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Team Philippines had a very fruitful campaign as it bagged a silver and two bronze medals in the 2015 International Cheer Union (ICU) World Cheerleading Championships at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Philippines placed second in the All Girl Elite division and third in the Coed Elite division and the Team Cheer Hip Hop event.

The country was represented by the NU pep squad in the Coed Elite and Miriam College’s Sayawatha dance troupe in the Cheer Hip Hop.

The Philippines’ All Girls Elite team finished behind gold medalist New Zealand in their division. The NU team placed behind Mexico (gold) and Chile (silver) in the Coed Elite.

The Cheer Hip Hop squad placed alongside USA and Japan on the podium.

Catch their performances below:


Miriam College’s Marketing and Finance students won a number of awards for their admirable performance throughout the Mini-Company Competition that ended last March 26. Their awards were given at the 46th Junior Achievement of the Philippines (JAPI) Annual Awards Night.
The team (top photo), whose business name for the competition was Sorellanza Inc, won 1st runner-up in the Company of the Year category and 2nd place in the Business Plan Competition. Winning individual awards were (bottom right photo): Marie Manalo, President of the Year; Alexandra Alberto, VP of the Year for Marketing; Eliza Garcia, VP of the Year for Human Resources; Christine Jacinto, 1st-runner up for VP for Finance; and Arianna Berro, 2nd runner-up for VP for Public Relations. These were the results of the five-month operational period of the competition that involved formulation, implementation and conclusion or liquidation of the mini-company.
SOLB, Sorellanza Inc.’s product, is a hybrid solar-bank and mobile-phone organizer. It can accommodate a solar bank (solar-powered charger) on the left side, and a smartphone on the other. The company’s mission was to advocate the use of solar power and conserve electricity. The company saw an opportunity for strengthening their mission and partnered with the Solar Power Initiative (SPIN) Project, a non-governmental organization. They will help in providing solar-powered nipa huts that house an array of electronic media for educational purposes. Sorellanza will be giving P10, 000 to SPIN as a show of support for their advocacy.
In a separate category, Miriam College Marketing head and Advertising and Marketing professor Romualdo A. Romualdo (bottom left photo), won the “Registered Marketing Educator” title. His experiences involve consultancy work, market research, and handling various brands such as Dockers and Levi Strauss. JAPI honored him for his many achievements in the field and recognized him as one of the top marketers in the industry. 

Miriam College has been part of JAPI's heritage for seven consecutive years, being the only school in the Philippines accorded the Hall of Fame award for three consecutive wins.  The college has been training its participants to become future leaders and innovators by providing hands-on avenues that practice both the art and science of business. 

Bottom right photo shows the individual category awardees with JA Asia Pacific President Vivian Lau (center) and CBEA Dean, Dr. Tony Lopez.

Photo credit: JAPI and Alex Alberto

MANILA – Actress Diana Zubiri feels proud that she has finally accomplished one of her many dreams – that is, to graduate from college.

In her Instagram account on Saturday, Zubiri shared pictures during her graduation, where she can be seen in her toga as she holds her diploma.

Zubiri graduated in Miriam College with a degree in Applied Arts major in theater.

In the caption, the actress said: “Thank you for amazing 5 years Miriam College (including tutorials and summer school).”

In an interview with The Philippine Star last week, Zubiri said working and studying at the same time did not come easy for her.

“There are school rules that I had to follow. The school authorities knew that showbiz is my bread-and-butter, pero hindi lahat ng oras puwede nila akong pagbigyan. Walang favoritism dun,” she said.

The actress, however, feels proud to see that all her hard work has paid off.

“We are the first batch (of 10) that graduated with this degree. I stopped schooling after I graduated high school from a public school in Caloocan. At the start of classes, nanibago talaga ako. It has been my dream to finish college and I’m glad I finally made it. When I see my picture in the yearbook, napapaiyak ako sa tuwa,” she said.

Asked what’s next for her after finishing college, Zubiri said: “I hope to make use of my degree. I decided to take up that course because I already have a background in film.”

Will this mean she is planning to direct a movie?

“It’s a possibility,” she said.

Posted at 04/20/2015 12:58 PM | Updated as of 04/20/2015 2:44 PM

The College of Arts and Sciences, led by its dean, Dr. Lourdes Samson, inaugurated "ArtSpace", a new studio for art and creative expressions for students of the Department of Applied Arts.

The occasion was graced by the President's Council led by Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College President, and Dr. Glenda Fortez, vice president for Academic Affairs. On hand, too, were representatives of Maryknoll High School class 1964.

Bottom left photo shows (from left) Dr. Samson; MCHS Batch ’64 Meldee Perez-Lopez, Milet de Leon-Henson and Asuncion Tan-Castillo; Dr. Lapus, and studio architect and Applied Arts faculty Joven Ignacio.

The Miriam College team composed of six third year Environmental Planning and Management (EPM) students was hailed as the overall champions last March 25 in the Open Category of The Young Mayor Competition 2015 by Activistar Advocacy. This year’s theme was “Planning a Clean and Green Township-City Beautiful Manila.”

