Miriam College Psychology students Earl Katya Bautista,Tisha Bowe, Dianne Diaz, and Mariel Felizardo placed second at the awarding for Best Undergraduate Thesis of the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA). The award was given during the PAPJA Convention last January 22, 2016 at SMX Mall of Asia.

Their winning thesis, titled Ang Paglaladlad: The Coming-Out Experience of Urban Poor Adolescent Gays, was also presented at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference last May 2015 at Stanford University in California. Their adviser, panelist, and thesis professor are Dr. Ronaldo Motilla, Dr. Victoria Apuan, and Dr. Ma. Lourdes Baybay, respectively.

The Department of Business Administration organized an Educational Tour in Singapore for 69 Business Administration junior and senior students last January 21-24, 2016.  

During the four-day activity, students had an opportunity to visit Hewlett-Packard (HP) headquarters in Singapore and see for themselves the different commercial digital printers offered by company and how these products have improved the quality and affordability of packaging and printing today.     

They also attended a seminar-workshop titled “Challenges of Multinational Operations in Asia” facilitated by Adrian Wong, director of BIPO Service, a business analytics company. The whole-day session carried topics that students could apply in their  Human Resource Management, Business Policy, and Development of Enterprise subjects.

The educational tour was capped by a whole day of fun at the Universal Studios and a city tour.  In between activities, the students explored the shopping areas of Vivo City, Bugis District, Shin Lim, and China Town.   

Photo shows the participants flanked by Wong, Dr. Elaine Boquiren, Aida Duque, Elvie Santos and tour organizer Jean Pierre San Jose of Star One Travel and Tours agency. The agency is a partner of the MC Travel Bureau.

The Center for Peace Education (CPE) and the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), joined All Out Peace, a network of peace advocates, in an event called  ‘Biyaheng Bangsamoro, Biyaheng Kapayapaan’ as part of its continued efforts to raise the general public’s awareness on the Bangsamoro peace process and to persuade lawmakers to tackle the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) bill in the 16th Congress.

The ‘Biyaheng Bangsamoro  rolled into the Metropolis last January 19, 2016, starting at the Quezon Memorial Circle  with  pit stops at the House of Representatives, Katipunan Avenue and Ayala Avenue before proceeding to the Senate. Prominent individuals welcomed the bus riders at the various stops.

Miriam College (MC), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and Ateneo de Manila University representatives welcomed the bus riders at the Katipunan pit stop located in front of MC Gate 1. Miriam College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez, CEAP Executive Director Rene San Andres, Ateneo Government Watch's Joyce Aceron all delivered solidarity messages. CPE Associate and International Studies faculty Atty. Christine Lao, as well as Pax Christi-Miriam College President Rhodora Manga also delivered messages of support.

Other personalities who welcomed bus riders at different pit stops were House Representatives Djalia Hataman (Anak Mindanao), Bai Sandra Sema (Maguindanao), Henedina Abad (Batanes), Angie Katoh (Akbayan) and Kaka Bag-ao (Dinagat).

Members of the peace panels including GPH Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and National Peace Council member Atty. Christian Monsod delivered messages in other pit stops.

Organizers hoped that the initiative will help raise the awareness that without the completion of the legislative track, the peace process will suffer and the realization of a long-lasting, peaceful, and progressive Mindanao will remain a dream to the Moro people.

Grade 6 Science teacher Hardie Gieben M. Cruz (bottom photo, right) won 2nd Best Presenter in the Tertiary Category for his research entitled Exploring Fairness and Justice: Meanings, Relationships and Values. The paper was presented at the International Educators’ Conference held last year and is set to be published in The Association of Science, Education, and Technology (TASET) International Journal this year.  

The conference, which was held at St. Paul University in Tuguegarao City, carried the theme Bridging the Gaps in Education: Fortifying International Cooperation. It gathered educators, researchers, and practitioners who shared knowledge and discussed current trends in different areas of education and training. The conference also introduced the concept of Mind Brain Education and how it can enrich the field of education in general.

EDSA@30 visits MC


Miriam College remembers the EDSA revolution on its 30th year through EDSA@30:How the People Power Revolution Transformed the Philippines, a roadshow initiated by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV). 

Held last January 19, 2016, the roadshow aims to reach out to the youth and help them understand the relevance of the 1986 People Power revolution today. It featured three essential components: a lecture on the historical perspectives of the EDSA People Power Revolution by Miriam College’s very own Dr. Vicky Narciso-Apuan, a showing of the documentary film “Laban” produced by Sally Go Bellosillo, and a dialogue with three EDSA veterans – former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, Maan Hontiveros, Hon. Raffy Alunan.

Dr. Apuan opened the program by giving a historical perspective of the EDSA revolution. She recounted life during martial law years, the days of hiding and working underground, the events that led to the revolution, and the highlights that finally forced the Marcoses to flee Malacañang. This was followed by the showing of the film Laban, helping the young audience better understand the events surrounding the revolution. 

Former Pres. Fidel Ramos shared the positive changes brought about by EDSA, telling students that the historic people power became a model for other nations in similar oppressive situations. He also reminded them that “EDSA belongs to the Filipino people” and that the revolution continues. 

