The Miriam College community came in full force last September 14 to “wonder and wander” during the launch of the school’s first Science Garden. The garden is an open classroom created as part of efforts to intensify the school’s  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. 

The activity opened with a blessing by Sr. Nora A. Maulawin, M.M. and an opening ceremony by  the Cultural/Classical Dance Club led by April Toledo. This was followed by a message from Miriam College President Rosario O. Lapus who described the Science Garden as a living laboratory of learning where “children very early on can connect, love, and learn to be responsible for Nature and Mother Earth.”  

Dr. Lapus then led the Untying of Ribbon with the Vice-president for Development and Resources Management office Rose Linda Bautista, Basic Education Unit Director Dr. Ma. Corazon Reyes and Administrative Services Director Cynthia Morales. The symbolic release of butterflies by Dr. Lapus and granddaughter Sofie then signalled the start of the tour of the garden. Guests composed of alumni and parent-teacher officers,  went around the different sections to participate in interactive modules prepared by faculty and students from the different units and the Environmental Studies Institute. Activities  included preparing herbal medicines, soil experiments, vermicomposting, and soil chemistry testing. 

The Science Garden serves as a fertile venue for experiential learning so that students can see, feel, observe, discover and understand various biological processes in an outdoor setting. The garden features an Outdoor Classroom, Shadehouse/Nursery, Butterfly Garden, Urban Garden section, Herb and Medicinal Garden, Composting and Vermiculture areas, Pond and Aquaphonics area, Pedology Section, and  Vegetable and Trellis Walkway.


Dr. Shun Ohno, Professor of the Department of Global Citizenship Studies, along with Sr. Yumiko Nobue and eight students from Seisen University in Tokyo, participated in a roundtable discussion at Miriam College (MC). 

The activity was held to enhance mutual exchange and cooperation between the two school and to deepen their understanding of Philippine society, economy and education, with focus on gender and migration issues.

The discussion began with a lecture by Prof. Aurora de Dios entitled “Gender, Migration and Development: Global Trends and Local Realities”. This was followed by a sharing on the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake by the Seisen University students composed of Emiko Nobue, Rie Miyagawa, Chisato Miho, Yumiko Yoshinami, Ayana Taira, Kanako Tateno, Megumi Takahashi and Noriko Yata. 

The MC Master of Arts in International Studies student panel participants, Brian Bango, Jayson Cainglet, Chantal Claravall, Tina de Guzman and Rhisan Morales gave individual presentations under the topic “Where in the Globalizing World is the Philippines?” This was followed by a presentation on contemporary Japanese culture once more by  the Seisen students. 



Sr. Eriko Cecilia Takada, professor emeritus of Seisen University and current member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, along with Sr. Chieko Kurokawa and 16 students from the English department of Seisen University, visited Miriam College last September 5 for a one-day study tour. They attended the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies’ forum on the West Philippines Conflict with China and the College of Education’s lecture on child care. 



Student volunteers from MC included those who participated and will participate in the Japanese Language and Culture Program in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan, namely: Mary Alimasa, Danielle Lyn Banga, Audrey Calonge, Zyanina Estipona, Carissa Fuentes, Edlen Rose Ignas, Paulina Loisse Jose and Rose Anne Magnayon. 


Participants from Seisen University were Sr. Kurokawa, Mayko Yahata Sugiyama, Yayoi Fujimoto, Mio Suto, Natsumi Ishikawa, Natsumi Niizawa, Mei Yoshida, Yukako Inoue, Megumi Ikeda, Shoko Tomiyama, Satoko Shiozawa, Yumiko Sato, Saki Kurose, Nana Okamura and Noriko Asada. The day ended with cultural presentations from the Seisen University and Miriam College students and informal interactions. 


Miriam College’s HEU- Admissions Office hosted a seminar-workshop for Guidance Counselors, high school teachers and school administrators for Davao high schools last August 23 at Hotel Tropika in Davao City. The said activity entitled Caring for Carers: Professional and Personal Guide for Well-being was conducted by Dr. Ronaldo Motilla, chairperson of the Psychology Department and Head of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness Center (ILAW) with the assistance of Trisha Barcenas and Catherine Collantes, both from the HEU- Admissions Office.  The objective is to generate awareness about Miriam College and its undergraduate and graduate program offerings and special centers especially ILAW Center. 

 

The event was participated by 24 school representatives from the following Davao schools:  Ateneo De Davao University, Brokenshire Science High School, Davao Christian High School, Green Meadow Christian Academy, Philippine Academy of Sakya-Davao, Philippine Science High School – Southern and Central Mindanao campuses, San Pedro College Inc., Soli Deo Gloria Christian Academy, SOS Children’s Village, Inc, Sta. Cruz National High School and Stella Maris Academy – Davao. 


