Pax Christi-Miriam College members and students of Peace Studies went to the House of Representatives July 25 to lobby parliamentarians to support the Global Parliamentary Declaration on the  Arms Trade Treaty. Armed with the knowledge that 2,000 people are killed from armed violence on a daily basis, the MC students joined other arms control lobbyists WE Act 1325 and the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms in asking parliamentarians to legislate laws relating to the Arms Trade Treaty that is due for adoption in the United nations on 27 July 2012. 

Communication Department administrators and faculty met with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Communication and Media Studies Dean and Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Adnan Hashim (right photo) during the  21st Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference held last July 11-14 to explore possible areas of collaboration, specifically with the departments of Communication and Applied Arts. The faculty members of the Department of Communication also met with the representatives of the UiTM Office of International Affairs (OIA). Top left photo shows (from left) Gadja, Dr. Acosta, Datin Minda Hassan, OIA Director Dr. Hayati Mohd Dahan, Garcia, OIA International Cooperation, Training and Development Head Dr. Penelope Tan and Dr. Alagaran. UiTM is a partner of AMIC for this year’s conference.

The Department of Communication faculty and students participated at the 21st Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference and  40th Anniversary Celebration held in Shah Alam, Malaysia  from July 11-14.  The conference carried the theme “Forty Years of Media and Communication in Asia:  Retrospect, Introspect and Prospects.” 


Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, the conference Royal Patron,  welcomed the participants. Left photo shows (from left) Communication III students Kathleen Tan and Inna Serafin; Department of Communication Chairperson Dr. Ma. Margarita  Alvina-Acosta; Research and Publications Management Office head  Dr. Jose Reuben Alagaran II; Department of Applied Arts Chairperson Lynda C. Garcia; and Communication faculty Michelle C. Gadja.


Dr. Acosta and Gadja presented their papers in a parallel session titled “Asian Perspectives On Communication.”  Dr. Acosta presented her dissertation Emerging concepts of the Family in Media:  Perspectives for Typical and Atypical Filipino Families while Gadja shared her MA thesis, An Exploration of Different Frameworks in Teaching Media Literacy in Selected High Schools.


Dr. Alagaran presented his paper on Media and Information Literacy as a Key: Developing an Outcome Based Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts in Communication Programme in the parallel session “Communication And Journalism Education”  while Garcia presented the Department of Communication’s report on the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) in the AMIC-ABU Plenary Session “Gender Mainstreaming In Asian Media:  Flourishing Or Floundering?”


Dr. Acosta and Dr. Alagaran were also invited to chair parallel sessions on the third day of the conference.  

Miriam College Grade School (MCGS) administrators and supervisors  Maria Louella T. Lunas, Regina S. Sibal, Elisa L. Marcale, Reyett S. Paunan, and Dr. Gail R. Galang (left photo) attended the forum organized by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines-National Capital Region (CEAP-NCR) Pre-Elementary and Elementary Commission. The event was held at Claret School in Quezon City last July 11. Dr. Galang was part of the organizing team as co-chair of the commission. Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was the keynote speaker. He talked about “The State of Philippine Environment and Discovering the Eco-warrior in You through Education.” Other attendees include (right photo) Ramelle Javier, La Salle Green Hills principal and Commission chair; Carmelita Condecido, Claret School principal and Commission secretary; and Fr. Bernard Collera, St Jude Catholic School principal and  Commission treasurer. 

Miriam College Grade School (MCGS) hosted visiting student-teacher Vanessa Billeter of Zurich University who applied through the  Assistant Teachership Program. Throughout her stay, from July 1-21, Billeter gained on-the-job experience by observing and teaching Reading and Language classes at the Grade 2 level. She observed MCGS teachers to learn the language for classroom routines and subjects that used English as a medium of instruction. Storytelling sessions at the Grade School Library Media Center enabled Billeter to interact with students across grade levels.

A highlight of the program was a cultural tour of Old Manila. Faculty Louie Parungao, Administrative Officer  Margarito Fernandez, and Chrissel Santos from the Office of the Director for Basic Education guided Billeter around Rizal Park, National Museum, Chinoy Museum, Intramuros, and Museo Pambata. Aside from these, two family interactions were also held over the weekend.

Before the end of her visit, Billeter had the opportunity to observe the CHEERS program of the CDE Department and was resource speaker to these college students. The Assistant Teachership Program is now on its second year at Miriam College, organized under the Office of the Director for Basic Education.

Cecilia Cancio of 6-Kasilag represented Miriam College Grade School (MCGS) in the 24th Asian Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) last June 23. She was joined by other student delegates from Ateneo De Manila University , San Beda, and De La Salle.  The 10-day program, which commenced last July 13 included an interaction with students from a local school in Fukuoka, Japan (in photo) and other institutional visits.

Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, dean of College of Arts & Sciences, presented her paper entitled “Bringing Culture to the Classroom” at the 11th InSEA European Congress in Lemesos, Cyprus last June 25-28.  The Art congress with the theme: "Arts Education At the Crossroad of Cultures" attracted more than 300 member participants coming from 38 different countries. There were lectures, workshops and exhibits during the conference. The conference was capped with an excursion to Pafos to visit Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek) or Aphrodite's rock, Salamiou Village to experience Cypriot arts and culture, Tombs of the Kings founded in Hellenistic period (3rd century BC). Dean Samson is shown standing in front of the convention hall prior to delivering her paper. 

Third Year Communication Arts students, Eunice Maybelline Michaela Topacio and Shane Valerie Pastoral, together with Adie Isidro of the Higher Education Unit Campus Ministry Office attended the first ever Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) which carried the theme, "Ministering Grace to This Generation." The different speakers encouraged the young people to be discerning and responsible users of social networking sites and platforms, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Deviantart, RSS, Flicker, Blogspot, Tumbler, among many others. The speaker further urged the participants to  be the new evangelizers in this age of cyber technology by bringing God into the social networks and fostering better relationships through them. Photos from left shows , Eunice and Shane with their certificates; the group with the Executive Secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, Fr. Cunegundo Garganta; and Eunice and Shane shwing the CSMS  logo.

Miriam College, through its High School Department, participated in the 28th Annual Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology held last June 24-29 at the Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. Participants were Reina Rama, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, and Esmeralda Bunag, faculty of the Math Department.


The conference focused on the impact and applications of technology in the classroom and its current and future role in mathematics and science. Mathematics and Science teachers from public and independent schools around the world attended the conference.


Rama attended the courses “Challenging the Mathematically Challenged” and “Where Does Algebra Live in 2012?” while Bunag registered for “Mathematical Activities that Build from Year to Year” and “Teaching Mathematics with a Tablet PC.”


What they have learned will be applied in Basic Education Department’s programs in view of its direction towards engaging girls in the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math).

A group of students from the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID) were invited as resource speakers last July 13 for the culminating activity in Reading on Helen Keller of the Grade 6 pupils from Ateneo Grade School.  Entitled “A Dialogue in Silence”,  Rosanna Maglalang, Subject Area coordinator of the English Department of the Ateneo Grade School, elaborated on the title of the activity by defining the word “Oxymoron - a combination of incongruous or contradictory terms”.


Assistant Principal Clarigel T. Cadiz started the activity with a short description of MC-SAID then the students from Ateneo were taught the “deaf clap” which they used to welcome the deaf students as they were called to the stage one by one. After introductions, the hearing audience asked the MC-SAID students random questions from their favorite sports, their hobbies and aspirations for the future. It was a sight to behold when the hearing kids showed their appreciation by raising their hands in silent applause for their deaf guests.

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