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MAE signs MOA with the Schools Division of Marikina City

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.

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MAE guidance counselor presents paper at Int’l congress in Japan

MAE Guidance Counselor Angelbert Z. Hernandez, RGC, RPm presented his research paper entitled “Living a Satisfied Sexual Identity: Discovering Wonders and Unveiling Secrets of Selected Filipino LGB Adults” at the 31st International Congress of Psychology held at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan last July 28, 2016.

The six-day conference, which was anchored on the theme “Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology, was attended by almost 7,000 Psychology practitioners across more than 90 countries around the world.

Clinical, Social, Applied, Industrial and Educational Psychology were discussed during the plenary and concurrent sessions.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office of the American Psychological Association funded Hernandez’s participation at the conference.

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MAE Guidance Counselor attends 12th IPCAP Convention in Albay

MAE Guidance Counselor Angelbert Z. Hernandez, RGC, RPm attended the 12th National Convention of the Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP) held last March 9-11, 2016 at the Divine Word College of Legazpi at Legazpi City, Albay.

The convention theme was “21st Century Professional Counselors: Meeting the Challenges of ASEAN Integration.”  Among the topics facilitated by respected counseling professionals in the country were: Reconstructing Guidance Curriculum for K-12 by Dr. Renelyn B. Salcedo, RGC of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities; Deconstructing the Guidance Counselors' Competencies for the Challenges of ASEAN Integration by Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD, RGC of the Divine Word College of Legazpi, and  Developing 21st Century Skills Through Career Services by Dr. Lucila O. Bance, RGC, RP of the University of Santo Tomas. Plenary sessions tackled the impact of ASEAN Integration on the Guidance and Counseling Profession.

Dr. Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña, RGC, RP, named the Most Outstanding Professional in the Field of Psychology for 2015 by the Professional Regulations Commission, gave the keynote address. 

Hernandez served as the master of ceremonies of the three-day event and moderated one of the parallel workshops.
He is  currently a member of the Board Secretariat of IPCAP.

The convention also coincided with the celebration of the 10th year founding anniversary of IPCAP.

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MAE shortlisted in UNESCO-Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2015

Miriam Adult Education (MAE) makes history as its entry on “Brand Revitalization for Sustainability” to the UNESCO-Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2015 is shortlisted together with 14 other countries from Asia and the Pacific region. 

With the increasing student population and demands in education, Miriam Adult Education is taking the challenge to remain viable and sustainable in order to continue its mission to reach out and make education possible for more Filipinos even in the next generation. The move to create a sustainable MAE operation works in the paradigm of celebrating its history and heritage while making its brand adaptive to change in light of the educational transition brought about by the K to 12 curricular reforms.  

MAE, following the school’s strategic move towards sustainability to overcome the challenges in education, adapts these key points that are integrated in the management of its Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Basic Education Programs.This include:  re-alignment of the Technical Vocational program in line with the demands of the industry through the  implementation of migrated training regulations with relevant curriculum for  learners to be competent and confident for employment; operation of the teaching-learning framework where students gain technical proficiency, methodological skills and social competence; c) implementation of Skills and Work Integrated Learning Program to provide trainings on entrepreneurship and build on skills to prepare the students in the world of work; and d) expansion of its basic education program to reach out to more learners, particularly the marginalized, following a lifelong learning campaign. 

For more information, please follow these links: Results can be viewed following these links: results-are-out/

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MAE recognized as ALS Service Provider

Miriam Adult Education (MAE) was certified by the Department of Education as an Alternative Learning System (ALS) Service Provider. Aligned with its purpose as a social responsibility arm of Miriam College, MAE supports the Department of Education’s Education-For-All (EFA) Program through ALS which intends to reach out and provide education for the unreached sectors of the Philippine society which includes the out-of-school youth and adults.

The Department of Education, Bureau of Alternative Learning System, NCR conducted a Basic Training Course on Alternative Learning System for Instructional Managers of Miriam Adult Education last October 20-23, 2015 at the Caritas Conference Hall. 

