The City Council of Marikina commended and recognized four athletes form the Higher Education unit for bringing honor and pride not only to Miriam College but to Marikina City as well. The four were named champions in Badminton at the 46th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They are Ira Francesca Villanueva, Third Year BS Psychology; Tierrah Opinion, Fourth Year BA; Priscilla Elena Caluag, Third Year BA Communication; and Karen Inocencio, Fourth Year BA Applied Arts. They attended the Recognition Ceremony held last August during the city’s 8th Regular Meeting in Marikina.  Present were Vice-Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz and the City Councilors.
Villanueva and Caluag finished High School at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Marikina while Opinion and Inocencio graduated from the Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College  (OLOPSC) also in Marikina.

The Gawad Miriam Para Sa Komunikasyon was held at the Little Theater last September 26, 2016 to recognize the achievements of the Department of Communication.
Department of Communication Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, welcomed students and guests to the activity and acknowledged the Communication students who represented Miriam College in various competitions as well as those who participated in the school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
Dr. Acosta thanked the Miriam College Television (MCTV) group for creating the Henry Sy Sr. AVP which was shown during the launch of the MC-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center. Their moderator, Gilbeys Sardea, shared the group’s experiences in creating the AVP from planning, production, to its actual run during the opening of the makerspace last September 7, 2016.
Special awards were also given to winners of different tilts, among them PODCON, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, and Himig Handog P-Pop 2016. The awarding of the Best Thesis to three outstanding groups along with the Dean’s Listers from last school year also took place.
Senior BA Communication students Coleen Ramos and Paola Neyra shared how they prepared and contributed to the launching of makersapce and Project 9.0 in time for College Week and MC’s 90th anniversary celebration.
For her part, reigning Miss Commgeniality Gessle Escober gave an inspiring talk, encouraging students to be the best version of themselves and to always seize opportunities that college life offers.
In between the awarding, C*CATT Street, C*CATT Singers, and Jascha Sarmiento and Julie Jolo entertained the audience with intermission numbers. Text by Angel Abrera and Photos by Kristine de Leon, Hannah Navarro, and Brooke Villanueva

As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, the school, through the External Affairs Office (now Marketing and Communications Office) with the support of High School Photography Club moderator JJ Villano, opened the 90 Shots: One Mighty Photo Exhibit last September 26, 2016.

The exhibit features photographs that tell the story of Miriam College today as seen through the lenses of the MC community. Contributors are composed of photography enthusiasts and representatives from the different units, offices, and centers. 

Representing Dr. Rosario O. Lapus during the opening was Dr. Noel Racho who was assisted by Sr. Teresa Dagdag for the untying of the ribbon. Administrators, personnel, and the 90 Shots contributors, which included students from the HEU and HS, graced the event. 

Entries coming from 26 contributors were trimmed down to 90 photos. Judging these entries were Villano, Lai De Guzman, owner of Time Travelers Photography; Dr. Noel Racho, Human Resource Division director; Luwi Tampinco, BEU director and Middle School principal; and Rob Fontanilla, faculty member of the Department of Communication. Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College president, selected the top 3 photos.

The first, second, and third prize winners are Claudine F. Esteban of the Miriam College Middle School (MCMS); Mirma Mae C. Tica of the Center for Peace Education; and Genevieve Y. Goño, of the Miriam College Child Study Center, respectively. 

Making it to the Top 10 are Rhoderic P. Buado, Environmental Studies Office; Emmanuel John Y. Villar Information & Communications Technology Office, Kayla Matutina, MCHS, Hannah L. Chua, MCMS; Jo-Anna R. Pinon of MC NUVALI, and Angelo Velandria, Miriam Adult Education.

90 Shots aims to capture the dynamic, vibrant, and innovative campus of Miriam College through a different perspective and, literally, a fresh angle.  Campus & Community Life, Heritage & Landmarks, Environment & Nature, and Innovation & Creativity are the themes that run through the photographs on exhibit. 