The Research and Publications Management Office has recently received a grant from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France to implement two workshops on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum in the Philippines.  The project proposal, which was initiated by RPMO head, Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II, was approved along with other proposals to implement the same in Myanmar and Timor Leste. The only other Asian country which implemented the workshop was Indonesia.  Dr. Alagaran is the UNESCO project consultant in the Philippines.


Recognizing that the key to media and information literate students would be media and information literate teachers, UNESCO is encouraging teacher education institutions worldwide to adapt the curriculum. Based on the proposal, the MIL Curriculum Workshop will be implemented in communication and teacher education programs of Miriam College and Philippine Normal University.



The music of composer/conductor Josefino “Chino” Toledo, executive director of Miriam College’s Center for Applied Music, entitled "Mga Sulyap sa Simbahan ng Quiapo Mula sa Kalye Echague” (Glimpses of Quiapo Church from Echague Street) will have its U.S. premiere this September 22, 2012 at the Lincoln Center for Performance Arts in New York City. 

 

Sulyap will be part of a concert for the opening of the 20th Anniversary season of the famed New Juilliard Ensemble. The concert will also feature the works of other musicians from Asia and the southern Pacific  such as Andrew Ford (Australia), Menachem Zur (Israel) , Du Yun (China/US), and Chinary Ung (Cambodia/US).
Toledo is noted for premiering works of Filipino composers, as well as other Asian composers. He has conducted concerts in Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and China. His work, Sulyap, composed in 2004, is for 18 instrumentalists. He includes a Philippine ritual chant in the piece as a way to mingle the old with new materials. 


For the composer, glimpses of Quiapo Church evoke past memories, wants, needs, and hopes.



Miriam College, represented by Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Central Philippine University (CPU) represented by its President Dr. Teodoro Robles, last August 15 at Miriam College.  CPU in Iloilo City is the newest institutional member of the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN), a project funded by United Board for Christian Higher Education and hosted by Miriam College, under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 



Witnessing the signing were Dr. Glenda E. Fortez, Vice President for Academic Affairs; CPU alumna and executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Dr. Aileen A. Rigeo-Javier; the deans from the different colleges; AUDRN Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing- Baybay, and Program Associate Sheila Dingcong; and Dr. Robles. 


Photos shows (from left, standing) Dingcong, Dr. Rosario A. Aligada, Ma. Concepcion Y. Lupisan, Dr. Fortez, Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan (from left, seated) Dr. Riego-Javier, Dr. Robles, Dr. Lapus, and Dr. Quisumbing-Baybay.


Miriam College and Vesta Property Holdings, Inc. signed a Deed of Absolute Sale (DOAS) last August 30 upon full purchase of the 12-hectare land in Nuvali, an Ayala Land development project in Laguna. The signing was held at Tower 1 Building and Exchange Plaza Ayala Triangle. Present were (from left) Aniceto V. Bisnar, Jr., Vesta Property Holdings, Inc. general manager; John R. Estacio, Nuvali operations; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president; Myrna G. Vidal, Miriam College Finance director; and Rose Linda O. Bautista, Miriam College vice president for Development and Resource Management. 

  
Miriam College and Vesta signed the Contract to Sell last May 9, 2012 during the soft launch of Miriam College campus in Nuvali. School operation is set in 2015. 


Officers of the parent-teacher groups of the different academic units gathered last September 14 for their annual meeting with the President’s Council, led by the Miriam College President Rosario O. Lapus.  The informal get-together gives officers a chance to meet the members of the President’s Council and other MC administrators up close, as well as fellow officers from other units.  



In her message to the parents, Dr. Lapus defined the school’s direction, emphasizing Quality, Relevance and Sustainability (QRS) of programs at all levels.  Specific goals include achieving smaller class sizes, introducing more innovative programs and learning tools, and enhancing teaching, therefore, enriching the learning experience of MC students across academic units. 


This yearly tradition has been a meaningful venue for strengthening school-parent partnership and encouraging collaboration among the different units.




Eighty-six Miriam College students and employees were recently awarded as Think Safe Champions on the school’s 86th year for submitting winning entries to the Think Safe Contest.  The contest, which ran from June 18 to July 18, 2012, aims to build a culture of safety and security within the Miriam College community by engaging students and employees to suggest age-appropriate ways to practice safety in various situations through written messages, drawings, photographs, and videos.

The 86 Think Safe Champions from the Child Study Center, Grade School, High School, Miriam College Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, Higher Education and General Administration units bested hundreds of entries submitted across the institution.  The entries were judged based on originality, age-appropriateness, applicability and form by the Unit’s Screening Committee, and by the Award Committee chaired by Vice President for Development and Resource Management Rose Bautista.  Among the Award Committee’s members are Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez, Basic Education Director Dr. Ma. Corazon R. Reyes, and the members of the Development and Resource Management Council.
 

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