The winning members of the team who were dubbed “Stewards of Manila” were (top left photo, from left) Liwayway Gawilan, Melinda Beatriz Arrieta, Maria Angelica Dela Paz, Maria Cerise Layug, AstinTagalo, and Patricia Anne Cadaing.

Junior EPM students Ira Monea Navarra and Ma. Christinne Eloisa Blanco also contributed to the team’s work as supporting members. Rhoderick Alfonso, faculty of the Environment Department and instructor of Sustainable Urban Design and Computer Aided Design Techniques, took the vital task of supervising the team as well as the other contenders from the Department of Environment. 

The Young Mayor Competition is an international township planning competition designed for students aged between 14-26 years old so that they would be able to understand the current issues associated with urbanization especially in developing countries. It is now on its fourth year.

Participants from Asian countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, and India, were tasked to think of a scheme that would restore the historic City of Manila into a great, livable and safe city for its residents as well as for tourists.

The Open Category of the competition required participants to formulate a plan for a clean and green township for the City of Manila, taking into account habitat, transportation, water and waste management, and to suggest solutions that promote a sustainable city. The winning project proposal will then be presented to the local government unit of Manila for consideration.

Prior to the creating their township plan, the participants attended a Preparatory Workshop last February 7 at the Mind Museum in Taguig City. The whole-day event consisted of a series of lectures on urban planning in the Philippines, urban design, heritage and conservation and environmental law. Among the speakers of the workshop were Professor Nathaniel Von Einsidel, chairman, Principal Urban Planner, UNCEP; Architect Felino Palafox, Palafox Associates; Gemma Cruz Araneta and Isidra Reyes of the Heritage Conservation Society; Atty. Donna Gasgonia from the Office of the City of Manila; Architect Dennis Lacuna, town planner from the Office of the City of Manila; and Daniel Tay, town planner of Singapore.

Other junior and sophomore students who joined the competition were: Joan Mary Angela Cruz, Gem Francisco, Goldianne Madriaga, Anjeli Dianne Roque, Maria Bianca Katrina Sanchez and Ederlyn Anne Santos with supporting members Cybelle Angelie Bautista and Lyra Onica Quinitio (Team Reavivar Manila); and Mutya Camba, Samantha Cinco, Katrina Denise Corpus, Pamela Naz, Marie Katrina Salonga, and Carmina Gabrielle Villena (Team D. Planners). The participation of all the teams from the Department of Environment was sponsored by the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of Miriam College.

Activistar Advocacy is a private initiative with the core mission of educating young people on sustainable development, in partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, one of Singapore’s leading institutions of higher learning. Contributed by Samantha Cinco, 2nd year BS Environmental Planning and Management

Delegates from the Université Catholique de Lille visited Miriam College to meet with administrators and explore possible areas of partnership between the two institutions last March 17. These areas include possible student exchange and internship program on Fashion Management in Paris, France.

The visiting delegates were Pascal Ameye, head of International Student Mobility at Leseg School of Management; Evelyne Litton, head of International Programs at ISEN School of Engineering, who represented the ISA School of Agriculture and HEI School of Engineering; Anne-Marie Michel, director of International Relations, Université Catholique de Lille; and Céline Blondeau, deputy dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Economic Sciences, who represented the faculty members of  (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th from left, respectively).

Welcoming the delegates were Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president; Dr. Glenda Fortez, vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Rosario Margarita Aligada, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Antonio Lopez, dean of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy; Dr. Caridad Sri Tharan, dean of the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies; Dr. Edizon Fermin, High School Principal and BEU director; and Luisa Villano, head of the Institutional Programs and Partnerships Office.

All of us want clean air, safe and adequate water, and productive land. Most of us place value on landscapes and seascapes—lush gardens, mighty waterfalls, leaping dolphins. Many of us care for pets and feel a bond with species other than our own. We decry the pollution that threatens our swimming in Boracay and that which causes asthma in our children. And now that we are aware of it, climate change has made everyone an environmentalist as we cite it whenever the temperature gets intolerably high and typhoons dangerously strong.

Environmentalism, however, goes deeper into the causes of environmental degradation. It analyzes the causes of the causes—and the ultimate causes. With the spirit of Easter still with us, we realize that the virtues that Jesus espoused reveal these ultimate causes which are actually the solutions. One of these virtues is simplicity of lifestyle and trust in the Lord as the antidote to undue worry over material things. In Matthew, 6:26-29, Jesus says: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

All our needs are met by the environment. God created our natural resources to serve all His creatures, humankind included. Problems arise when these resources are excessively exploited. Materialism and greed—amassing wealth beyond need and reasonable comfort—have led to the destruction of forests, mountains, coral reefs, mangroves, arctic ice and all other ecosystems.