A dynamic dialogue soon followed with students asking important questions to the EDSA veterans in the panel. 

The event was made possible through the coordination of the College of Arts and Sciences led by its dean, Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.

Miriam College is one of 25 colleges and universities that the roadshow will tour.

Three senior students taking Business Administration major in Financial and Investments Management made it to the national search for Top Ten Outstanding Finance Students in the Philippines for SY 2015-2016. Their ranking is as follows: Joyce Tena, rank 2; Zandrea Klaire Nievera, rank 3; and Arra Palma, rank 8.   

A total of 120 nominees from schools  nationwide joined the search. Initial screening was through an online exam that narrowed down the search to 15 semi-finalists.  The final screening was done through panel interviews with the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Junior Confederation of Finance Associations of the Philippines (JCFAP) officials and judges during the JCFAP Summit held last January 16, 2016 at the SMX-MOA in Pasay City.    

Nievera, Tena, and Palma (top photo, from left) proudly show their medals during the JCFAP Summit.

The Higher Education Unit had its first Open House on January 16, 2016 (Saturday) at the Little Theater, Paz Adriano Building. The Open House dubbed as You @ MC is a program of the Marketing Office in collaboration with the HEU - Admissions Office; Office of the VP for Academic Affairs; Offices of the Deans of CAS, CBEA, CED; and the HS Principal’s Office. The Parents and graduating students of Miriam College High School Batch 2016 attended the activity.  The program intends to orient the HS students on the courses we offer and to invite them to continue their education at the HEU.

The program highlighted the diverse features and achievements of the three Colleges namely: College of Education (CED), College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The CED, led by its Dean, Dr. Rose Aligada, showcased its faculty line-up and strengths in numbers. Their alumnae who are CSC Teachers Dominique and Jula performed a teaching simulation. The CBEA, headed by its Dean, Dr. Antonio Lopez along with the Department Chairpersons, presented their programs, facilities, and services. Dr. Rica Bolipata – Santos, CAS dean, presented the reasons for choosing an all-women’s school and interviewed CAS students who graduated from the MC BEU. 

The Open House included a performances from MC Pep Squad and Company of One; the showing of an AVP of the Council of Leaders;  and messages from the First Year Coordinator, Dr. Gail Galang; HEU – Admissions Officer, Ma. Luisa Villano, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Angelina Alcazar. 

The program was capped with snacks outside the Little Theater. Administrators took the opportunity to  interact and entertain questions from parents and students. Afterwards, attendees were toured around the HEU facilities by the Leisure and Tourism Management students. 

The You @ MC Open House hoped to convey that the BEU and HEU are one in nurturing students and their future. It also highlighted that MC is a vibrant community that offers enriching programs which will set students toward discovery, growth, and innovation.

Writing is not a gift, it’s a skill that needs to be practiced. This was how resource-facilitator Sherilyn Siy framed the interactive workshop hosted by the Department of International Studies. Entitled, "Strengthening Our Writing", the workshop was held January 9, 2016 at the Miriam College Board Room and attended by select IS faculty and IS students.

Sherilyn Siy, a summa cum laude graduate from Ateneo de Manila University, worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Philippine Culture on a research concerning an urban poor settlement. She then went to teach English at the Xiamen Radio and Television University in China as a Jesuit Volunteer for two years before she came back to Ateneo for an MA degree in Applied Social Psychology. She also worked for the Special Projects office of Miriam College during Dr. Patricia Licuanan’s time. Now residing in Japan, she is a fulltime mother and blogger and considers herself a popular audience writer rather than an academic writer. 

The sharing of innovative approaches to writing and the discussion on the assigned reading entitled, “Why Academics Stink at Writing,” by Steven Pinker, got the IS faculty and students to examine and rethink their own writing styles and approaches. Participants left the workshop motivated to write, write and re-write. Peter Jonas David, Department of IS Faculty

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) identified Miriam College’s Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Departments as Centers of Excellence (COE) through a CHED Memorandum Order No. 38 released in December 2015.

The same memorandum order also named the school’s Communication Department as a Center of Development (COD).

The Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Departments fall under school’s College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA). Both departments pride itself in having simulation facilities and laboratories in place to ensure that the students are learning by actually doing business. To date students are involved in running the school’s Souvenir Shop, Café Entrep, Internet Research Center, and Bookstore. It also has a Finance Laboratory to access real time stock market data. The College also offers Leisure and Tourism Management, Accountancy, and Accounting Technology.

Communication, on the other hand, is one of the flagship courses of Miriam College and is under the College of Arts and Sciences. Apart from its highly qualified faculty, it has strong linkages with key local and international organizations. This is to ensure that its students are exposed to the developments and innovations in the communication field both here and abroad. The department is also proud of its researches and published articles both by students and faculty.

COEs are colleges/departments within Higher Educational Institutions, which continuously demonstrates excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages and institutional qualifications while CODs refers to a department within a higher education institution which demonstrates the potential to become a COE in the future.

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