Last February 21, 2015, the MCHS Pepsquad Hardcourt Dancers and Boosters were declared the first runner-up, Juniors’ Division of the 45th Season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They competed against nine teams. The team was trained by Coach Zar Semsem, Mr. Norman M. Diaz, Ms. Valene G. Lagunzad, and Ms. Charisse Mae D. Soriano. The event was the last in the series of competitive events for the current season.

The 10-member delegation of MCHS bested 89 other academic institutions, mostly colleges and universities in Asia and the Pacific at Asian English Olympics held on February 10-14, 2015 at Binus University in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Denise Galias (11-Purmassuri) was chosen as a speech octofinalist. Naomi Sibayan (12-Orosa) ranked 14th among 44 scrabble competitors. Glecy Canonoy (12-Del Mundo) placed second in the spelling event. Hyorim Cho (10-Mendoza) was awarded First Place and Best Prepared Story in the story telling division. Daniela Castillo (11-Purmassuri) was declared Champion and the Most Liked Storyline in the story writing competition.  Natasha Caluza (12-Wu) was declared champion in the News Casting category. She also received the Best Live Report and Best High School Reporter awards. Finally, in de bate, Anna Eldricka Bautista (12-Barrion) and Alyssa Bianca Encarnacion (12-Tereshkova) were declared Fourth and Second Best Speakers, respectively. They were also declared the Champions in the main break. 

The students were accompanied by Valene G. Lagunzad and Kristina B. Reyes of the Department of Arts and Humanities. At this very focused competition determining competence in English, MCHS was declared 3rd Overall Winner in 2013 and 2nd Overall Winner in 2014.

Visiting professor Prof. Kim Tae Bok (2nd from right) of Cheongju National University of Education in Korea, held an art exhibit entitled "Dreams" last February 5-7, 2015 at the MMJ foyer.

Dr. Tae Bok is the first grantee of the artist-in-residence program at Miriam College under the  College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Applied Arts, for school year 2014-2015.

The program is a residency opportunity for artists, art educators, curators and academicians to research, explore and present their works with meaningful experience and immersion in another culture.  The grantee must complete his/her residency at Miriam College with an exhibition, workshop, and other events with host institutions.

Photo shows the artist with Chi-Rho writers and Communication students Jacqueline Beatriz  Hidalgo (left) and Athena Jeremie Ordona (right), and Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Staff of the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) whose secretariat is the Center for Peace Education, went to the Senate on  February 3, 2015 to lobby proposals to further engender the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The WE Act 1325 Secretariat went to the Senate last year to personally submit the proposal to Senators. This time, CPE Executive Director Jasmin Nario-Galace spoke to the legislative officers of the Senators and walked them through the proposed language. 

WE Act 1325 was able to meet the legislative staff of Senators Pia S. Cayetano, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Grace L Poe, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Teofisto “TG” Guingona II, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara, and Loren B. Legarda. The proposed language was positively received with some of them committing to including it in their proposed amendments to the BBL draft.

“War solves nothing! Onward with the Mindanao Peace Process!”  This was the rallying cry during the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) celebration last February 2, 2015 held at Miriam College through the Center for Peace Education.

The cry comes amidst renewed call to go to war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) because of the Mamasapano mis-encounter between the PNP-SAF.

This message of pursuing the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro became them at the two-day WIHW Forum and Workshop for Christian and Muslim Youth. The activity was made possible by the school’s Twinning Project which is held regularly to bring together students of Miriam College and Rajah Muda High School in Pikit, Cotabato, Maguindanao.

The project aims to break barriers of historical prejudice between the two religious and cultural groups. Both schools have established peace clubs that assist in this project: Pax Christi of Miriam College and Suara No Kalilintad (Voices of Peace) of the Rajah Muda High School.

Fourth year Business Administration (Finance and Investment major) student Liezel Javines (top photo, center) placed second in the “Search for Top 10 Outstanding Finance Students 2015” organized by the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations-Philippines. It was held during the National Finance Summit last January 24 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Apart from Javines, fellow MC students Maricris Bautista and Ivy Torio both qualified for the search which was participated in by more than 100 students from different schools nationwide. The entry into the Top 15 was based on two online examinations about banking, investment, fund management, insurance, corporate finance and capital markets while the top 10 selection was based on a final interview.

The prestigious competition recognizes Financial Management students who have shown exemplary performance in both academics and student leadership in the field of finance, investment, and/or banking. Bottom photo shows Javines (2nd from right) with  her fellow 2015 Top Finance Students.

Teaching, research, and community service were celebrated at this year’s President’s Awards for Research (PAR) and President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (PATE) ceremony held last February 11 at the Marian Auditorium.

In her opening remarks, Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, recognized the full range of faculty talent in our school and the great diversity of functions education today must perform. “We are here to honor our teachers for their scholarship in two areas: Research and Teaching. By giving out these awards, Miriam College is defining what it means to be a teacher-scholar. To be a true scholar is to be a researcher—engaged in discovering, creating, and testing new knowledge that will enrich our teaching. Our vision of excellence and quality rests on the principle that we are a thriving, dynamic community, engaged in the fundamental aspects of academic work—Teaching, Research, and Community Service.”

