From 2010 to 2012, a ground-breaking independent study headed by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, a full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University and a columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, looked into the multi-media and gadget use patterns of students from Miriam College High School and Ateneo de Manila University High School.  The results of the study, well-known international literature, and experiences and testimonies of students, parents, and teachers were put together in the book, Growing Up Wired: Raising Kids in the Digital Age (Queena N. Lee-Chua, PhD * Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio, MA * Nerisa C. Fernandez * Michele S. Alignay, MA, RGC, Anvil 2013).

Lynda C. Garcia, chair of the Applied Arts, Humanities and Foreign Language Department and a faculty of the Department of Communication participated and was recognized for her work in advancing the equitable treatment of women and men in the media by organizers  of UNESCO’s inaugural global forum on Media and Gender held in Bangkok, Thailand last December 2-4, 2013. Garcia was invited to participate in the forum as an IREX UNESCO Media and Gender 2013 Fellow. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.

Garcia says that the forum was an opportunity to learn about the global status of women in media through sessions that featured current research on gender and media and women in entertainment media. She adds that the conference inspired her to continue the school’s active involvement in the World Association of Communication Educators Gender, Media and Monitoring Program (GMMP) and to strengthen the Gender and Communication subject offering of the Department of Communication.

Ira Monea Navarra (left), won a Gold medal while Natasha Kim Valmonte, (right), won a Silver Medal at the recently concluded 2013 National Age Group Competition at Rizal Memorial Taekwondo Gym. The competition was held last December 8, 2013. 

Navarra is a Second Year EPM student while Valmonte  is a First Year BA-COM student. 

Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, former president of Miriam College, was conferred the Gen. Carlos P. Romulo Award by the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) last January 14 at the PNP Multi-purpose Hall, Camp Crame. The awarding ceremony coincided with the 115th Birth Anniversary of Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, also known as “Mr. United Nations”. Romulo was known for his commitment to the concept of the United Nations.

Dr. Licuanan was recognized for her invaluable contribution to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia Pacific Region, putting the Philippines in the world map.  She was also honored for her leadership role in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  In her acceptance speech, Dr. Licuanan expressed her commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), which she herself helped craft almost 20 years ago.  The BPFA has long served as a blueprint and benchmark for the advancement of women’s rights and equality.

Also honored at the even

The entry for the Best Undergraduate Thesis entitled, “Parental Roles, Parenting Styles, and Child-rearing Practices of Seven Lesbian Couples” authored by Psychology students Kristine M. Alvarez, Janna Victoria G. de Guzman, Jan Christine S. Perez and Emerle Dianne R. Ponciano, won 2nd Place at the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) convention held last January 17 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City and last January 18 at various schools. 

Janna de Guzman presented the paper on behalf of her group mates. Their thesis adviser was Dr. Victoria N. Apuan and their thesis teacher was Dr. Ma. Lourdes Q. Baybay. 

At the same event, Psychology Guild dance troupe Circadian Rhythm tied with Centro Escolar University for the 2nd Place at the Transcendance Competition. Circadian Rhythm was the only group from an all-women school who reached the finals. 

A total of 92 Psychology students participated in this year’s convention.

Together with 150 youth leaders from the 11 ASEAN member countries, Clarisse Alvaro, a graduating student of the Department of Communication, was chosen to be part of JENESYS 2.0 Japan- ASEAN Student Conference held in Tokyo, Japan last Dec 7- 16, 2013.  At the Japan-ASEAN Student Conference, youths from ASEAN member states, mainly those studying in high school and in universities, are invited to share issues faced by their own countries. The conference is held annually.

Six sections of Grade 11 Miriam College High School students had an audience with no less that the President of the Philippines,  Benigno S. Aquino III, last January 7, 2014 at the Heroes’ Hall in Malacañang Palace.  During the meeting, the class presidents asked PNoy several questions related to how the government addresses the needs of indigenous people, provides education and jobs for the poor and ensures that all donations reach Yolanda victims.   The students likewise asked the President about his New Year’s resolution, unforgettable high school memories in neighboring school Ateneo, and favorite subjects and sports.  

The President generously answered all questions and urged the students to contribute to national development when they grow up.  However, he became guarded when asked about the most beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life, saying that it was a “dangerous question” and might leave many people displeased.  The discussion became so interesting that the initially planned 15-minute “meet and greet” with the President of the country lasted for almost an hour.  The students also appreciated the merienda which the Malacañang staff prepared for them.

Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) Executive Director Malou Turalde-Jarabe (left photo) presented her paper “Promoting the Scholarship of Engagement: Towards Volunteering for Development and Active Engagement in Nation-building” during the 14th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference in Macau last December 9-12, 2013.  The theme of the conference is “Allied Volunteer Efforts – Being Change Agents in a Risk Society”.  She was joined by co-presenters from Taiwan, Korea and Japan who discussed how volunteering and service-learning can help young people prepare to live successfully in a risk society while contributing to addressing community problems.

Third Year Communication students, Carol Navarro (right) and Jam Padro (left) , along with four other International Studies students, attended a two-week cultural exchange program in Kobe College, Japan from November 13 to 26, 2013.  The students enjoyed their immersion in the Japanese culture and language.  Lasting friendships were also forged with other students in Kobe College and Hiroshima Jogakuin University.

The students experienced the convenience of bullet trains, walked the streets of Kyoto in kimonos and learned Ikebana (flower arrangement) and Sado (tea ceremony).  They indulged in Japanese food but also cooked Adobo to the delight of their Japanese friends.

Patricia Nicole Manarang of the Middle School  won second place in the On-the-spot Essay Writing Contest sponsored by IBON Foundation.  She was registered as one of the 15 contestants in the High School Division using the Department of Education’s K-12 levels.  Patricia was mentored by Bernadette Cruz-Mauricio and Isabela Maria Aguilar.

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