to their effects. 
For more information on the campaign, please check out the site

As one of the first Philippine teams to compete at the World Scholar's Cup (WSC) Tournament of Champions in Yale University, the Miriam College High School delegation paid a courtesy call on Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo on December 9, 2016 at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila, Quezon City. The MCHS teams competed at the WSC Tournament of Champions held at Yale University last November 18-21.

The two teams were Team 333 composed of Justine Gabrielle Ramirez, Alessandra Deone Roldan and Ana Beatrice Salumbides and Team 334 composed Alaina Licia Arcenas, Cassandra Camille Cuaresma, and Maria Regina Gabrielle Taruc. Both teams brought home gold and silver medals and ranked 33rd overall in the Junior Division.

Accompanying the two teams were coach Laarni Rivadeneira, English faculty Sofia Soledad de Guzman, and their respective families. The group shared their achievements with the Vice President who graciously welcomed and congratulated them for bringing honor to the country.

The MC teams competed in four events in the Junior Division namely Scholar’s Bowl, Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, and Scholar’s Challenge. The event was composed of 200 teams and 600 participants from 37 countries. It is the biggest Tournament of Champions to date.

The Miriam College Lower School athletes did the school proud after bagging several awards in different competitions in the last quarter of 2016. They are: 
Ancilla Lucia Mari B. Manzano (5-Magalang)
1st Place, Individual All Around Champion 
Gold Medal, Balance Beam event G
Gold Medal, Vault Event 
Silver, Floor exercise event
Quezon City Division Meet, Quezon City, November 30, 2016
Silver, Individual All Around Champion
Gold, Uneven Bars Event 
Silver, Balance Beam Event 
Silver, Floor Exercise Event 
Silver, Vault Event
Batang Pinoy 2016 National Championships, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, December 5, 2016 
Sabine Noelle M. Odulio (5-Mahinahon)
Gold Medal,  Beam, Floor, Vault, Bars Events
Sonny Ty International Cup, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, October 14-15, 2016 

Chelsea V. Apacible (5-Maunawain)
Gold, Vault, Beam & Bars Events
Silver, Floor Event
Champion, Overall Level 1 Senior
Sonny Ty International Cup, Muntinlupa Sports Complex, October 14-15, 2016 
Francine Marie S. Jara (5-Masinop)
5th All Around Champion
Silver, Beam Vault events 
Bronze, Floor                                                                                                         
Hong Kong Superstar & Recreational Center (SRC) Gymnastics Carnival 2016, Hong Kong, November 20, 2016
Tamica Lorraine B. Oraa (2-Talon), Dominique Summer R. Baltazar and Lara Asiana Ysabelle S. Rodiel (4-Bulaklakan), Jaliyah Aries Kliu H. Borra (5-Mahinahon), Sophia Louise L. Gajitos (5-Masinop), Lucia Bettina V. Palattao and Rhiana Louise P. Pua (5-Matiyaga)
1st Runner-Up, Girls Born 2007 Division
13th RIFA Girls First Phase Cumulative Festival, International School Manila, October 8, 2016
Jaliyah Aries Kliuh H. Borra (5-Mahinahon)
1st Runner-up, Under 12 division 
21st  Alaska (Football) Cup, Alabang Country Club, November 26, 2016 
Lana Sofia B. Ceralde (5-Magalang)

1st Runner-Up, Junior Golfers League (TJGL)
Inter-School Tournament 2016, Philippine Navy, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City, November 19, 2016 

The Miriam College Lower School (MCLS) held its Kapitbahay Christmas Party on December 3, 2016 sponsored by the Scouting Club. Students helped their younger counterparts from Daan Tubo and Marytown in creating Christmas cards for their loved ones. Guests performed dance numbers and a poem before MCLS students sent them off with specially prepared Christmas packages. Such act made the spirit of giving come alive at the start of December.

