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.

Miriam College will host the 25th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference on September 27-29, 2017. This was made official through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between MC and AMIC representatives last February 8 in Miriam College.   The conference theme is “Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia.”

The lead unit host is the Department of Communication, recognized as one of the country’s Centers of Development in Communication by the Commission on Higher Education in 2016.

“Time and again, our partnership with AMIC has provided our students and faculty the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with communication research experts and peers in Asia and beyond,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus. “It is an honor for Miriam College to host this year’s international conference and provide the venue for more innovative learning and collaboration.”

Miriam College is a long-standing partner of AMIC. Large delegations of its faculty members and students represented the school as participants and paper presenters at previous conferences.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, MC Department of Communication chairperson, is both a member of the AMIC Board of Management (BoM) and one of the Centre’s country representatives. Immediate past MC Department of Communication chairperson, Prof. Lynda C. Garcia, also served as country representative.

Joining the Miriam College administrators during the MOA signing were AMIC representatives namely: Dr. Olivia Villafuerte, member, Board of Management; Prof. Ramon Tuazon, Secretary General; Dr. Crispin Maslog, Board of Directors chair; Prof. Jose Carlos, Board of Management Chair; and Edith Mendoza, COO of Huper Events and Productions Specialist International Corp.

In his Philippine Star column Funfare, writer Ricky Lo cited the multi-awarded Miriam College High School (MCHS) Glee Club as one of the artists/choirs that made a mark on the international stage in 2016.

Also cited were Sara Geronimo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, The Voice Kids Germany winner Lukas Oscar Janisch, and Ballet Manila among other international competition winners for 2016. 

The MCHS Glee club bagged two Gold Diplomas at the 7th Musica Eterna a Roma Choral Competition held in Rome, Italy, last July 2016.

In 2012, they garnered the highest scores in two Categories at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, bringing home two Gold Diplomas. In 2010, they bagged two Silver Diplomas at the 6th World Choir Games (WCG) held in Shaoxing, China.

To read full article, please see link: www.philstar.com/entertainment/2017/01/06/1660143/2016-phl-artists-shine-intl-stage

Miriam College, through the Miriam Adult Education (MAE), and the Schools Division of Marikina City signed a memorandum of agreement last January 17, recognizing the latter as “feeder schools of Grade 10 students to the MAE’s Senior High School Program.” There are currently 15 schools under the Division’s jurisdiction. 
The MOA gives MAE a wide breadth of opportunity to continue the Maryknoll Sisters’ legacy of service and mission to the poor and the underprivileged under the K to 12 educational reform. 
The partnership between the school and the Division started in School Year 2016-2017, the same year MAE implemented its Senior High School Program. The partnership was only formalized this month.
Present at the signing were Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs representing the general administration, and Dr. Helen Grace V. Go, Marikina Schools Division Superintendent, representing the Schools Division of Marikina City. 
Witnesses were (in photo, from left): Josephine T. Trajeco, BEU registrar; Maria Luisa V. Villano, former HEU Admission Officer; Glenda R. Villanueva, MAE principal; Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Helen Grace V. Go, Marikina Schools Division superintendent; Dr. Samuel C. Mergenio, Senior Education Program specialist for Social Mobilization and Networking; Joseph T. Santos, SHS Division coordinator; Herbert Janubas, MAE assistant principal; Leilanie N. Villanueva, SHS Career Guidance chairperson; Sunny T. Cortes, SHS Career Guidance member and senior volunteer teacher of MAE; and Elisa O. Cerveza, CID chief. Not in photo is Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus who signed the MOA earlier.
It was Villano who was instrumental in the planning, coordination, and fund sourcing for the MAE SHS Program.

Psychology students (in top left photo) Daryl Mitzi Evangelista, Carla Marie Mico, Dr. Ma. Celia Aguila, Jolina Joanna Angeli Chan, and Ma. Alessandra Angeles placed 2nd in the Best Thesis for the Undergraduate award given by the Psychological Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates (PAPJA). The awarding was held last January 20 at the PAPJA Convention, SMX Convention Center (right photo).

Their winning thesis is titled, "Social Support and Problem-Focused Coping Moderated by Age as Predictors of Disaster Resilience Among Disaster Survivors".
Dr. Celia Aguila, Dr. Malou Baybay, and AJ Sagmit were the team’s adviser, research teacher, and critic reader, respectively.

Class representative of MCHS Batch 1981, Melissa S. Reyes, turned-over the donation of her batch to Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Vice President for Academic Affairs, last January 13. As a gift to Miriam College on their batch’s coral or 35th year, MCHS Batch 1981 raised Php 50,000 through contributions by some classmates and singer-songwriter, Ogie Alcasid. Mr. Alcasid performed with their batch during the last grand alumni homecoming.
The fund is intended for scholars in continuing their education by assisting them in school related expenses like meals, transportation and books. Also present at the turn-over were students from the scholars’ student organization, Talitha Cumi; Carol Ui, Admissions head; and Dr. Gail R. Galang, Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office head.

The Council of Leaders (COL) came together on November 21, 2016 to attend the Women and Gender Institute’s Young Women Leadership Training entitled “Tracing the Contour of Feminist Transformative Leadership: Perspectives of Youth Leaders”. This was done in collaboration with the Office for Student Affairs and Sangguniang Mag-aaral ng Miriam. According to the participants, they did not expect much from the training but after the workshop many participants’ expectations were fully met “because of how the speakers tackled and deconstructed leadership and women empowerment”.

They also shared that the speakers were “influential and great role models”. The training team was composed of Rina Fulo, WAGI training and research assistant, Brenda Pureza former Sanggunian President of Miriam College, and Rej Torrecampo former International Studies Society president.

The training on Gender and Leadership aimed to transform existing models of leadership to reflect the crucial role of gender equality.

Miriam College welcomes back 11 HEU students who participated in the Japanese Language and Culture Program 2016 held at Kobe College last October 24 to November 6, 2016.
With the aim to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines, these HEU students participated in various  opportunities that enriched their knowledge of Japanese language and culture, resulting in a healthy and dynamic interaction with Japanese students, now their new friends.
The Homestay Program, Kyoto Tour, and Hiroshima Tour were all memorable and great learning experiences for the participants. During the post activity evaluation, students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Japanese culture and to revisit historical events that were made more meaningful by conversations with a real Hiroshima bombing survivor.
In the photo are the Miriam College students during their day visit to Kyoto temples. They were accompanied by Department of Communication faculty Lynda Garcia.
For more information about the IPPO, please check the MC IPPO Facebook page or get in touch with Dr. Gail R. Galang through numbers (632) 580-5400 local 2144.

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