The thesis Shared Life: A Promotional Video For INSA's Scholarship Program by Communication alumnae Avon Abogadie, Michelle Amio, and Phoebe Tarroja was awarded Best Paper Presentation in “Learning About Communication in Education Part 2” at the recently concluded National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) held at the UP-College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC).

  CAS faculty and Institute for the Arts program director Tuxqs Rutaquio was named Virgin Labfest’s new festival director-dramaturg. He succeeds Rody Vera, Virgin Labfest co-founder and festival director-dramaturg for seven years. The Virgin Labfest is a festival of new plays by emerging and well-known playwrights, directors and actors. Rutaqio will also direct a Tanghalang Pilipino masterpiece “Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan,” a one-act play by Layeta Bucoy. It will be among the four original one-act plays, collectively titled “Eyeball: New Visions in Philippine Theater,” to be staged starting Jan. 13-Feb. 12, 2012 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


 The Child Development honored the CDE  students who passed the Licensure Examinations  for Teachers (LET) during its annual LET Testimonial held last January 21.  At the same activity, the LET passers shared their experiences as teachers to seniors and also gave tips on how to prepare for LET.  The affair was organized by the Child Development and Education Circle.



Miriam College Culinary Arts students bagged the Umami Bowl Award for garnering the highest average score in the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge held at  the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last January 20. They also bagged the Dr. Ikeda Award for winning in the Umami Feature Writing Contest and placed second in the five-ingredient Dish Category. The school brought home an Elba Kitchen Showcase on top of other prizes courtesy of Ajinomoto Corp. Philippines. The event is an inter-school, multi-category cooking competition focusing on umami, the 5th basic taste.



Members of the Miriam College community came together last January 14, 2012 to hold the school’s first Fun Run entitled “Run, Forest, Run” to raise funds for  Miriam College’s Rainforestation Projects and the Southern Sierra Madre community scholarship programs. Organized by the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), students from pre-school to college, parents, employees, faculty and alumni and friends came in full force to join in the run. “Apart from fostering camaraderie, the gathering was also a great opportunity to make the whole community aware of how our forests are fast disappearing and how important it is to get everyone involved in their own little way,” said ESI executive director Donna Reyes.


To launch the centennial celebration of the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, a Mass was held last January 12 at the Marian Auditorium. It was presided by Fr. James Ferry, M.M. who remembered the inspiring spirit of Mother Mary Joseph and the Maryknoll Sisters’ journey of 100 years. He spoke about  the brave sacrifices of the Maryknoll nuns who came to the country from New York and, with unrelenting spirit, worked passionately “to make God’s love visible.” He also  gave tribute to Sister Miriam Thomas whom he described as a “woman of vision, a woman who was not afraid to suffer.” Sr. Helen Graham, MM, for her part, gave a reflection  on what it means to make God’s love visible. The inaugural Mass ended with a simple reception at the Marian lobby.  In attendance were the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, alumnae, administrators, employees and students.



Dr. Gwénola Ricordeau, assistant professor of Sociology, from Lille I University, France, gave a lecture on Feminist Research Methodologies to selected faculty members engaged in gender studies from the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies (CIHDS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) last January 9.

This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion among the attendees raised significant perspectives, dilemma, and insights when applying feminist research methodologies at varying levels. Dr. Ricordeau, said that feminist research investigates topics and domains that could be described as “roads under construction”, and feminist research methodologies allow us to partake in the construction.


On January 5, Miriam College had the honor of hosting a visit from President Amado Gabriel M. Esteban, Ph.D. of Seton Hall University (SHU). Similar to the vision-mission the school, SHU, the oldest and largest private catholic university in New Jersey, U.S.A, seeks to develop students to be servant leaders in mind, heart and spirit.  

The meeting was a sharing between SHU and MC on their common areas of academic pursuits, as well as their distinct programs as educational institutions. Various possible partnerships were explored, including but not limited to the possibility of MC offering an interdisciplinary Philippine Studies Program as a certificate course to SHU students (designed by the four HEU colleges), as well as, a possible campus visit to SHU by our MC International Studies students participating in the Model United Nations program held in the U.S.A.

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