Dr. Rosario Lapus was the main speaker (top photo)  at the first public forum of the Congregation for Catholic Education held in Rome, Italy last February 12.  She shared an in-depth reflection on the challenges facing Catholic education and how Miriam College is addressing those challenges to remain committed in its core values of Truth, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation.

In attendance were cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation, rectors and faculty of Pontifical Universities and a number of experts in the field of education.

The forum was held in the preparation for two significant anniversaries in 2015 affecting the educational mission of the Church: the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian Education and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities.

In two other separate trips, Dr. Lapus was able to network with a school and strengthen ties with the Maryknoll Sisters.

On January 28, Dr. Lapus visited Emerson College in Boston, USA where she met with Donna Heiland, Emerson College Vice President and Special Assistant (bottom right photo), to  discuss the possibility of partnering with them on program enhancement and development.

Dr. Lapus was also in Ossining, New York last February 2 to visit the Maryknoll  Sisters. With her were (bottom left  photo, from left) BEU administrators and faculty Sofia De Guzman, Luwi Tampinco, and Dr. Edizon Fermin. Also in photo is  Sr. Teresita Perez (far right) . The visit gave the group  an opportunity to strengthen the school’s commitment in continuing the Maryknoll legacy and mission.

“It’s a beautiful language. You carry it as you grow up, when socializing, to work. You carry it the rest of your life,” says Carol Ui, principal of the Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf (MC-SAID).

Ui is referring to the Signing Exact English, or SEE, which MC-SAID practices as a method of communication for its students. “Our philosophy in educating the students who are deaf is “Total Communication,” she adds.


These remarks come in conjunction with a forum and conference titled “PWeDe Nating Gawin: Enriching Education for Persons with Disability” which Miriam College, with the support of the United States Embassy Manila, and in coordination with the National Council on Disability Affairs, is hosting this month. The campaign is called “PWeDe Nating Gawin!” which translates to “We can do it!” The capitalized “PWD” in the slogan refers to persons with disabilities.

The conference likewise champions President Benigno Aquino Jr.’s Proclamation 688 in November, making 2013-2022 the country’s decade of “Make the Right Real” for persons with disabilities.

MC-SAID prides itself on being the pioneering private school in the country to immerse and merge students who are deaf with the hearing populace.

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The Miriam College Swimming team (top photo) of the Higher Education Unit bagged bronze medals at the 44th WNCAA 2014 Swimming Competition held in San Beda College, Alabang, last January 26.

The Bronze Medal winners for the 400-Meter Medley Relay are Vanessa Sudario, Robyn Joanne Manila, Eriel Pintang, and Kristine Ariel Boone (bottom left photo). 

The Bronze Medals winners for the 200 - Meter Freestyle Relay were  Sophia Dianne Garcia, Mhikuo Jecino, Patricia Joy Cedo and Janelle Alyanna Paz while the winners of the 200 - Meter Medley Relay were Vanessa Sudario, Robyn Joanne Manila, Eriel Pintang and Kristine Ariel Boone (bottom, center and right photos, respectively).

Two teams composed of faculty members from different departments, staff, and graduate students of Miriam College went to Bohol last January 3 to 6 to give direct service and train volunteers in two of the hardest hit municipalities in Bohol—Antequera and Calape.  The activity was called “Padayon: Psychosocial Care for Earthquake Survivors in Bohol.

Team 1, led by Dr. Grace Evangelista, gave direct service to children and trained local volunteers for children.  The main facilitators were Theology Faculty Clint Gamboa, and MAE Guidance Counselor Reymily Sta. Ana, while co-facilitators were Psychology Faculty and Asian University Digital Resource Network Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Psychology graduate students Rachel Peddy, Cathy Pestano, and Barbara Paragas.

Team 2, led by Dr. Rachel C. Reyes-Laureano, gave direct service to adults and trained local volunteers for adults.  The main facilitators were Social Work faculty Jowima Reyes, MAE Student Affairs Coordinator Emma Igos, Psychology Faculty Samantha Mendez, while co-facilitators were Psychology graduate students Grace Lee, and Cathy Pestano.

Hannah Abellera of the Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA) provided logistical support and served as process documenter.  Prof. Al Leonidas, Social Science professor, provided a magic show that was highly appreciated by the local community.

This initiative was a joint venture of Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan, Dean of the College of International, Humanitarian, and Development Studies; the College Faculty Association headed by its President, Dr. Victoria Narciso Apuan, the Bohol Local Development Foundation headed by Dr. Nestor Pestelos, and INSA, headed by Malou Turalde-Jarabe.

The Philippine E-Learning Society (PELS) recognized Miriam College as one of its institutional members during the PELS International Congress on E-Learning 2013 held last Dec. 6-7, 2013 at the Heritage Hotel in Manila. Accepting the PELS Institutional Award 2013 for Miriam College was Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez (left photo).  

Right photos shows Dr. Fortez with Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) Executive Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay who was a speaker at the event.

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