Wonder Photo Shop-Fuji Film, located at the UP Town Center, sponsored the developing of all 90 photos. 

The community is invited to view the exhibit at the MMJ foyer. It will run until October 7, 2016 and will then be rotated at the different units throughout the anniversary year.

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Two research papers by Communication students were presented at the first Communication Research International Conference (CRIC), held last September 22-23, 2016 at the UP Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City. The conference was spearheaded by the UP College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) and the Philippines Communication Society (PCS).  
Mae Raziel Gonzales presented her paper titled “Bending Genders: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Gamers’ Communication Styles Using Opposite Sex Avatars” which delved on the pattern of gender and communication in online games. 
Trixia Abao, Patricia Canedo, and Honey Villadelgado presented their paper titled “For Updates and Retweets: Filipino Young Adults’ Perception Towards the Effectiveness of PAGASA’s Use of Twitter for Information Dissemination. The researchers studied how PAGASA’s weather forecast information dissemination on Twitter influences and affects the behavior of the Filipino youth. The latter was awarded Moderator’s Choice for the specific parallel session.
CRIC, which has Vice President Leni Robredo as keynote speaker, carried the theme “Voices & Noises: Communication and Integration Within and Across ASEAN Communities.” The event was an opportunity for both students and professionals to present their research papers beyond the classroom. The topics included Cultural Diversity, Regional Unity, and the ASEAN Identity; Communication in Social and Development Issues; Disaster and Risk Communication; Politics, Governance, and Education Reforms; Peace, Conflict, and Communication; and Intercultural Media Studies. 
Department of Communication Chairperson and PCS Secretary, Dr. Maria Margarita A. Acosta, PhD together with Asst. Professor Jonalou S.J. Labor, MA of UP-CMC, were the masters of ceremony of the event. Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II and Lynda C. Garcia served as moderators during the parallel sessions while Danday Ampil, Mae Ann Chua, and Therese San Diego attended together with their classes in Communication Research and Thesis Writing II. 
The conference was attended by over 900 delegates with Miriam College sending the biggest delegation. By Kathleen Taylan and Blanchie Bermejo/Photos by Jaz Agustin, Therese Guatno, Mikx de Dios, Nikki Mensenares, Mae Ann Chua, and  Therese San Diego

The Miriam College–Child Study Center celebrated Grandparents’ Day last September 24, 2016. The unit opened its gates to welcome students and their eager grandparents for a day of fun and bonding.

Hands and minds got busy with the craft stations set up.  Grandparents and grandkids enjoyed mini t-shirt decorating, bracelet making, chime making, and sand art. They sang and danced to their heart’s content at the Videoke and Zumba areas while games such as Ring Toss and Hit The Can made lolo and lola kids all over again.

Healthway was also around to give free checkups and goodie bags to both the children and their grandparents. It was truly a fun, memorable day spent honoring the students’ dear grandparents.

Miriam College Lower School student Ancilla Lucia Mari “Charlie” Manzano won multiple medals at the Club Gymnastica Friendship Meet 2016 held last September 18, 2016 at the Club Gymnastica Training Center, Pasig City. Her awards are the following: 

First Place, Individual All Around Champion
Gold Medal, Floor Exercise Event
Gold Medal, Vault Event
Silver Medal, Uneven Bars Event
Silver Medal, Balance Beam Event

A growing number of Filipino families are relying on social media and other forms of instant communication to bridge distances.

There have been many studies done on the social cost of overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) migration and single-parent families. Problems—from infidelity on the part of one or both spouses, to teen pregnancy and drug addiction among children of OFWs—have taken root since the Philippine government began institutionalizing the export of surplus labor to the rest of the world more than 40 years ago. But thanks to advances in technology, a more recent set of studies reveals that more Filipino families are now able to cope with the loneliness and even thrive despite the distances that separate them.

