The College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) through the Department of Leisure and Tourism Management (LTM) brought onboard a total of 36 students composed of 3rd year and 4th year students to cruise Singapore-Thailand-Malaysia via M.V. Costa Victoria  on December 15 to 19, 2015. 

Together with the students were Dr. Ruby Alminar-Mutya, LTM Department chair,and faculty members Glenda R. Villanueva and May Jerelyn Mariano. The International Cruise Learning and Actualization Program was conducted in coordination with Costa Cruises and TravelPeople Ltd., Inc. 

The program aims to introduce the students to international standards of leisure-tourism-hospitality management in cruise line travel and operation; gain confidence through an authentic experience from learning interaction across geographical-cultural contexts; and prepare the students to be at par with tourism industry’s demands and expectations on knowledge, skills, and values of future tourism practitioners.   

The students attended and participated actively in a series of orientation and training sessions which include Introduction to cruising; interaction with the cruise officers and crew; tour of ship facilities; on-site demonstration of buffet/ala-carte preparation and service, bar operation, and housekeeping; and management of onboard and onshore activities.

Middle School students celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary last December 8, with fun-filled and spirit-filled activities. Offering their 3 T’s—Time, Talent, and Treasure—to God, the students started the day with a Eucharistic Celebration. After the Mass, students donated adult diapers and assorted crossword puzzles for the chosen community of the Faculty Outreach Activity, the Little Sisters of the Elderly in San Juan. This was followed by an 'Agape’ outreach activity, where the students shared a meal, interacted, and expressed their appreciation to the janitors and maintenance group of Miriam College, the helpers and the students from the Miriam Adult Education.

The day ended with the culminating activities for Christian Living Education Week. With the theme “Christ In Us, Hope in Glory,“ the Grade 6 students sang and danced their hearts out in their PraiseFest. Grade 7 students narrated the Salvation History through dance, original poems, and OPM songs for their SaTulaWit. Grade 8 students composed original songs in their activity Psalms and Verses Through Songs and Voices.

It was a celebration full of faith, hope, and love which demonstrated how the Miriam College Middle School community lives out the Miriam Spirituality — a community that shows service with a heart.

Miriam College hosted and organized the International Conference on Business and Communication (ICBC) last November 27-28, 2015 at the Marian Auditorium. Carrying the theme “Business, Tourism, and Identity in the ASEAN Economic Community,” the conference aimed to provide a platform for strengthening the relationship between business and tourism and for building identity in the context of the ASEAN integration initiative through various creative individuals, team-based activities, competitions, and exhibitions.

Dr. Rosario O. Lapus welcomed more than 500 international and local participants to the conference. Participating countries were Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Local participants were from UST, St. Paul’s College, Miriam College, Saint Pedro Poveda College, Assumption College, St. Scholastica’s College, National College of Business and Arts, Philippine School of Business Administration, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines, and College of St. Benilde.

The keynote speaker was Honorary Consul General Robert Lim Joseph (top left photo). He is also the founder of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies and the Tourism Educators and Movers Philippines. In his talk, Joseph noted that tourism is the biggest business in the country today. He emphasized that the age of Internet and social media has contributed much to the industry because knowledge and information have become accessible to everyone. Because of technology, people have no reason to say, “I don’t know” anymore, he said.  He also emphasized on the need to be savvy in sales and excellent in public relations and communications to be able to boost any business.

Plenary topics include Business, Entrepreneurship, Tourism Education in the ASEAN region, and the ASEAN Economic Community. In between plenary topics were parallel sessions that gave the participants an opportunity to discuss and learn about student study initiatives, cultural-based tourism development, and tourism education across the ASEAN region.

A highlight of the event was the Innovation Challenge, wherein students were grouped randomly and given three hours to develop an innovative product or service using coconut.  Awards were given for three categories: Band de Coco was named People’s Choice; Cocos Nucifera won Most Sustainable Product Innovation and Over-all Product Innovation; and the Layered Coconut Husk Breakwater got Most Socially Responsible Product Innovation award.

