The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and the Department of Communication, in partnership with the Civika Resiliency Lab, held a research forum on Communication, Risk and Resiliency at recently. The forum featured Civika Resiliency Lab’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Elmer Soriano, M.D., Senior Associate Patrick Coleman and the Youth and Student Council Member of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, Quin Cruz.

The discussion tackled communication research in the country and the importance of action post-research. It also covered the proposed partnership between Miriam College and the Civika Resiliency Lab to set up a Resiliency Lab in the institution, paving the way for a medium for students and the faculty in research and data presentation. The Resiliency Lab is an initiative by Civika, a social venture developed by students of Harvard and MIT at MIT’s D-Lab.

The research forum was attended by faculty and administrators from various departments in Miriam College. The Center for Strategic Research is headed by Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran while the Chairperson for the Department of Communication is Dr. Maria Margarita A. Acosta.

In support of the school’s core value of integrity of creation, the Grade 7 Science classes had an interaction with experts last September 22 to deepen their understanding on the importance of microorganisms, particularly bacteria.

Selected doctors who specialize in the fields of cardiology, gynecology, and pediatrics talked about the benefits and significant roles of bacteria in the environment.

Dr. Johanna Rosette Po (bottom photo, center) and Dr. Pia Marie Utitco (upper right), gave a talk regarding the common disease-causing bacteria to 7-Tecson and 7-Tandang Sora. They also explained the importance of taking antibiotics properly in maintaining a healthy body.

Dr. Cecilia C. Holandez – Chiong (lower left) and Dr. Maria Theresa U. De Torres (upper right) shared their expertise on the same topic to students of 7- Silang and 7-Magbanua, respectively.

Dr. Mary Grace Leano-Matias, (lower right) the school doctor, enjoyed interacting with 7-Kasilag and 7-Escoda students as she explained the importance of good bacteria in the human body. Students of 7-Agoncillo and 7-Dela Rama listened to Dr. Margarita S. Jara (top photo, center) discuss the structure of bacteria.

The Araling Panlipunan (AP) Area led the Miriam College Middle School Community in the celebration of the International Week of Peace last September 21 to 24with the theme “Pagtutulungan Para sa Kapayapaan – Dignidad para sa ‘Sangkatauhan”.

The Araling Panlipunan Area, in partnership with Miriam Center for Peace Education (CPE) and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, organized different activities that show unanimity to the United Nation’s devotion to strengthen the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.

The preparations for the Peace Week kicked off as early as September 16 when fun and meaningful activities were facilitated to impart lessons on creating a solid foundation in peace-building work. Grade 6 students participated in Peace Games and had sessions of silent reflection on peace issues. Grade 7 AP had the Bombs No More Project in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing in Japan. Grade 8 participated in the Peace Building and Art for Peace session with resource speaker Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman.

The students’ art work and their expressions of commitment to peace building work were showcased in the Grade 6 and 7 students’ week-long exhibit titled, Ako ay Bayani ng Kapayapaan and Bombs No More, at the LMC Lobby.

The variety show, Peace-Tahan sa MCMS! was held last September 24 as the culminating activity. The theme revolved around a young student’s quest for the meaning of peace realizes  that the answer lies within her and in her actions to  achieve and maintain peace. Selected students and volunteer teachers performed songs and dances of peace. The MCMS Peace Mural, a joint project of the Grade 8 students, administrators, and faculty was also unveiled during the show. The community song of peace, entitled Payapain ang Mundo, concluded the celebration. The song aptly expressed commitment to spread peace and love in the home, school, country and to Mother Earth.

The Department of Communication held their first General Assembly for the school year dubbed Hit Press Play at the Marian Auditorium last August 24. Bianca Felipe and Clarissa Coscoluella served as the activity’s hosts.

The event, which carried a pop star theme, gathered Communication student from all levels. The assembly is held yearly to orient students about the plans for the year. It also becomes a venue for members of the different sub-orgs to showcase their talents.

