Communication students Ebone Cimafranca, Jacqueline Hidalgo, Jessica Rubete, and Juselle Roble bagged Third Place at the Sinag Maynila Samsung Cinefone category for their entry, Espayb. They were awarded during the Gabi ng Parangal held last April 24, 2016 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City. Angelika Deofilo, Danilo Garcia, and Samantha Mariano’s Litrato ng Nakaraan won Second Place while John Barcena’s 99% won First Place.

The MC students belong to the Audio-Visual Communication class of Zita Garganera.

For the competition, the participants were lent a Samsung S5 to shoot a 3-5 minute film tackling the impact of technology on the youth. Before working on their entry, the group had the opportunity to be mentored by veteran director and Cannes winner Brillante Mendoza. 

Annaise Fagrante, head of IMT Open Channel Sales, and Digs Dimagiba, Business Unit Head of Samsung Philippines, judged the entries.  

Other participants from MC were Angela Andres and Freana Garcia who directed Changing Roads guided by Rian Hernandez; Klaire Zubiri, and Faye Istrada who did Tapat si Tatay; and Michaela Padora who created In a Dog's Eyes. Both groups were guided by Zita Garganera. 

Left photo shows Hidalgo, Rubete, and Roble accepting their award. By Jamiya Umali with photos by Ebone Cimafranca.

Miriam College Communication students produced a music video for one of the 15 Original Pilipino Music songs for the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Competition.   The songs were trimmed down from thousands of entries. Other participating schools include Ateneo de Manila University, San Beda College Alabang, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Mint College, and University of Santo Tomas among others. Organized by ABS-CBN Star Music, the awarding ceremony was held last April 24, 2016 at the Kia Theatre in Cubao, Quezon City.

Miriam College was assigned Jungee Marcelo's Monumento, interpreted by Kyla and Kris Lawrence.  It was awarded Second Best Song. Monumento is a sequel to one of Marcelo’s entries for Himig Handog which Daniel Padilla performed.

Produced by Miriam College Television (MCTV) under the supervision of Gilbeys Sardea, the music video appropriated on a one-take production inspired by YouTube star, Kurt Hugo Schneider. It was shot in an art gallery where the synopsis revolved around the reunification between the memories of a couple after their first date and finally ending with a marriage proposal.

Davey Langit's Dalawang Letra sang by Itchyworms won Best Song while O Pag-ibig by Honlani Rabe and Jack Rufo, interpreted by Bailey May and Ylona Garcia bagged the award for Best Music Video. Winners were determined by a panel of judges that included Gary Valenciano, Donna Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Vernie Varga, Raymund Marasigan, and Yeng Constantino.

It was a proud moment for MCTV since the music video went public for everyone to view and enjoy. To view, please go to By Brooke Villanueva with photos by Angeline Lozada and Cleoanne Macasaet

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, a public forum entitled Luntiang Bayan was held at the ESI Conference Room.  Its aim was to evaluate how green the electoral platforms are of candidates running for public office this May 2016 elections. Platforms of candidates for president, vice-president, senator and partylist groups were assessed based on seven key environmental issues such as: animal welfare and wildlife protection,  biodiversity and ecosystems protection, adaptation to climate change and disaster preparedness and mitigation,  food security, sustainable development, solid waste management, and environmental justice.
Luntiang Bayan was convened by the Environmental Studies Institute, Miriam College Environmental Planning Organization, Earth Island Institute Philippines, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Save Philippine Seas, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, PIGLAS, Save Freedom Island Movement, Pull Out COALition, Save Laguna Lake Movement, UP Green League, Minggan – UP Manila and Minggan – UP Diliman.

Various green groups’ evaluation presented ‘greenest’ national candidates on Wednesday at Miriam College in Quezon City.

The initiative “Luntiang Bayan: Boto para sa Tao, Hayop at Kalikasan” assessed the national candidates through the following 7-point agenda: animal welfare and wildlife protection, biodiversity and ecosystems protection, adaptation to climate change/disaster preparedness and mitigation, food security, sustainable development, solid waste management and environmental justice.

These green groups comprise Earth Island Institute Philippines, Nilad, Miriam College Environmental Studies Institute, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Save Philippine Seas, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, Save Freedom Island Movement, Pull OutCOALition, Save Laguna Lake Movement, Piglas, UP Green League, Miriam Environmental Planning Organization and UP Minggan (Diliman and Manila).

Said groups ran through congress and senatorial archives and also online sources to rate the candidates.

‘Greenest’ among bets

Senator Santiago emerged as the most consistent candidate topping all of the 7-point agenda because of her pro-environment legislative outputs and public statements.

