Forming Women Leaders in Service
|Malabon Normal School (1926-1936)|
Maryknoll Normal College (1936-1953)
Motto in English
|Type||Private Roman Catholic exclusive all-girls Basic and Higher education institution|
|ACUCA IFCU ACWCUA|
|Chairperson||Josefina N. Tan|
|President||Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus|
(VP for Academic Affairs)
Ma. Concepcion Y. Lupisan, Ph.D.
(VP for Finance)
|Principal||Maria Louella Tampinco (Principal for Middle School) Nancy C. Roman|
(Principal for High School) Nancy L. de los Reyes (Principal for Lower School) Amabelle M. Cariño (Principal for Child Study Center)
|Director||Noel C. Racho, Ph.D.(Director for Human Resources) Agustin P. Alvarez, Jr.
(Director for Administrative Services)|
Maria Louella Tampinco (Director for Basic Education)
|Campus||Loyola Heights, Quezon City (Main Campus)|
Nuvali, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna (Annex Campus)
It offers academic programs from pre-elementary to post-graduate and adult education levels that develop the learning and caring competencies of students and are enriched by a wide range of national, regional, and international linkages. Although primarily a women's school, its pre-elementary, graduate, adult education, and deaf education programmes accept male students.
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The history of Miriam College dates back to 1926 when Archbishop of Manila Michael J. O'Doherty requested the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic of Ossning, New York to initiate a teacher-training program for women in the Philippines. In an old remodelled Augustinian convent in Malabon, the Malabon Normal School was established. The school moved several times until 1953, when was officially renamed to Maryknoll College, and permanently settled on the eastern edge of Diliman (now Loyola Heights) in Quezon City.
A long period of stability and growth followed. Maryknoll College expanded its programs from training teachers to the formation of women leaders, thus a liberal arts college was developed. The school grew in student population, programs, services and reputation, achieving recognition as a school where academic excellence, communication skills, competence, individuality and social responsibility were developed in its students.
Its graduates have distinguished themselves in their professions. Several have been cabinet secretaries, legislators, accomplished businesswomen, entrepreneurs, educators and leaders of government and non-governmental organizations. To date,[when?] 19 alumnae have been selected as "The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service" (TOWNS) awardees.
After the Second Vatican Council, the Maryknoll congregation began to evaluate its work in the light of their original apostolate as a missionary order. In the 1960s, the Maryknoll congregation saw the readiness of the Filipino laity to continue the education mission they had started. In 1977, the ownership and management of the school was turned over to lay administrators. In accordance with the agreement, the name Maryknoll was to be changed to pave the way for the promotion of the school's unique identity, distinct although not disconnected from the identity of the Maryknoll sisters. In 1989, after a series of consultations, Maryknoll College was renamed Miriam College.
Miriam College stopped accepting male students at the collegiate level in 1999. The last batch of male students, who had entered the college in 1998, graduated in 2002, thereby making Miriam College an exclusive all-women's college. However, the preschool, adult education, graduate school, and deaf-mute education departments remain as co-educational and are still open to males.
The first lay president and first female president of a Catholic college in the Philippines was Dr. Paz V. Adriano, who had been a student of the Maryknoll nuns. The second president was Dr. Lourdes Quisumbing, who later became the Secretary of Education under Corazon Aquino, the 11th President of the Philippines. The third was Dr. Loreta Castro; the fourth was Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, who is currently the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education. The current president is Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus.
Campus facilities include a modern, four-storey LEAD Residence Hall for college students and guests, the Gallery of Women's Art featuring donated works from women artists, the Marian Auditorium for institutional events, the Little Theater for smaller events, the Mini-Forest Park, a chapel, Stations of the Cross, Library Media Center, and the Child Development and Day Care Center.