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Miriam College responds to Pialago's claim about being made to attend rallies in class by reaffirming its brand of education

By Bim Santos Published Jul 08, 2021 9:03 pm

Miriam College has responded to a statement made by Celine Pialago, a spokesman of the government’s anti-insurgency body, that she was made to attend rallies as a student, by clarifying what the school’s brand of education is all about.

Pialago is the spokesperson on public affairs and youth concerns of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) as well as the Metro Manila Development Authority. In a July 5 online event of the NTF-ELCAC, Pialago shared her experience as an AB Communication student at Miriam College.

“I have to admit nung mga panahon po na ‘yun, ang pagsali ho sa mga rally, very present din po ako diyan. Honestly speaking po kasi, ‘pag estudyante ka, ang pagsali kasi sa rally, minsan, dagdag points yun sa klase,” Pialago said. “Totoo, totoo. Kasama yung sa requirement.” 

Miriam College has emphasized going beyond course requirements in search of Truth as the primary goal of education.

In its statement, Miriam College did not directly confirm nor refute Pialago’s claim. Instead, it sought to define “what Miriam College education is all about.”

The school also took the occasion to explain its new logo in time for its 100th anniversary, which emphasizes Veritas or Truth.

“Since its founding in 1926, Miriam College has emphasized going beyond course requirements in search of Truth as the primary goal of education,” the school said.

Miriam College said their students “are not cookie-cutter academic products.”

In being trained to respect opposite choices taken by others, our students also learn to appreciate dissent as part of a healthy democracy.

“Empowered to participate in political affairs and various development programs and not to remain bystanders nor fence-sitters, they become engaged citizens committed to building a just and peaceful society,” the school said.

“And in being trained to respect opposite choices taken by others, MC students also learn to appreciate dissent as part of a healthy democracy while being reminded to act in loving charity, regardless of differences,” Miriam College added.