Miriam College High School bagged the Overall Champion trophy in the Juniors Division during the WNCAA opening ceremonies held at the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City last August 10. Receiving the award on behalf of the unit was Dr. Edizon Fermin, MCHS principal.

Taking home another trophy was the HEU which was named 2nd Runner-up in the Over-all ranking in the Seniors Division. Receiving the award was the Assocaite Dean for Student Affairs Maria Lourdes Chavez.

With Chavez and Dr. Fermin were Yolly Co, WNCAA President, Vivian Manila, WNCAA executive director and Bro. Bernard Oca, FSC of De La Salle Zobel.

Romina Letaba, 5-Mayumi, won a merit prize at the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) held in Singapore last August 2 - 5. Letaba  represented the country after undergoing a rigorous selection and training process involving 300 candidates in the same level headed by the Mathematics Trainer’s Guild (MTG), Philippines. She was part of a 28 strong Philippine team delegation competing in the Grade 3 Level. A total of 10  countries participated in this annual event.The Philippine contingent garnered the most number of medals, with China coming in as second.

Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus was given the Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) Eminent Filipino Women Educators award by the PLT Philippines Area Chapter last July 31 at the Quezon City Sports Club, Quezon City. Dr. Lapus was recognized for her virtues of leadership, selflessness, dedication to work and professionalism. The PLT is an international honor society and professional association in education. In photo are (from left) Dr. Lapus with Dr. Patricia Williams, PLT International president and Dr. Victoria Naval, president of PLT Philippine Chapter and of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Basic Education Unit mathematics teachers and supervisors attended a hands-on training, classroom observations, and consultations with mathematics education expert Prof. Dan Wade Butler last June 10-19. Butler has taught mathematics for twenty-seven years; 9 years in middle school and 19 years in high school in the US trained the BEU mathematics teachers on the design and implementation of project-based learning opportunities in the classroom. Specific emphasis was given on various applications of algebra, geometry, and physics concepts. Prof. Butler is an esteemed instructor in the Anja S. Greer Conference at the Philip Exeter Academy. The training was spearheaded by Miriam College High School (MCHS) Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Reina M. Rama and MCHS Department of Mathematics and Computational Sciences Chair Joan Michelle F. Malvas.

Last June, the Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) launched the Project Disaster Resilience and Love for Learning (DRILL) which was funded by Kindermissionswerk, a children relief organization in Germany. INSA started the project by providing educational assistance to children through the provision of bags, school supplies, whistles and raincoats for 500 children. These were distributed to Miriam College’s partner communities, namely Daan Tubo, Marytown, Park 7, Pook Libis and will continue with Kaingin 1, District 1 of Quezion City and Doña Imelda this July. The main objectives of the Project DRILL are to enhance children’s love for learning and to instill preparedness and resilience to the partner communities. Aside from this, there will be read along or read aloud sessions for and with children, enrichment for day care teachers on how to conduct read along or read aloud as well as learning sessions for children, parents and teachers on the importance of preparedness and resilience to disasters. In photo from left are the communities of Marytown and Pook Libis.

On July 16, 2013, the Mindanao Solidarity Network, in which the Center for Peace Education is a member organization, met with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Ging Deles and Chairperson of the GPH Panel Miriam Coronel-Ferrer to discuss the recent updates on the peace process with the MILF particularly the signing of the annex on wealth sharing. The signing of the wealth sharing annex demonstrated the commitment of the GPH and the MILF to the peace process. At present, it is crucial to show to the people in the government and to the general public that there is a strong call and support for the peace process. Hence, the Center for Peace Education expresses its commitment to contribute to the progress of the peace process through the conduct of initiatives such as information dissemination, dialogues, trainings and workshops.

The Center for Peace Education (CPE), the Pax Christi student organization and the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies (CIHDS) commemorated the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki last August 6 through an exhibit and a short program prior to the Exhibit’s opening.

Pax Christi prepared the exhibit from materials that were gathered mainly from Nuclear Free Philippines Coalition and the Interfaith Center for a Culture of Nonviolence. In her opening remarks, Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace, CPE Executive Director and professor of International Studies in the CIHDS, recalled the harrowing memories of both the pilot and a survivor of this tragedy. She invited those who were present to remember in prayer the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the victims of recent bombings in our country. She ended with a call to ban bombs, saying   “Bombs, conventional and nuclear, are indiscriminate weapons that destroy innocent lives. Let us make these weapons irrelevant.”

CPE attends SONA


As his term reaches the halfway mark, President Noynoy Aquino reported on the predicament of the country through his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Executive Director, Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace and Program Coordinator, Mirma Tica of the Center for Peace Education (CPE), along with their colleagues from the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) Network, were present to show their support for the peace processes and the forthcoming drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Their attendance was facilitated by the office of Rep. Djalia Hataman of Anak Mindanao, and joining them at the SONA were GPH-MILF panel members, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Yasmin Busran-Lao and Atty. Raissa Jajurie. Transition Commission member Fatmawati Salapuddin was also part of the group of women who welcomed the President’s call for continued work on the peace agreements, especially in passing the BBL in the Congress by 2014. The Center for Peace Education looks forward to more positive developments in the country’s peace process in the remaining years of the Aquino administration, especially in Mindanao.

Miriam College and Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LCDPFI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to clearly define the responsibilities of both parties as the programs and initiatives for the development and employment of Persons With Disabilities are implemented and promoted. The signing was held on July 30 at Miriam College. The LCDPFI is a national disability and development organization operating in Quezon City. It is a non-stock, non-profit, NGO that promotes and protects the rights of persons with disabilities in the Philippines. It also works for the attainment of educational equality, economic independence and their active participation in social, cultural, political and civil life.

Miriam College (MC) signed a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with, Inc. (API)  allowing its students, including the differently-abled--in particular the hearing impaired--to become trainees at API in fullfillment of the school’s  on-the-job training program. The MOA was was signed last July 29 at the  Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center in Quezon City.  API publishes magazines, books and other publications.

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