This year’s presentations were from MCTV, MCinema, Re:CAP, Digital Creatives, CCATT Singers, CCATT Street, CCATT Models, and the newest org on the block, Communicators In Action. Students were also asked to come as their favorite pop stars and those with the most eye-catching costumes were recognized.

Miriam College, in partnership with Bato Balani Foundation Inc (BBFI), the social development arm of Diwa Learning Systems Inc., launched the graduate degree program Master of Education, Major in e-Learning which is designed to support new literacies in the 21st century and equip teachers with innovative and non-traditional instructional approaches to effectively nurture and teach digital natives.

Miriam College and BBFI sealed its partnership through a contract signing with Miriam College President, Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, and BBFI President, Dr. Brian L. Belen at the SMX Convention Center last September 29.

A total of 15 scholars comprise the first batch of graduate students who will take the program beginning second semester of the current academic year. Most of the scholars have taken the Summer Institute on Technology in Education or SITE, a certificate program jointly implemented by Miriam College and Diwa since 2013 that focuses on the use of mobile technology for learning and teaching.

Under the new graduate degree program, Miriam College provides the curriculum design that features the country’s first learning content and management system (LCMS), which Diwa Learning Systems Inc developed. “Our shared belief in the capacity of Filipino scholars and educators to make e-learning work, particularly in basic education in the Philippines, has enabled us to move forward in the direction of preparing specialists in this exciting area of teacher education,” said Miriam College Basic Education Unit Director Dr. Edizon Fermin. He also helped design the program curriculum.

The pioneering degree program introduces a comprehensive curriculum to fully equip teachers with the right skills as they take on the challenges of teaching a generation living in a highly digital world.  It features relevant courses which include Learning and Teaching using Mobile Technology; Digital Law, which addresses the legal and ethical issues surrounding academic transactions in an online environment; Game-based Learning and Gamification, which tackles methods and approaches to integrate educational games into e-learning environments; and Digital Citizenship, which  provides an understanding of human, cultural, and societal issues related to the use of online and other digital social platforms.

The graduate degree program Master of Education, Major in e-Learning is open to all educators, especially digital migrants who wish to upgrade their skills in the area of e-Learning. “We hope that through this program, these pedagogical experts will enable learners to see the ever-expanding global community as a space of infinite possibilities,” concluded Fermin.

Photos show, clockwise from left: Dr. Belen, Dr. Lapus, Dr. Fermin, scholar Ryan Estillomo , the MC scholars and the BBFI scholars with the MC administrators and BBFI executives.

The members of Miriam College High School Class ’65 gave a total of PhP 300,000 check donation to Miriam College Adult Education (MAE) last September 21, 2015 at Café Gusto located at the 3rd floor of MMJ Building.

Rose Linda O. Bautista, former Miriam College Vice President for Development and Resource Management shared that the amount of Php 150,000 raised by their class from the recent fundraising activity titled, Bingo Loco was matched by Dr. Fe Mondragon, Eric A. Mondragon and Cesar M. Mayo, each donating Php 50,000.00 to complete the Php 300,000.00 donation.

“Our group has found this campaign for MAE so inspiring that we have committed to continue to solicit donations even after the turnover.  We hope we will be able to help MAE meet its P450K target for the upgrade of their Technical-Vocational training program,” said Bautista.

Bautista also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be of service to their beloved alma mater in honor of the Maryknoll Sisters who taught them what social concern is all about.

In attendance were MC administrators led by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Glenda E. Fortez, Officer-in-charge for Finance Ma. Concepcion Y. Lupisan, MAE Officer-in-charge Glenda R. Villanueva and Assistant Principal Herbert C. Janubas.

Representing the  MCHS’65 Golden Jubilarians were Bautista, Justice Mondragon and Helen Mayo.

The students of the Child Study Center spent a meaningful Saturday honoring their grandparents on Grandparent’s Day last September 19 at the CSC grounds.

The whole morning was filled with fun activities such as bag and cupcake decorating, bracelet making, film viewing, woodcraft art and picture frame making, ballroom dancing, singing, and playing Bingo and relay games.

