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As it opens its new campus in Nuvali

It was only just a dream, a goal that they planned on achieving in the best way possible. And now, that dream has finally come true: Miriam College recently extended the sphere of its academic excellence in its new campus in Nuvali, where its advocacy to “nurture the leader in every child” continues.

“Our school has a tradition and a commitment to live in excellence. We intend to continue our tradition of great teaching in our new school inclusive of innovations for 21th century learning,” says Dr. Rosario Lapus, Miriam College president.

MiriamAccording to MC Nuvali’s principal Regi Sibal, the school is not just aiming for excellence but wants to develop the holistic development of each student. “We are integrating a lot of concepts similar to our core values: truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation,” she says. “We want to develop socially relevant students and provide a curriculum that prepares them to become global citizens.”

Architect Dan Lichauco of Archeon Architects designed the building to maximize natural light, wind, and ventilation, replete with landscaped grounds and spacious rooms. A dry pond is also constructed to reduce flooding.

“Each classroom has a platform near the window to make the most of available light. We’re already looking integral skills in environmental concept like planting and harvesting,” says Sibal. “Architectural design is environmental. If you look at the classroom, there’s a platform near the window to have the sunlight bounce to the room and maximize the light. We encourage our students to segregate the garbage, to recycle things like paper. We encourage the kids to use the reusable containers for their food. It’s a very big campus so we’re already looking for integral skills and environmental concepts like planting and harvesting. We are not just talking about the environmental things that you can find in the campus. We will landscape it around the indigenous plants in the area.” —SARA GRACE FOJAS

Humans have always been fascinated by superheroes. Generations never seem to tire of the stories of Spiderman, Superman, X men and even locals like Lastikman, Darna and Inday. In this world, these fictional characters are yet to be met in the flesh but the closest character you can to one is in the guise of a teacher.

Superheroes answer to the call of danger, often involving another person’s life or death. As a teacher I realized that in a real classroom, you can’t afford to fail, be late, lax down or miss out on anything because there are REAL students who would get disappointed, REAL students who are expecting from you. It’s not in the literal sense of life and death but it does spell out what kind of life may be up ahead for the children entrusted to your care. In your class there are the future doctors, engineers, architects, artists and teachers. What guides me every time I wear my teacher superhero costume is the thought that the next Cory Aquino, Leah Salonga, Marilou-Diaz Abaya or Gabriela Silang may be in my class.

Clark Kent’s transformation to Superman often requires the presence of a phone booth. For teachers, this transformation happens in the classroom everyday. Most of us shed our personal troubles, set aside our inhibitions once we step inside a classroom in the presence of all the students who are often mindless of what persona we are outside the room’s four walls. They are clueless of one’s boyfriend/girlfriend heartaches, trepidations over a sick child, or anxieties over unpaid bills.

A few years back, the movie “Sky High” showcased a life of future superheroes and sidekicks in-training in a special school to hone their superpowers. Most of us did receive prior training in college. But theories we learned prepare us for what to teach for once you are there, you begin to expect the unexpected for anything may happen in the middle of a class. College may equip you with the theories and logical answers but once in the classroom, no single textbook or behaviorist can offer the best solution. It will all be up to you.

After training to become the teacher-heroes, our lives become affected by who we choose to become – agents of change, side kicks, villains or observers. When one is a student, one fails to see the arduous plight of teachers. Only when fills in teacher’s shoes can he truly discover the torture of daily lesson plans, the throbbing headaches caused by students, the bore of unremitting routines, the vexations of unpredictable times and the complexity of budgeting one’s measly salary. So as a teacher superhero, are we really up to that challenge?

No super hero is completely infallible. The Incredibles seek to keep their abilities under wraps; however, it is striking that their humanity shows. Like this heroic family, we as teachers seek to strike a balance between our personal lives and being the exceptional yet under recognized heroes that we are.

