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December brings together a united MCLS community

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.

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MCLS athletes win awards in local, int’l competitions

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 

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MCLS students reach out to communities

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.

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MCLS Guidance Week brings out ‘hero’ in each student

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.

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Phenom by Jasmine W. Payo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Meet millennial kid Charlie Manzano, the bemedalled 4-foot-4 package who has yet to grasp how good she can be in a sport in quest of a new heroine

Spotting gymnast Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano as a naturally gifted athlete was easy.

Hanging from a bar, Charlie managed to do the pullover, a move in which a gymnast flips over a horizontal rod. She was just four.
“The first time we saw her on the bars, we were surprised,” says Mark Mogol, one of Charlie’s coaches at Club Gymnastica. “Right away, she knew how to hang. Then she did the pullover. And we said, ‘Wow, this kid is good.’”

It was just a summer gymnastics class. Charlie’s parents signed her up, thinking nothing much of it, just an activity their only child might enjoy just like when she did ballet.

So when coaches gave the heads-up that their daughter may be a bundle of talent, it was all a surprise.

“There’s really no one into sports in the family,” Charlie’s mother, Noreen, says with a laugh. “I wondered where she got it from.”

Charlie admits having little memory of her first foray into the sport. Now 10, there’s still no telling though if this lithe 4-foot-4 package has already grasped how good she can be.

Months after her incredible debut in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa— where she won four gold medals in all—Charlie remains as the quiet but highly efficient student.
“From the start, we knew that Charlie can compete,” says Mogol. “But the problem that we had was she doesn’t talk much. When you talk to her, she just nods. But it turned out to be good because she just follows our instructions. Other gymnasts can say yes, but they can’t do it. With Charlie, it’s automatic. Once she nods, she gets it.”

Charlie, though, isn’t exactly shy.

After a recent club tournament, where Charlie bagged the all-around title, she looked happy hanging out with gymnast friends and checking her socials on her smart phone.

But ask her how the tournament was and Charlie will say, “It’s fun.”

Push more questions, like if she found any event difficult or if she got nervous, Charlie nods in each one.

“That’s how she is,” says Noreen. “When I tutor her at home, she listens and follows. Sometimes, she just keeps saying yes. So I tell her, ‘You have to show me that you know that.’ But after her test, it turns out okay. She knows.”

“It’s the same thing in the gym,” adds Noreen. “You’d think she didn’t absorb it. But in competition, you can see she actually understood it.”

A dentist by profession, Noreen gave up her career after getting pregnant with Charlie. She’s now a dedicated athlete’s mom, driving Charlie to training five times a week, accompanying her to local and international tournaments, while also making sure that she balances her sport and studies.

“I guess it’s all fun for her,” says Noreen. “But what’s important for us is she’s enjoying it. We ask her everytime in competition if it’s okay, if she wants to do this. If she says yes, then we go.”

Charlie, now a fifth grader at Miriam College, also excels in school as she has been a consistent recipient of the academic excellence award.

On the gym floor, she has hauled over 50 medals in four years of competition in local events and two international club tournaments in Singapore and Bangkok, where she again ruled as the individual all-around winner.

“She was six years old in her first competition,” says Mogol. “She competed against gymnasts who already won medals before. But she won the all-around right away, so we knew that this kid will get even better.”

Last April, just four months before she turned 10, Charlie emerged as an instant star in the 2016 Palaro in Legazpi City, Albay. Debuting on the biggest national stage for young athletes, Charlie made it all look easy as she picked up gold medals in the single bar, floor exercises and team event, on top of silvers in the balance beam and vault, to run away with the all-around title.

“At first, her mommy was having second thoughts if Charlie could really compete in the Palaro,” Mogol recalls. “But after seeing her win the overall title in the NCR (National Capital Region-Palaro) qualifiers, we knew she could do it. So we kept telling her mommy not to worry about Charlie.”

Noreen thinks the pressure of competing weighs more on her and husband Inky than on Charlie herself.

“I’m the one who gets stressed,” says Noreen. “I pray the novena. I really get nervous when she competes.”

But Charlie’s parents have already braced themselves for more of it.

“Our goal for her is to be a member of the Philippine team, to be one of the best gymnasts in the Philippines,” says Mogol. “She can be in the national pool by 14 or 15, be in the junior team.”

Save for her sparkly leotard, there’s no air about her that she’s a rising gymnast armed with remarkable flexibility.

Ask Charlie what motivates her and who she looks up to, she just shrugs.

“You like Bea Lucero, right?” Noreen offers.

Thirty years ago, Lucero inspired many young girls to do cartwheels and flips after a popular chocolate drink commercial made the cute, peppy gymnast the face of the sport.

But since then, there hasn’t been a local gymnast who captured the nation’s heart the way Lucero did.

Charlie’s coaches believes she can. Her family hopes she can. And Charlie may just do it, even if it’s in in her own quiet way.

SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >

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Buwan ng Wika ipinagdiwang sa Mababang Paaralan ng Kolehiyo ng Miriam

Ang Mababang Paaralan ng Kolehiyo ng Miriam ay nagsama-sama upang ipagdiwang ang Buwan ng Wika noong Agosto 26, 2016. Ang tema ay “Talino at Talento Ipakita Gamit ang Wikang Filipino.”

Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang, ang bawat baitang ay nagpakita ng kanilang talino at talento sa pamamagitan ng pag-awit, pagsayaw ng mga awiting pambata, pagbigkas ng tula, pagsalaysay ng kuwentong kapupulutan ng aral, pagbabahagi ng natatanging talento, at pakikipagtagisan ng talino.