The conference was organized by the President’s Office through Christina Ibañez and the College of Business, Entrepreneurship & Accountancy.

The Women Peacemakers Program-The Netherlands together with the Center for Peace Education organized a Regional Consultation on "Gender & Militarism in Asia: Linking Regional Analysis to Local Practices” last December 7-9, 2015. The consultation, which  took place at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, brought together 30 men and women from nine different Asian countries, different Asian subregions, and various backgrounds: activists, academics,  as well as representatives of indigenous communities. 

During the meeting, participants discussed different aspects of militarization in the Asia region, the effects and obstacles for women and human rights activists, as well as successful approaches to confront the rising militarization in the region and promoting nonviolent approaches to conflict prevention and resolution, linking it to critical academic research from the region.

On December 9, 2015 the participants shared the results of the consultation with government officials, civil society representatives, academicians and members of the diplomatic community in the Philippines. Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, gave the Keynote Message. Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer shared her thoughts after participants have shared the result of the consultation.

Results of consultation are being compiled by WPP and will be circulated among stakeholders working on the women. peace and security agenda.

The MCHS Glee Club was the 2nd runner-up at the Children’s Museum & Library Inc.’s (CMLI) Voices in Harmony held at the AFP Theatre last December 6, 2015. The choir sang two choice pieces, Papanok a Lakitan by Nilo B. Alcala II and Kailangan Kita by Ogie Alcasid and arranged By Carl Elmore Facto. Their contest piece was Posible popularized by the group Rivermaya. It was arranged for the choir by Ma. Theresa V. Roldan. 

The semi-final round was held last October 4 at the Marian Auditorium. A total of 22 schools participated but only 10 made it to the finals.

Champions were Immaculate Conception Academy and St. Scholastica’s Marikina.

The different HEU sports teams have done the school proud once more after bagging the top award in Poomsae and bringing home several medals from the different sports category during the Women’s Colleges Sports Association (WCSA) Sportsfest held last November 29, 2015 at the Rizal Stadium. 

This year’s event was hosted by Miriam College through the HEU Athletics Office. 

The following earned medals at the event:


Champions - HEU Poomsae Team
Gold, Individual Category - Francesca Angela Santiago and Maria Angeli Ligeralde, 
Silver, Individual Category - Jean Marie Chantal Maagma, Patricia Mae Trinidad and Nicole Delas Armas,  
Bronze, Individual Category - Blythe Colleen Abundo, Laya Ferrer and Nina Carmella Perez 
Gold,  Group Category (Novice) - Maria Angeli Ligeralde, Nicole Delas Armas and Chenoa Kyle Ballon, 
Gold, Group Category (Advance) - Jean Marie Chantal Maagma, Blythe Colleen Abundo and Laya Ferrer
Most Valuable Athlete, Jean Marie Maagma


1st Runner-up - HEU Swimming team, 
Gold, 100 Meter Breaststroke - Bernadyne Kyle Santos
Gold, 200 Meter Individual Medley- Bernadyne Kyle Santos
Gold, 200 Meter Freestyle Relay - Bernadyne Kyle Santos, Vanessa Mae L. Sudario, Patricia Joy C. Cedo and  Robyn Joanne L. Manila

Gold, 50 Meter Breaststroke - Robyn Joanne L. Manila
Gold, 200 Meter Medley - Relay Bernadyne Kyle Santos, Robyn Joanne L. Manila, Doreen D. Doria and Vanessa Mae L. Sudario, Silver, 200 Meter Freestyle, Bernadyne Kyle Santos

Silver, 400 Meter Freestyle Relay - Bernadyne Kyle Santos
Silver, 100 Meter Freestyle - Bernadyne Kyle Santos
Bronze, 200 Meter Freestyle - Robyn Joanne L. Manila
Bronze medal, 400 Meter Medley Relay -  Maria Celine S. Nacianceno, Anna Gabriella M. Rodriguez, Rochelle Jiane G. Madrilejo and Patricia Joy C. Cedo