At the other end of the spectrum of human tendencies, as opposed to greed, is generosity. As Jesus preached, He enjoined His disciples to share their fish and bread with the crowd, and miraculously fed thousands. Generosity made the phenomenon possible. Generosity is certainly the need of the times. Currently, the gap between the rich and the poor of the world is scandalous and continues to be so. It is this gap that exacerbates environmental destruction. The very rich can afford to hoard the wealth that nature offers; the very poor have only nature to turn to, as when the landless are forced to migrate to the uplands and clear the forest for their own small place under the sun.

A fair socioeconomic system and equitable distribution of the planet’s wealth would ease the pressure on its ecosystems. Often, however, those in privileged situations, those who benefit from the status quo, stand in the way of reforming unjust structures. The breakthrough will come only by following Jesus’ call for generosity. There is an environmental postscript to the miracle of the loaves and fishes: Afterwards, when all were fed, Jesus made His disciples gather the leftovers. He was teaching us not to waste.

Jesus had love and compassion for all, including the outcasts of society like the prostitutes, and the perceived enemies like the tax collectors and the Roman colonizers. He saved from death the woman caught in adultery when He challenged those who would kill her, if they were sinless themselves, to “cast the first stone.” He called out to Zacchaeus, a despised tax collector, to come down from the sycamore tree from where he was watching Jesus and to host Him for a meal. He invited another tax collector, Matthew, to be one of His chosen apostles. He pitied the Roman solider and restored his ear which had been cut off at the Garden of Gethsemane by the apostle Peter.

Love and compassion are the foundations of peace. When we try to understand the other’s situation, we do not judge and we do not hurt. Self-righteousness has resulted in violence and war. Communities and nations that arrogantly believe in their cultural or religious superiority have inflicted harm not only on countless human beings but also on the natural world. Bombs have scarred the earth, killing flora and fauna and leaving the soil contaminated with heavy metals, radioactive materials and other poisons. Even unused arsenal can produce leachate toxic to soil and water. Enormous amounts of minerals and energy go into arms manufacture. Deforestation, species extinction, pollution, etc.—the collateral damage of our lifestyles—are intensified immeasurably by war. Great as He was, Jesus taught us humility, equality and peace, which we must pursue if we are to reverse the tide of environmental deterioration.

As He taught us through His life, Jesus taught us through His death. Not restricting His love to family and friends, He suffered and died for all, from the beginning until the end of humankind. That is exactly what environmentalism is: concern for the next generations. Sustainable development is defined as “meeting the needs of the present generation while ensuring that future generations will have the capacity to meet theirs.” Only if humankind takes care of our natural resources can that be possible.

May the life and death of Jesus inspire us all to be better environmentalists. His resurrection brings the promise that as we work for the integrity of His creation, the world will be better for those who will come after us.

Angelina P. Galang is president of Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy. She is officially retired from Miriam College but continues to teach at its Department of Environment.


The Rotary Club of Loyola Heights - Rotary International, District 3780, honored Prof. Ma. Jamelia F. Villanueva through “The Power Woman Award” for her dedication to plan, organize and train teachers in the different regions of the country. The club also recognized her effort as a volunteer teacher in Miriam College Adult Education for 40 years and her mission to put up a preschool for marginalized children in Barangay Loyola Heights  in partnership with the  Rotary Club of Loyola Heights. This partnership is now on its 16th year.

The award was given on March 23, 2015  during the celebration of “International Women’s Month” at the Inter-City meeting at Celebrity Plaza in Quezon City.

An all-women conference was held in Davao City on March 27-28, 2015 with around 150 women from grassroots communities, media, government, and civil society organizations in attendance. Together they called for the cessation of military offensives in Mindanao, advocate for the continuation of the peace process, and promote the resumption of deliberations on the BBL.

The event was convened by the Women’s Peace Table (WPT), a network of organizations led by the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW), the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), the Center for Legislative Development (CLD), and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID). The WPT has been organizing communities and different sectors like academe, religious, business, media, and youth to actively participate in the peace process as well as in the post-conflict stage. WAGI acts as its secretariat.

Among the speakers at the event were Sen. Santanina Rasul, Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman of Anak Mindanao Party List, Atty. Anna Tarhata-Basman of the GPH Peace Panel, Chairperson Sitti Jehanne Mutin of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women, Samira Gutoc of the Young Moro Professionals Network, Noraida Abdulah Karim of Community and Family Services International, and Councilor April Dayap who represented Mayor Duterte.

The conference aimed to unify and assert the voices and perspectives of women for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and for a lasting peace in Mindanao; consolidate and expand Women’s Peace Tables in conflict affected communities and different sectors— academe, youth, religious, business, media and others in support of the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law; and increase awareness and strengthen capacities of women’s peace tables to strategize and actively participate in the peace process towards an enduring and lasting peace in Mindanao.

After the participants’ discussion on the issues they are confronted with in the context of conflict, their recommendations were summarized in a following statement titled “Restore and Reclaim” that was read by Irene Santiago, the lead convener of the WPT.

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