“We were surprised on [Senator] Miriam, because she does not see herself as an environmental leader. However, [based] on our research, she came out consistent,” said Mong Palatino of Nilad.

Mayor Duterte came in second because Davao City passed several ordinances in banning extensive mining and aerial spraying plantations. However, he got negative points because, based on his track record, he declared in 1988 he will continue to eat dog meat although the Animal Welfare has been passed already.

“The way Mayor Duterte eliminates dog bites through shooting and poisoning affected his rating,” said Anna Cabrera, Executive Director of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws).

Senator Grace Poe came in third place; DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in fourth place; Vice President Jejomar Binay in fifth place.

Among the candidates for vice president, Escudero scored the highest because of his attention on Canadian trash dumping issue, the rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas and support for farmers who suffer from El Niño effects.

Senator Gringo Honasan landed in second place; Senator Bongbong Marcos on third; Senator Allan Cayetano on fourth; Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV came in fifth; and Representative Leni Robredo landed sixth.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri topped the senatoriables because he sees himself as a candidate for the environment which reflected on the evaluation.

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares came in second; Senator Kiko Pangilinan on third; Senator Ralph Recto on fourth; and landed fifth is Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao. The thirty candidates for senator were based on the February 2016 Pulse Asia Survey.

For the party list, Bayan Muna led the race with consistent pro-environment record, followed by Anakpawis, Gabriela, Butil and ACT Teachers. Top 30 party-lists were determined through the 2013 elections’ result.

The evaluation ran from February to second week of April.

Years in service, a factor – green group leader

Her [Miriam] years in the legislative are also a factor in the evaluation,” said Palatino. “It’s like, there are silent workers in the senate who are pro-environment,” he added.

Senator Grace Poe got “good enough” score since she only became a senator three years ago.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been in the senate since 2004, however he got negative ratings due to his support in building coal plants and mining operations expansion.

Even though Vice President Binay has been in the legislative for a long time, the “urbanity of Makati City” affected his score, rating him with negative points.
In the race for vice president, Palatino shared that even though Senator Gringo Honasan has longer years in service, Escudero’s record has shown more pro-environment outputs topping four of the categories.

Honasan was rated highest in solid waste management and disaster preparedness categories. Tied with Marcos, they led the sustainable development category.
Similar to Poe, Robredo is serving her first term in Congress with fewer legislative proposals compared to other vice presidential candidates, however, she was rated the highest on food security category, reflecting her advocacy in the agricultural sector.

Addressing envi issues, voters who to vote

As part of the Earth day celebration on Friday, green groups are urging the future government to address environmental issues in the country.

“Environmental issues are national issues,” Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute said earlier on Thursday.

Concepcion also deemed necessary to pass the Marine Area Protection Act in Congress because many of the folks’ job rely on marine life.

Cabrera of Paws shared that ‘how poverty is connected to environmental issues’ is not being addressed by the government.

“Whoever cares for our environment, eyes complete and sustainable future. Because this sustainability is a big and significant part of our future and this may affect the economic growth of the Philippines,” she added.

Samantha Cinco, Miriam College Environmental Society president, said that this evaluation would help the voters, most especially the youth. “Through this, we will also know which candidate has plans for conserving of the environment,” she added.

“We should not be passive, we should be active in conserving and protecting the environment,” said Pau Sagalocos, UP Minggan – Manila. “This is a challenge not only to the candidates but also to the youth. They should remember who to vote who has environmental concerns,” she added. TVJ

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Pax Christi Pilipinas and Center for Peace Education (CPE) Program Director Loreta Castro, Ph.D and Executive Director Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace. Ph.D. joined about 80 bishops, priests, religious and lay peace advocates at the Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace held in Rome, Italy  on April 11-13, 2016. The conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International. 
The Conference aimed at contributing to the Catholic understanding and commitment to nonviolence.
Dr. Galace was a lead discussant in the session of Nonviolence and Just Peace where she discussed the CPE and Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines' initiatives at just peace building. She also discussed how a turn to just peace can impact our moral analysis of conflicts, practices, and engagement with the broader society. (Read Dr. Galace's speech)

Dr. Castro was part  of the conference's  planning committee along with other peace advocates from all over the world.
Outcome document may be accessed at
The Catholic Reporter also wrote about this historic conference. Article may be accessed at

