PICPA Quiz Bowl 2017

St. Mary's College of Meycauayan's delegates for the annual PICPA Quiz Bowl did not just show their knowledge; they have also proved that they could bring home the bacon from the said Annual Accounting Quiz Bowl held last 20th of July 2017 in La Consolacion University of the Pilippines, Malolos, Bulacan. The said event was sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants as a way to promote a treaty of friendship among schools.

These amazing Marians are Jenelyn Librano and Elisa Bautista of the Accountancy Program. Librano got the 8th place in Level 1 while Bautista got the 4th place in Level 2 of the said event.

They said that they could not make it without the help and support of their coach, Mr. Paolo Carillo. The PICPA Quiz Bowl was not an easy competition. It was very challenging yet they still managed to thrive for the best in order to give pride and honor to our school.

Article Written by: Ms. Joana Vizmanos

The Portal to a New World

In the 21st Century, technology has made its way to primarily make our work done easier and faster. Its integration in many areas and fields has proven quite effective and efficient for us because it enhances the way on how we do things. In the field of Education, it helps us learn and understand more, with one click of a button, we can acquire any lessons from the internet.

St. Mary's College of Meycauayan has taken steps towards the integration of technology. From the upgrade of curriculum to the usage of technology-based instructional materials, the school has been improving better than ever with its application.

In June 2017, the Dean of the College Department, Mr. Michael Botis, had introduced the idea of having a student portal for the students to use. The Student Portal is an online platform with the following salient features: 1.) Viewing of grades, 2.) Reading updates and announcements, 3.) Accessing online enrolment and 4.) Viewing of subject offerings. According to the Dean, it was a way to "be close with the students." With this idea, students can easily identify their academic status online.

This portal requires students' username and password account for security. If a student is found guilty tampering his account, necessary corrective action will be given. Parents will also be cooperating to keep in track with their children's academic status online.

Though this format is slowly improving, the Student Portal is expected to be online on October this year. With the cooperation of the teachers, this idea will be effective for the student to use whenever, wherever, and however they want. This technological advancement will be a stepping stone to the improvement of St. Mary's College of Meycauayan. This will be the evolution of education.

Article Written by: Mr.Henry Nicolas

Parents' Orientation 2017

St. Mary's College of Meycauayan held its annual Parents' Orientation last 22nd of July 2017 in the SMCM Gymnasium with the theme: "Transformative Ignacian Marian Education: Catalyst of Growth towards Integration of Life and Mission in Faith Communities". This was an opportunity for the parents to discuss certain topics, concerns and information that they need to know about the school and their children through the involvement and the untiring support led by the school President, S. Ma. Yolanda C. Reyes, together with the administrators and staff. The objectives of the activity were to seek parental cooperation in the Integrated Basic Education and College, to establish a closer home and school partnership, and to enhance the partnership that already exists between parents, teachers, administrators, and the community.

The said activity began with a prayer led by S. Ma. Marife B. Macalam, RVM followed by the Marian Brass Band for the Philippine National Anthem. Mrs Ana Michelle S. Ricalde, the IBEd Principal, gave her warm greetings to the parents and welcomed them in the institution. She also gave her message of gratitude to the parents for choosing SMCM for their children's education and presented the innovations of school facilities. The teaching and non-teaching personnel together with the RVM Sisters were also introduced. It was followed by the presentation of school's vision and mission, activities and academic policies thru multimedia presentation. The PTA Executive Board Officers, headed by their President, Mrs. Anna Maria Roque, presented their accomplishments and projects to be done in the school to promote a conducive and a meaningful environment for their children. One of their accomplishments is the installed CCTV cameras which are located inside and outside of the school premises with the objectives to ensure the safety and to observe the behaviors of the students inside the school. The last part of the activity was the Open-House. All parents were allowed to visit their children's classroom and meet their advisers for consultation. They were also welcomed to visit the different facilities of the school.

This activity is a good practice and a great privilege to maintain rapport between parents and the school staff. We encourage all parents to participate with this kind of activity in the future. According to Jane D. Hull - "At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents". Always remember that the partnership of our home and school makes us a great community of learners.

Article Written by: Ms. Liezel Padojinog


Seminar, A Deferred Gift

Have you ever attended a seminar? For sure, it is a yes because our school encourages us to equip ourselves with different seminars related to our studies. Why do we really need to attend these seminars? There are so many reasons why you need to do so.

According to an article of Seattle Media, seminar is a group meeting led by an expert that focuses on a specific topic or discipline. Through seminars, students can improve their communication skills and gain expert knowledge. It opens a wide network of possibilities and helps us renew our motivation and confidence. It serves as a great source of learning and provides an opportunity to be updated with the latest trends and information in the professional world.