Bumisita rin ang mga mag-aaral sa BASA (Basahin Ang Sariling Atin) eksibit kung saan natunghayan nila ang mga natatanging proyekto ng mga mag-aaral mula sa iba’t ibang baitang. 

Sa pamamagitan ng mga natatanging pagdiriwang ay nalilinang at napauunlad ang kaalaman at kakayahan ng mga mag-aaral sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino. Nabibigyan din sila ng pagkakataong maipakita ang kanilang talino at talento at maipahayag ang sarili gamit ang wikang Filipino.

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Lower School student brings home top medals from Gymnastics Meet

Miriam College Lower School student Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano won multiple medals at the Club Gymnastica Friendship Meet 2016 held last September 18, 2016 at the Club Gymnastica Training Center, Pasig City. Her awards are the following: 

First Place, Individual All Around Champion
Gold Medal, Floor Exercise Event
Gold Medal, Vault Event
Silver Medal, Uneven Bars Event
Silver Medal, Balance Beam Event

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HCSB, MC students garner top awards at the 18th Asia Pacific Dance Competition

The Halili Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) was awarded 9 gold medals and 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze trophies at the 18th Asia Pacific Dance Competition held in Macau last August 18-21. More than 600 dancers from different dance schools and companies in Asia participated in the competition.

Several Miriam College students from the Lower, Middle and High School units studying at the Ballet did the school proud as they showed grace and skill throughout the competition. They are: 

Nurul Qhalisia Rahmad, 3-Abokado
Honorable Mention 9 and Under Modern Group

Dion Akia Tumulak, 5-Masipag
Honorable Mention 9 and Under Modern Group

Gabrielle Aliyah Vitug, 5-Matiayga
3rd Place, 12 & Under Classical Ballet Group

Marie Leonora Belle Aro, Grade 8
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group

Aine Summer Sanchez, 8-Maranao
3rd Place, 12 & Under Modern Group

Julia Bernice Alarilla, 9-Fabella
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble

Anica Garcia, 9-Graham, 
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group

Maxine Adrienne Jill Roque, Grade 9-Caritas
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group

Phoemela Angela Esluzar, Grade 10
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
2nd Place, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group
Honorable Mention, 15 & Under Lyrical Solo
Honorable Mention, 18 & Under Lyrical Ensemble
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Group

Felicia Isabel Del Rosario, Grade 10-Adriano
3rd Place, 18 & Under Lyrical Ensemble
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Group
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble

Mary Cristine Angela Lim, Grade 12-Curie, 
1st Place, 15 & Under Modern Group
15 & Under Classical Ballet Ensemble
3rd Place 18 & Under Lyrical Group
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble 
Honorable Mention, 15 & Under Classical Ballet Solo
Honorable Mention, Open Classical Ballet Ensemble

Photo courtesy of: Halili Cruz Ballet Facebook Page

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MCLS celebrates Nutrition Week; launches ‘Wellness in the LS’ program

The Lower School celebrated its annual Nutrition Week last July 25 - 29, 2016 with the theme Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo ay Kailangan Upang Katawan ay Mapangalagaan.  

The celebration kicked off with a Zumba session.  Students and teachers across all grade levels moved to the beat by following a dance video entitled Kain Na which was choreographed and performed by selected Lower School teachers.  

To promote healthy eating habits, students brought healthy food items such a fruits, vegetables, and dairy beverages for recess and lunch during the week-long celebration.

The students also participated in different activities.  Grades 1 to 3 spent some of their time in the Nutrition Nook while Grades 4 and 5 showed their athleticism by joining the fitness challenge.  Students and teachers were also given the chance to test their knowledge about nutrition through the Trivia for the Day contest.  A mini-market was also placed at the Chapel Covered Court to familiarize students with the English and Filipino names of different fruits and vegetables.

There were also different activities provided for the faculty members. Teachers showcased their cooking skills during the LS Healthy Cook-off wherein they prepared healthy snacks using eggs as main ingredient.  

The Wellness in the LS program of the Music, Art, PE, and HELE areas was also launched during the Nutrition Week.  Several teachers joined the circuit training which was facilitated by PE teachers.  The teachers also participated in the LS Olympics which featured an Amazing Race type of competition. Different stations tested the teachers’ body coordination, knowledge about nutrition, and physical fitness.

The Wellness in the LS program encourages the MCLS community to be conscious about their health and maintain an active lifestyle by regularly participating in different wellness sessions.

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MCLS holds ‘The Voice: Teacher Edition’

The Music and P.E. areas of Miriam College Lower School organized a talk on taking care of one’s vocal chords with vocal expert Lionel Nestor M. Guico at the LMC Viewing Rooms 4 and 5 last July 22, 2016. 

The talk, aptly dubbed “The Voice: Teacher Edition” is part of the unit’s Faculty Development Session aimed at equipping its faculty with tips on how to take care of one of the most essential teaching tool, their voice. It also hopes to address common conditions such as voice strain, raspy voice, and inflamed throat, among others. 

As a baritone and actor, Mr. Guico possesses one of the finest voices in Philippine theater and the classical performing arts. He was a five-time nominee in the Aliw Awards for Best Male Classical Singer. His theater credits range from opera and zarzuelas to musicals. At present, Mr. Guico shares his talent by teaching mostly theater actors at The Guico Music Studio.

The MCLS teachers were able to hear and witness Guico’s vocal prowess as he demonstrated and explained how to properly modulate and boost one’s voice without straining the vocal chords. Participants tried and tested his tips through singing and speaking exercises.

It was truly an engaging afternoon for the participants as they gained new insights on how to properly use their vocal instrument.

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