On December 8, 2016 the MCLS held Reach In, Reach Out Day together with the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The celebration opened with a Holy Mass supported by activities that help strengthen virtues of selflessness, heroic generosity, solid piety, and limpid simplicity of soul. Students gave small notes of thanks to different members of the community and, through their respective sections, organized interaction activities with the outsourced staff. They also participated in an open forum with the staff, getting a glimpse of the lives of the school’s hardworking partners.

The dream catcher, a circular framed net believed to capture good dreams and dissolve bad ones, was the inspiration for the Middle School’s Communication Arts Week celebration. Held on November 28 to December 2, 2016, it carried the theme “DreamCatcher: Awakening Ideas". 
The festivities opened with a grand ceremony that included a dream sequence play and an inspirational video message from London-based award-winning Filipino author Candy Gourlay.  This was followed by a showcase of costumes by administrators, faculty and Grades 6, 7, and 8 students who came dressed in their favorite fictional and real life ‘dreamers’ such as Anne of Green Gables and Jose Rizal.
Highlights of the celebration were the Grade 6 Choral Recitation, Grade 7 Historical Character Monologue, and Grade 8 Extemporaneous Speech Festival. These were complemented by the Grade 6 Spelling Bee and Penmanship Contest, Grade 7 StoryCon Quiz Bee, and Grade 8 Book-Movie Trivia Contest.  
Various student clubs and their faculty moderators initiated pocket activities such as Blackout! Poetry Writing Contest, Mystery Mania, Open Mic, 4 Pics, 1 Dreamer, and Sticky Stories.  Grade 6 students also interacted with award-winning author and MC alumna Carla Pacis. 
The exuberance shown by the community members as they engaged in fun-filled and enriching activities fulfilled the English Area’s own dream and vision—the development of literary appreciation and communicative competence. by Maria Pia C.F. Luque

Leisure and Tourism Management Events class hosted a conference entitled “Filipinnavation in Tourism: Creating the New Generation of Leaders.” It was held in Novotel Manila, Araneta Center on November 28, 2016 . In line with the 90th anniversary of Miriam College, the one-day conference aimed to promote innovation and creativity in the Tourism Industry.

The plenary speakers include former Department of Tourism Undersecretary, Dr. Evelyn Pantig who shared insights about new and emerging tourism trends. Atty. Reynaldo Ching, current Assistant Secretary for Administration of DOT gave a talk on branding campaign for both domestic and international tourism.  Panel speakers include Teresa Tirona, chair of Quezon City Tourism Council; Stacy De Jesus Rappler Social Media head; Aurora Soriano of Pinoy Travel; Liza Morales, CCA Operation head; and Vice Mayor of Quezon City, Hon. Josefina ‘Joy’ Belmonte.  The event was well attended by students in NCR and faculty members, as well.  Conference faculty advisers are Mr. Allan Paul Tang and Mrs. Glenda Villanueva.

The school welcomed the month of December with the traditional Lighting of the Advent Star and the staging of the 90th anniversary concert titled, “Knoll to Now”. The events were held last Dec. 2 at the Marian Auditorium with the MC community composed of the Maryknoll Sisters, administrators, faculty, students, community partners, MCare members, parents, parent officers filling the auditorium.

The night opened with the Lighting organized by the Miriam Adult Education. MAE faculty volunteer Sunny Cortez led the para liturgy with numbers by MAE students in between. Highlighting the activity were the lighting of the Advent star and the 90 stars that surrounded the Belen at the Lady Shepherdess grounds.  Representing President Rosario O. Lapus was Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay for the symbolic turning of lights to mark the start of advent.  

The Lighting was immediately followed by an overture from the Shirley Halili Ballet Group to open the concert that celebrates Maryknoll/Miriam College through the decades. The legacy of the Maryknoll Sisters and each lay president who came after them were remembered through a narration and an AVP.  In between, song and dance numbers from the 1920s to the 2010s were showcased by the school’s homegrown talents and special guests. Well-loved Christmas music filled the stage with each performer giving life to them through song, dance, and classic renditions on the violin, guitar, and piano.   

