PROPERTY giant Ayala Land Inc. and premier Filipino Catholic school Miriam College seal their partnership with the completion and opening of the first building in the master-planned campus south of Manila in time for the opening of classes recently.

Miriam College brings to NUVALI the same K-12 readiness enjoyed in its Quezon City campus by offering Grade 7 (middle school) other than its other initial offerings such as preschool and lower school levels.

“Ayala Land and Miriam College share the same philosophy. We want to work towards preserving the environment,” says Miriam College president Rosario Lapus.

Designed by green architect Dan Lichauco of Archion Architects, the first phase of the building covers a total of 2.7 hectares with emphasis on lush, landscaped grounds, spacious rooms, and energy efficient features that will be complemented by artworks and installations.

On top of the supporting facilities such as the cafeteria, library, and multi-purpose hall, nearing completion is a modern chapel with wood-glass-stone details and a choir loft that opens up to the music room.

“The design is basically environmental and green, designed to capture the wind,” offers Arch. Lichauco. The green design features forced ventilation to ensure cooler classrooms while a dry pond was constructed to help reduce flooding.

“The design incorporates the rich character and 87-year history of Miriam College, providing a positive presence in the thriving NUVALI community,” adds Arch. Lichauco.

MC NUVALI sits on a 15-hectare lot with a view of the Laguna de Bay within NUVALI. Like its Quezon City counterpart, Miriam College NUVALI intends to develop a “school within a forest” with 60-40 ratio of open spaces to structures. “It (MC NUVALI) has a new character but the same idea of permanence as the Quezon City campus,” stresses Arch. Lichauco.


SOURCE: Manila Standard > manilastandardtoday.com/2014/06/27/miriam-college-opens-green-campus-in-nuvali

A training for field supervisors and enumerators of the Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute’s research project on women in the Bangsamoro was conducted last June 6-9 at Ateneo de Zamboanga University.  This was in partnership with the institution’s Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) office.

A total of 30 participants from Cotabato, Isabela, Jolo, Lamitan, Marawi, and Zamboanga attended the training. WAGI Executive Director Prof. Aurora de Dios and WAGI Senior Program Coordinator Josefa Francisco served as resource facilitators.

The research is part of a two-year project of WAGI, in partnership with the Women’s Peace Table. It aims to increase the capacity of Bangsamoro women to engage in meaningful economic, social, and political participation in their own communities.

According to the Small Arms Survey, globally there are about 2,000 people killed daily because of armed violence. In the Philippines alone there are 4.2M guns in the hands of civilians and an estimated 1M illegal firearms that may be used to commit crimes such as rape and other forms of sexual violence. According to the PNP 99% of reported crimes are committed with unlicensed guns. The reality is that the presence of a gun in the home increases the probability to 43% of a family member being harmed or killed, rather than an intruder, increasing insecurity than security.

The Miriam College community recognizes that the seriousness of gun violence should not be ignored. Last Thursday, June 19, the Center for Peace Education and the office of Ms. Rose Bautista, the Vice President for Mission, Identity and Development, encouraged administrators, faculty and students to take a stand against gun violence by participating in the Control Arms campaign for the Arms Trade Treaty race to 50 state ratifications. The participants gathered at the SMT open grounds forming a human peace sign while holding up race bibs with the slogan “Ratification to Make a Difference”. The photo petition will be included in the global  campaign to demonstrate unity of the global community to end gun violence.


To join or to learn more about this campaign go to:

CBEA faculty and of the Department of Leisure and Tourism Management chairperson Dr. Ruby Alminar-Mutya (second from left)  emerged as the national winner for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Finance Educator Awards last June 18 sponsored by FINEX Research and Development Foundation, Inc. and Deloitte/NavarroAmper&Co.

With Dr. Alminar-Mutya (second from left)  the photo are Josefina N. Tan, 1990 FINEX President and Chair of Miriam College’s Board of Trustees; Gregorio S. Navarro, managing partner and CEO of Deloitte Philippines/ NavarroAmper&Co. and Philip Zerillo, the event’s guest of honor and speaker.

The awarding was held at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City.

Incoming Grade 12 students Rina Bello and Dyan Villegas and incoming Grade 11 student Cathreen Ysabel Sibal, represented Miriam College High School at the World Scholar’s Cup last June 11-12 in Malaysia. They exhibited their writing, speaking and test taking skills in several events—team writing, debates, individual writing and quiz show.

There were 85 teams from more than 40 schools in Asia. They were the lone representatives of the Philippines and won 13 awards including 3rd place overall champion in the Senior division. They were trained by Sofia Soledad De Guzman and Evelyn Salvilla.

Miriam College NUVALI welcomed its first set of First Step, Nursery and Kindergarten, and Grades 1-2 students (top photos) last June 16 while students of Grades 3-7 were received by their teachers for the first time last June 17. Parents excitedly turned over their children to the teachers and staff who assisted them to their classrooms.

