The Miriam College – Department of International Studies (MCIS) delegation to the 70th Session of the Model United Nations of the Far West (MUNFW) received Diplomatic Achievement Awards for demonstrating excellence in the art and practice of diplomacy.
The MUNFW virtual conference was held via Zoom last April 16-19, 2021 from 12am to 11am, Philippine time (9am-8pm, Pacific Time), with the theme, Sustainable Development Goals: Leave No One Behind.
Seventeen (17) MCIS students from different year levels represented Austria, Brunei, Romania and Vietnam under Ms. Pacita Dechavez Fortin as their faculty advisor.
“MUNFW has taught me the values of courage, open-mindedness, and perseverance. I have gained the courage to step up and lead my delegation, to speak in front of a large audience—albeit virtually—with great confidence, and to find my voice and become more empowered. Despite all the stress and difficulties along the way, I learned to push myself beyond my comfort zone and to persevere…I was also able to further develop my skills in writing, time management, public speaking, interpersonal relations, teamwork, and leadership - all of which will be beneficial not only to my future career as a lawyer but also to my overall personal growth”, says Mary Ysabelle Samantha A. Chikiamco (ABIS, 4th).
Chikiamco, the permanent representative of Romania to the UN, delivered a speech during the Opening Plenary Session, a privilege given to those delegations with the highest score on their pre-conference documents in their respective regional blocs.
Ms. Kriz Heart R. Agillon (ABIS, 3rd), representative of Vietnam to the Second Committee, was also elected as Rapporteur to present their committee report during the Closing Plenary session.
According to her, “The MUNFW conference allowed me to apply the international relations theories and historical background of countries I learned from my IS classes. It has taught me that prior knowledge about a country’s stance on a particular issue and maintaining communication between members of a certain regional bloc is important in arriving at feasible mutually-agreed upon solutions to world’s problems.”
The MCIS has been participating at the MUNFW since 1995 held annually at the Hyatt Regency Hotel- SFO Airport, Burlingame, CA, USA. On its 20th year at the MUNFW in 2015, MCIS launched the MCIS Model United Nations in Miriam College patterned after the MUNFW to allow students who are unable to participate in the US to experience MUNFW and to provide an enhanced training opportunity for those going to the US.
In addition to MUNFW and MCIS-MUN, MCIS Department also organizes the Model ASEAN in Miriam College, a simulation program that is open to all MC students.
For more information on how to apply at the AB-International Studies program and experience life-changing learning opportunities like the MUNFW and MCIS-MUN, please contact the Department Chairperson, Dr. Melanie Reyes at email@example.com. -- By: Pacita Dechavez Fortin