The Marian Computer Society of the Information Technology and Computer Science Program had attended a seminar entitled, "Google I/O 2017 Extended Manila" last 1st of July 2017. It was held in the Medicine Auditorium of the University of Sto. Tomas. According to the MCS President, Mr. Giovanni Egar; this was an annual software developer-focused conference which features a keynote on the latest updates and announcements of Google.

The Marian Journal Staff also attended their first seminar about "Journalism; In the Midst of Fake News" held in College Audio-Visual Room last 21st of July 2017. The said seminar was facilitated by Mr. Kent Michael Hansen, a journalist and proud alumnus of SMCM.

The HARTS Club of the Hotel and Restaurant and Tourism Management Program also held their first seminar for this school year last 11th of August 2017 in the SMCM Audio-Visual Room which was entitled "STEP Hospitality 2017: a wine and housekeeping seminar". It was led by the HRM/TM Program Head Mrs. Jenette Lim.

All College Programs have scheduled different set of seminars for the entire school year. This is indeed a great opportunity for us to raise the bar. We encourage each student to take the initiative to participate in this kind of activity. Let us learn to maximize these opportunities. Aside from the additional learning, these seminars will definitely give us an edge once we graduate and apply for a job. So, let us take this as a deferred gift that we could use to unlock the infinite number of future possibilities.

Article Written by: Mr. Nino Rey Francisco

Linkages Matter

Last July 4, 2017, the faculty and the non-teaching personnel of St. Mary's College of Quezon City headed by their Dean of College, Dr. Gloria Peralta visited our school for a benchmarking. According to Business Dictionary, Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization's policies, products, programs, strategies and their comparison with standard measurements.

The opening program was held in the SMCM Audio Visual Room at around 8:00 am wherein they were welcomed by Mr. Michael S. Botis, SMCM Dean of College. After the opening program, they went to the SMCM Museum and Archives to know more about the background of our school. Afterwards, they started observing different classes. They also visited the different learning facilities of our school such as library, computer laboratory, science laboratory and speech laboratory.

St. Mary's College of Meycauayan aims to establish a closer partnership with St. Mary's College of Quezon City. Sir Botis mentioned that the two schools had a sharing of their best practices. SMC-Quezon City also commended our school for having additional learning facilities like the STEM Laboratory and Wellness Center. SMC-Quezon City also shared that they also have linkages with different schools abroad. As a matter of fact, they already have some foreign students who are going to start studying English in their school this month of August. They also invited Mr. Botis and the rest of the teaching staff to visit SMC-Quezon City so that they could also observe and see the program for foreign students. This benchmarking was very fruitful and a great opportunity for us to establish a strong community linkages. Through this, we can share our best practices and we can learn from other schools too. It reminds us that we are not alone in improving and raising standards for high quality of education. Who knows? Months from now, we could also offer programs or short courses to foreign students and encourage them to be a certified MARIAN.

Article Written by: Mr. Gerrick Araza

Eyes Be With You

A place where we can stay safe and sound as we learn. How does that sound? As learning goes along in our dearest school, the officers of the SMCM Parents-Teachers Association headed by their President, Mrs. Anna Maria Roque have made great developments which definitely strengthens the security inside the school campus. Have you noticed the CCTV cameras all over the school? Yes, this is one of the accomplishments of our hardworking PTA Officers. CCTVs were added for us to be secured inside the school premises. This is also a way to gain more of our dearest parents' trust.

According to researches, Closed Circuit Television or also known as CCTV is a self-contained surveillance system comprising cameras, recorders and displays for monitoring activities in stores, schools, or companies. The importance of having a CCTV is mostly for security purposes and it also serve as basis for investigation. These cameras help us eliminate criminal activities. It helps us oversee the progress of an institution and also allow us to monitor it from anywhere. These project is really beneficial for us, Marians. We are very fortunate because we are being provided with a safe and secured learning environment. Yes, at times we might feel uncomfortable because of the feeling that someone is watching us from afar but we should not feel this way.

As Marians, we should act with proper discipline with or without cameras watching. We should be responsible with our own actions. As time becomes more important than ever, things have changed and make situations complicated. If I could just turn back time, where most people purely act based on their conscience and integrity; what a great world this place could be. Every action that we do has an impact to our society. Let us all realize the value of integrity. We should do the right thing even when no one is watching. Always remember that before these cameras exist, powerful eyes are already watching us even when we are asleep.

Article Written by: Ms. Joyce Anne Milan

The New Faces of the New College


Mr. Jesus Edmundo C. Abiertas is a new part-time professor of the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy Program. He is a fresh CPA board passer who graduated from our very own institution, SMCM. He found his college life challenging and interesting at the same time since he had to maintain a grade not lower than 85 in all subjects in order for him to keep his scholarship. Since teaching in SMCM is Mr. Abiertas' first job, he admitted that he had to adapt many things, like on how to act professionally and on how to interact with the students and his colleagues, wherein most of them used to be his professors. He said that he's looking forward to learn new things. It's an honor for him to be here again and he is very happy to serve his own Alma Mater.