Bronze,  100 Meter Breaststroke - Robyn Joanne L. Manila
Bronze, 50 Meter Freestyle - Vanessa Mae L. Sudario
Bronze medal,  50 Meter Backstroke -  Bernadyne Kyle Santos


Silver - HEU Badminton team 
Players: Joyce Bruno, Teirrah Opinion, Ira Francesca Villanueva, Katrina Karen Kate Buencamino, Karen Joy Inocencio, Priscilla Elena Caluag, Joyce Anne Santos and Angelica Joanne Alban

The Middle School celebrated its first-ever Leaders League last November 23 to 27. During the week, every student in the Middle School experienced how it really is to be a leader. They signed up to participate in various activities and talks that were prepared just for them.These included fun games during lunch break which brought out team-building and leadership skills of the students, and the Corners for Reflection at the lavatory mirrors where everyone could, literally and figuratively, reflect on prompts. These corners were extended to the corridors and main passageways. Interactive displays were also prepared which students diligently engaged in.

Noteworthy activities were the various talks given by students with different backgrounds and experiences in the area of leadership. Some were  veteran leaders, others first-time leaders and leaders-to-be.

For the class officers, a session on Solution-Focused Leadership was facilitated. The club officers, on the other hand, had a talk on how it is to be a Servant Leader.

Similar to the TED Talk concept, Speed Learning Sessions were held featuring four speakers from the MS community who shared their knowledge and insights on what it takes to  become a good leader. They cited skills such as valuing efforts,  practicing patience, dealing with rejection, and developing the will to be able to lead well.

“To be here today makes me happy.” This is Chilean President Michele Bachelet’s  response to a student’s question when asked what makes her happy. She assures: “I’m not trying to be nice with you, I really enjoy being here and listen to you and see your enthusiasm and your energy.”

Pres. Bachelet was in Miriam College for a dialogue with Women and the Youth last November 17.  Her dialogue was part of the 4th National Women’s Summit (NWS) which started Nov. 16, 2015. She spoke before the Miriam College community composed of students, faculty, and administrators; guests from public and private sectors; and participants of the 4th NWS.

“We are truly inspired by the visit of President Michelle Bachelet who is a major example of a woman of courageous and ethical leadership. In the Philippines as well as in Chile, women have taken steps so they are represented at all levels of government, reaching all the way to the top.  This has not been an easy task but it is well worth the effort. It is important that the interests and influence of women take center stage,” said Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College, in her welcome speech at the event.

President Bachelet shared her experiences as a woman leader and advocate of gender equality and women’s empowerment in various areas of her work. At the end of her speech, she gamely answered questions coming from women representatives and Miriam College’s students from the high school and higher education units.

The two-term woman president of Chile showed wit, wisdom, and intelligence as she interacted with the audience.

On being the first woman Defense Minister in Latin America she says: “I think it’s very important to have women in the military and political forces… because they represent the society and Defense is not only a matter of men, it’s a matter of the whole society and women are part of that.”

On love and relationships, she gives this advice:  “I am not sure that I am the best model because I think I’m a single mother. My first advice is that in any field, not only in politics, in the economic field or whatever field, you have to understand that being a  “superwoman” does not exist.

“There is always some costs. You cannot be the best professional or the best mother. What women should do is be in a sort of network of women to support each other.”

On happiness, she muses: “What makes me happy is to listen to music, to sing, to dance, to cook when I have time, but I have to say I discovered this later in my life. When I was a young girl, I thought that in traditionally machista societies, women have the three C’s: cooking, childcare, and caring for everyone. It’s good that we do it but we can do other things and we want to do other things, too.”

President Bachelet was elected as President of Chile in 2006 and reelected in 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position in the history of her country.  Prior to this she was appointed as Minister of Public Health and later, as Minister of National Defense, the first woman to assume the post in Chile and in Latin America.  She briefly served as Executive Director of UN Women in the United Nations where she led a global campaign on violence against women and gender equality.

