|School type||exclusive all girls Catholic school|
|President||Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
Miriam College is a Filipino Catholic educational institution for girls and young women located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It offers programs at the pre-elementary, elementary, secondary, tertiary, and graduate levels. It also offers adult education programs. Although primarily a women’s school, the Child Study Center, Adult Education, and Graduate School units accept male students.
Miriam College began in 1926 when the Archbishop of Manila requested the Sisters of the Maryknoll Congregation based in New York, USA to establish a teacher-training school for young, Catholic, Filipino women. An old Augustinian Convent in Malabon, Rizal was initially converted into the Malabon Normal School. The school transferred sites several times until finally in 1952, with its name changed into Maryknoll College, it laid down its permanent roots in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Maryknoll College expanded its programs from training teachers to becoming a liberal arts college that formed women leaders. After Vatican II, the Maryknoll congregation decided to focus their efforts on their missionary work worldwide. In 1977, the ownership and management of the school was turned over to lay administrators. 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 the presidency of Corazon Aquino. The third was Dr, Loreta Castro, the fourth, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan. The current president is Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus In accordance with this agreement, the school was re-named Miriam College in 1989.
Miriam College stopped accepting male students at the collegiate level in 1999. The last batch of male students (who entered the college in 1998) graduated in 2002, thereby making Miriam College an exclusive all women's college.
Campus facilities include the Bahay Silungan which is a dormitory-type guest house, the Residence Hall for college students and guests, the Gallery of Women's Art featuring donated works from women artists, the Little Theatre which is open for events, the Marian Auditorium which is a bigger venue, the Mini-Forest Park, a chapel, Stations of the Cross, and the Child Development and Day Care Center.
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