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MCMS celebrates National Arts Month with a Feast

The Middle School kicked off their celebration of the National Arts Month through an exhibit at the Our lady of Peace Lobby last February 1, 2017. The Dance Club creatively led the unveiling with a dance interpretation. Carrying the theme “Art Feast”, the event showcased not only the students’ art work but also several dishes guised as art activities.

Long buffet tables laid were laid out in the Calachuchi Garden where students held their Entrep Art from February 1 to 2.  Grade 8 students, with the able guidance of their HELE teachers, experienced how it is to be entrepreneurs as they sold maki and decorative cupcakes.  The Cartoonists club, with the help of their club moderators, offered printing services, while Tiny Path sold art supplies. The students experienced what it’s like to be entrepreneurs first hand as they prepared, marketed, and sold their products.  They also learned simple accounting, doing the inventory and computation of their profits or losses.  The activity taught them how to run a business and at the same time how to use art could be used to attract more clients.

Another activity featured was the interaction between the MCMS students and the MC HEU Applied Arts students last February 2, 2017. College students from the Department of Humanities and Applied Arts taught MS students basic drawing techniques, calligraphy, animation, and photography.

Several contests such as the PICS Perfect Photography contest for Grade 6 (February 16), On-the-Spot Art for the Grade 7 (February 17) and the Eight Asian Treasures (February 28) were also held, capping the MS National Arts Month celebration.

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6 HEU students join leaders’ learning camp in Singapore

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.

Dr. Francis Evangelista receives fellowship grant from the United Board

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.

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Social Work chair inducted as PASWI board secretary

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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Psych students win Best Thesis award in PAPJA convention

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.

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Dept. of Communication participates in forum on journalistic safety

The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and the UNESCO Office in Jakarta invited the Miriam College Department of Communication to the Research Agenda Forum on the Safety and Protection of Journalists and Media Workers in the Philippines at the Philippine Social Science Center on October 12, 2016.

The forum sought to adapt the UNESCO research agenda to the local context. Apart from coming up with the Philippine research agenda, the forum also sought to develop a framework for studying the safety and protection of journalists and media workers. A one-year work plan on how to pursue the research agenda in the country will be developed after the forum.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, Department of Communication chairperson and Philippines Communication Society (PCS) secretary and Therese Patricia C. San Diego, Department of Communication faculty and AIJC Program officer, participated in the forum together with representatives from other journalism and communication schools, the news media, media NGOs and associations, government agencies, and multinational organizations.

Comm at its mightiest

The Gawad Miriam Para Sa Komunikasyon was held at the Little Theater last September 26, 2016 to recognize the achievements of the Department of Communication.
Department of Communication Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, welcomed students and guests to the activity and acknowledged the Communication students who represented Miriam College in various competitions as well as those who participated in the school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Acosta thanked the Miriam College Television (MCTV) group for creating the Henry Sy Sr. AVP which was shown during the launch of the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center. Their moderator, Gilbeys Sardea, shared the group’s experiences in creating the AVP from planning, production, to its actual run during the opening of the makerspace last September 7, 2016.
Special awards were also given to winners of different tilts, among them PODCON, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, and Himig Handog P-Pop 2016. The awarding of the Best Thesis to three outstanding groups along with the Dean’s Listers from last school year also took place.
Senior BA Communication students Coleen Ramos and Paola Neyra shared how they prepared and contributed to the launching of makersapce and Project 9.0 in time for College Week and MC’s 90th anniversary celebration.
For her part, reigning Miss Commgeniality Gessle Escober gave an inspiring talk, encouraging students to be the best version of themselves and to always seize opportunities that college life offers.
In between the awarding, C*CATT Street, C*CATT Singers, and Jascha Sarmiento and Julie Jolo entertained the audience with intermission numbers. Text by Angel Abrera and Photos by Kristine de Leon, Hannah Navarro, and Brooke Villanueva

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#CRIC2016: Students convene at the First Communication Research International Conference 2016