Prof. Aurora De Dios, co-convener of the 4th National Women’s Summit and executive director of WAGI, which organized the NWS, called the visit of Pres. Bachelet historic.  “This is a great honor and milestone for Miriam College because she is the first Head of State to visit our College. It is also very special because President Bachelet is an outstanding global leader who spearheaded her country’s development towards peace, reconciliation and economic prosperity. She epitomizes the best in women’s leadership through her clear vision, people-centered governance and advocacy of women’s rights and gender equality.”

Other notable guests at the dialogue were former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, convenor of the 4th NWS and Hon. Rowena Guanzon, Commissioner, Commission on Elections (COMELEC. 

Moderating the event was veteran journalist and Rappler co-founder Che Che Lazaro.

Since 2008, Miriam College, through the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), has been hosting the National Women’s Summit as a venue for women’s groups and civil society organizations to discuss current national and international issues that affect Filipino women including the 2016 national elections. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Women’s Leadership for an Inclusive and Democratic Governance: Towards Equal and Sustainable Development”.

Read more on Pres. Bachelet’s dialogue with women and youth at: and

Miriam College Lower School celebrated Communication Arts Week with the theme “Lighting Up Our World Through Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening” last November 23 - 26, 2015.

The weeklong celebration was launched through an opening ceremony, which showcased the excellent speaking skills of students from the different levels. As one of its highlights, the entire Lower School community expressed their appreciation and love for children’s literature and film by wearing their favorite children’s book or film character costumes.

Guest speakers and various activities enriched and enhanced the Reading and Language lessons of Grades 1 to 5. Book illustrators facilitated a fun book illustration workshop for Grade 1 students. Grade 2 students listened and marveled when animals, such as tarantulas and snakes, were brought in and given the spotlight by their owners. Grade 3 students had a book sharing activity, and they displayed their creativity through a hat designing activity. Grade 4 lighted up girl power through a door display contest. Grade 5 students took the opportunity to interact with a journalist and learn some basic concepts on journalism and broadcasting. They also broadened their knowledge on people with dyslexia through an invited speaker. 

It was a truly fun and memorable week that promoted and developed students, and even adults, to become excellent communicators and avid readers.

PASSING the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would stop the “spread of extremism” in Muslim Mindanao, especially in light of the recent Islamic State (IS) terror attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali, according to proponents of the BBL.

Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal, chief peace negotiators of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), respectively, urged the legislators to “stop wasting time” and work on immediate passage of the BBL.

In a joint letter to Congress, the two quoted National Security Council head Cesar Garcia as saying: “Passing the BBL can help curb the spread of extremism. In particular, the Bangsamoro government would be able to help moderate Islamic leaders counter the ideology of radicalism being promoted by IS and steer the Muslim community away from IS influence.”

According to Ferrer and Iqbal, the Bangsamoro peace process gained the support of the international community by “providing a model where the Islamic movement can find redress for its grievances through a civilized and democratic process, within the country’s territorial integrity and constitutional framework.”

“Time is short, but there is still time. We ask our legislators to work for the immediate passage of the draft law on the Bangsamoro. Time is of the essence and opportunity knocks only once,” the two said.

“We ask you, our legislators, to open your hearts and to give our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters this one good chance to enjoy their right to peace and partake of meaningful reforms and development,” they added.

For her part, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles continued to push for the passage of the BBL despite persistent delays on its deliberations in the Congress.

“We are not giving up on the BBL. We are asking all the stakeholders to stand firm on the peace process,” she said.

Jasmine Nario-Galace, executive director of Miriam College’s Center for Peace Education, called on the members of Congress to attend plenary sessions and resume discussions on the BBL.

“This is a task that lawmakers should fulfill. The BBL is not a simple legislation but a compilation of the Bangsamoro dreams and aspirations for self-determination. Passing the law is a duty of Congress,” she said.

Nario-Galace also appealed to the citizenry to play their part in the peace process by “pushing their representatives to continue the plenary discussions on the BBL and put the Bangsamoro peace process on their agenda before their term ends.”

SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >

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