PAR recipients are selected based on their research significance, methodology, and innovation. PATE recipients, meanwhile, are selected based on teaching effectiveness, research, publications and creative work, professional involvement, and community involvement.

Introduced by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Glenda Fortez, the winners were joined by guest speaker Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, Dean of the UP College of Education, a recognized champion for promoting teaching-research nexus for learning engagement.

A cherished school tradition, the PAR and PATE awards continue to recognize the vast contributions of teachers to their profession and for upholding the institution’s mission of providing quality education. As Dr. Lapus shares, “Although we have eagerly embraced e-learning and technology on campus, we know it is the human factor that makes a difference in the classroom. It is the teacher that makes learning happen…Good teaching has always been a part of our school’s legacy. We hope that now and in the future, in QC as well as in Nuvali, we see Miriam College continue to be a place where good teaching happens.”

Top photo shows the 2015 PATE winners flanked by Dr. Fortez and Dr. Lapus. They are ( from left) Joshua M. Repomanta (Middle School), Outstanding Rookie Faculty; Mary Francis Therese B. Pelias (HEU-CEd), Outstanding Junior Faculty; and Celeste Joy O. Matias (High School), Outstanding Senior Faculty. 

Second row photo shows the 2015 PAR winners flanked by  Dr. Fortez and Dr. Lapus. They are (from left) Dennis P. Castro (High School) for “Ang bisa ng Parikala at Balintuna sa pagpapahalaga sa mga awit ni Gary Granada”; Ma. Carmen V. Peñalosa, Ph.D. (HEU-CAS) for “’Ginhawa’: An inquiry into its semantic domain across Philippine Ethnolinguistic groups and its overall Pan-Filipino Conception”; and Glenda R. Villanueva (High School) for “The impact of blended teaching approach in developing the Cognitive Learning Competencies of the Miriam College high school students in Business and Trades: An analysis”

Third Year BS Psychology student Elaijah Quing emerged as the National Winner and Grand Finalist for the English Speaking Union International Public Speaking Competition (ESU IPSC) last February 14 at FEU-Makati. This win makes her the Philippine representative to the ESU IPSC set on May 11-15, 2015 at Dartmouth House, Central London. She bested 42 students from different colleges and universities nationwide.

During the final rounds, Quing was up against Betina dela Cruz of Asia Pacific College and Calvin Chua of De La Salle University. She impressed the judges with her masterful delivery of her speech themed “Culture is not a luxury but a necessity” and for her extemporaneous speech.

The ESU, now on its 33rd year, brings together the best speakers from all over the world for a week of international cultural exchange and public speaking competition. In 2004, journalist and documentary filmmaker  Patricia Evangelista was the first Filipino winner of the said competition.

Dr. Jose Reuben Alagaran II, Center for Strategic Research executive director and Department of Communication associate professor, gave a talk on peace and media at the recently-concluded Asian Summit 2015 held at Manila Hotel.

He was one of the three international panel members for the session on Peace and Development:  The Role of Media and Education.  The theme of this year’s summit was “Toward Peace, Security, and Human Development in the Asia-Pacific Region” which was organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF).

The two other panelists were Shova Gyawali, Nepal Republic media director, and Dr. Robert Kittel, UPF-Asia director for Education.  The summit was attended by current and former heads of state and government, parliamentarians, leaders from the academe, civil society, faith-based organizations, women and youth groups.  The conference aimed to provide opportunity for participants to engage in a dialogue among various cultures, religions, and civilizations of Asia.

According to Dr. Alagaran, “The advent of social media as a platform for news enables us to receive updates and impart our reactions instantly, much faster than the printed and broadcast news.  Live feeds and streaming are easily seen and read by media consumers through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  These media consumers do not only consume media but also produce media as they share pictures and videos apart from their written tweets or comments.  This has changed the landscape of Philippine journalism.”

He added, “Today’s journalist is a ‘complete’ journalist.  Equipped with a smartphone and camera, the reporters take pictures, record videos, and write news at the same time using just the mobile phones.  With Internet connection, these items are immediately uploaded through the use of social media.  This is ‘backpack journalism’ where everything is done by a single reporter using electronic gadgets in one bag and stories are sent instantly through technology.”

The Miriam College Center for Peace Education, together with students from Pax Christi-Miriam College and Rajah Muda High School of Pikit, Northern Cotabato participated in recent peace march from Morayta to the Mendiola Peace Arch. The  public action was organized by the Friends of Bangsamoro (FoB), Waging Peace Philippines, the Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN) and other peace advocacy groups.

The march was held to call for justice for all the victims of the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident and to give support to the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The group gathered to mourn the lives lost in Mamasapano by offering their message of solidarity for the families and communities harmed. The group also called for a thorough investigation of the incident and to hold accountable those who are at fault.

The group likewise condemned the call for an all-out war in Mindanao. Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace, executive director of the CPE, instead emphasized on the need for an all-out peace in Mindanao. She highlighted the negative impacts of war, saying that such violence will only destroy more lives and impede human development.

In addition, representatives of the various organizations emphasized on the importance of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to conclude the peace process that will pave the way towards the decommissioning of weapons. The latter is an element of the normalization process that will help prevent the same tragedy from happening again.

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