There were clinics stationed at the Play House that offered free medical check-up for the grandparents. A message board was also posted on the wall where everyone could write their greetings and love messages.

It was a memorable morning of fun that gave the kids an opportunity to show their love and gratitude for their beloved lolos and lolas.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Tanghalang Pilipino and life insurance company, Pioneer, together with the Department of Communication and Teatro Kolehiyo ng Miriam (TKM), brought the very first Virgin Labfest (VLF) Campus Tour to Miriam College. 

VLF, an annual festival of new unpublished and unstaged works by Filipino playwrights, was held at the Paz Adriano Hall last Sept. 1. Miriam College and members of theater organizations from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and New Era University attended the event.

A highlight of tour was the presentation of two plays, which showcased the works of two faculty members of Miriam College.

Walang Kukurap, a play about a small town corruption, was written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by CAS faculty Tuxqs Rutaquio. It is considered one of VLF’s Hall of Famer. 

Tanghalang Pilipino's Actors Company (AC) Jonathan Tad Tadioan, Raquel Pareno, Doray Dayao, JV Ibesate, Lhorvie Nuevo, Aldo Vencilao, AC alumnus Remus Villanueva and guest artist Arya Herrera performed during the tour.

The second featured play, Dalawang Gabi, was directed by Jade Castro and written by MC faculty Maynard Manansala. It revolves around the bittersweet relationship between a teacher and her student. Actors Meann Espinosa and Alex Yasuda performed.

An open forum followed the play presentation with directors, playwright, and actors joining the panel and giving their insights on the two plays presented. It was capped with a meaningful remark from TKM moderator and Department of Communication faculty Opaline Santos. 

Present at the tour were the OIC of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Francis Evangelista, who gave the opening remarks. Also present were Tanghalang Pilipino’s Tata Nanding and Len Pozon of Pioneer. Entertaining guests in between programs was the Teatro Kolehiyo ng Miriam. Photos and article by TKM

Miriam College’s Leisure and Tourism Management (LTM) Team was declared First Runner Up at the 3rd National Tourism Skills Competition held at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, last September 19.

The LTM students joined several events where they reaped awards in different categories. The team of Christine Cariño, Kyra Generoso and Ariane Mondano, all fourth year students, placed 2nd in the Events Planning Competition; Mariah Idanan placed 6th in the Tour Guiding Competition; while Alyzza Villar placed 2nd in the Quiz Bee.

The LTM team placed 1st and 2nd for the second straight year in the Tour Packaging Competition while Jessi Menina and Mariama Cardano were declared champions for their Retirement Tour Package to Myanmar.

Camille San Diego and Patrice Tacata were named First Runner-up for their Royal Tour Package to Thailand and Brunei.

The LTM team were coached by faculty Jay Q. Arididon and Allan Paul R. Tang.

The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) of Miriam College conducted training on gender sensitivity and gender responsive planning and budgeting for the Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). It was held last September 3-4 and 10-11 at the Richmonde Hotel, Pasig City.

The training aimed to facilitate the drafting of PCSO’s Gender and Development (GAD) Plan in compliance with the PCW-NEDA-DBM Joint Circular No. 2012-01 Guidelines for the preparation of annual GAD plans and budgets and accomplishment reports to implement the Magna Carta of Women. 

Speakers were Dr. Marina Durano, the key resource person for GAD planning and budgeting; Mel Reyes who discussed gender concepts, issues and gender division of labor as well as facilitated the assessment of the organization’s gender mainstreaming level; Prof. Aurora de Dios talked about the perspective of gender and development in relation to international mandates such as CEDAW; Atty. Claire Luczon provided inputs on gender-related national laws such as the Magna Carta of Women, Solo-Parent Act, and Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children; and Dr. Noel Racho talked about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Assistant Commissioner Lourdes Castillo of the Commission on Audit (COAs) and Atty. Twyla Rubin of the Commission on Human Rights also graced the occasion to share about COA’s review of GAD fund audit and the newly approved Gender Ombud Guidelines that stipulates recommended sanctions for non-compliance of GAD plans and budget.

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