Two research papers by Communication students were presented at the first Communication Research International Conference (CRIC), held last September 22-23, 2016 at the UP Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City. The conference was spearheaded by the UP College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) and the Philippines Communication Society (PCS).  
Mae Raziel Gonzales presented her paper titled “Bending Genders: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Gamers’ Communication Styles Using Opposite Sex Avatars” which delved on the pattern of gender and communication in online games. 
Trixia Abao, Patricia Canedo, and Honey Villadelgado presented their paper titled “For Updates and Retweets: Filipino Young Adults’ Perception Towards the Effectiveness of PAGASA’s Use of Twitter for Information Dissemination. The researchers studied how PAGASA’s weather forecast information dissemination on Twitter influences and affects the behavior of the Filipino youth. The latter was awarded Moderator’s Choice for the specific parallel session.
CRIC, which has Vice President Leni Robredo as keynote speaker, carried the theme “Voices & Noises: Communication and Integration Within and Across ASEAN Communities.” The event was an opportunity for both students and professionals to present their research papers beyond the classroom. The topics included Cultural Diversity, Regional Unity, and the ASEAN Identity; Communication in Social and Development Issues; Disaster and Risk Communication; Politics, Governance, and Education Reforms; Peace, Conflict, and Communication; and Intercultural Media Studies. 
Department of Communication Chairperson and PCS Secretary, Dr. Maria Margarita A. Acosta, PhD together with Asst. Professor Jonalou S.J. Labor, MA of UP-CMC, were the masters of ceremony of the event. Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II and Lynda C. Garcia served as moderators during the parallel sessions while Danday Ampil, Mae Ann Chua, and Therese San Diego attended together with their classes in Communication Research and Thesis Writing II. 
The conference was attended by over 900 delegates with Miriam College sending the biggest delegation. By Kathleen Taylan and Blanchie Bermejo/Photos by Jaz Agustin, Therese Guatno, Mikx de Dios, Nikki Mensenares, Mae Ann Chua, and  Therese San Diego

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MC Psychology graduate presents thesis paper in Japan

Miriam College Psychology graduate Judith Clarisse E. Rosette recently presented her paper at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology’s (IACCP) 26th International Conference held from July 30 to August 30, 2016 in Nagoya, Japan.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Honoring Traditions and Creating the Future” which depicts the character of Nagoya as a “modern metropolis where cultural tradition and advanced technology co-exist.

Professor Ed Deiner from the Universty of Illinois, Professor Ying-Yi Hong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Peter J. Richerson from the University of California Davis, and Professor Junko Tanaka-Matsumi from the KwanseiGakuin University were the keynote speakers. They discussed how our multicultural identities and cultural differences shape our well-being and future.

The themes for the symposium, paper, poster, and rapid presentation varied from self-identity, emotion, relational mobility, intergroup relationships, development & education, acculturation, religion.

Rosette presented her group’s thesis titled “Ang Hiling ng Milagrosong Sayaw: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Obando Married Devotees”. The presentation was well received with an audience saying that it was “excellent and relevant.

Rosette is now first year Medical student at the University of Sto. Tomas.

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Philippines Communication Society Review 2015 launched

PCS Review 2015, a journal by the Philippines Communication Society (PCS) was launched last August 15, 2016 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with Deputy Director General Angelo Villar delivering the opening remarks.

A yearly-refereed official publication of the Philippines Communication Society, the PCS Review is geared towards progressing and expanding the communication discipline mainly in the Philippines via research studies and acknowledging the works of A-1 communication intellectuals, coaches, and practitioners.

Headed by Lourdes M. Portus, PhD, editor-in-chief of PCS Review, the theme for the 2015 issue revolves around media, politics, and governance. Dr. Maria Margarita Alvina-Acosta, PCS Secretary and Miriam College’s Department of Communication chairperson is this year’s editor.

The Philippines Communication Society is an affiliate of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) that embodies the communication discipline therein.

In her remarks, Dr. Acosta said the PCS Review 2015 is privileged to obtain the foreword from Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Office of Ombudsman where the latter prompted everyone that the discipline for research should not deteriorate in the midst of technological advancements and easier access to information.

Dr. Acosta reiterated that the contents of the journal support this reminder. By Reinna Abad, BA Comm

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