“Ideally, we should all be together. But as long as our country can’t provide enough jobs for its citizens, relying on technology to bridge separated families is the next best thing. Nothing, not even the most lavish gifts, can fill the loneliness a child feels for a missing parent. Constant and most of the time instant communication between parents and children through text messaging, social media, and Skype lessen the loneliness,” said Dr. Victoria Apuan, seasoned educator and chair of Miriam College’s Family Studies Program.

Kids of OFWs growing up in the early 1970s like this writer should know. It usually took at least two weeks for snail mail to arrive. Not too many families had telephones back then. Long distance calls, apart from being expensive, weren’t always reliable. Family members were limited to receiving or sending each other voice tapes via the OFW’s colleagues who were either arriving or leaving the country.

These days, absentee parents can keep abreast of their children’s activities almost in real time, said Apuan, whose field of expertise includes Psychology, Philippine Studies, and Gender and Development. Some even conduct tutorials over Skype or FaceTime, while others gain a clearer idea of who their children’s friends are through Facebook.

Thanks to Skype or FaceTime, it’s not uncommon, for instance, for a parent who is thousands of miles away to virtually participate in his or her child’s birthday via a wired computer or tablet in the living room or dining area. The virtual party enables both parent and child to retain some form of bond.

“The child knows that he or she has a lifeline, and that’s important,” said Apuan. “Through these modern-day gadgets and systems, he or she would get an answer.”

She also believes in and advocates the importance of support groups both for the spouse abroad and the one left behind to take care of the kids. Apart from joining, say, a religious or civic support group, which frowns on extra-marital affairs, there are certain companies in the Middle East, for instance, that won’t tolerate their employees’ infidelity.

The situation is equally difficult for the one left behind. Apart from being a single parent to his or her children, he or she is expected to solve various problems that are sometimes too small to bring to the attention of the spouse abroad. These concerns may seem inconsequential, but they do add up and can fester and turn into bigger problems if not addressed immediately. That’s why they also need people to provide them with moral support or even a shoulder to cry on.

Based on another study Apuan shared with Panorama, an intergenerational family of OFWs is being held up as a model on how it should be done. The family started fielding out OFWs from among its members in the 1970s. The tradition, for lack of a better description, continued with a second batch of OFWs in the 1990s, and a third one in the 2010s.

Family members from each generation have one thing in common that allowed them to remain intact and insulated from common problems usually encountered by many fellow OFW families. According to the researcher, this commonality is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the spouses left behind in the Philippines.

“There are two types of coping—emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping,” said Apuan. “The researcher found out that families in the study, especially the spouses left behind, have a clear objective from the start. They were aware and willing to sacrifice initially in order to experience a better life for themselves and their families in the future.”

Apart from delaying gratification, the wives, for instance, try to make ends meet. They also make their OFW husbands’ salaries earn by engaging in various small businesses and money-making ventures. Children don’t automatically receive an increase in their allowance just because their father or mother is now an OFW. And if these families have saved enough, the money usually goes to buying more farmlands if the family is into farming, or expanding the store if it’s into trading.

“Some people are unaware or unmindful of the possibilities,” said Apuan. “But such foresight and entrepreneurial bent can be learned. That’s why the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Agency) should give more entrepreneurship training to those left behind. They have to manage the money earned by their spouses abroad properly.”

Family values can be strengthened by a supportive community, even a supportive school, she added. There’s always some form of dislocation whenever one or both parents leave for abroad to work, but this can be minimized.

At the same time, Apuan also mentioned the need to recognize families that are in different social arrangements. The old nuclear family consisting of father, mother, and children is no longer the norm. This development, although no longer new, was first articulated in a global conference in the early 1990s in Malta. Even then, less conventional forms of family had begun to lose the stigma once attached to them.

Apart from solo parenting, separation, or divorce, a growing number of children these days are being raised by extended members of the family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings. Many children even include their nannies when their teachers ask them, for instance, to name the members of their family. It seems unthinkable to them not to include the yaya as part of their support group.

