Prof Aurora de Dios, executive director of the Women and Gender Institute and Dr. Jasmin Nario Galace, executive director of the Center for Peace Education participated in the Global Review of the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) held at Glen Cove, Long Island in New York last November 5-7.

The meeting aimed to take stock of current approaches to implementation of the WPS agenda to galvanize and invigorate implementation in the local, national, regional and global levels.

Jasmin Nario-Galace, executive director of the Center for Peace Education spoke at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders' Launch of "Women Count 2013 - Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report." The 2013 civil society monitoring of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) describes how the resolutions are being implemented in 15 countries, including Armenia, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Liberia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Uganda.  The launch was held at the Canadian Mission in New York City last October 31, coinciding with the 13th year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. CPE has been participating in this research project since 2010.

Miriam College Psychology students and faculty provided much-needed psychological first-aid to Yolanda victims arriving at Villamor Air Base.  Dubbed Oplan Salubong, participants gave comfort as well as listened to Yolanda victims as they try to cope with the trauma brought by one of the fiercest typhoons in history. Both students and faculty were witnesses to many heartwarming and heart-wrenching stories from the victims.

This initial move hopes to inspire many more members of the Miriam Community to be part of Oplan Salubong. Photo above shows volunteer Psych students waiting at the Villamor Airbase, ready to help their brothers and sisters from the Visayas through counseling.

Miriam College Middle School (MCMS) recently held the Music Room Concert Series (MRCS), comprised of mini-performances, featuring student-scholars of the Miriam College Center for Applied Music. The audience was treated to an intimate afternoon of classical music, with repertoires personally selected by the artists themselves. The pieces were favorite classics of the Baroque period to pieces from the 20th century.

Miriam College was awarded 2nd place in the recently concluded National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools, Tertiary Level, at the SM North Activity Center.  The search is a partnership between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and corporate sponsors to recognize the environmental initiatives of schools throughout the country.  The competition was launched in 2009 and is now on its third leg.

The Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants (PICPA) honored Ma. Concepcion  Lupisan, Miriam College’s newly-appointed Human Resource Division officer-in-charge and chair of the Department of Accountancy, with the Honorary Life Member Award, the association’s second highest award. The ceremony was held at PICPA’s 68th Annual National Convention last November 14, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Lupisan has been active with the Institute for the past 20 years and has contributed significantly to the Accountancy profession, particularly in the field of education.

Miriam College, through the Department of Psychology, successfully hosted the 50th Psychological Association of the Philippines and 4th ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies convention held last October 23-26. The event was attended by more than 1,000 international and local delegates. The theme of the convention was “Building Hope and Resilience: The Role of ASEAN Psychologists”.

Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus welcomed the delegates while Dr. Ma. Regina M. Hechanova gave the PAP presidential address.   Among the reputable keynote speakers for the convention were Dr. Soree Pokaeo, ARUPS president; Dr. Saths Cooper, International Union of Psychological Societies (IUPsyS) president; Prof. Cecilia Esau of the University of Roehampton; Prof.  Pamela Maras of the University of Greenwich, Dr. Elizabeth Nair,  Treasurer of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP); Dr. Chee Leong Goh, vice president of HELP University;  Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo of the  University of Macau;  Dr. Elizabeth Protacio-De Castro  of the University of the Philippines;  Dr. Tomohilde Atsumi of Osaka University; and Dr. Kristi Poerwandari  of Universitas Indonesia. 

Second Year Communication Student Trish Shishikura’s poems were published in the October issue of the respected Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Shishikura’s work has also been included in the upcoming special literary issue of the Silliman Journal dedicated to Edilberto K. Tiempo and Edith L. Tiempo, founders of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.  To read the poem of Ms. Shishikura please log on to

Photo Credit: Armiel de Torres

The Lower School Football Club was named Champion in the 2004 Division of the 1st Phase RIFA Girls Cumulative Festival Finals held at the International School Manila last October 19. (In photo) MVP Astrid Ignacio is seen holding her team’s trophy, with Coach Bob Manlulo and Coach Jerwin Belina. The players will be playing again in the 2nd Phase of the RIFA Festival which will start 2nd week of November.

For the 2002 Division 1 of the same tournament, eight Grade 5 players were awarded 1st runner up, together with other players from the Middle School.

Christian and Muslim students prove that words can be effective tools for peace...

Every day, 16-year-old Mohaimen Eslain would eat fear for breakfast.

That would last him for the day and sometimes, well into the night, as he listened for gunshots and wondered whether they would be the last things he would ever hear.

“Masuwerte kayo di niyo kailangan magbakwit (You’re lucky you don’t need to evacuate),” Mohaimen wrote in a letter, describing the hard and terrifying life in the war-stricken area of Pikit, Cotabato.

His then penpal in Manila, Kyla Michal Cabatit, remembered how that same fear crept into her as she read his accounts. “Just thinking about how a person’s life [can] be over in a matter of [seconds] is terrifying. You wouldn’t know when to dodge a bullet or where to hide safely. I don’t think I could have lived like that.”

Although Kyla, now 17 years old, knew of the conflict in Mindanao from TV and radio news, she never really paid much attention to it. The fighting, after all, didn’t affect her. Unlike Mohaimen, there were no bullets waiting for her at home. She still got to sleep with no thought that it might be her last day to do so.

Through peace-building workshops organized by Miriam College Center for Peace Education, Christian and Muslim students are able to break down cultural, social and religious prejudices. 

“When you hear news of fighting in Mindanao, it doesn’t seem real. You know it happens but you feel detached from it. But his [Mohaimen’s] words were more real than any news coverage. This was a student about my age, caught in the war. I realized that could be me out there,” she said.

That was the last time she heard from Mohaimen. Kyla wrote back, assuring him that he was not alone but she never got a reply. She hoped that it was only because he moved to another town and that he would write again when he could.

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