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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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Pax Christi HEU leads annual Lugawan Para Sa Mindanao

To show their love on Valentine's day, Pax Christi of the Higher Education Unit, the Year Councils and the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam organized the Lugawan Para Sa Mindanao as part of the institution's celebration of the Mindanao Month of Peace.

The Lugawan aimed to raise students' awareness of peace and conflict issues that confront Mindanao. It also aimed to raise funds to support the Twinning Project between MC and Rajah Muda National High School in Pikit, Cotabato and other Mindanao related causes.

GAWA mounts ‘INSTALL-AKSYON’ outdoor art exhibit

The Miriam College Museum (MCM)/Gallery of Women’s Art (GAWA), in celebration of the National Arts Month, mounted an art installation exhibit entitled “INSTALL-AKSYON:” Art Installation Exhibit on Women Empowerment, Environment, Peace and other Social Issues, last February 17, 2017 at the SMT and PA Grounds.

The said exhibit is a showcase of the works of social action oriented groups of award winning contemporary artists in the country: Sam Penaso, Arnel Garcia, Long Melo, Boyet De Mesa, Herminigildo Pineda, Don De Dios, Maestro Mael De Guzman, Patrick Chong, Ed Gutierrez, Isidro “Manong Jon” Santos and Vim Nadera.

Present at the inauguration were Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs representing the general administration, Dr. Francis Julius Evangelista, OIC Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Richard C. Renta, MC Museum and GAWA curator, faculty members, staff and students of the Higher Education Unit.

It is the aim of the MC Museum/GAWA to expose students to a visual art experience and interaction with the artwork and the artists.  The exhibit will run until March 10, 2017.


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.

Twinning Project Workshop marks MC’s UN World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration

Selected students from the twin schools Miriam College High School and Middle School and the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS), marked the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with a Youth Peacebuilding Workshop on campus last February 6-7, 2014.
 
The workshop opened with a public forum on the theme, “Celebrating Life with Mercy and Compassion”, attended by some 200 students from the Middle School, High School, and the HEU. 
 
The RMNHS students, who have travelled from Pikit, North Cotabato, also had teambuilding activities and a wider interaction with High School students as well as a mini-workshop on Muslim-Christian dialogue. The two groups of students also shared their past peace-related activities and their plans for the coming months. 
 
The CPE is grateful to the committee that helped organize the various activities. They are Mao Rovillos, Mean Lascano, Ann Gabuat, Ato de la Cruz, and Pax Christi with Mirma Tica as moderator.


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HEU Pep Squad declared champion in WCSA Cheerdance competition

The Miriam College Pep Squad was named champion at the 15th WCSA Cheerdance Competition. The event coincided with the opening program of the new WCSA season held last January 29 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. 
 
Miriam College bested five other participating schools, namely Assumption College–San Lorenzo, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College–Alabang, St. Scholastica’s College–Manila, and University of Asia and the Pacific. All performances were spectacular as the girls showed class and poise in the execution of their gymnastic skills and dancing prowess. 
 
Presentations were judged by national and international coaches and experts in gymnastics and cheerdance, supervised by Cheerleading Philippines which is under the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Philippine Sports Commission. 
 
Assumption College–San Lorenzo and last year’s defending champion, the University of Asia and the Pacific, were named 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, respectively.
 
The MC HEU Pep Squad is currently preparing for the upcoming Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) Cheerleading Competition which will be held on February 25, Saturday, 1pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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CBEA senior is one of Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students of RP

Angelica Leandicho was chosen as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Finance students of the Philippines last January 31, 2017.   Angelica is a senior BA-Finance student of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) and is the current president of the Miriam College Junior Finance Executives (MC-JFINEX).

The Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students (TOFS) is an annual national competition sponsored by the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX) in collaboration with the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations of the Philippines (JCFAP) and is participated in by the best of the best Finance students in the country.  The selection process includes a grueling written examination and a series of interviews by a panel of judges composed of members of the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX).

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Dept. of International Studies launches symposium on Peace, Human Rights, and Development

Last January 30-31, 2017, the Miriam College Department of International Studies, in partnership with the UP Institute of Human Rights and the Ateneo Center for Human Rights, launched a national symposium entitled “Peace, Human Rights and Development in a State of Lawlessness: An Interchange among Scholars and Advocates”. The event gathered around 100 members of the academe and civil society organizations (CSOs) from across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
 
In her Welcome Remarks, Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay said, “It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to broadening and diversifying the discussions on peace, human rights, and development in our country, and its implications to our regional and international relations. It is our wish that this two-day national symposium would contribute to strengthening our engagement as scholars and advocates of peace, human rights, and development.”
 
The symposium was composed of riveting speakers with the opening keynote delivered by Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, the Founding Dean of the College of Law De La Salle University. Discussants were Dr. Sylvia ‘Guy’ Estrada-Claudio of the UP Department of Women and Development Studies, Hon. Loretta Ann ‘Etta’ Rosales former Chair of the Commission on Human Rights, Ms. Victoria ‘Mags’ Maglana a human rights advocate and columnist, Mr. Isagani Serrano of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Dr. Lisandro ‘Leloy’ Claudio of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Development Studies, Dr. Socorro Reyes of the Center for Legislative Development, Dr. Clarita Carlos of the UP Department of Political Science, Ms. Carmen ‘Memen’ Lauzon-Gatmaytan of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
 
Discussants coming from the Miriam College Department of International Studies were Assoc. Prof. Aurora “Oyie” De Dios, Asst. Prof. Luz Martinez, Asst. Prof. Pacita ‘Bing’ Fortin, and Senior Lecturer Lito Arlegue.
 
The Closing Keynote was delivered by MC Amazing Alumni Hon. Teresita ‘Ging’ Quintos-Deles now with the International Center for Innovation, Transformation, and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov). 
 
An e-monograph of the paper presentations is currently under production and will be distributed to academic institutions, CSOs, and government agencies.

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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