Maria Teresita R. Rapadas (left photo) shared her experiences as former campus ministry coordinator of Miriam College Higher Education Unit at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines’ (CEAP) first Campus Ministry Training Program held last July 25-26 at St. Paul’s University, Manila. Rapadas is a member of the CEAP core group which was convened in February of this year by Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos, head of the National Religious Education Commission.  

Attended by more than 200 delegates from all over the Philippines, the training program aimed to encourage the formation of campus ministers in CEAP schools. Among the topics discussed were program development, services and activities which would bring them in community, how to equip the campus ministers with the necessary competencies to manage programs and services geared towards youth ministry and in understanding the vision of Catholic education.  De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila High School, and De La Salle Zobel were also part of the seminar. 

Right photo shows the CEAP core group of campus ministers with Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos. 

Miriam College, through the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) and the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), took part in the 90th Anniversary celebration of the United Board for Christian Higher Education. The celebration, a formal dinner for United Board’s Philippine partner institutions and United Board fellows, was held at the Mandarin Oriental, Manila last July 27. In photo are from left Dr. Donna Paz T. Reyes; Dr. Avron Boretz, United Board Program Director; Sheila L. Dingcong; Anne Ofstedal, United Board Director of Fellowship and Scholarship Programs; Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay; and Joel Yuvienco.

Dreena Q. del Mundo, GURO/Lingap Bulilit Program Coordinator, presented a paper in a parallel session during the 7th International Conference on Teacher Education at the University of the Philippines, College of Education Diliman on July 26-28. The conference carried the theme “Leadership in Teacher Education: Fostering Social Transformation and Harmony”. In her paper “Lingap Bulilit: Reaching the Filipino Child, One Barangay at a Time,” Del Mundo discussed Miriam College’s initiatives in promoting social transformation in early childhood education.

Tour guides Carlos Celdran and Ivan Man Dy gave 2nd year Leisure and Tourism Management (LTM) students of Miriam College a walking tour of Manila last July 23. The activity was one of the requirements for the students’ Philippine Cultural and Arts Tourism course. It aimed to expose them to the rich history and cultural heritage of the Philippines during the Spanish and American Era, enrich their knowledge about Philippine politics, and orient them about the different tour guiding approaches from the best tour guides in the country. Celdran’s tour covered a walk around Intramuros and getting to know his style as a guide. Dy, known for his informative and personalized approach, brought the students to the Malacañang Museum where the students learned about the different ways the Philippine Presidents lived in the palace.

The Miriam College Education (MAE) recently renewed its membership with the Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines–Quezon City (TEVSAPhil-QC) at the association’s 2012 Members’ Convention. MAE Principal Carlo Garcia was also elected member of the Board of Directors at the same event. There are more than 300 vocational schools in Quezon City but only around 160 are members of TEVSAPhil. The association aims to reach out to these schools and organize them towards cooperation to maintain the highest standards in technical vocational education and training.

As part of initiatives to mainstream deaf students in their classes, the faculty of the Child Study Center (CSC) attended a basic sign language course conducted by the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID). Teachers and staff of MC-SAID took turns teaching the whole faculty of the CSC. At the end of the course, the CSC teachers passed the evaluation for Basic Sign Language competency.

As part of Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf’s (MC-SAID) commitment to strengthen its professional relationship with LINK Center for the Deaf, some teachers and administrators of MC-SAID were invited as resource demonstration teachers, speaker and volunteers to LINK’s yearly regional seminars. These  seminars are conducted in various places in the Philippines, namely Baguio, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. Clarigel Cadiz, assistant principal of MC-SAID, was tapped as one of the resource speakers while Joel Pineda, Catherine Agustin and Exequiel Francisco conducted teaching demonstrations. The volunteers included teachers Marites Jose, Anne Therese Kasala, Pauline Alcantara, Chindee Cruz, Rachelle Tansiatco. Public school teachers for the deaf, coming from different parts of the Philippines, benefitted from the seminars. The participation of MC-SAID has made a valuable contribution to program’s success.

University/College admission officers and alumnae, parents, and representatives from various career tracks and professional disciplines facilitated career development sessions among graduating high school students last July 27 and August 2. These sessions have been designed to assist students in clarifying their career goals and choice of school for higher education. Jeanilyn S. Guarnes, High School Guidance, Testing, and Research Center supervisor spearheaded the events in coordination with various colleges and universities and private individuals.

In the spirit of promoting global understanding and solidarity, Miriam College High School (MCHS) hosted a four-day immersion and training program for eight students and two teacher advisers from the Korea International School (KIS) in Osaka, Japan. This program was held on July 24-27as a result of collaboration with the International Programs and Partnerships Office. 

Aside from learning Philippine history, culture, and language, the KIS team also underwent training for creating peaceable classrooms and schools with Mirma Mae C. Tica of the Center for Peace Education and the Pax Christi Club of MCHS headed by Jaime L. Villafuerte IV. In addition, the student delegates received training on identity-building and leadership formation with the High School Guidance Team headed by Jeanilyn S. Guarnes. 

During the closing ceremonies held on July 27, Daisuke Ikeda, head of the KIS team, expressed interest in forging a reciprocal agreement with MCHS, especially in light of the shared goal of the two institutions to integrate principles of human rights and global citizenship in their curricula.

In light of the school’s goal to teach students the value of the integrity of creation, first year Miriam College High school (MCHS) students visited the Center for Ecozoic Living and Learning or CELL in Silang, Cavite. During their visit, students were oriented about the ecozoic way of life and what inspires it. Through such interactive activities as guided Creation Walk, Telling of the New Story of Creation, Permaculture Session, Water Recycling, and other Care of the Earth initiatives, students are able to see concepts in Christian Life Education, Science, and the Humanities come alive. Currently managed by Ermelinda Belamide-Mondejar (Maryknoll College Class of 1965), the center is sustained as a largely self-sufficient ecozoic farm comprising a home farm, working woodlands, productive gardens, and restful grounds. Learners put together a learning portfolio after participating in this alternative learning activity that falls under the Social Action Program of the unit. The visits will continue for the rest of August.

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