The Conciliation Resources and Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) that works through its secretariat, the Center for Peace Education (CPE), organized a research forum entitled “Gender, Peace and Security in the Philippines” last December 2.  Held at the Environmental Studies Institute, the forum brought together representatives from different sectors, including the academe, the security sector, embassies and international organizations, civil society, and government to discuss selected researches that studied the gender dynamics of various peace and security related issues. Participants engaged in active discussions about what is known and what should be examined further regarding gender, peace, and security, contributing their knowledge on the subjects, and collectively addressing questions and issues that were brought up. Dr. Jasmin Galace, Executive Director of the CPE and co-convener of the WE Act 1325 network was one of the speakers at the forum, wherein she discussed initiatives on the National Action Plan.

This forum also served as the launching pad of the latest publication of the network entitled “Implementing the Philippine National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820: A Civil Society Monitoring Report (March 2010 – January 2013).”

The FEUlikulahan 6: Far Eastern University Film Festival and 2nd FEU Video Open was held last November 23 at the Far Eastern University Auditorium where documentaries and short films produced and created by Bachelor of Arts students from all over Manila were screened.

“Desperada-ish”, a twenty-minute romantic-comedy short film created by Miriam College’s fourth year Communication students Rowena Cos, Sarah Magcaleng, Ikea Monasterio, Jamin Pecaoco, Brenda Sevilla, and Nicole Tolentino was featured alongside films by the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University, and MAPUA Institute of Technology, among others. “Desperada-ish” was also an entrant to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Fest New Wave.

Communication students, Shiina Takadama, Karyl Visaya, and Marjunette Mariano bagged the 2nd place award at the Biogesic Ingat na Damang-Dama Sineserye Filmmaking Competition for  their film, "Seva" (Selfless Service). The awarding ceremony was held last November 16, 2013 at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN.

Before the competition, a workshop was held in last September facilitated by Director Rory Quintos, in preparation for their final output as one of the Top 5 finalists for the competition.

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Dr. Rebecca T. Añonuevo bagged another literary award after receiving the SEA Write Award in Bangkok Thailand last October. Dr.  Añonuevo is the winner of the Best Book for Poetry in Filipino at the 32nd National Book Awards. She won for her book Isa Lang ang Pangalan: Mga Tula published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.

The awards ceremonies were held last November 16 at the Garden Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. The event was organized by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle.

Photo shows Dr. Añonuevo (center)  with (from left) the UST Publishing House team (Publisher of the Year) led by former director Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, and co-winners Marne Kilates, Esteban Villaruz, and Edgar Samar (far right). Jack Wigley (2nd from right) is the new director of the publishing house.

Walk Safe, Drive Safe, Be Safe! is the theme of this year’s Think Safe campaign which aims to increase awareness on road safety and develop shared responsibility among the members of the Miriam College community.

Through the initiative of the Administrative Support Division, with the help and support of the Administrative Officers and Physical Plant Supervisors of the different units, Think Safe was re-launched last November 20, 2013 headed by Maria Coney Garcia-Pallones, chair of the Think Safe campaign.

Joining the national level topnotchers in the honor roll are the 2nd and 3rd placers in their respective categories – Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University (college level);

Doña Remedios Trinidad High School in Bulacan and Diadi National High School in Nueva Vizcaya (high school level); Koronadal Central Elementary School II in South Cotobato and Kibawe Central School in Bukidnon (elementary level). They were awarded P40,000 cash for second place and P30,000 cash for third place, plus plaques of recognition.

“It’s a total package from our policies, vision-mission, curriculum, campus management, outreach, and research,” is how Dr. Angelina P. Galang describes Miriam College’s whole-school approach in environmental education.

Galang, a professor from the Environmental Studies Institute and the President of Green Convergence, was part of the Miriam College contingent that attended the awarding. She commends the DENR-led search for promoting this kind of comprehensive method.

Galang credits the progressive Maryknoll Sisters, who instructed that environmental modules on pollution be taught in the school way back in the 1970’s, for the school’s pioneering efforts in environmental education and awareness.

Miriam College is one of the few institutions in the country with undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Environment. It is also a recipient of the prestigious “Dark Green School” citation from the EENP.


  “Despite research showing the benefits of arts education in the imparting of transferable skills, there is currently a lack of concerted effort in the Asia Pacific,” said Samuel Leong at the recent 2nd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference at Miriam College.

Leong, director of the Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in Hong Kong, said, “Arts education has been neglected, resulting in its being on the periphery of school curricula. This has happened largely under the pretext of achieving international standards in academic ability, but also in part due to lack of awareness on how arts education can add value to cognitive and holistic development.”

Kim Jeung-hee, vice president of South Korea’s Gyeongin National University of Education, said a 2012 survey by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology showed that most students, parents and teachers wanted more support for the arts. Everyone agreed that art activities in school were not sufficient.

In 2008, Kim, with Ann Kuo, past president of International Society for Education through Art (Insea), and Lourdes Samson, dean of Miriam’s College of Arts and Sciences, created the Asian Council in Art Education for the Southeast Asia Pacific Region.
“We wanted to make art and culture accessible to Asians, so they can become creative individuals and responsible members of society,” Samson said.  “We do arts training, research, linkages.”

Leong said the arts could improve abilities like flexibility, imagination, exploration, reflection. When students learned through the arts, they could also develop the skill of “learning to learn, [which can] make other subject areas more attractive.”

“In a situation where there is more fault-finding than encouragement, an individual will lose his self-respect and display denial, violence, self-isolation, identity confusion,” Kim said. “To help students escape from these, arts education can strengthen self-regulation, knowing situations and overcoming them and create self-cognition, enhancing self-respect.”

Lertsiri Bovornkitti, professor of fine arts in Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrated how art therapy could help traumatized children and victims of natural disasters.

“Art therapy is a vital means of self-expression for troubled kids to shed unpleasant feelings or to aid in self-discovery,” Bovornkitti said.

“The arts are languages of reflection, investigation, insight and understanding about the self and the world,” Leong said.  “Arts creation teaches people to make good judgments rather than to find the ‘right answer’ and to realize that problems can have more than one solution. Extending education beyond the culturally convenient, comfortable and familiar could do wonders to expand the creative imagination.”

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