Then there’s also the growing rise of lesbian and gay couples raising either their biological or adopted children. There are likewise people who remarry after their first marriages have been annulled. The children they bring into the new arrangement become part of what is now called blended families.

“Street children also have a sense of family,” said Apuan. “Those in very difficult circumstances look for a support person whether or not related by blood. This person or group of persons become their kuya or ate. Loosely, the family is now defined as a group of people with whom you can find support and love. It’s always important for the child while growing up to have some reliable, consistent support person."

SOURCE: Manila Bulletin >

Selected students from Miriam College Middle School joined the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs’ (PSYSC) annual Math, Science at Kapaligiran (MathSciaKa) workshops at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).  The workshops, held last September 17, aim to test the scientific knowledge and engineering skills of students through creative and non-traditional methods. 
Alize Rosemary Madayag of 7-Tecson and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay of 7-Dela Rama won 1st Place in the Mystery Workshop Bracket II for their blueprint design for an agriculture software application that can be used by the youth. In the same bracket, Angela Villasanta of 8-T’boli and Samantha Centeno of 8-Badjao won 3rd Place in the Workshop Fair. Both students designed a drip irrigation system that can be used in both a traditional farm and a city farm.
Photo shows Alize Rosemary Madayag and Jasmihn Celina Tiggangay with their trainer Anne Jillian Dumanat, a grade 8 Science teacher; Angela Villasanta and Samantha Centeno with their coach and the director of PHIVOLCS, Dr. Renato Solidum; and the MCMS participants of MathSciaka Brackets I and II with their trainers Ma. Fatima Cruz and  Anne Jillian Dumanat.

STUDENTS lit candles for peace on Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, as they urge President Duterte to stop extrajudicial killings. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Students from various schools in Metro Manila plan to send a statement to President Duterte and other government officials calling for a stop to extrajudicial killings.
Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, around 500 students from Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and the University of the Philippines held a candlelight vigil on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, to protest the recent wave of drug-related killings sweeping the country.
The students occupied a portion of the sidewalk from AdMU to Miriam College where they lit candles to remember the lives lost in the government’s war on drugs.

Jasmin Galace, executive director of Miriam College’s Center for Peace Education, told the Inquirer that they decided to hold the activity to coincide with the celebration of the International Day of Peace.

“We will say our piece, we will speak up for peace,” Galace added.

Aside from the activity on Wednesday, she also said that Miriam College and other schools were planning to send a statement on extrajudicial killings along with thousands of signatures to Mr. Duterte.

“We want to say that there are other methodologies to fight drugs,” Galace said, adding that while they support the crusade against the drug menace, it was still important to value life.

According to her, Miriam College wanted to emphasize that its school grounds “is a zone of peace” where every human life is valued.

“We believe that political, economic and food security are also important, not just security from external threats,” Galace said.

“Maybe the government just does not have the time to sit down, process and reflect on the other methods they can use to fight illegal drugs,” she added.

SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer >

ANOTHER milestone took place at the historic College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) as Dr. Jesusa M. Marco was sworn in as the school's 9th president.

Dr. Marco's presidency also marks the transition of CHSM, making her the 1st Lay President under the school's new management by the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corp (HSAMC). The rites will be held at the Paraclete Auditorium, College of the Holy Spirit Manila.

In September 2015, the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome gave the approval for the collaboration of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (S.Sp.S) and the CHSM Alumnae through a Management Contract for the continuance of CHSM mission.

On Jan. 21,2016, the Management Agreement was finally approved and signed between the College of the Holy Spirit of Manila and the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corp (HSAMC).

CHSM remains to be owned by S.Sp.S, however, it is now managed by the HSAMC effective May 1,2016.

Dr. Marco finished AB Sociology in formerly Maryknoll (now Miriam College). She also holds Master of Arts in Social Sciences major in Sociology at De La Salle
University. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Sociology at Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Presently, she is also a Research Fellow of the De La Salle University.

PUBLISHED IN: Business World, September 21, 2016  |  Bulletin Sections  |  Page 7 of Section 2

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