The MCHS Glee Club back to back with CCDC put the audience in the mood for Christmas with the songs Deck the Rooftop and Carol of the Bells; the trio of Loida Campos, Cynthia Guico and Ella Baarde entertained with the 1940s hit Chatanooga Choo Choo; while Iqui Vinculado and Jenny De Vera, Music Center faculty and members of the award-winning Triple Fret, stirred nostalgia with their number When You Wish Upon A Star. World-renowned violinist John Lesaca brought the house down with the Beatles’ Help on electric guitar and a delightful Christmas Medley on violin. 

HEU Pep Squad brought the 70s back with hits like Dancing Queen and Hot Stuff; MS Chorus and MC-SAID touched the audience with For the Beauty of the Earth and Munting Sanggol; while MC alumna Camille Abadicio inspired with the songs Hero and I Believe I Can Fly.  Not to be outdone were the mighty CSC kids who rocked the house with their ‘Dynamite’ dance. Keeping the mood Christmasy all throughout were our very own Sayawatha, MC Aria, and MC Choral. 

Towards the end, Sister Marisa, who represented the Maryknoll Sisters, delivered a message of hope to which Grade 2 student Kirsten Dioko responded. Kristine Lesaca, Lower School APSA, thanked the founders and leaders who have brought Miriam to where it is today.  

The show closed with a finale song titled I Have Called You, You Are Mine composed by Alejandro Consolacion II and Noemi Binag. Under the baton the Middle School’s Jhames Labrador, all performers together with representatives from each unit sang the song dedicated to the Maryknoll Sisters and lay leaders who guided the school from Knoll to Now. 

Indeed it was a memorable and joyous night of light and music thanks to the supportive unit heads, performers and their respective moderators, the Knoll to Now technical team, AOs of the different units, and maintenance personnel who all worked on and back stage under the overall direction of Boyette Fernandez, LS Administrative Officer, and musical direction of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Subject Area Supervisor. Special thanks to Dr. Malou Baybay and Kitty Gorospe for selected photos.

The Higher Education Unit (HEU), in partnership with the Environmental Studies Institute, celebrated the Environment Week from November 14 to 18, 2016 with the theme #GREENnovate.
The week-long celebration saw the involvement of all three colleges in exciting and fun activities. The College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) put up an exhibit titled “GREENnovate, the CBEA Way!” at the College Chapel Foyer. It featured upcycled products from five upcycling companies incubated by Entrepreneurship students. Service-learning projects, which include a business plan for Barangay Greater Lagro, CBEA’s adopted urban poor community, were also put on display. The objective of the exhibit was to promote social and green entrepreneurship.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) featured the projects of students from the Departments of Science, Environmental Planning and Management, International Studies, Communication, and Languages also through an exhibit. 
Highlighting the activity was the visual arts project of Applied Arts students. Before mounting the exhibit, they attended a seminar on Climate Change facilitated by Dr. Angelina Galang. 
Complementing the CAS project was the showing of a documentary film titled, “Nature is Speaking” by the Language Learning Center.
Third year students of the College of Education (CEd) held a service-learning activity at the Day Care Center of Barangay Loyola Heights on November 14, 2016. The activity gave CEd students the opportunity to experience hands-on teaching to young children. They administered art, music and movement activities, focusing on the Seven Environmental Principles. 
On the same day, the fourth year CEd students conducted a puppet show at the Child Study Center to encourage the First Step, Nursery, and Kinder pupils to do their share in protecting and taking care of the earth.  A workshop on recycled instructional materials was also conducted by Genevieve Goño for second year CEd students to develop their creativity and resourcefulness as future educators.
The celebration of the Environment Week at the HEU was led by Elvira Santos of CBEA, Rechilda Ulili of CAS, and Clarissa Ligon of CEd.

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