Mr. Jennel Erick Siguenza, an alumnus of St. Mary's College of Meycauayan. He recently passed the CPA Board Examination and now he is already working for his own Alma Mater. Mr. Siguenza gave encouraging words to most of the students to work hard and never give up during the last Thanksgiving and Recognition for Board Passers. He also stated that he is very proud to work with his previous mentors.

Mr. Juan Paolo Carillo, also an alumnus of St. Mary's College of Meycauayan. He had finished his degree in Accountancy last October 2016. Mr. Carillo said that he is very comfortable working with familiar people who used to be his mentors. He is currently teaching Audit, Theory of Accounts, Auditing Theory Review, Managerial, Financial and Basic Accounting in his Alma Mater.

Mr. Alberto Nel Mateo V is a new part-time professor of the Information Technology Program. He was a graduate of De La Salle- College of St. Benilde where he took Bachelor of Science in Information Sytem from 2007-2011. He is currently teaching Computer Security. According to one of his students, Mr. Mateo is very detailed in explaining their lessons and he always provides relevant examples in order for them to understand the topic completely.

Ms. Trazy Ann Tuastomban, a Secondary teacher from Iligan City who teaches Chemistry and Physics in the Senior High School Department and has a load of Social Studies in the Education Program. Social Studies is really far from her specialization but she managed to teach the subject well.

Mr. Dan Rolbin Rivero, an alumnus who graduated in SMCM year 2016 is now teaching Mathematics in College, Senior and Junior High School. He said that he really wanted to teach here in SMCM because of the people, students and the environment. As a matter of fact, he applied here twice. He first taught in a small private school. Then after a year, he tried to apply again and fortunately he was hired and became a part of the SMCM family. He was given multiple loads in Mathematics for College, Senior, and Junior High School. We asked him about his adjustments with his fellow faculty - the feeling that your previous teachers are your co-workers now. He said that he also made some adjustments. He told us that adjustments should go with respect because if you have respect, it won't be that hard to adjust.

The SMCM College Faculty has a band of well-trained professional teachers who were fully-equipped and ever-prepared to teach in the tertiary level. These professors have improved the quality of education in the institution that lives up to its core values: faith, service and excellence.

Article Written by Ms: Diane Delgado and Ms. Jenelyn Librano

Bring Your Own Lunchbox

As of February 2015, the Philippines had been listed as the third highest producer of plastic wastes thrown into the ocean after China and Indonesia. A study entitled, "Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean" was published in the Journal Science earlier in the said year. The author stated, "Population size and the quality of waste management systems largely determine which countries contribute the greatest mass of uncaptured waste available to become plastic marine debris." Unfortunately, our country is one of the worst in regards with the disposal of plastic waste materials. The National Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition, Aileen Lucero said that the report was a wake-up call for our country to start changing. (Philstar.com)

Last August 4, 2017, after the first Friday mass; St. Mary's College of Meycauayan has taken a step towards the improvement of its plastic waste materials. The school has implemented the "Bring Your Own Lunchbox" policy. Students must bring their own lunchboxes if they were to order food in the fast food center. The idea was very simple, yet effective in terms of plastic usage. With this, the school would avoid using plastic plates, spoons, and forks because after these materials are used, they would only be disposed and thrown out immediately.

Students are also fond of leaving their mess after they eat at tables, showing their irresponsibility and carelessness. Even if they leave or take out their trash, the result will always be the same: plastic waste material disposal. So the usage of lunchboxes would help reduce the waste materials for a cleaner and healthy environment.

Though the idea of lunchboxes is very basic but it has big impact to our society. Bringing our own lunchboxes is a way to develop a sense of responsibility and environmental awareness. This reminds us that change will always start from us. Let's learn the value of self-discipline and let us not forget that in every plastic or waste that we can reduce, we are indeed helping our mother earth.

Article Written by: Ms. Sherry Ann Tubongbanua

INTRAMS With A TWIST

St. Mary's College of Meycauayan celebrated its first Academic Day last August 30 until September 1, 2017. This event was a combination of the three culminating activities that we annually hold; the Nutrition Month, Buwan ng Wika and the Institutional Intramurals. The theme of the said activity was "PISTANG PAARALAN 2017: Lumilinang sa 4K (Kalusugan, Kultura, Kalinangan at Kagalingang Pangkabataan)".

This annual celebration of Intramurals came with a twist. All students from Elementary, Junior High School, Senior High School and College were randomly assigned to form 6 teams with different colors and festival: Bonifacio (Red, Moriones Festival), Rizal (Blue, Sinulog Festival), Lapu-Lapu (White, Pahiyas Festival), Gabriela Silang (Yellow, Obando Festival), Luna (Orange, Candelaria Festival) and Del Pilar (Green, Hermosa Festival). Aside from the different ball games that we usually do during school intramurals, the school prepared several activities to showcase the talents and creativity of the students.