Spiderman started to gain confidence as he realized his powers. As teachers, our confidence has been a product of years of interaction; as our teaching experiences which slowly reaches and affects the development of one’s self-identity.

One of the differences of a superhero and a teacher is that after the former has “saved the day”; he/she no longer follows up on the people. The mission often serves for a short time. Teachers in guise of normal people like me need to maximize efforts and time to help students achieve their potentials as individuals. I am only a means. In the end it is my students’ choices that would completely define who they are and what they will become.

Superheroes are often caught off guard when they underestimate super villains. In the same way, every year, I realize that we must never underestimate the capability of children. We must never downgrade what they know or what they may be able to do or observe. I have students who have attention to detail and value aesthetics. A grade 2 or 6 student can make comments that would surprise you and you would wonder if you are indeed conversing with children. Even in class discussions, side comments and students’ spontaneous reactions would make you realize that they know a lot of things sometimes even more than what you do.

Some heroes have their tools- swords, hammers, belts and the like. A teacher’s tools are varied. From crude tools such as chalk, manila papers and blackboards to evolving pocket charts and manipulatives to laptops and LCDs, we choose our tools based on our daily battles. So one can be a technologically-savvy Ironman in one day, or a gadget-endowed Batman in the next one or a sword buckling She-ra in the next.

Some grand world-saving schemes involve superheroes spending time to plan for their action. Teaching demands a lot of creative outbursts. I had to brainstorm and plan my lessons weeks beforehand and even criticize and contemplate on my charts’ aesthetic quality aside from its content. Without personally knowing the students and their abilities, one cannot truly understand and comply with their needs and adjust accordingly to their capabilities. Class exposure and the teaching experience has taught me to be cautious- calm that I might be able to think before reacting to any given situation, and cautious not to make mistakes that children will notice.


Sometimes superheroes work in teams. Just look at the Justice League, the Avengers, the Power Rangers and the X Men. Like them, teachers need to work in collaboration with their co-teachers and supervisors to ensure maximum results and success in the teaching mission. With these alliances, teaching strategies and lessons are developed. Programs to explore other students’ talents and aptitudes best result from this mental and physical collaboration.

Science explains behavior using the phrase “nature and nurture”- that you are defined by what you have been born to be and by the experiences that come your way. What sets a superhero apart are the genes he/she has or the super stone or item that he/she has been bestowed with. But a teachers’ heart may be more than what is inside of a being given abilities by nature or nurture. I may not have mutated genes or in possession of a magical, transforming article, but as a teacher I am much more. Because I have the will, the passion and the dedication to make do with what I have in order to affect lives.

The teacher superhero analogy is not a paradox but a metaphor in itself. Where superheroes are fictional characters, teachers are the existent embodiment of what true life saving is all about. We have the power. And as what is said in the movie Spiderman, “With our great power comes, great responsibility” While this is true, teachers bear this phrase the other way around, “With great responsibility, comes our great power”.


Maria Regina Corazon Sevilla-Sibal

Ms. Reg Sibal is the current principal of Miriam College Nuvali.

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Administrators led by Assistant to the President Cynthia Morales, faculty, staff, parents and students of Miriam College Nuvali (MC NUVALI) gathered last June 26, 2015 to inaugurate the new chapel and bless the campus. The Mass and blessing was officiated by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, DD.

Designed by Dan Lichauco, featuring a Jesus Christ installation by renowned artist Anna Pamintuan, the chapel offers a modern, airy, and well-lighted venue for the school’s religious activities and Eucharistic celebrations.

Also present at the blessing were the newly elected officers of the Executive Board of the MC Nuvali Parent Teacher Association, Sister Marisa Lichauco,M.M., former Basic Education Unit Director Dr. Ma. Corazon Reyes, representatives from neighboring Xavier School-NUVALI, and representatives from Ayala Land Inc. headed by John Estacio.

MC NUVALI is the institution’s second branch located in Calamba, Laguna. To cater to its growing enrollees, the school has added Grades 8-9 to from its offering of pre-school to Grade 7 the previous year.