Dr. Felicino C. Trongco, OIC Chief-Human Resource Development Division, National Educators Academy of the Philippines, and Education Program Supervisors namely, Dr. Roger Morallos and Dr. Romela M. Cruz facilitated the training. There were a total of 20 attendees composed of MAE administrators led by MAE officer-in-charge Glenda R. Villanueva and Assistant Principal Herbert C. Janubas, representatives from the MAE faculty and staff, volunteer professionals, and volunteer teachers from Miriam College Basic Education Unit and public and private schools.   

Beginning School Year 2016-2017, MAE will expand its offerings to include Alternative Learning System (ALS) along with other existing and new education programs. ALS program is an alternate or substitute form of education which includes both the non-formal and informal sources of learning. With this program, MAE will be able to give new chances for individuals, given their limitations and distinct needs, to have access and complete basic education in a shorter period of time and consequently move on to take further education to fulfill a better life and brighter future.

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Cengage Learning Asia Pte LTD donates books to MC

Cengage donated 550 reference books on subjects such as Math, Science, and  Accounting to Miriam College last September 15. Cengage Country Manager Jomini Abaya turned the book over to Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Glenda Fortez; Basic Education Unit (BEU) Director and High School Principal, Dr. Edizon Fermin; and International Partnerships and Programs Office Head and HEU Admissions Officer Ma. Luisa Villano.

The recipients of the donated books were the Higher Education Unit, BEU, Miriam Adult Education and Miriam College NUVALI.

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MAE opens Café Gusto

The Miriam College Adult Education makes history as it launches Café Gusto, a café-cum-business incubation center for its MAE students. It was launched at the MAE canteen located at the 3rd floor of the MMJ Building last August 3, 2015. In attendance were MC administrators led by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus and MAE Officer-in-charge Glenda Villanueva.

Café Gusto offers fresh menu for breakfast, snacks and lunch. The café’s daily service operations is run by MAE student volunteers. The proceeds of the café contribute to sustaining the MAE Scholarship Fund.

“We do not just give them fish but we should also teach them how to fish. All that you see now and the days to come are outcomes of our students’ hardwork. They will be trained and guided by our competent instructors, Frida Santiago and Janet Olivar to efficiently run Café Gusto,” said Villanueva during her speech at the launch.

Villanueva adds that the internship and training at Café Gusto will prepare its students to stand-out in the workforce. “Others may practice their entrepreneurial skills to venture into business or they may also engage in continuing education to fulfill their dreams of a better life,” she said. 

For the launch, guests we treated to a morning cooler made of cucumber, mint and pineapple; pasta,  fish tempura; and pandesal with pesto capped with slices of carrot cake.

Café Gusto is open to the MC Community from 8AM to 5PM from Mondays to Fridays. It serves pasta, rice meals, pastries, bread, and freshly-brewed coffee.

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MAE guidance counselor appointed as IPCAP board secretariat member

Miriam Adult Education guidance counselor Angelbert Z. Hernandez was appointed by the Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP), as a member of their Board Secretariat for school year 2015-2016. IPCAP is a professional organization of licensed guidance counselors. 

The appointment was given to him during the IPCAP Board Meeting held at the University of the East-Manila last July 16, 2015. Together with Hernandez (seated extreme right) are the past and present board members of IPCAP.

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Prof. Villanueva receives “The Power Woman" award

The Rotary Club of Loyola Heights - Rotary International, District 3780, honored Prof. Ma. Jamelia F. Villanueva through “The Power Woman Award” for her dedication to plan, organize and train teachers in the different regions of the country. The club also recognized her effort as a volunteer teacher in Miriam College Adult Education for 40 years and her mission to put up a preschool for marginalized children in Barangay Loyola Heights  in partnership with the  Rotary Club of Loyola Heights. This partnership is now on its 16th year.

The award was given on March 23, 2015  during the celebration of “International Women’s Month” at the Inter-City meeting at Celebrity Plaza in Quezon City.

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Never too late by Jayson R. Mangalus | Manila Bulletin

Images by Pinggot Zulueta

Old age does not mean an end to learning. Studies show that mental stimulation encourages new connections between brain cells. It is even possible to increase memory sharpness through training. These two grandparents prove exactly that, flexing their brain muscles and going back to school.


