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.

School officials from Tarakanita School of Communication and Secretarial Studies visited Miriam College to discuss possible ESL programs that can be taken by their faculty and students to enhance their English proficiency skills. Dr. Ratna Sinaga, STIKS Tarakanita Chief International Officer met with Dr. Gail Galang and Mirma Tica, head and program coordinator of the Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO), respectively, last November 24.
STIKS Tarakanita is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Like Miriam College, it is a Catholic school for women. Now on its 48th year, it hopes to collaborate closely with the Department of Communication and Department of Business Administration, especially since it has received a distinction from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Development and a Center of Excellence respectively.

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.

The Child Study Center, in coordination with the Environmental Studies Institute, celebrated Environment Week in November 2016 through the project, “From Garden to Table”.

During the week, Kinder students were tasked to plant string beans to add to the CSC’s existing crops of eggplants and mustard, among other vegetables.  Nursery students, on the other hand, harvested eggplants for the first time, cutting the stems themselves and putting them in baskets.

A parent volunteer taught the children how to make vegetable omelet dish using the eggplants they harvested.

The year-long “From Garden to Table” project aims to teach students appreciation of the environment and their role as stewards of God’s creation. It also hopes to engage them in meaningful activities to show gratitude for the environment and the gifts of God.

The Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute conducted a Gender Sensitivity Training for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last November 23, 2016 at the Learning Media Center of the Middle School. It was attended by 27 election officers and lawyers coming from the NCR region, namely Caloocan City, Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Manila, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Paranaque, Pasay, Quezon City, San Juan City, Taguig City, and Valenzuela City. 
The training team included Prof. Aurora Javate De Dios, WAGI executive director; Dr. Socorro Reyes, president of Center for Legislative Development (CLD); and Stella Eloisa Fong, program coordinator, Gender Fair Education. The participants shared that they were “truly educated” after the training, and that the lecturers, approaches, and methods of the training were excellent. 
The sessions the participants found most interesting were, “The Magna Carta on Women and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) with special focus on Political Participation”, and “The use of Gender Fair Language”.

Michele Alignay MA, RP, RGC, faculty of the Department of Psychology, was part of what was called the biggest inspirational Catholic learning event in the country – the Kerygma Conference 2016 (KCon 2016)—held on November 17 to 20, 2016.  The event was spearheaded by Catholic lay preacher Bro. Bo Sanchez and his media arm, Shepherds’ Voice Radio and TV Inc.  
KCon 2016 was held at the SMX Convention Center and MOA Arena, Pasay City.  Michele Alignay joined a roster of world-class speakers on Day 1 such as Bo Sanchez, Arun Gogna, Alvin Barcelona Anthony Pangilinan, Dean Pax Lapid, Chinkee Tan, Ardy and Miriam Quiambao-Roberto, RJ Ledesma, Arun Gogna, Jonathan Yabut, Fr. Joel Jason, including international speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.
Alignay gave a talk in the Family and Relationship Stream titled, “Decoding Sexuality and Family Matters in the Social Media Age.” The topic targeted parents and individual dealing with kids and teens to understand sexuality concepts and establish better family connections as the route to raising chaste children in the age of social and digital media.  Almost a thousand participants attended the class. 
At the same event, Michele launched her family centered book, “Family Goals: Embracing the Imperfections of Family Life”. It aims to help readers make family relationships run smoother and better.  In the book, Alignay, who is a wife and mom of two, gives practical and wise lessons as well as made her expertise on Family Psychology understandable and applicable in the daily life of the readers.  It hopes to assist family members alike in in confronting sticky issues and conflicts, increasing intimacy with a partner, and coping with everyday stress. She also touched on crucial parenting issues, from sexuality to technology.

The MCLS Guidance Center held its annual Guidance Week celebration with the theme, “Hero in Me” from November 14 - 18, 2016. The activity, which is anchored on Miriam College’s Mighty @ 90 anniversary theme, aims to help students appreciate their strengths and capacities to become better persons. The superhero-themed activities also gave them a chance to learn, have fun, and relax with their classmates outside the classroom.
Students from selected Grades 2 and 5 sections attended the opening ceremony, which was graced by two alumni achievers in different fields. Karla Gutierrez- Carlos, MCHS batch ’88 and Amazing Alumni Achiever, led the opening prayer with her rendition of The Lord’s Prayer while Ma. Celeste Cherubim Lecaroz-Aceron, MCHS batch ’89, shared an inspirational message about discovering one’s passion and making dreams come true.  Aside from sharing her paintings of modern-day heroes during the weeklong celebration, Aceron also facilitated a Coloring for Grown Ups session for the MCLS faculty members last November 24.

The Kindergarten students of the Child Study Center visited the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila and the Philippine Marines in Taguig last November 11. The investigatory fieldtrip aims to familiarize them with how coast guards and marines protect our country using different kinds of transportation.
At the Philippine Coast Guard, the students and their parents were able to tour the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Davao and BRP Tubbataha which functions as a patrol vessel. The students were also able to interview the captain, check out different parts of the vessels, and learn about the flag signals used to communicate with other ships at sea.
At the Philippine Marines, they were welcomed by a parade and gun salute followed by a marching band. The students were also able to ride different vehicles like the Amphibian, Ambulance, and V-300 Tank.
The investigatory fieldtrip gave the children a greater appreciation of what soldiers do for the country.

The CSC First Step students had their investigative field trip at Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal last November 10. The children saw different kinds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes, invertebrates, and birds. 
Avilon Zoo’s impressive bird collection gave the children the opportunity to learn more about our fascinating feathered friends. The children observed that birds come in different sizes and colors, are able to make different sounds, and that some of them fly while others don’t. 
Aside from participating in the field trip, they were given a booklet on which to document their discovery about birds. This enabled them to have a more meaningful and hands-on experience in learning.

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