Department of Communication Chairperson Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta was invited as juror in the 48th Anvil awards for PR Tools and Publications.
The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) organized this annual event in recognition of outstanding public relations programs and tools. Over the years, the Anvil Awards has become the country’s most coveted honor bestowed in the field of public relations.

The Anvil Board of Jurors is composed of notable and esteemed leaders in the private and public sectors that include business, government service, media, and the academe. 

This year’s event was chaired by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, D.D., President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,  and co-chaired by Atty. Eugenio Villareal, Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

For PR Tools and Publications, awarding ceremonies were held at the Solaire Resort last February 26, 2014.

Miriam College’s Business Administration students bagged Second Place at the recently-concluded Agora Youth Marketing Research Competition for its “Confidence Campaign” for Wacoal Phils held at Landbank Plaza last March 8. The judges commended the students for their cohesive research and presentation that espouses sexy and classy confidence that starts from within. The competition was sponsored by the Philippine Marketing Association.
The Agora Youth Marketing Research Competition is open to marketing students across the country.

The community proudly salutes Maryknoll/Miriam College alumna Teresita “Ging” Quintos-Deles (GS ’62,  HS ‘66,  AB ’70) for her key role in the peace process that, together with members of the peace panels, led to the historical signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro on March 27, 2014 after 17 years of peace talks between  the government and the MILF.

Deles, as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, is unrelenting in her pursuit of lasting peace in Mindanao and has consistently emphasized the role women play in it.  

Deles is a 2001 Maryknoll/Miriam College Amazing Alumni awardee. She is recognized for her contributions to the country as a community organizer, peace advocate, and women’s rights activist. She is also an acknowledged leader in the Philippine NGO community.

“We’re not a school that’s like a factory, where everybody does the same thing. Miriam is a school where we try to develop the girls into individuals. We want them to know that they can be the best that they can be.”

One of the more progressive Catholic institutions where women of all ages truly rule and make their mark is Miriam College.

It is here where students and teachers, collectively called “Katipuneras,” go out of the campus to bravely voice out their stand on national issues such as the pork barrel scam. It is here where programs to give more women a central role in the peace process as negotiators are developed through the Women and Gender Institute.

It is here where students conduct flash mobs and other activities to generate awareness on global issues such as disarmament and the manufacture of nuclear weapons in First-World countries. It is here where students counsel and comfort their peers who come from troubled or broken families, and most recently, the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. It is here where students work with the local churches, doing clerical work, cathechesis, medical missions, and assist in worship activities.

It is here where award-winning faculty excel in various fields, the most recent of which is literary writer and Filipino Department chair, Dr. Rebecca Añonuevo, who is among the 2013 recipients of the South East Asian Writers Award. It is here where the academic community has earned an environment award for seriously implementing advocacies as a “Dark Green School,” which means green in curriculum, activities, and research.

It is here where persons with disabilities and out-of-school youth and elders are given a chance to study, finish their education, and acquire the much-needed training to help them thrive in the real world and workplace.

It is here where a college student can visibly express her individuality by going to class wearing a big ribbon on her hair and studded shoes that are not part of the school uniform and at the same time, be accepted and taken seriously by her classmates and teachers.

From the creation of a teacher-training program for women in 1926 by the Sisters of the Maryknoll Congregation in New York to the establishment of the then Malabon Normal School to its metamorphosis into Maryknoll College and finally to Miriam College, the all-girls institution has remarkably evolved into one of the leading model schools for Catholic education today.

At the helm of Miriam College is president Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus who was recently invited to speak about the future direction of Catholic education at the Vatican’s “Congregazione Educazione Cattolica” in Rome. Dr. Lapus was recommended by the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) for the forum after being handpicked along with 14 other university rectors/presidents by Msgr. Guy Thivierge, IFCU executive secretary, to participate in its new program, “Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century: an Action-Oriented Program for Institutional Heads.”

In her well-received speech at the forum, Dr. Lapus talked about the transformative programs of Miriam College as well as the steps that the institution has taken to make itself relevant, to effectively connect to its students, and to further contribute to the development of the country’s future leaders and Philippine society.

Because of its quality of education, service learning program, and progressive approach in teaching, the institution has continuously produced exceptional woman leaders in government, business, education, and socio-civic work. To date, 19 alumni have been cited as The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) awardees for making a difference in their communities.

