Grades 1 and 2 students were given a warm welcome on their first day of school on June 27, 2016. Proudly wearing their activity shirts with the motto “To love and to serve,” a total of 20 student volunteers from Grade 4 and 5 helped their younger sisters find their respective sections upon arrival at the Chapel Covered Court.  They also acted as junior teachers as they taught students how to stand during the morning  prayer and flag ceremony, prepared and distributed name tags, and pasted reminders on the Student Planners.
 
Alyssa Nicole V. Villareal of 5-Malikhain said that she could continue being a role model to the youngest members of the MCLS community and “teach and help them do the right thing.”  Rhian Shekinah B. De Leon of 5-Magalang aptly summed up the day by saying, “The day was fun and it feels like (the Grade 1 students) are a part of our (MCLS) family.”  Michiko Z. Quezada of 5-Mahinahon said that she “would like (Grade 1 students) to see that I enjoy Miriam.”  Julia Alexis G. Isip of 4-Bulaklakan expressed that she would like to volunteer to help in similar activities.



Sean Daly, grandnephew of Maryknoll’s first President Sister Miriam Thomas Thornton, visited Miriam College last May 23 to learn more about his grand aunt’s work and life here in the Philippines and in the school she has devoted a big part of her life to.
 
Joining Daly were his wife and two children and his brother in-law who was also with his wife and children. They were welcomed by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus; former Miriam College President and Center for Peace Program Coordinator  Dr. Loreta Castro; Maryknoll Sisters Sr. Marissa Lichauco, Sr. Nenita Tapia, and Sr. Imelda Bautista; High School Principal and Director for Innovation Development, Dr. Edizon Fermin; and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Rica Bolipata-Santos.
 
IPPO Officer Dr. Gail Galang gave Daly and his family a tour of the campus, highlighting the facilities and streets named after their grand aunt. During lunch, stories about Maryknoll were shared and Daly also showed the group some of his personal photos of Sister Miriam Thomas and a letter she wrote during the war.

Miriam College won two top recognition at the 4th Excellence in Educational Transformation Awards (EETA) given by Bayan Academy last June 21, 2016 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN. The school received the Most Transformative School for Learning Effectiveness and School Efficiency Award for showing the most “innovation and transformation in its learning environment, school processes and systems towards learning effectiveness and school efficiency.”
 
The school’s very own High School Principal and Director for Innovation Development, Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, received the first Dr. Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Award for Educational Leadership for “developing and implementing transformative programs that has a led a school towards excellent learning outcomes.” This award is a tribute to Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. 

“It is not surprising to see Miriam College as a place where teaching and service live hand in hand with Innovation. After all, our school was founded 90 years ago by the Maryknoll Sisters of New York, missionaries full of great courage, fearlessness, and progressive ideas. The New York Times calls them ‘Trailblazers in Habits’. Innovation is clearly in our school DNA,” Dr. Lapus said during her acceptance speech.  She also dedicated the award to the school. “Our success comes from our shared vision and our passion, commitment, and willingness to embrace change and meaningful innovation. As we expand young minds, let us not be afraid to try out new things.”
 
Presenting the awards to both the school and Dr. Fermin were Bro. Armin Luistro, outgoing Department of Education Secretary; Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., Bayan Academy Chairman; Gina Lopez, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chair and recently-appointed Department of Environment Secretary; Rina Lopez Bautista, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; Dr. Oscar M. Lopez, Knowledge Channel Foundation president; and Atty. Dominador Buhain, Rex Bookstore, Inc. chairman and president.
 
For the both awards, Miriam College received trophies and checks as well as a Knowledge Channel On-Demand Package for the OML Award for Educational Leadership.

The EETA aims to recognize a school’s exceptional efforts in leadership and innovation, especially in the areas of Quality of Education, Learning Environments, Access to Education, and Leadership, Governance and Management. It is organized by Bayan Academy in partnership with Department of Education, REX Bookstore, the ABS-CBN Foundation and Knowledge Channel.

The EETA is the most recent recognition of Miriam College. Earlier this year, the school was designated as a  Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education; as a Center of Development in Communication; and was granted Autonomous Status effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019.