Eufrocino Hular, Jr. or “Mang Jun” cannot believe that after so many years, he will once again sit inside a classroom—not for a parent-teacher meeting but as a pupil.

“Nakita ko kasi sa sarili ko na marami akong kulang na hindi ko na-achieve noong ako ay bata pa. Kasi sa hirap ng buhay, gustuhin mang mag-aral ay hindi kayang pag-aralin. Pero sa kabila noon ay hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa dahil sabi ko nga, baka naman dumating ang panahon na magkaroon pa ako ng pagkakataon.” After dropping out of school on fifth grade, he worked at a coconut plantation in Quezon and eventually served as a helper for a logging company. But he was not contented to stay in that situation, which is why he pursued learning how to control heavy equipment from its operators during his free time. He wanted to earn more.

In 1979, at 17, Mang Jun decided to leave his hometown to look for a better life in Manila. But life in the city proved to be as difficult as it was in the countryside. He had to work hard and handle multiple jobs to make a living, especially when he got married and had three children.

In the end, all his sacrifices and perseverance paid off. He was able to send all his children to college, and two are already degree holders—one is a Marketing graduate and the other is a Civil Engineer. Now, it’s his turn to make his own dreams come true.

“Nabasa ko sa dyaryo at naapaanood ko sa TV na may eskwelahan pala na nag-ooffer ng adult education. Sabi ko sa mga anak ko noong nakatapos na sila sa pag-aaraal na gusto kong mag-aral hanggang malakas pa ako at sisikapin ko hanggang kaya pa ng katawan at isip ko dahil meron akong pangarap na makatapos. Goal ko talaga ito dahil gusto kong magamit ito sa paglilingkod ko sa Diyos at sa kapwa.

By the end of this schoolyear, Mang Jun, who is now 53, will be graduating from elementary level of the Miriam College Adult Education. Aside from that, another blessing came to his life, which gave him more reasons to continue his studies.

“Kailan lang ng isilang ng panganay kong anak ang una kong apo kaya lalo akong naging pursigido. Biruan nga naming ng mga anak ko na pagkagraduate ko, ako na ang magtuturo ng English sa  apo ko.”


Poverty also pushed Maura Sanchez to leave school and work in the rice fields of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. Being sixth of a brood of nine, Lola Maura had to sacrifice high school when her widowed mother can no longer afford buying her even a pad of paper.

“Naghanap-buhay ako, nakikigapas, pakikipag-tanim sa bukid kaya naisip ko na baka hindi na talaga ako makakapag-aral,”she recalls.

Even after having her own family, the desire to go back to studying never left her heart. When all of her four children finished college, thanks to her years of hard work as a vegetable seller, she took the Alternative Learning System until one of the teachers there referred her to the adult education program of Miriam College.

“Masaya at sobrang enjoy kasi mabait ang mga guro at maaayos ang pagtuturo kaya walang dahilan para hindi ka mag-enjoy. Nawala ang stress ko dahil sa pag-aaral. Hindi ako nag-alinlanngan dahil gusto ko talaga, kahit na yung iba ay nagsasabi sa akin na parang late naman na daw a ang pag-aaral ko, sinasabi ko na hindi kasi masarap yung pinag-aaral ka ng mga  anak mo.”

At 58, Lola Maura is still full of hopes and dreams not only for her family but for herself as well—a simple joy that she is indeed entitled to.

“Talagang gusto kong mag-aral noon pa kaya kahit na may edad na ‘ko ay sinikap ko. Gusto ko rin, kung sakali, ay kukuha ako ng Abugasya. Sa mga kagaya ko na may edad na na hindi nakatapos ng pag-aaral, sana ipagatuloy ninyo dahil maasarap talagang mag-aral sapagkat ang edukasyon ay isang bagay mawawala sa inyo,” she ends.

The stories above are part of "Aging gracefully", a collection of stories in celebration of Grandparents' Day. To read the full story, go to

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