At another activity, Miriam College NUVALI administrators and staff, Grades 3-7 students,  and teachers attended the First Friday Mass last July 4 held at the school’s Multipurpose Hall. Fr. Bobby Roxas, the presiding priest, talked about the importance of pioneering work and service in his homily, a fitting message for the first students and teachers of the school.

Ayala Land Inc. and  Miriam College seal their partnership with the completion of the first building in the masterplan of Miriam College (MC) NUVALI. 
 
The green, contemporary Filipino building had its blessing last June 9, 2014, a week before classes opened at the new MC campus south of Metro Manila. 
 
“Ayala Land and Miriam College share the same philosophy. We want to work towards preserving the environment,” said Miriam College president Rosario Lapus. 
 
Designed by green architect Dan Lichauco of Archion Architects, the first phase of the building covers a total of 2.7 hectares with emphasis on lush, landscaped grounds, spacious rooms, and energy efficient features that will be complemented by artworks and installations.
 
“The design is basically environmental and green, designed to capture the wind,” said rs  Lichauco. The green design features forced ventilation to ensure cooler classrooms while a dry pond was constructed to help reduce flooding.
 
“The design incorporates the rich character and 87-year history of Miriam College, providing a positive presence in the thriving NUVALI community,”  Lichauco added.
 
MC Nuvali  sits on a 15-hectare lot with a view of the Laguna de Bay within Nuvali, the largest self-sustainable, eco-friendly community in the country developed by Ayala Land.
 
The masterplan of the campus takes full advantage of the rolling terrain to provide magnificent views and interesting spaces. Every space, it should be noted, communes with nature, effortlessly creating an environment conducive for learning. 
 
Like its Quezon City counterpart, Miriam College NUVALI intends to develop a “school within a forest” with 60-40 ratio of open spaces to structures. “It (MC Nuvali) has a new character but the same idea of permanence as the Quezon City campus,” Lichauco said. 
 
For the building’s interiors, each floor is introduced with a new color complemented with natural light and windows that overlook the landscape outside. Classrooms are generously-spaced, bright and airy with high ceilings to give an ambience that is warm and connected to nature. 
 
Chair and table arrangements are non-traditional, with students facing each other, encouraging collaboration and teamwork while at the same time allowing engagement with the teachers. 
 
On top of the supporting facilities such as the cafeteria, library, and multi-purpose hall, nearing completion is a modern chapel with wood-glass-stone details and a choir loft that opens up to the music room.


READ THE REST OF THE STORY AT: Malaya Online > www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/special-features/ayala-land-mc-nuvali-open-green-campus


Miriam College was invited to attend a stakeholders meeting called by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte last, June 4 at the Quezon City Hall. Administrative Services Director   Cynthia O. Morales and ESI’s Tessa Oliva attended the meeting for the school.

Vice Mayor Belmonte and her team presented an overview of the Tourism Development Plan of Quezon City where it was mentioned that there will be eight Tourism Districts. Katipunan Avenue will be part of the planned Knowledge Community District.

The goal is to have a sustainable, safe, healthy, livable and vibrant district. During the meeting it was decided that a technical working group will be formed to be composed of representatives from Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College and University of the Philippines. This committee will be headed by Vice Mayor Joy del Belmonte.

2014 BA Communication graduates, Audrey Calonge, Shane Pastoral, and Brenda Sevilla put their film making skills to the test in the recently concluded Amazing Thailand Film Challenge (ATFC) held last April 19-29 in Bangkok.  The competition was part of  the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2014 with the theme, “Thailand Take Two Action!”

A total of 112 filmmakers (48 student teams and 8 professional teams) from across the globe flew to Thailand for the film challenge. Each team was composed of two members and was provided with return flight tickets, four nights accommodation, a budget of 30,000 Thai Baht, a local production assistant, their own van, and professional production support. All of these were sponsored by Thailand Film Office and Department of Tourism of Thailand.

Over the course of seven days, 56 teams vied for 1.2 million Thai Baht (approx. $30,000) by producing a short film. Pre-production, production, and post-production took place in Thailand.

Calling themselves Team 31, the group produced the film Open Home. It was shot in Koh Chang, a small province in Thailand.  This is where most tourists spend their holidays, smitten by its scenic places and clear waters. The team allotted three days for production then  headed back to the city to do the post-production before coming up with the final output.

In the end they managed to produce a film despite permit problems, language barriers and adjusting to a new country.  Along the way, they were able to build relationships with newfound friends.  They were also able to explore Thailand in 10 days.

Team 31 brought home great experiences, adventure-filled stories, lessons and dreams that every aspiring filmmaker will forever treasure.

Submitted by Calonge, Pastoral & Sevilla. 

Dr. Jose Reuben Alagaran II, Center for Strategic Research executive director and Department of Communication associate professor, was recently reappointed member of Technical Committee for Communication of the Commission on Higher Education.  His term will end in December this year.

Dr. Alagaran, who also completed a three-month UNESCO consultancy stint in Myanmar recently, will assist in the development and reformulation of policies on outcomes-based education, Center of Development and/or Excellence in communication education, and new curriculum on communication to reflect the new General Education courses.

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