“In order to see real change, we have to break the system of violent and clannish politics.” This was the statement made by Prof. Aurora de Dios, WAGI executive director, during the second run of the Seminar Workshop on “How to Run and Win Elections” held last April 15 to 16, 2016 at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
Twenty-eight candidates from Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, and Lanao attended the training which aimed to introduce a systematic and strategic way of campaigning and winning votes. 
“We just don’t want women to run, but we want them to win.” This was emphasized by Dr. Socorro L. Reyes, the lead facilitator and speaker. The training, likewise, focused on building and increasing the competence and confidence of women candidates as well as encouraging them to develop a gender-sensitive election agenda within the context of peace and security from the Bangsamoro women’s perspective. 
Critical issues were raised by the participants in relation to elections such as the voters’ illiteracy, rampant ghost voters, and tampered ballots. As women candidates, they were challenged to address those concerns along with existing gender issues in their respective communities, particularly gender-based violence which are inextricably rooted within the context of peace and security.  As pointed out by Atty. Salma Rasul of PCID, “your service is not just for you but for your community and the people regardless of their religious beliefs.”
This event was organized by WAGI with the Center for Legislative Development and the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy through the Women’s Peace Collective (WPC) supported by the U.S. Department of States.

HEU teachers and students participated in the 15th National Convention of UNESCO-Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) Philippines held at the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, in Tanauan City, Batangas last April 14-16, 2016. The theme of this year’s three-day convention was “Forming Citizens for an Interconnected World.” 
The keynote speaker was Ambassador Rey A. Carandang, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired) and member of the Board of Trustees of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities. Ambassador Carandang served as the Philippine Ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Plenary speakers were Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, Department of Education Regional director of Region IV A; Dr. Wilson Chua of Far Eastern University; Arnaldo Mendoza, Social Science coordinator of FAITH; and Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, ILAW director of Miriam College.   The plenary speakers talked about the values of peace, love, care for the environment and simple living and gratitude in citizenship education in relation to the lives of our national heroes and in the face of educational reforms and natural disasters faced by the country. 
Teachers from academic institutions in different regions shared their research, best practices, and expertise on values development as applied to the following conference strands:  Responding to the ASEAN Integration, Values in an Interconnected World, Citizenship in the 21st Century, and Values Integration in the Teaching Learning Process.
During the business meeting, new APNIEVE officers, three of which are from Miriam College Higher Education Unit, were elected for 2016 to 2018: President, Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay (MC); Vice-President, Dr. Wilson S. Chua (FEU); Secretary, Angelina Bayaua-Alcazar (MC); and Treasurer, Renato Dela Cruz (MC).
Student participants are from the International Studies Department and were officers of MC UNESCO: Angeline Ramos, president; Clarissa De Guzman, Vice-President; and Christine Mae Marty, PRO. 
The convention ended with a historical tour of the house of Segunda Katigbak, Malvar Museum and Mabini museum. 
UNESCO-APNIEVE Philippines was founded by Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing, Chairperson Emerita, in 2000. UNESCO-APNIEVE annually gathers school administrators, values educators, government and non-government agencies, as well as advocates of peace, justice, human rights, and sustainable development.

For more information, please log on to you may look for APNIEVE Philippines (UNESCO) on Facebook.

Women's groups on Tuesday rejected the apology of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over his controversial remarks on the rape and killing in 1989 of an Australian missionary.

In a forum at the Miriam College in Quezon City, over 10 groups pushing for the rights of women signed a statement asking Filipinos to vote for a president  who “respects us, our place in society, and our dignity.”

The groups also indicated that they will file a formal complaint before the Commission on Human Rights against Duterte.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (IWS) of the St. Scholastica’s College, explained why she could not accept Duterte’s apology.
“He may forever be asking apologies, the way I see it. Because, whatever comes from his mouth comes from the core of his being. All his apologies will be like forced apologies for political reasons or anything. But sincerely, how can he do that when the core of his being [is] kabastusan na eh?" Mananzan said.

"Paano lalabas iyon eh iyong lalabas sa bibig mo kung ano ang nasa puso mo? Kung mag-apologize ka kailangan nasa ikalaliman ng puso mo. Kaya ako, anumang apologies niya, hindi tunay at hindi sincere,” she added.

Duterte refused to apologize on Sunday but on Tuesday, a statement indicated that he apologized for his remarks.

Jean Enriquez, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific, said the groups are set to file a case against Duterte before the CHR on Wednesday morning.

Enriquez cited that the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women mandates the government to protect the rights of women, which is contrary to what Duterte has been doing.

“Itong pananalita ni Duterte ay hindi pagprotekta sa kababaihan. Bagkus, ito ay nag-e-encourage sa paglabag sa aming mga karapatan,” Enriquez said.
Enriquez added that the complaint does not only include Duterte’s recent remarks on the rape of an Australian missionary, but also his previous statements and actions.

Rape culture

In their statement, the women’s groups slammed Duterte’s remarks that seem to support rape women.