In this 60 Minutes interview, Dr. Lapus tells us about the role of Catholic schools in molding woman leaders and the proper way to educate the youth of the 21st century. (Rachel C. Barawid)

Read the rest of the story here: Manila Bulletin Online

Anna Mae Dominique De Dios, Second Year Communication student, bagged the Bronze medal at the Bataan Death March 102 km Ultra Marathon held last March 1-2.  She was the youngest finisher and challenger of the run that started in Mariveles, Bataan and finished in San Fernando Pampanga—the same historic route the Filipino Prisoners of War took in 1942 during the Japanese occupation.

De Dios finished at 17:37:14 hours, beating the 18-hour cut-off. She dedicated her run to her PE teacher, Rizalino David, who passed away recently and who supported De Dios all the way.  “His last words to me were ‘Good Luck! May the soul of my grandfather, a soldier who was part of the Death March, guide and protect you during your run,’ “ shared De Dios.

De Dios is a running enthusiast and member of the Philippine Association of Ultra Marathoners. 

Dr. Edizon A. Fermin was elected as the youngest national President of the Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc. (PALT). Founded in 1960 by a group of professional language educators headed by Prof. Aurora L. Samonte, PALT is the oldest national organization for language teaching that devotes itself to the promotion of excellence in language teaching, language education research, and professional development. It is currently the country affiliate of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International and the Pan-Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies (PAC).

Jasmin Gonzales of 9-Fitton and Denise Tenedero of 9-Carpio won third place in the 6th Nihongo Quiz Bee sponsored by the Nippon Foundation Manila held last February 22. On its second year of introducing a foreign language program, the unit has participated in competitive events focusing on international communication. Marie Dominique Licup of the Department of Social Sciences served as mentor of the competing team.

The Miriam College High School Media Club, under the supervision of Kristen Zara Perez of the Department of Humanities, placed second in the Ateneo De Manila’s 10th Alin, Alin ang Naiba Book and Film Contest last January 25. Ghie Legaspi of 9-Coleman, Kate Cqbatuando of 9-McMahon, Coleen Gonzalez of 9-Lichauco, Noelle Marcelo of 11-Mead and Kristine Abraham of 12-Lehmann constituted the team. Meanwhile, Nicole Bosse of 10-Marquez-Benitez, Coleen Gonzalez of 9-Lichauco, and Eula Estrella of 9-Kalaw won the Project Motion Poster Making Contest of the Ateneo De Manila University’s Association of Communication Majors. Their advocacy poster that centered on gender equality was declared the top winner last February 10.

In its continuing effort to learn from the experiences of outstanding girls’ schools overseas, Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, MCHS Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, MCMS APAA Ms. Maria Louella M. Tampinco-Lunas, and MCHS Grade Level Coordinator Sofia Soledad DG. De Guzman visited the Marymount School of New York last February 3. The institution is a college preparatory, independent, Catholic day school for girls, founded by Mother Joseph Butler in 1926 as part of a network of schools directed by the Religious Order of the Sacred Heart of Mary. It promotes in each student a respect for her own unique abilities and a commitment to responsible living in a changing world by fostering cultural sensitivity, religious understanding, and a global perspective. This top-performing school is headed by a highly regarded Filipino educator, Concepcion ‘Chit’ Rosales-Alvar who finished her Bachelor of Science in Education major in Elementary Education at Maryknoll College in 1965. A college best friend of MC Director for Basic Education Dr. Ma. Corazon R. Reyes, she spent her student teaching years at the Maryknoll School in Paco and at Maryknoll College in Quezon City. Alvar continues to be instrumental to the school’s faculty-driven and technology-enabled innovation context in all disciplines from K to 12 of Marymount School.

Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, MCHS Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, MCMS APAA Maria Louella M. Tampinco-Lunas, and MCHS Grade Level Coordinator Sofia Soledad DG. De Guzman facilitated a workshop at the National Conference on Girls’ Education held last February 7-9 at The Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Their workshop, “Girls’ Schools Speak: Transformative Girls’ Education Rooted in Truth, Peace, Justice, and Integrity” proved to be an intimate partnership-building initiative among the participants. With the theme, “On the Forefront: Advancing Girls Together”, over 700 delegates from 11 countries gathered to talk about issues and best practices in girls’ education through engaging plenaries, exploratory roundtable discussions, and unique speed innovating sessions.

The participation of MC in this event is an affirmation of its strong partnership with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Currently, Miriam College is the only Philippine and Asian affiliate of the professional network.

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