A training on Gender Responsive, Planning, and Budgeting (GRPB) was conducted last June 20-23, 2016 where 38 participants from various government agencies, academe, and civil society attended namely; Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Davao, Bureau of Customs, Food Terminal Inc., Gender Wave, Marikina City Government, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Office of the Solicitor General, Women and Reforms, Caraga State University, and Pangasinan State University. 
 
The training was led by Atty. Claire Luczon as the GRPB Training Team Leader, Melanie Reyes, deputy director of WAGI, and Cecilia Fantastico, gender consultant of WAGI. The training was full of lectures and workshops that helped engage the participants in understanding and accomplishing Gender and Development (GAD) Budgeting. Within the four-day training the participants was able to learn basic GAD concepts, GAD Mandates, Gender Mainstreaming, and the best practices and challenges of Gender Mainstreaming from experts. 
 
Resource persons included Atty. Claire Luczon, Cecilia Fantastico, Aurora Javate De Dios, executive director of WAGI, Atty. Leavides Domingo-Cabarrubias, International Studies Faculty of Miriam College, Assistant Commissioner Divina Alagon of the Commission on Audit (COA), Nharleen Santos of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and Atty. Twylah Rubin of Commission on Human Rights (CHR). 
 
After the seminar, the participants stated that the training fully met and/or exceeded their expectations. They specifically appreciated the method of teaching and the workshops done by the facilitators. One commented that the training used an “effective method of teaching”. Another claimed that the workshop, “made me deepen my understanding [of GAD], and think of projects that can mainstream gender”.

Anabelle Plantilla (6th from left), executive director of the Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College, was one of the speakers at the Laudato Si first anniversary event and launching of the international movement, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Pilipinas Chapter.
 
Plantilla shared school’s programs that are in line with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, a call to "hear the cry of the poor and mother earth."

The event, held last June 18 at the Medicine Auditorium of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), was organized by Radio Veritas and the UST.

The other speakers were Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Sr. Marvie Misolas of the Maryknoll Sisters, Atty. Margie Conde of the Malate Church, and Cristina Jurado of the Urban Poor Associates.

Miriam College and the Maryknoll High School Class of 1958, through the Office of the President, gave a special tribute to Alice Reyes who was named National Artist for Dance in 2014 and was conferred the title in 2016 by Malacanang. Reyes’s former classmates, led by Miriam College President Rosario O. Lapus, presented the National Artist with a framed picture of her taken at an event and a Maryknoll/Miriam College doll.
 
“This award [National Artists for Dance] may have been more than what I have done except that this is such a glamorous and rare award,” Reyes said during an impromptu speech. “Maryknoll and Miriam is such a formidable school. It has produced such amazing number of graduates and I’m just one of them,” she added.

For her part, Dr. Lapus thanks Reyes for her contributions to Philippine art. “We are so proud of you for bringing dance in the Philippines to a higher level. Everything you received abroad you brought back here to make sure that dance, art and culture in the Philippines moves up” she said. 
 
A dancer, choreographer, teacher and director, Reyes has made an impact on the development and promotion of contemporary dance in the country. “Perhaps the biggest contribution of Alice Reyes to Philippine dance is the development of a distinctly Filipino modern dance idiom. Utilizing inherently Filipino materials and subject matters expressed through a combination of movements and styles from Philippine indigenous dance, modern dance and classical ballet she has successfully created a contemporary dance language that is uniquely Filipino,” read a text posted on the website of the National Commission for Culture and Arts.
 
Present during the gathering were some of Maryknoll/Miriam College’s luminaries, among them Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Teresita Bermudez Choa,  Corazon Alma, and Sylvia Santos Veloso. Also present were Belen Damian, Cely Anderson, Victorina DL Garcia, Mercedes Rivera da Silva,  Sr. Florence Bautista, Mila Villavicencio-Reyes, Presy Ramos, Lourdes Ledonio, Felicitas Silayan, Meny Relova, Evelyn Eugenio, and Rose Castro.

The Miriam College-Women and Gender (WAGI) conducted a seminar on Migration, Trafficking, Refugee and Asylum Issues last June 13-17, 2016 for MA students from the International Studies Department and Ph.D. Family Studies Graduate Program of Miriam College, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Migrants Desk Daughters of Charity. A total of 13 participants attended. 