Last August 30, 2017, the day started first with Parada sa Nayon followed by the Street Dancing Competition. The primary students also enjoyed some traditional games through Palarong Pinoy. The second day was also fun and exciting. The students enjoyed the Cheer Dancing Competition and the different booths prepared by each team. The third day was very amazing because the camaraderie among the students was very visible as they joined the different activities such as Pistahang Bayan Food Festival, Balagtasan, Harana and Folk Dancing.

The students, teachers and parents brought different food for the Boodle Fight and had a delightful lunch together. The last part was the Awarding Ceremony in which all individual and group winners of ball games and cultural events received the fruits of their hard work. The overall winners were announced. The White team was declared as the overall Champion followed by the Blue team as the first runner-up while the Green and Orange teams were declared as the second runners-up of the said event.

This Academic Day was really a fruitful one. It was more than just forming teams. This event became a bridge for the students to know each other and stick together. Teams became group of friends and that group of friends became a family. This year's intramurals was all about teamwork and camaraderie among all the students. Although some teams may not have won the championship, all of us are winners in each other's heart. Some of us gained new friends, some have strengthened their relationships with others, but most importantly, we all had fun.

Article Written by: Mr. Jason Cabanatan

Alivebrary

Have you noticed that our library is the favorite place of the students during breaks? Instead of a place where silence can be found, some students are staying in the library, super alive and very noisy. Do you really know the importance of the library for us Marians?

A library is a building or room containing collections of books and periodicals for people to read, borrow or refer to. Wikipedia describes the library as a common area for studying and facilitating group study and collaboration. Libraries also provide public facilities for access to their electronic resources and internet.

As of this moment, our old traditional college library has been transformed to serve as a learning common. This should act as a place where collaboration and important learning discussion occur. It is not a place for chitchats or senseless talks. It is a place for learning and not a place for us to stay and just do nothing, access Facebook or play mobile games. This kind of learning space was created in order for us to learn more. This is one of the SMCM's ways in raising the bar.

As students, we need to remember that respect begets respect. We should respect and be sensitive to others' needs. Let us learn to appreciate and give importance to our school facilities. It is our responsibility to use it properly. Silence must be observed while inside the library to give way to those students who really want to study. We should maximize our library for learning. We are already matured individuals and we should always be. This should not be repeated but we will reiterate it again just in case you forget. BE RESPONSIBLE, MARIANS! Let us all have this sense of responsibility, be considerate and let us not be selfish in using our library.

Article Written by: Mr. Danjay Apolonio

Level Up!

Last 3rd of August 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a new law which provides free education for the students in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide. This is a good news for many Filipino students. However, for some private school institutions, this might be a threat since the number of enrollees may decrease due to the high demand for free education. Here in St. Mary's College, we are not taking this as a threat but instead, we take this as a challenge. A challenge for us to capacitate ourselves to respond in the changing demand of this society.

This school year, a new campaign has been launched and it is about "Raising the Bar". It was first introduced to us during our College Orientation in the SMCM Mini-Auditorium last 13th of June 2017 which was led by our School President, S. Ma. Yolanda C. Reyes, RVM and Mr. Michael S. Botis, our Dean of College. This campaign encourages all of us to make a difference. The bar serves as our standards. It is a goal that we have to reach and exceed. SMCM wants us to strive for excellence and be a globally competent individuals. We have every means to learn, to go above and beyond the expectation. We are being surrounded with different learning facilities that will help us to be more productive in the field of our studies.

The competition for employment after our graduation would be really tough. So, this is the right time for us to set the bar and make our dreams and aspirations turn into tangible goals that can be achieved in a matter of time. To know why we are here is important and to know where we really want to go is a must for us. Yes, we may be few in numbers but that does not mean that we cannot deliver. SMCM absolutely assures the quality over quantity. Our school will definitely help us unleash our competencies. However, it is also our job to help ourselves in order to get the best possible outcome and succeed. We have to get out of our comfort zone and learn to take the risk in order to improve ourselves.

Remember that it is not enough for us to just reach the bar. We need to raise it higher every time we succeed. We were not put on this earth to remain stagnant. We really have to grow. Do not be complacent to where you are right now. It is about time to exceed what is expected. Do not stop my dear Marians. Motivate and capacitate yourself and always remember to keep on moving forward. Take every day as a challenge. Let us show that MARIANS can spell a difference. Always remember the vision of our school. Let us aim for an Ignacian Marian Excellence. Let us reach the bar together, be better and always make every effort to LEVEL UP.

Article Written by: Ms. April Jessica Mendoza

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