“Mayor Duterte, it is not okay to disrespect women. Even if they disagree with you. It is not okay to violate woman's dignity, whatever their situation in life is. It is not okay to make jokes about rape victims. You victimize them over and over with every joke you may about their tragedy," it read.

Among the groups that signed the statement are those supporting the candidacy of former Interior secretary Mar Roxas and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo: "Yes2Mar and Leni" and "Win for Mar (WFM)".

Roxas-Robredo supporters were also seen at the event such as singer Leah Navarro and singer-songwriter Jim Paredes. One of the sharers, Trish Kaye Leone who emotionally shared her experience as a rape survivor, wore a yellow ribbon pin on her shirt.

Known supporter of Senator Grace Poe and Robredo, former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani also attended the event. —NB, GMA News


Last Monday, at a meeting of women convened by leaders of several women’s groups, a series of activities were planned for the next few weeks – a press conference (held yesterday at Miriam College); the filing of a case before the Commission on Human Rights Gender Ombudsman; mobilization for the 3rd and last presidential debate where the issue will be presented through statements in several languages and dialects in Dagupan City; a communication and organizational plan for expanding and reaching out; and, a still to be defined “Big Protest.”

By now, most are aware of the reaction of Mayor Duterte over the video about an Australian rape victim as it had gone viral. The collective that had gathered at Club Filipino is inter-generational; some are alumni of the “parliament of the streets” in the early ’80s; others are working professionals and students. They come from varied political parties but are bound by a common cause which is outrage over the “impunity and violence against women.” And they plan to use the mass and social media and other channels to communicate their sentiments, reflected in the following statements:

Ang abusado sa kababaihan ay abusado sa kapangyarihan. The rape culture in our society persists when officials like Mayor Duterte crack jokes at the expense of rape victims. By making light of the gruesome rape and murder of Jacqueline Hamill, he sends the signal that it is okay to rape women.

Mayor Duterte, it is not okay to disrespect women. Even if they disagree with you. It is not okay to violate a woman’s dignity, whatever their station in life is. It is not okay to make jokes about rape victims. You victimize them over and over with every joke you make about their tragedy.

Worse, he refuses to apologize for the gross mistake that he made. He refuses to acknowledge the savagery behind his actions. Instead, he remains unrepentant and swipes at women’s groups who condemn his actions, saying he does not need their vote.

To our fellow Filipinas, this is an issue that transcends politics. This is an issue that strikes at the very core of our dignity. On May 9, let us cast our votes for a president who respects us, our place in society, and our dignity. We deserve nothing less.

The above was shared together with a longer statement prepared for the press conference, Here are some excerpts:

The 1989 rape, and his recollection, of it, may, he must have hoped, showcased Duterte’s bravery, offering himself in exchange for the hostages’ freedom. But it also reveals Duterte’s fatal, feudal flaw: Viewing women as objects for men’s delectation, a view shared by many men. He even excuses this flaw and his “gutter language” as simply “the way men talk.” If so, then men of conscience and decency should likewise take offense at the mayor’s stereotyping of them. He has also explained away his crassness by saying it is simply the way the poor and unschooled talk. But in reaction, a woman urban leader remarked: “Insulto naman yan sa mahihirap. Para mo nang sinabi na bastos kaming mahihirap.” (An insult to the poor. It’s like saying all of us are uncouth).”

It is as if the string of landmark gender laws women won (at great effort) never happened: The laws penalizing sexual harassment (1995), redefining rape as a crime against persons (1997), protecting women and children from the violence of those sworn to love them (2004), and creating the overall rights-based Magna Carta of Women (2010).

The evidence of Duterte’s “gutter view” of women has been on national display for many months now: His freely volunteered confessions of serial adultery, his sexual harassment of women who happen to be present at his rallies, his use of name-calling and questioning of the sexuality of opponents (‘bayot’), and now his desecrating the memory of a rape-and-murder victim. Add to this his unabashed admission of killings conducted in the name of law and order and tacit support for the notorious Davao death squads, and we have an alarming scenario indeed. Don’t say we weren’t warned – or didn’t see it coming.

But women will not be taking it sitting down – or stewing in silence, or worse, with laughter and connivance. Women will no longer be punished, patronized, purveyed. Women are leading, organizing, governing, creating. Mr. Duterte, if you do not know this yet about women, you do not deserve to be their president. And if you do not learn your lessons this late in the game, then women will make sure you do not become their president.

SOURCE: Manila Bulletin >


Representatives of different women groups hold placards denouncing rape jokes during a gathering in Miriam College in Quezon City on Tuesday. The group raised concern over Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's speech during a campaign sortie where he made light of a rape-slay incident in Davao City in 1989.

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