The Grades 6-9 students of Miriam College NUVALI  (MC NUVALI)  together with their teachers, staff and members and officers of the Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) took part in the first Acquaintance Party of the school last August 20.

To capture the Eternal Sunshine Coachella theme, tents and tepees were set up on the campus grounds while participants dressed up in their best Coachella ensemble. Students and teachers presented lively dance numbers to everyone’s delight.

The party was initiated to establish a better relationship and build rapport among the members of the MC NUVALI community. It was also a chance for the students to get to know the other classes better.

Miriam College NUVALI (MC NUVALI) was one with its Quezon City counterpart in celebrating College Week.

The school opened the activities with a Mass and a photo op with the members of the community. Rose O. Bautista, former Vice President for Development and Resource Management (VPDRM) was the week’s special guest. She shared her journey with the school as a Maryknoll student and later on as an employee and now as an active alumna.

Several activities at the different grade levels were simultaneously held from August 31-Sept. 4. Among the highlights were a Sportsfest and a “Road Art" that took advantage of the open spaces of the campus.

The day was capped with a talk and review of Miriam College’s Mission and Vision and Core Values.

Cengage donated 550 reference books on subjects such as Math, Science, and  Accounting to Miriam College last September 15. Cengage Country Manager Jomini Abaya turned the book over to Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Glenda Fortez; Basic Education Unit (BEU) Director and High School Principal, Dr. Edizon Fermin; and International Partnerships and Programs Office Head and HEU Admissions Officer Ma. Luisa Villano.

The recipients of the donated books were the Higher Education Unit, BEU, Miriam Adult Education and Miriam College NUVALI.

The opening of MC Nuvali for SY 2016-2017 was marked by the smiles of enthusiastic students, as they geared themselves up to experience a new year of exploration, learning, and fun. Two hundred fifty familiar faces were joined by 200 new ones, coming from as far as the cities of Batangas and Las Piñas.

On their first day, the students met the teachers, staff and administrators of the school led by the Assistant to the President, Cynthia Morales. The dedicated professional of this campus takes pride in living out the school’s mission of developing happy and well-balanced individuals. 

Now on its third year of operations, MC NUVALI continues to grow and nurture students in the south with Miriam College’s brand of education.  

A second building is currently being constructed to accommodate more levels and students in the coming years.  Mary Ann P. Manapat, MC Nuvali Faculty

July 26, 2016 was a red-letter day at Miriam College Nuvali, as the community gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Jerry Bito-on, who encouraged those present to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to look to the future with courage. 

The Mass was followed by an appreciation and induction ceremony for the outgoing and incoming members of the Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board.  Dr. Noel Racho, Miriam College Human Resources Director, served as the inducting officer.

The members of the MCN PTA Executive Board for SY 2016-2017 are: Ma. Cristina DC. Cadiz, president; Ayishah M. Conde, vice president; Rachel Ann B. Basaya, secretary; Patricia Jo A. Javier, Asst., secretary;   Jane B. Varona, treasurer; Mary Christine F. Quizol, asst. treasurer; Jo-Anna R. Piñon, auditor;   Rosenelie T. Barcelon, PRO; Sylvia T. Perez and Patrick P. Arce, board members;  and Cynthia O. Morales and Ruby Magsin, advisers.                             

A highlight of the day’s events was the community photograph, which had the MCN students, faculty, staff, and parent officers forming a “90” to greet Miriam College on its 90th anniversary.  Everyone was excited to be part of the aerial shot, which is fast becoming one of MCN’s favorite traditions. 

The day’s activities were spearheaded by Mr. Hanz B. Ponceca, MISMO coordinator at MCN. By Patricia Jo A. Javier.

Miriam College NUVALI in Laguna is all set to start the construction of its second building two years after it opened its doors to students in the south. The building, which is part of Phase 2 of the school’s 10-year development plan, will cover more than 4,000 sqm and feature 34 classrooms to accommodate the consistently growing number of students there, particularly pre-school to Grade 4. It is scheduled to be finished in May 2017 in time for the next school year.

