Dr. Jonathan R. Carreon, Associate Dean (left photo) and Head of Foreign Relations of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU), visited Miriam College last December 7 to discuss opportunities for faculty and students of both higher education institutions. Such opportunities include Intensive English programs for Thai undergraduate students and the possible admission of Thai students in some academic programs offered at the Miriam College Higher Education Unit. Having many program offerings in common, the two HEIs will be communicating further to see opportunities for students and faculty under the following: Communication, International Studies with Major in Social Work, Environmental Planning and Management, BS Psychology, Humanities/Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Leisure and Tourism, Entrepreneurship / Marketing, and Computer Technology.
Earlier in November, Dr. Gail Galang (right photo) visited the Huachiew Chalermprakiet University campus in Thailand to promote the English programs of the school to Thai students.
For more information about international partnerships at Miriam College, please email ippo@mc.edu.ph.

Last Nov. 8, the Supreme Court decided  that former president Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be given the honor of being buried in the hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on the basis of a policy that allows soldiers to be buried in that cemetery. What could have been a historic opportunity to make a decision upholding human rights and justice turned into an ignominious and supreme injustice to the Filipino people.

Marcos was not an ordinary soldier; he was a tyrannical dictator who imposed martial law on the Philippines and unleashed a reign of terror for 13 years, leaving on its wake the murder, torture and rape of thousands of Filipinos who resisted the dictatorship. His ill-gotten wealth for his family and friends robbed the Philippine government of billions of pesos and continues to be the object of investigation and court proceedings here and abroad. By dismantling the democratic institutions of the country during martial law, he plunged the country into its lowest political, economic and cultural abyss.

To this day, the Marcos family has neither shown any remorse nor admitted guilt despite the global condemnation of the massive human rights violations committed by their patriarch. With arrogance and impunity, they have initiated a campaign to distort history, reinvent the Marcos years as the golden years in Philippine history, and declare Marcos as a national hero. In this project, the Supreme Court has proven to be an effective accomplice.

To honor him as a hero is mocking the thousands of victims who died and those who were tortured and continue to suffer because they fought and resisted the dictatorship;

To honor him is to say that the massive human rights violations committed by the Marcos regime with impunity; the unprecedented plunder of our country’s resources and the destruction of our democratic institutions never really happened in our recent history;

To honor him as a hero is to deny that the Filipino people exercising their sovereign will, ousted the dictatorship for his crimes against the people during the 1986 People Power Revolution;

Lastly, to honor Marcos is to dishonor the dignity, legitimacy and the very credibility of the Supreme Court itself as an institution that stands for fairness and justice.

We urge the nine Supreme Court justices who supported this decision to reflect on the impact of their decision on the thousands who died and those who are tortured and are reliving their suffering and to consider the future of the Supreme Court, whose credibility has been seriously eroded because of this unjust decision.

As an institution of learning that values VERITAS (truth), peace, justice and the integrity of creation, we will continue to promote an enlightened and critical understanding of the struggles of Filipinos against martial law  and the historic redemption of our freedoms and human rights in the People Power Revolution where Maryknoll/ Miriam College was an active participant.

We promise to promote Philippine history from the prism of those who struggled to fight for democracy and not from the revisionist version of those who are now trying to systematically distort and conceal the brutal realities of the past.

We commit ourselves to always remember and never forget the bitter lessons of the past so we can continue to build a future for the next generations based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and dignity of the Filipino people.

PROF. AURORA DE DIOS, executive director, Women and Gender Institute;
DR. JASMIN NARIO-GALACE, executive director, Center for Peace Education;
CARLO GARCIA, executive director, Environmental Studies Institute; 
NIKAELA CORTEZ, president, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer > opinion.inquirer.net/100168/supreme-injustice#ixzz4UlHjAZt2 

The Center for Peace Education (CPE), WE Act 1325, Pax Christi-Pilipinas and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) co-organized a peace forum titled “Luv Peace, Luv Diversity: Supporting the Peace Process and Embracing Diversity as Pathways to Peace” on December 9, 2016.
It was held at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc where approximately 500 students, teachers, and administrators from various Catholic schools in Samar and Leyte attended the forum. Speakers counted Bro. Ariel Manga, OFM, CEAP Region 8 Trustee, Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace of the CPE, Mary Ann Cruz of CEAP National, and Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement. They emphasized that peace processes, if successful, can potentially end wars; hence the need to support them. They also reinforced the importance of the recognition of and respect for diversity as pathways to the building of a culture of peace. 
On December 17, 2016 CPE, through Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace, was a resource person at a Peace Education workshop at Sagaing University in Myanmar. The workshop, attended by about 800 would-be teachers, aimed to teach participant nonviolent ways of dealing with conflict as well as infraction of school rules. It also introduced the concepts, skills and values integral to educating for peace as well as the peaceable teaching-learning process to students. Participants gave excellent feedback of their experience. 
The workshop was organized by Kalyana Mitta Foundation (KMF), a Myanmar NGO that supports the youth to create sustainable futures, grounded in a socially engaged Buddhist perspective. KMF is working all over Myanmar in the fields of rural development, peace awareness, interfaith, and environment.
On December 20, CPE through Dr. Galace, gave the keynote address at the launch of the Schools and Communities of Peace Heroes Formation Program (SCPHFP). Participants were 45 public school teachers from Mamasapano, Maguindanao; Maharlika, Taguig; and Porac, Pampanga which are pilot schools of the SCPHFP. The program’s goal is to form teachers of peace in the grassroots who will help create peaceful learning environments that respect cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic diversities. The program is under the tutelage of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement. 
CPE, one of Miriam College’s advocacy centers, has been, for years working to broaden the support for peace in the country and beyond.

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 www.change.org/p/urge-the-state-governments-to-institute-pesticide-free-buffer-zones-around-schools.

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

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