The team of lecturers was composed of Prof. Aurora Javate De Dios, executive director of WAGI; Dr Alvin Ang, Department of Economics Ateneo de Manila University faculty; Dr. Jean Franco of the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman; Ellene Sana, executive director of the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA); Jean Enriquez, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP); Ricardo Casco, National Program coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Atty. Francis Tom Temprosa, Commission on Human Rights legal adviser and International Studies Department Miriam College faculty; Golda Myra Roma, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); and Dr. Cristina Liamzon, Ateneo School of Government Adjunct Faculty. Nikki Jurisprudencia was the overall facilitator and coordinator of the training course.
 
Representatives from Canadian Embassy, Bryan Rappaport and the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA), Maria Roseny B. Fangco also attended the seminar as guest speakers. Rappaport lectured on the Syrian refugee resettlement of Canada while Fangco highlighted the Philippine Migration Policy. A highlight of the former Overseas Filipino Workers were their stories of struggles and trials in a foreign land, surviving gender based violence from their employers.
 
Many of the participants expressed appreciation for pool of experts and the topics discussed at the seminar.

Last June 6-10, 2016, Miriam College-Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) conducted a training on Gender Fair Education for Gender and Development (GFE for GAD) for employees of the Philippine Army, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). A total of 38 participants attended.
 
Led by Prof. Aurora de Dios, executive director of WAGI and Stella Eloisa M. Fong, research associate and Training Administration and Gender Fair Education coordinator, the training team included: Anna Dinglasan, co-convener of CEDAW Youth; Atty. Christine Lao, International Studies faculty and coordinator of the IS Bureau; Dr. Noel C. Racho, Miriam College Human Resource director; Lynda Garcia, CAS faculty; Liza Garcia, program coordinator of Gender and ICT, Foundation for Media Alternatives; Dr. Carol I. Sobritchea, chair of the Technical Panel for Gender and Women’s Studies of the Commission on Higher Education; Atty. Carmelita P. Yadao-Sison, focal point for CHED-GAD; and Melanie Reyes, deputy director of WAGI. Dean Rica B. Santos graced the occasion through her welcome remarks.
 
Different topics were presented to the participants, among them were: Gender and Peace Education, Magna Carta of Women, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Cyberbullying, Social Media Ads, Women’s and Human Rights Education in the Philippines, GAD direction for the HEIs, Non-Sexist Language, overview of Gender Budgeting and Planning, and Gender Statistics, to name a few.
 
Participants considered the training as “relevant to our needs,” and suggested to “continue to advocate the GAD Programs in all government and private agencies.”  One participant also said, “My understanding about GAD was fully guided by the lecturers.  I am a changed person realizing that I have to be gender sensitive and should help GAD be cascaded to my agency.”

Department of Psychology students Sidney Mae P. Panga and Aurora Rowena B. Sto.Domingo presented their papers at the 16th Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference held in Stanford University, San Francisco, California last May 20-21, 2016. 

Their paper titled “Construction and Validation of the Panukatng Pagiging Bukas-Loob (PPBL)” was well-received by panelists and participants of the conference. 

Miriam College has been participating at the Annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference since 2008. The Stanford University Undergraduate Psychology Conference was first held in 2001 with the goal of expanding and deepening students’ interest in Psychology by gathering different ethnic groups from all over the United States to share their thesis findings. Since then it was opened to participants from other countries. 

Miriam College Department of Psychology was the first school from the Philippines to send a delegation.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized Miriam College’s granting of Autonomous Status (effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019) and programs designated as Centers of Excellence and Center of Development during the awarding ceremony held on May 16 and 17, 2016 at the CHED Auditorium, HEDC Building, UP Diliman, Quezon City. 

Miriam College has been designated  as a  Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education, and as a Center of Development in Communication. 

The awards were presented by former Miriam College President and CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and were received by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez, and the College Deans Dr. Rosario Aligada, Dr. Antonio Lopez, and Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.

CHED’s recognition is a strong manifestation of the College’s commitment to program and institutional quality and excellence.

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