“We are happy that MC NUVALI’s student community is consistently growing since we officially opened in June 2014. We look forward to the launch of this second building that is especially designed to address the needs of our 21st century learners where classroom layouts encourage innovation, collaboration and creativity,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.

Groundbreaking rites were held last January 24, 2017.  Present were (in photo, from left) : Arch. Jose Pedro “Bong” Recio, principal architect of Rchitect Incorporated; Christine Joy Q. Corsiga, Benjamin T. Santiago, and Ruby S. Magsino, faculty and administrators of MC NUVALI; Benedicto Siy of Metropolis Construction, Inc.; Josie Tan, Miriam College Board of Trustees chair; Agustin Alvarez, Miriam College Administrative Services director; Dr. Lapus; Cynthia Morales, assistant to the president for MC NUVALI; and  John Estacio, Alviera and NUVALI general manager.

Designed by one of the country’s top architectural firms, the building is especially created to be a green, secure, and conducive place for play and 21st century learning.

“The challenge for us was how to contain the open spaces for security but the site lent some answers. We surrounded the play area or courtyard with classrooms but still opened it to its natural surroundings. The open spaces now become a central space where kids can socialize, engage, and do multiple activities,” explained Arch. Recio.  He also adds that the architecture provides for a distinctive arrangement of classrooms, “with roofs inclined in repetition, echoing a perpetual movement of students within.” Apart from classrooms, the second building will feature rooms for art, reading, playing, prayer, observation, and conferences.

In line with NUVALI’S sustainability initiatives, the design incorporated green building features such as solar panels, rainwater and sunlight harvesting, LED lights, low-volume water fixture, and eco-friendly materials.

Miriam College NUVALI is a co-educational school covered by a 10-year development plan starting with the Basic Education that is now K to 12 ready. Short-term, ladderized programs will be introduced to complement the Basic Education Program. Construction on the 15-hectare lot will be in phases with special emphasis on an environmentally-sustainable school that is safe, student-friendly, and conducive to living and learning. A 50-50 percentage will be devoted to structures and open spaces.  In the pipeline is the construction of a swimming pool.

Apart from its branches in Quezon City and NUVALI, Miriam College will soon put up a third campus in Porac, Pampanga, also in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc.

The Miriam College Nuvali Junior and Senior teams brought home 14 medals from the Manila Regional Round of the World Scholar’s Cup held last February 6-7 at Miriam College Quezon City.
The Junior Team, composed of Ramon Sarigumba (Grade 7-Kapayapaan), Micah del Rosario (Grade 8-Madasalin), and Mika Gallardo (Grade 8-Madasalin), won silver medals in both debate and essay writing competitions. The team placed 12th out of 20 top teams recognized in debate and 15th out of 20 top teams recognized in writing.
Individual recognitions were also given to Sarigumba for debate and del Rosario for both debate and writing. Del Rosario was named top scholar of the team.
The Senior Team, composed of Audrey Diaz (Grade 8-Madasalin), Jennea Barrera (Grade 10-Rizal), and Anna Beatriz Quemuel (Grade 11-Calungsod) bagged three medals from the competition. Both Audrey Diaz and Jennea Barrera were awarded the Da Vinci Scholar Medal, an individual recognition given to students with well-rounded high scores across all areas.  Anna Beatriz Quemuel was named as the top scholar of the team.
Both junior and senior teams, coached and mentored by Ana Victoria Santiago, have also qualified for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Vietnam. The competition will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017 at the Vietnam National Convention Center.

Over 300 students from 16 schools in the Philippines participated in the two-day academic competition.

Photo shows from left Jean Audrey Diaz, Jenea Ricci Barrera, Micah Therese Del Rosario, Mikaela Gallardo, Anna Beatriz Quemel, and Ramon Sarigumb. By Ana Victoria Santiago, Faculty

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